We had the good fortune of connecting with April Prohaska and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi April, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
I have always been very driven in business with an entrepreneurial spirit. After leaving the corporate world in 2000, I realized I wanted to pursue my passion of working with animals in some discipline. Between 2000 and 2004 I began looking into veterinary services, dog retail storefronts, 501c(3) dog organizations, and traditional dog services like day care, boarding and grooming that people rely on heavily to maintain their pets healthy lifestyles. Ultimately, my goal was to create an all encompassing dog facility that offered high-end services that incorporated a social aspect. In 2005, I opened the first of its kind dog affiliated business in the country that also had a beer and wine bar and a coffee house in Dallas, Texas. The initial location for The Pooch Patio thrived for over 14 years in a 3000 sq. foot space with an outdoor patio for people to congregate and socialize with their pets. In 2016, I began the process to secure a much larger space and in July of 2018, I successfully moved the business to a remodeled 10,000 sq. ft. facility with (4) exterior turfed yards, an Unleashed Party space, and added Dog Training, Pet Taxi Services and Cat Boarding to our menu of services. I also decided with the move into the new location to discontinue the beer and wine bar in order to specialize in our wide array of services.
What should our readers know about your business?
The Pooch Patio LLC is an all encompassing dog oasis destination located in Dallas, Texas specializing in suite boarding, professional grooming, full-service baths, training, retail, cat boarding, dog day care, dog party host, and pet taxi services. We pride ourselves on the highest quality of personalized care and maintaining an incredibly clean and sanitary facility. We offer webcams in all play environments and many of our suites for overnight boarding and have a 70″ television in our lobby with live camera views of all environments to provide our clients with full transparency. I spent 3 years creating my original concept that was the first of its kind facility in the country combining traditional dog services with the social aspect which included a beer and wine bar and a coffee house in our original location. However. after residing in the same smaller location for 14 years, I relocated my facility to a remodeled 10000 sq. foot location in 2018.
With the relocation, I expanded our service offerings to also include cat boarding, training and pet taxi services and also built our 75 suites, and 4 outdoor turfed yards for our guests.
The most significant challenge associated with our move was going from 14 employees to 42 and working through all of the difficulties associated with the labor shortages.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am a very active individual and a huge foodie and love that Dallas has such a broad array of fantastic restaurants and bars. I would likely start with a fun bike tour of downtown and uptown and end up across the Trinity River at Trinity Groves. I am an avid pickleball player and would also introduce them to play and then of course take them to Mesero Prestonwood and dine on the amazing patio and have some great margaritas and tex mex! I also love the hiking, shopping and local wineries located just a short trek away in Fredericksburg.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to thank my prior boss and employer Mark Cuban. He greatly impacted my drive, determination and ignited my entrepreneurial spirit to pursue my passion and pushing past any obstacles.
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