Doggie day spa caters to the well-heeled on Larchmont

| December 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

JESS RONA and her dog Meemu.

Jess Rona had such a long waiting list for her competition-worthy doggie cuts and blowouts, she was running out of room in her garage for her expanding business.

So she was excited to find the perfect spot to open her first commercial storefront on Larchmont.

Then the pandemic hit and slowed the opening process, but not Rona’s or her team’s spirit.

“We are so thrilled to be part of the neighborhood,” shop spokesperson Bailey Reise Melin said last month, after the spa-like facility finally opened.

 Dogs of all breeds and sizes can be seen dropped off at the storefront. Inside, colorful rooms and fanciful décor await in a former antique store at 656 N. Larchmont Blvd., in the building at the southeast corner of Melrose Ave.

Rona credits lots of patience, years of experience and her fabulous doggie blowouts — made famous on Instagram — for her success.

Her Instagram slow-mo posts are set to music and show off her clients’ wind-swept hair, ah, fur? The videos sent her reputation into the stratosphere and got the attention of  Katy Perry and Maya Rudolph among other celebrity clientele.

The groomer connects with rescues — gives baths to dogs with the Labelle Foundation and others — and the shop held a pet food drive for Thanksgiving through the Westside Food Bank.

INSTAGRAM-sensation cuts by Jess Rona show off Ginger’s tresses.

When not clipping toenails and blow drying poodles and mixed breeds, Rona, who is also an actress and comedienne, is executive producing her new competitive dog grooming show on HBO Max, “Haute Dog.”

“She merged her two loves,” show business and pups, said Melin.

Services include a full spa treatment at $95. A full groom starts at $135. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Walk-in nail trims are offered. Street parking is available and a loading zone for drop off and picks ups is in front of the shop. To book an appointment visit No phone number is available.

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