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About

Who We Are

LUXURY GROOMING SERVING NORTHERN VA, MD AND D.C.
Paw Spa is a luxury grooming salon for fur families in North Virginia, D.C. and Maryland. Our curated and elegant experience allows your fur baby the chance to indulge in pampering and love designed solely for their needs. At the Paw Spa, we are motivated by love, passion, respect, and adoration for one of world’s greatest creations: fur babies.

What We Do

Bathing, grooming, and making fur babies look and feel extraordinary is just a part of what we do. Our purpose is so much greater than that! It’s our goal at the Paw Spa to provide exceptional care and treatment for your most cherished fur family members.
Our type of care is designed for the entire well-being of your pet. After all, grooming isn’t just about fur babies’ physical appearance. Regular maintenance grooming is essential for your pet to feel their best and live a long and healthy life.
Our dedicated pet care professionals ensure that each and every part of your dog is taken care of, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It is our responsibility as guardians of such sweet, loving animals to ensure they are cared for in all the ways they deserve and need.

Meet the Owner… Gabriella Brown

My name is Gabriella Brown, and I’m the owner of the Paw Spa Luxury Pet Grooming Salons in Alexandria and Arlington, VA. The Paw Spa is a Black-owned business. Years ago, I began working as an accountant; I didn’t love accounting, but it came easy to me. Besides, as a young woman, I was taught to find a stable job that would make me decent money. But I was definitely a square peg in a round hole. I didn’t want to sit behind a desk; I didn’t love it. It was getting harder and harder every day to wake up in the morning and get myself dressed to go to work. Finally, my wonderful husband said to me, “You’re not happy with your job, so figure out what you want to do.”

Just like that, my journey to find the right career fit for me was underway. The first thing I did was go see a career counselor, and through our conversations, a theme of beauty and animals emerged. It kind of hit home because, when I was younger, I would cut my hair all the time to my mother’s great displeasure. So, the next thing I did was find a grooming school out in Manasass, VA.

I knew right then and there; this was it for me. I’ve always been an animal person. So, I dived headfirst into training, and I found myself rushing to get up to go to grooming school every morning. After getting certified, I got a job at a private salon. Mind you, this was very rare.

However, the experience at this private salon really sped my process along. There was something about the live, hands-on experience that cannot be found in a school setting, and this shaped me as well as motivated and excited me to want to keep going. I was learning, laughing, and bringing so much joy to pets and their owners. It was such a rewarding feeling knowing you are making an impact on a person and their pet’s life.

I didn’t realize how much goes into being a groomer, such as figuring out how to check in clients and how to identify if the pet is nervous or uncomfortable and put their emotional well-being first.

But most importantly, my experience taught me that everybody is supportive, and that definitely translates into the type of care you provide for your clients’ pets.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think “let’s start a grooming business!” But sometimes, your path finds you instead of you finding your path. The opportunity presented itself, and my husband and family supported me every step of the way.

My Paw Spa crew is family. We take care of each other. We laugh together, we cry together, we celebrate together. We’re literally family, and so are the pavilion dogs that we treat; we love each and every one of them.

Fast forward to nearly a year from when I opened The Paw Spa and, now, we are opening a second location in Arlington. This has been an exciting journey, and I am looking forward to what the future brings for me and my Paw Spa family and fur babies.

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Alexandria, VA  (703) 517-4438

Arlington, VA  (571) 730-7786