The Pet Place
The Pet Place offers grooming for companions. Marie Risner has devoted her life to giving pets happy lives and happy homes, having run the Durant pet store and grooming shop The Pet Place for 38 years, 22 years at the 9th avenue location. The key to the success of The Pet Place, a family-owned business, lies in it's philosophy toward its clients and their furry friends. "We have people come into the grooming shop who are a little anxious about leaving their pet. In a way, they're entrusting you with their fur children." Risner said. "We just try to get across that we take care of their puppies just like they were our own. These [pets] are a very, very important part of a lot of people's lives." Risner said she got into grooming "as a kind of artistic thing." and the services she provides reflect her joy in making both pet owners and pets happy. In addition to basic grooming, The Pet Place offers spa packages for pets, including aromatherapy baths, massages, facials, washable pet tattoos and colored mohawks. "We have people who want these things and people who don't," Risner said. "We just cater to our client." The grooming shop also picks up pets from the nursing home, grooms them and brings them back for clients who cannot bring them in themselves. In addition to the grooming shop, the pet store, which is managed by Risner's grandson, John Cummins, offers a full-line of pet supplies and a number of small animals, including reptiles, birds and fish. The pet store often performs shows for the school and the nursing home and several schools visit the pet shop at the year's end, allowing community members to see animals they would otherwise not come across, such as varieties of salt-water fish or a skink. "It's kind of a treat for some kids," Risner said. Risner said she looks forward to many more years of working at The Pet Place and making her business a haven for pet owners and pets. "As long as I feel like I'm doing a good job and like I'm capable of accomplishing what I'm trying to do, then I have no plans of retiring," Risner said.