Look no further than The Nines Pet Boutique at 6582 Main Street in Gloucester for proof that the county’s historic village area is not only thriving, but also growing.
Earlier this month, on September 26, The Nines hosted its grand opening, officially welcoming customers into the boutique, which also offers pet photography by owner, Karin Fary.
Fary’s business was the second-place winner as part of the Launch Gloucester entrepreneur contest, one of three in the state that’s part of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s Virginia Community Business Launch Initiative. Through the program, The Nines secured a prize package valued at $30,000 to include $10,000 in start-up capital, $1,200 in rent and utility abatement and a marketing and communications package worth $13,000.
The program was administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. The Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust and Gloucester Main Street Association served as the local overseer of the grant in Gloucester.
“We love Gloucester, the local shops and restaurants and what they do for our community and we really want to be a part of that,” said Fary.
The Nines offers upscale clothing and accessories, collars and leashes, toys, bedding, grooming supplies, and nutrition products for your canine and feline companion. In addition, the Nines features pet lovers breed-specific merchandise to include housewares, clothing, and other accessories as well as photography services.
“My goal with the business is to enrich the human-animal bond by providing pet owners a specialty boutique to pamper canine and feline companions, as well as create treasured memories through photography,” Fary said.
Fary’s vision for her business is a place where pet lovers can treat their companions and find products locally rather than online. Pet photography will be offered and within two to five years she hopes to expand to pet grooming, training and wellness coaching.
The Nines Pet Boutique is located at 6582 Main Street in Historic Gloucester Village. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 6 p.m. Photography services are available by appointment only.