All Paws Retreat is drawing clients from Downtown, Short North and farther.
Casie Goldstein searched for more than a year and a half before landing on Franklinton as the home of the dog daycare she envisioned opening.
“It’s so close to Downtown,” said Goldstein, 26, an Old Oaks resident. “As far as competition goes, there’s not many people established here and on top of that, it’s up-and-coming, it’s artsy.”
All Paws Retreat & Spa opened last month. Initial investment in the property at 154 S. Yale Ave., which previously was a canine training facility run by Cleveland-based Heights Canine, totaled $125,000 in loans and $20,000 of Goldstein’s personal income.
Goldstein made the leap from her marketing job at Nationwide to running a business where she can hang out with her two dogs: Storm, a husky-hound mix, and Trooper, a border collie/Norwegian elkhound/German shepherd mix, both of whom she adopted from D.A.S.H. Rescue in Asheville.
All Paws is settling into the neighborhood, joining the Franklinton Board of Trade and planning to participate in litter cleanup efforts with the Franklinton Litter League.
Many of All Paws’ clients come from the Short North or work nearby, and at least one client makes the trek from 45 minutes away. When CoverMyMeds’ new headquarters opens off McKinley Avenue in two years, nearby dog daycare will be needed as the company grows to an estimated 1,600 employees. Goldstein said a lot of All Paws’ clientele comes from the business, which is based at Miranova now.
Currently, the daycare sees 20-30 dogs a day, with a capacity of 60.
“A lot of the [dog] daycares around this area are full and on a waiting list, so that brings them here,” said Tara Bilbrey, All Paws’ manager, dog trainer and nutritionist. “[Casie] put a lot of research into everything. I have worked with dogs for about 15 years, and this is the place.”
The All Paws facility includes large and small kennels custom-built by Mason Co. in Leeseburg and roomier spaces sporting a bed and rug for an extra fee. A grooming station led by David Kaltenecker gets its own room with tub and grooming table. A large daycare area separated by dog size and temperament sits in the back, and the facility has two outdoor spaces—one for personal time and a larger one with anti-bacterial canine turf, plus a room for consultation and “enrichment” complete with a ball pit and puzzle games. Floors are epoxy to ensure germs don’t get stuck to them and a special ventilation system guards against kennel cough and other airborne illnesses. The building uses solar power, Goldstein said, and dog waste is given to a compost company. Employees at All Paws follow the industry standard ratio of one person per 15 dogs.
All Paws Retreat will host a grand opening this Sunday, March 3. At the event will be six rescue dogs for adoption and 17 pet vendors, including Mutts & Co. and Elemental Vet in the Short North.