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One year later, move to Downtown Batavia has paid off big time for local business owner
Submitted by Howard Owens on November 1, 2013 - 3:57pm
The absolutely best thing Amy Worthington ever did for her business was move it to Downtown Batavia, she said.
In locating Amy's Fluffy Friends on Ellicott Street near the intersection of Liberty, she has given her business more visibility and the Business Improvement District has given her more avenues to promote her shop and get involved in the community.
"I participated in the Wine Walk, the Sidewalk Sale, the OktoberFest with the Rotary Club and I'll be part of Taste of the Holidays," Worthington said. "They've been reaching out to businesses to get more involved, and I'm all for that, to bring more feet to Batavia."
Worthington moved her dog grooming business from Corfu one year ago today because with her son starting school at Jackson, she wanted her business to be located closer to her family. Most of her clients were from Batavia and they told her, she said, that if she was in Batavia, they would make more appointments.
"And I wanted to be where I called home," she said. "This is where I grew up."
The move has been a stunning success.
A year ago, she hadn't even cracked 150 clients. Today, she has 375. That's an impressive 150-percent growth in business in just 12 months.
The success has allowed her to expand a bit. She's also started selling some retail items, such as collars and leashes.
Clients have requested more services, so now she does teeth cleaning, she said.
Worthington said she's blown away by how well the move worked out for her.
"I can't believe it," she said. "I love it."