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Muttropolitan in Little Tokyo Quietly Opens

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Monday, January 14, 2008, at 10:29AM
Muttropolitan Ed Fuentes

Under the radar of many in the K9-Service-Watch is the full service pet grooming at Muttropolitan, who opened in Little Tokyo with no fan fare. Offerings range from full with several grooming packages, to do-it-yourself with a self-pet wash.

With a location designed to serve the east side of Downtown, Muttropolitan has quickly established a client base from the Arts District locals, Civic Center workers, and Little Tokyo dog lovers from both older and newer residences. Most pet owners prefer to drop off their dogs and pups to be coiffed, brushed, bathed, and have nails clipped, coming back to pick them up after work like caring parents.

“It’s like working with the PTA,” says Grace Shim with a smile. Shim is also an educator and was teaching elementary school when she came up with the idea with brother David Kwon and sister Sue Kwon. While in Little Tokyo for dinner one night they saw the number of dogs being walked and decided that there must be a market.

Groomed Shim says many customers first notice the Muttropolitan storefront while out walking their dogs. The simple exterior fits with the neighborhood, and the “holistic viewpoint to grooming in a tranquil environment” gives off an Arts District vibe.

If you want to see the results, just look on the wall. Shim has started taking photographs of the Muttropolitan client base and displays them in the shop. Like a bow on a shitsu, it's a nice detail.

408 E. 2nd St
L.A. CA 90012
(Honda Plaza in Little Tokyo)

Tues - Saturday (8am-6pm)

213-62-MUTTS  (213-626-8887)


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