With jobs scarce, it’s rare for people to find work in their desired field, but Nikki Budaj, 25, made her own work by taking ownership of a self-serve dog wash and grooming shop called Scrubbers. Budaj, who has a self-described passion for dogs, has known for a long time that she needed to go into a field where she could work with them.
While majoring in business at Western Michigan University, Budaj started fostering dogs as a hobby. She took all of her fosters to a self-serve dog wash in Kalamazoo because she “loved the idea of a self-wash place that offers professional grooming, too.”
Budaj, who has owned Scrubbers since the middle of May, said that her “main goal is to make this place as clean and fresh smelling as possible. I don’t want customers to walk in and smell dirty dog.”
Customers will walk in and be greeted by Buddha, Budaj’s Chihuahua that she brings to work with her. “He loves it here; he can’t wait to come to work in the morning,” she said.
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