BY BROOKE SINGER
CENTRAL PARK PET SPA
38-07 DITMARS BLVD.,
A decade ago, Jackson Heights
resident Reda Elabd followed
his dreams and opened Central
Park Pet Spa in Manhattan.
He chose the location because he
wanted to be in the center of the city.
When it came time to open a second
location, Elabd looked to his home borough
of Queens, and on Oct. 1, 2017,
Central Park Pet Spa opened in Astoria.
Today, the Astoria location is their only
location, for now.
“We opened in Astoria because it
was always a nice place to enjoy time
and the neighborhood was friendly and
safe,” Elabd said. “I felt it would be great
to offer my services here.”
Over the last year, the Astoria community
has been welcoming of the business.
Central Park Pet Spa hasn’t advertised
that much, but “we believe the
best advertisement is word of mouth,”
Elabd said. Around half of their business
has come from Manhattan, proving that
their customers are loyal enough to trek
to another borough for a pet grooming
Central Park Pet Spa offers specialized
grooming services for dogs and cats, including
nail clipping, ear cleaning, wash
and blow dry, brush outs, deshedding
treatments, as well as special treatments
for all types of skin conditions: dry or itchy
skin, antifungal and antibacterial paw
treatment. Upon request, medical shampoos
can be used.
“What makes us different is that we
take an artistic approach in grooming
our animals and we only hire people
who share the love and patience at
the same level as us,” Elabd said. “We
want the animal to enjoy the process of
grooming … this is our main goal.”
According to the Central Park Pet Spa
website, the Central Grooming Academy
is coming soon. Elabd wants to pass his
techniques that he has developed over
the past 25 years to people who want to
learn and have a career in this field.
Photos courtesy of Central Park Pet Spa and Instagram/@centralparkpetspa
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