In a statement emailed to customers on December 28th, owner Rachel Winstead announced that Hairy Situations Dog Grooming will be permanently closed effective December 29th.
Winstead founded the company in 2008 with a focus on caring for rescue and special needs pets. The hair salon was on Potomac Greens Drive before moving to 1504 A Mount Vernon Ave. in 2018. moved to Del Ray.
In her statement, Winstead said the reason for the shutdown was not due to a lack of business, but rather to staffing issues and the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic. She announced that she will be working at Annandale Pet Spa at 4530 John Marr Dr., Annandale, VA 22003. She thanked her customers for entrusting her with their dogs for so many years.
A full copy of their statement is posted below:
To my dear customers
It is with great sadness that I announce the final closure of the doors of Hairy Situations on December 29, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. It was a difficult and sad decision to make. They were remarkable, loyal customers. I’ve known most of you for many years, grooming your dogs for most of their lives and, in some cases, watching your families grow. Thanks to you, there has never been a lack of business. As most of you know, the past year and a half has had a difficult time keeping a full staff. There were various reasons for this, but right now, due to the current crisis in our country, the stress was too difficult to endure and I cannot continue.
I will be working for a wonderful person, Paul Belvin, who helped me teach myself how to groom at Annandale Pet Spa. I understand it may be too far for some of you, but if you want to know where I am caring, I’ll be there.
I would like to thank you all for your friendliness and your trust in looking after your dogs. It is incredibly painful to know that I will not be able to care for some of you in the future, but I hope that one day our paths will cross again. We wish you the very best in the new year and may 2021 be a better year for everyone. With best regards,
Hairy Situations Dog Grooming, LLC