Friday, September 30, 2022

Shaggy’s gone: This new-in-town dog grooming biz comes straight to your door

A new dog grooming business is in town.

The Debonair Dog opened in July and serves dogs under 50 pounds in the Williamsburg area.

“My clients can always expect the highest level of quality and care in all aspects of their pup’s grooming experience,” said Autumn Patrick, the owner and operator of The Debonair Dog. “I will not sacrifice the comfort of your pet or rush through a groom to try and pack as many clients into a day as possible.”

Patrick opened The Debonair Dog in 2018 after her son was born to create a “less stressful” dog grooming experience and give her more flexibility to care for her newborn. She operated the Fort Walton Beach, Florida-based business from her home before moving to Williamsburg in June of this year.

While the business itself is not new, the salon is now mobile.

Patrick calls her business The Debonair Dog Mobile Pet Salon until she can open up a home salon for her clients.

“I have gone mobile for the time being to be able to provide the same One on One experience for my clients until I can buy a house and hopefully open another home salon if the county allows it,” she said.

Dogs and their families can expect one-on-one grooming services everything from a bath, blowout and nail clipping to teeth brushing, pet accessories like bows and bowties and even a blueberry facial.

But even during the coronavirus, not much has changed appointment-wise for the salon.

Patrick said because it’s a one-on-one salon, she only takes one client at a time and she always cleans and sanitizes between clients.

She wears a facemask and offers contactless payment options.

“I’m excited to be living here in this beautiful area and can’t wait to meet all the new pups and get to know the area and meet fellow animal lovers here,” she added.

The Debonair Dog is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only.

The groomer visits the following areas: Williamsburg, Lightfoot, Norge, Toano, Lanexa, Jamestown, Yorktown and a small part of Newport News.

To schedule an appointment, message Patrick via Facebook messenger or text her at 443-926-2913.


Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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