Dog Culture daycare to open downtown this spring

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A new dog day care with grooming and training services, Dog Culture, was scheduled to break ground this week at 627 W. Washington St. across from the Main Post Office with a projected opening later this spring.

Owners Steve and Megan Mussman plan to update the exterior of the existing building and completely renovate the 4,700-square-foot interior along with a planned 7,800-square-foot outdoor area.

The interior will be separated into a front retail area, the middle indoor day care space, and the back area, which will be for grooming and training. The indoor day care area will be broken up into four separate play areas where dogs will be split up based on size, temperament, age, and activity level.

The outdoor area will be broken into three separate areas. Two, totaling 3,500 square feet, will be for day care services, and the third – Culture Courtyard – at 3,300 square feet, will be used as a flexible space for events and training and will also be available to rent out on an hourly basis or for special events.

Dog Culture will be able to accommodate 50 dogs a day.

The Mussmans, who have a 6-year-old son, two dogs, and foster through Lucky Pup Rescue, began actively working on a plan for a dog day care about a year ago.

Megan, who formerly worked for McNair Law Firm, says she would often find herself needing to help fellow employees take care of their dogs during the work day, and could see a need for a dog day care downtown. Steve, a residential real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Caine, began surveying downtown apartments and condos and found that in some cases, 70 percent of the residents owned dogs.

Megan says, like a preschool, Dog Culture will have scheduled activities and rest times in order to do what is best for the dogs.

They hope to promote dog-friendly culture throughout the community while also using Dog Culture to enhance the relationship between dog and owner.

Megan will be the full-time manager/operator of Dog Culture and is planning to hire 12-15 staff members for the day care, along with groomers and trainers.

Dog Culture will not provide boarding services but will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, and additional hours on the weekend according to demand. The cost will be $30 a day per dog, with discount packages available.

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