Lakeway's Haute Dog Pet Spa & Resort grew from devoted following

Cheri and Jason Halla opened the grooming component of Haute Dog in Lakeway last August.

Cheri and Jason Halla opened the grooming component of Haute Dog in Lakeway last August.

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From left: Haute Dog staff members Jennele Garcia, Nenette Graves, Lacey Lewis and Cheri Holla work with dogs in the day care area.
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Alisson Thompson is one of 12 staff members at Haute Dog.
Haute Dog Pet Spa & Resort’s line of products uses organic, tear-free shampoos—a claim made from experience. When owners Cheri and Jason Halla opened the business last August, longtime groomer Cheri received numerous boxes of shampoos from vendors. She tested them all on herself.

“She’d have shampoo in her eyes and say, ‘Oh my goodness we’re not ordering this one, it’s not tear-free,’” Jason recalled.

Cheri has been a groomer for 15 years. When a two-year break for knee surgery aligned with Jason’s retirement, the couple decided to open their own business.

“Cheri had this cult following in the area—about 25 customers were coming to our house when she was recovering, and she was washing dogs [while wearing] her knee brace,” Jason said.

When Haute Dog opened, the dedicated patrons came, followed by plenty of new clientele.

After a vet clinic in the same shopping center closed down, the property manager came to the Hallas to see if they wanted to move Haute Dog into the larger space. Instead of moving the grooming salon, they decided to add a day care and boarding facility. In March they turned the old exam rooms into luxury hotel suites for dogs and installed an indoor open-play yard with toys.

“When you walk in the dogs are just running around,” Cheri said. “It looks like a party.”

Haute Dog Pet Spa Grooming & Self-Wash
1700 RM 620 N., Ste. 103, Lakeway
512-518-3909
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. noon-6 p.m.

Haute Dog Pet Resort Boarding & Daycare
1700 RM 620 N., Ste. 106, Lakeway
512-520-4133
Hours: Mon.-Sun. 7 a.m.-7 p.m., additional drop-off and pickup times available by request

www.hautedoggrooming.com
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By Sally Grace Holtgrieve

Sally Grace Holtgrieve solidified her passion for news during her time as Editor-in-Chief of Christopher Newport University's student newspaper, The Captain's Log. She started her professional career at The Virginia Gazette and moved to Texas in 2015 to cover government and politics at The Temple Daily Telegram. She started working at Community Impact Newspaper in February 2018 as the Lake Travis-Westlake reporter and moved into the role of Georgetown editor in June 2019.


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