The Norman Transcript


May 12, 2013

The Sparkly Spot — a pet boutique and ‘pawlour’

NORMAN — If you think your precious dog is deserving of a sparkly designer collar or that your cat could benefit from fake nails, look no further. The Sparkly Spot has opened in Brookhaven Village at 3770 W. Robinson, Suite 116.

But don’t worry, this unique pet store is not just for the rich and famous.

“We carry every range of things,” said co-owner Hillary Conley. “From collars that start at $7 up to $270.”

For Hillary and co-owner and husband Brent Conley, the Sparkly Spot is a dream come true, but its a dream that was birthed out of what some might consider a nightmare.

The Conleys originally hail from Oklahoma — Brent is from Norman and Hillary is from the Tulsa area — but they were living in Minneapolis where Brent had a job in the medical device industry. When Brent lost his job, he spent a lot of time with the couple’s Irish terrier, Lucy.

“We sort of bonded,” he said.

Brent and Lucy liked to visit a pet boutique in Minneapolis. He and Hillary started talking about returning home to Norman, and Brent realized there were no pet boutiques in Norman. The dream of owning and operating a specialty pet shop was born.

The couple extensively researched product lines and found the perfect location in Brookhaven Village.

“We wanted to carry things that are different than what you’d find at big box stores,” Hillary said. “We do full service grooming here as well.”

Amanda Trevino is the shop’s certified dog and cat groomer and specializes in scissoring.

“It’s quality over quantity,” Trevino said.

Scissoring works really well on curly haired dogs such as poodles with longer cuts, the Bichon Frise, or Yorkies and schnauzers with skirts, she said.

“I also groom cats,” Trevino said. “I’ve done it several times, and I actually enjoy it.”

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