Our passion for opening Bark Shop came straight from the heart. Our owner and self-proclaimed “crazy dog lady” had taken her dogs to the same groomer for over 10 years when her groomer moved away. After trying out several different groomers in the Des Moines area, she realized how lucky she was to have had a groomer that she could not only trust, but also listened to her concerns and treated her dogs with compassion. We decided to open Bark Shop with these key attributes in mind. We saw that Des Moines needed a new grooming concept where the staff is compassionate to each animal’s situation and treats your pets like family.
Bark Shop is an upscale, modern pet salon aiming to offer the best service with an open-door concept. You can drop your pet off in our stress-free environment and let us pamper them for the day, or you are more than welcome to grab a coffee and wait in our inviting lobby where you can actually watch your pet being groomed. Nothing is done behind closed doors here, we have nothing to hide! We use only state of the art equipment, and organic shampoos. Ask about our all-inclusive packages, senior discounts, and multiple pet discounts.
Meet the team
Kensie is the smiling face you will see behind our front desk. She is passionate about animals and even received her degree from Iowa State University in Animal Science. Her personal furry friends include a rescue dog named Tuff and a husky/lab mix named Koda.
Linda has been professionally grooming for over 30 years and has previously owned Groomingdales and Urban Dogz. Her personal pets include a Kerry Blue Terrier named Glenvista’s Lady Madeline, a Lakeland Terrier named Amelia, a long haired Chihuahua named Fannie, and a barn cat appropriately named Barney. She brings not only her entrepreneur experience but also her extensive grooming experience.
Tayler has 8 years of grooming experience and came to us from Three Waggin' Tails. She is passionate about working with dogs who need a little extra care during the grooming process. Tayler is always working to stay on top of trends in the grooming industry and breed standards, and furthers her knowledge by taking continuing education classes through the NDGAA. Her personal four-legged friends include Ernie, Abu, and Meeko.
Mallory has over 11 years of grooming experience. For 8 years, she excelled in creative grooming styles, new grooming trends, and management in a salon in Austin, TX. Her zoo of animals includes a yorkie-poo named Guppy, a toy poodle named Crouton, a dachshund named Prawn, a sphynx cat named Venus, and a Maine coon cat named Menxi. Animals and grooming are her greatest passions in life.
Jordy started her grooming career on the East coast her sophomore year of high school. She is continuously looking for new ways to improve her grooming skills and is passionate about staying up to date with the latest grooming trends. Her pets include an orange tabby named Sheckles, a bully-mix named Ayluh, a golden retriever named Clancy, and a chameleon named Teriyaki-Gizmo. She not only strives to build a relationship with her furry friends, but with their parents as well.
Laura is the founder of Bark Shop. Her “kids”, a Shi-Poo named Cal and two Mal-Shis named Cameron and Ricky, are her whole world and her primary reason for opening Bark Shop. She truly cares about every pet and customer that comes in and wants them to leave feeling pampered.
Mike is the co-owner of Bark Shop. His love for animals began with two cats, Ding Dong and Licorice, when he was just a little tike. Nowadays, his pride and joy is a boxer named Henrik. Mike’s passion for building this business stems from his belief of how customers and clientele should be treated.
Allie is our Director of Customer Relations. She manages all aspects of the shop; social media, marketing, retail, customer care, and most importantly pet care. Her top priority is to ensure that every person and four-legged friend who walks into Bark Shop leaves having a truly paw-sitive experience. Her fur babies include a boxer named Henrik and a big fluffy cat named Charles.