Grant Boost is hoping peoples’ love of canines will translate into success for Dogtopia, his new doggy day care business in Orland Park.
Dogtopia opened officially Monday at 18030 S. Wolf Road in the Jewel-Osco plaza. A grand opening is tentatively scheduled for October.
“I’ve been a dog lover since I was a kid,” he said. “My first dog was a cocker spaniel named Hercules. I have 2 goldens now.”
He said he discovered Dogtopia while researching a new occupation.
“I worked in IT, in the tech world. With COVID, I was doing a lot of work remotely, by myself, and started researching dog day care companies,” Boost said.
“I found Dogtopia and instantly got excited that I would be able to wake up every day and not dread going to work. Dogtopia truly cares about dogs and will always put their welfare first, which is something this community will benefit from greatly. I cannot wait to provide the Orland Park area with a dog day care, so pet parents can feel confident leaving their dogs in our hands.”
Boost said Dogtopia is about 6,600-square-feet and provides baths, nail trimming and four play rooms for different sized dogs and of different temperaments. Grooming will be added later.
“We have the Toy Box for dogs smaller than 10 pounds, the Gym for bigger dogs, the Romper Room for bigger but older dogs and a Lounge. We can accommodate 100 dogs,” he said. “Each room has two of what we call canine coaches. So the dogs are never left alone.”
He said dogs are allowed to play all day except for two hours when they crate the dogs and deep clean the play rooms.
Boost said dog owners have access to cameras so they can watch their pets remotely.
“A study has shown that on average, owners spend two hours a day watching their pets.”
While all dogs are welcome, Boost said, canines over 7 months must have all their shots and be neutered or spayed.
“Owners are free to bring in their own bedding for their pets,” he said.
Boost said it took almost two years to get the day care business up and running.
“He said there have been no complaints from neighbors. We have had nothing but positive interactions with our neighboring businesses.
“We try to make sure we are good neighbors. We keep down the noise and our waste removal prevents any smells.”
Boost said overnight boarding will be added to their services in the future.
Dogtopia of Orland Park is the business’ fourth location in the Chicago area and the first in the south suburbs. Hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and closed on Sunday.
For all of its 15 years in business, Frankfort Bowl had the unique distinction of being on the second floor of its home at 15 Ash Street in downtown Frankfort.
The bowling alley also offered billiards and a sports bar when it closed its doors for the last time earlier this summer.
It shared this message on its Facebook page: “This decision has not been an easy one, but as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. We are writing to express our heartfelt appreciation for your unwavering support, loyalty, and the countless memories we have shared together.”
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The Children’s Museum, 5100 Museum Drive in Oak Lawn, will be closed until Friday, Sept. 15, for its annual cleanup week.
The museum will undergo deep cleaning, routine maintenance, updates and staff training while closed.
The museum will reopen Sept. 16, at 9:30 a.m. for museum members and 10 a.m. for general admission.
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that repairs to the bridge carrying 123rd Street over Interstate 57, in Chicago, was set to begin, weather permitting, Monday, Sept. 11.
To complete the work, motorists can expect various daytime lane closures in both directions of 123rd Street approaching the bridge. Motorists should also expect occasional overnight lane closures on I-57 at 123rd Street throughout the project, anticipated to be completed later this fall.
The project includes repairing bridge joints and slope walls, replacing deteriorated sidewalk and installing new LED lighting under the bridge.
Bob Bong is a freelance columnist. He can be reached at [email protected].