Joanne’s new career leads to a familiar view
An Amble woman has changed her career, and opened her new business in the very building where she grew up.
Joanne Penrose left a 28 year career of nursing to open up a dog grooming salon and says she is loving every minute. Paw Perfection, on the corner of Church Street and Wellwood Street, opened in December, and the business has already seen over 250 customers in the first three months.
“I qualified as an auxiliary nurse in Alnwick Infirmary in 2001, and was a nurse for 28 years before this,” she told The Ambler, “so it’s a bit of a change! Last year I was working in elderly care, which I enjoyed, but I decided I wanted a change.”
Joanne gained her City & Guilds in Dog Grooming at Kirkley Hall, and then found that the building in which she had grown up – and which had previously been run as a dog grooming salon – was up for rent. She set up Paw Perfection straight away, and co-worker Michelle Pitcher joined her part time.
“My family owned this building between 1980 and 2004. My bedroom was right above the shop. I went to school in Amble, to the First school, Middle school, and then Coquet High. It’s quite funny to think I’m now looking at the same view as I did during my schooldays.”
The view from the window may not have changed much, but Joanne is relishing her change of career. “I love the job; I’m passionate about dogs, and enthusiastic about my work. I just love coming to work! The dogs get kisses, cuddles and treats; it’s important to get them to settle and relax.”
Paw Perfection is open Monday – Saturday 9-5pm. They also sell accessories including blankets, bowls, brushes, treats and toys. They also run a loyalty card scheme.
Paw Perfection, 2a Church St, Amble NE65 0DZ Ring 07850 540 773. You can also find them on Facebook.