Woman turns love for animals into a business

Warren Scott NEW BUSINESS — The Follansbee Chamber of Commerce welcomed Coppa’s Barker Shoppe, a new pet grooming business at 854 Main St., with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Michelle Coppa and Brenda Secrist, the business’ owners, were joined by Chamber President Debbie Puskarich, 4th Ward Councilwoman Alexis Russell and family and friends.

FOLLANSBEE — Michelle Coppa said she’s very thankful to be able to open her own business doing something she loves: caring for animals.

The owner of Coppa’s Barker Shoppe at 854 Main St., Coppa said as a child she and her late father, David, shared a love of dogs, not knowing that years later she would work for an area grooming service.

After plying her trade for a few years, the Steubenville native and Follansbee resident entertained the idea of establishing her own shop, which she owns with her sister, Brenda Secrist.

With the encouragement of her friend, Jeri Eddings, and the help of her sister and and brother-in-law, David Secrist, that dream has come true.

She said she’s received positive response since opening the shop the Secrists assisted her in renovating for her purposes and she’s eager to meet more area pet owners.

Coppa said she is available to trim the hair and nails of a variety of breeds.

“I cater to them all, even cats,” she said, adding, “I even brush their teeth. I do it all, big or small.”

Coppa said even the most docile pet can be apprehensive when under the care of an unfamiliar person, so she takes great care to put each dog or cat at ease.

And it’s not unusual for her to make a follow-up call to check on one of her four-footed clientele.

“I’m very dedicated to what I do,” Coppa said.

Available at various hours, including weekends and evenings, Coppa encourages pet owners to call her at (330) 303-7428.

Her business can be found on Facebook.

(Scott can be contacted at wscott@heraldstaronline.com.)


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