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AAPI Heritage Month Legacy Business Spotlight: VIP Grooming

VIP Grooming owner Lancy Woo.

As we close out #AAPIHeritageMonth and approach #PrideMonth2021, we wanted to highlight #SFLegacyBiz VIP Grooming and owner Lancy Woo. Woo the third owner of this beloved dog grooming business in Noe Valley (two locations), which has operated for 37 years. She is also a nationally significant person for her role in the historic Right to Marriage Supreme Court Case (Woo vs. Lockyer), where she spent years in and out of court rooms fighting for the right to marry her partner of 16 years and for the rights for all LGBTQ people.

Sitting in an an unassuming multi-paned storefront, VIP Grooming is one of the most beloved dog grooming salons in the city. In 1976, Coralee Crawford, a devoted animal lover, first rented the location at 4299 24th Street from Boultwood Properties and started caring for neighborhood pets. She sold the business 8 years later to Susan Stanich-Giaquinto who continued the legacy of providing top quality grooming services. In 1996, Susan’s top groomer, Woo, took over the business with fellow dog groomer and owner of Dunk’n Dogs, Jim Starkey. Today, Woo, an SF-native, is the sole owner.

Woo has spent the last 21 years serving the dogs of Noe Valley with excellent care and grew the business to include one full-time bather and four full-time groomers. In March 2016, Woo opened a second location with self-wash tubs, also in Noe Valley, called VIP Scrub Club. VIP GROOMING SF Inc. now employs 10 people between the two shops and provides services for some 2,000 dogs in the Bay Area. With a fun and loving environment, all dogs get the works at the grooming shop and receive lots of love and care.

Location: 4299 24th Street and 1734 Church Street in Noe Valley

Right now, all VIP’s services are by appointment only. Book here!

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