A sign may not be up to show it yet, but one dog grooming business has recently called Castro Valley home.
Owner Claudia Ontiveros opened her first shop, , off Center Street last week.
With 15 years of grooming services under her belt and three canines of her own, Ontiveros knows a thing or two about pampering pups.
"It was like faith," she said about the building. "It just felt like it was the right place."
The business is giving the building, , a new lease on life.
Ontiveros stuck with a French theme and new decor — hanging chandeliers from the ceiling and giving the shop a fresh coat of cheerful purple and yellow paint.
"I just got tired of going to a regular [dog-grooming] salon," she said.
After having a growing business, which she ran from her home in Ashland, Ontiveros decided it was time to expand to a brick-and-mortar shop.
She hopes to stay open for business by making sure not to overbook her clients and keep her rates fair and affordable.
"I want it to be a good experience for everyone overall," she said.
Prices vary based on the sizes and breeds of the dogs. Ontiveros said small and medium dogs usually go for around $45 for a haircut, while large dogs go for $60. Her motto: We do them all, big or small.
The following services are available: hand scissor cuts, nail clipping and filing, bathing, ear cleaning, dematting, blow drying and of course, haircuts.
To make an appointment, call 510-537-1700.