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Pet kennel business may open soon in downtown Wheaton

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 6:00 a.m. CDT

WHEATON – A new pet boarding business could come to downtown Wheaton soon, after a recent Wheaton City Council meeting.

Lindsey Wollan is planning to open a Lap of Luxury Pet Resort at 805 W. Liberty Drive in Wheaton. The ordinance for a kennel business, allowing the long-term care of dogs and cats older than the age of 4 months, was passed in a City Council meeting June 17.

Wollan said that she plans to start small, taking up to 13 dogs for overnight care plus daily dog daycare services. She believes the kennel's proximity to the Wheaton Metra station will make for a convenient location for commuters.

Wollan also said she plans to offer training and weekend puppy playtimes for socialization, grooming and more. She may eventually expand to other animal care as well.

"The goal is to offer a safe, comfortable and stimulating environment for owners to feel they can trust us with their pets," she said.

While she was working as a graphic designer, Wollan said she also took a job at a local PetCo as a groomer to make some extra money. It reminded her of her passion for animals and of the work her grandmother did. Wollan said she began a local humane society in her home town of River Falls, Wisc., and that Lap of Luxury would be dedicated in her memory.

Wollan said that the current tenants have put in a wall and two new doors for the business, and that she is a few approvals and new flooring away from opening – something she hopes happens by the end of the month.

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