Tara Robertson Owner of a Black Pet Care Company, Moves To The Near West Side, Washington
Owner Tara Robertson opened PupStars in 2006 as a basic dog-walking service from her home. The company eventually moved to a brick-and-mortar storefront at 635 N after adding a boarding operation. Western Ave. in the Ukrainian Village, where for five years PupStars was based.
The company moved a half-mile away to its new home on the Near West Side in September after steady growth. The area has plenty of parking, is easily accessible by public transit and there are no residential residents to complain about the barking dogs because it is located near one of the industrial districts of the city.
On the Near West Side, pet parents have a new place to pamper and sleep their cats and pooches.
Local pet owners in neighboring Garfield Park were pleasantly surprised by PupStars Pet Care, which relocated to 2337 W recently. Lake St. is owned by black people living on the West Side and run by them.
“The foot traffic of African-Americans coming here has really risen, which actually makes me happy because of how much time we spend in other places … it’s good to see them come here,” said Jabré Washington, director of operations for PupStars.
The pet care shop offers a full range of services, from grooming, walking and boarding programs, and dogs and cats, starting at $50 a night. PupStars has overnight pet sitters that can take care of a dog at a client’s home for pet parents who don’t want to board their precious fur babies while they’re gone.
Doberman dads and moms from Malta can also have their pooches picked up when they board their animals by a convenient shuttle service.