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Kim and Johnny

Hammocks open downtown business

By Michael Butler.

Mayor Johnny Hammock and wife Kim have opened a new business in Tallassee. Urban Tails Pet Salon Spa is located at 11 South Ann Avenue.

Kim is adapting well to the role of Tallassee's First Lady and is excited about the new venture in the downtown district.

"Johnny's my part-time dog walker," she quipped with a smile. "We have an eight-year-old cocker spaniel, Carter. He's our baby. We were finding that it was hard to get him in to be groomed. We were having to go out of town and the wait was two or three weeks out.

"We discussed this avenue. I signed up for an on-line grooming course. We were fortunate that Johnny knew Gretta Golden Headley. She's my instructor. She's been awesome."

Headley ran Corky's Pet Grooming in the same location before closing the business in May.

In addition to the grooming side, Urban Tails boards animals as well.

"We will go on site when you go out of town, especially if you have outside dogs, and we will do inside dogs if you're comfortable with that. We feed them, give them 20 minutes of play time. That's the same rate as our boarding. It's $15 a day. We have the capability to board 20 dogs right now. "

Johnny has chipped in with the duties of going out and taking care of pets and is becoming a dog whisperer.

"It's all in how you talk to them. 'Come here girl or boy,'" he said with a gentle tone.

Urban Tails is also offering daycare services.

"It's $10 a day. If you do it weekly, they get a free bath on Friday," Kim added.

"I've owned my own business before," Johnny noted. "Her family opened the McDonald's here in 1990. She comes from a business oriented family. We were kind of wanting to do something. Everything kept pointing to the pet grooming.

"She's an animal lover. She does so much for me in my job working with the city showing up for things. In my spare time if I can walk a dog at 5 in the morning before I go to City Hall, that's my duty."

Urban Tails will have its ribbon cutting at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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