Chapel Hill News

On Business: Woof Gang offers spa for the spaniel

With the advent of spring, folks are cleaning up their yards, their homes, their cars – and their dogs.

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming promises a spa-like atmosphere in which to bathe your dog. Customers can opt for one-on-one grooming provided by staff, or a self-wash service.

“We’ll provide the products and the space, you just bring your wallet and your dog,” said manager Mina Kim.

In addition to grooming, Woof Gang provides a variety of dog treats, healthy foods, supplies and accessories to enhance the well being of your dog. The store will offer samples to best determine your dog’s appetite.

“We provide the education to our customers that they might not get at a super store,” said Jung Park, Kim’s sister and Woof Gang franchise owner. “Often no one talks to a new pet owner about types of food, or what not to give your dog.”

It was the cancer diagnosis of Kim’s 11-year-old pet Pomeranian dog that was the genesis for the store’s opening. While researching treatment, the family realized there was a lot of knowledge that could be shared.

“We got so much information regarding nutritional needs, and other things about keeping dogs healthy. We figured it was a good time to take that information and open the store,” said Park.

“We love our Meadowmont neighbors and our customers are great,” said Kim. Woof Gang’s Chapel Hill location is North Carolina’s eighth franchise of the business.

On the Move

140 West welcomes Gentlemen’s Corner, a men’s clothier catering to the sartorial needs to fit the climate and culture of the Carolinas. Opening last year, 140 West Franklin is a mixed-use development of residential and retail spaces in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill.

Time after Time Vintage Thrift shop closed its doors April 15. For more than 30 years, the West Franklin Street shop provided vintage duds, Halloween looks, and accessories to both its student and local clientele.

Discount retailer Roses has announced the closing of its Chapel Hill location in June. For more than four decades, Roses has been a fixture at University Mall. The company has expressed an interest in possibly opening in a different Chapel Hill location.

Fine Feathers, formerly located at University Square, recently opened at University Mall on April 1. Founded in 1976, Fine Feathers offers classic designer apparel, accessories and skin care. “Fine Feathers is very excited to open and we look forward to seeing old friends as well as making new ones at University Mall,” said owner Betty Kenan. “We have generational shoppers visiting our store and we intend to continue that tradition and grow along with the mall.”

Persons of Interest

Dave Herman has been named president of Southern Season. Herman has held executive positions with Coach, Dansk and Lennox Retail, and Hartmann. The flagship location of the gourmet food and entertaining retailer is located at Chapel Hill’s University Mall.

Sporting goods franchiser Play It Again Sports has recognized Chad Guise with a sales excellence award. Guise was honored at the company’s annual conference in Long Beach, Calif. Play it Again Sports provides used and new sports equipment to the Chapel Hill community at its New Hope Commons location.

Table Hopping

Carolina Ale House will make Chapel Hill the home of its 14th North Carolina location. The former University Chrysler-Plymouth building on West Franklin Street will house the restaurant and sports bar in the coming year.

Straw Valley Food & Drink will hold a grand opening celebration April 11. The restaurant will offer wines by the bottle, glass or tasting pour, as well as raw seafood, fresh prosciutto, cheeses and snacks. The opening is part of the revitalization of the Straw Valley property between Chapel Hill and Durham on U.S. 15-501.

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