Chuck Simons, founder and owner of Groomers Helper in Margate, N.J., discusses the future of
the grooming industry and shares how his company’s product lines are meeting groomers’
most-pressing needs, including comfort, safety and efficiency.
Pet Product News: Groomers Helperhas evolved
so much over the years; but first, take us back to
the company’s origins. How did Groomers Help-
er come to be?
Chuck Simons: I invented it for my wife as
she was just starting to groom and had difficulties cutting nails and finishing faces
with uncooperative and aggressive dogs.
After we saw just how effective it was, we
began offering them to other groomers,
and the rest is really quite a remarkable
story. There are over 100,000 Groomers
Helpers out in the market today.
PPN: The original flagship product—the Groom-
ers Helper—continues to be a must-have item
for groomers. Why is this product so important and
useful to groomers?
Simons: The Groomers Helper allows
the groomer to work hands free, calms
the dogs, establishes their footprint,
and significantly reduces stress on both
the groomer and the pet. It allows the
groomer to groom more pets every single
day, since they are not constantly repositioning the pet or chasing them around
the table, thereby making more money.
There really never has been anything
that matches up to the effectiveness or
the quality of our safety and positioning
PPN: Fast-forwardingtotoday, tellusaboutthe
company’s full product portfolio.
Simons: We only manufacture and sell
the highest-quality products that we
believe in, that must offer the groomer
more efficiency, safety and solid returns
on their investments. Our Groomers
Helper clamps are the most overbuilt in
the industry and were salon tested by us
in our grooming salon long before they
were produced and offered for sale. Our
grooming arms are made of stainless steel
and are guaranteed for life not to bend.
Our Professional Set is the most complete
safety and positioning system available
anywhere in the world.
Then there is ActiVet. No one can
question the quality or effectiveness of
our ActiVet brushes. They are the finest
grooming tool in the industry and are
actually the original flexible head stainless steel brushes that built the reputation
for the design. They were private labeled
for years under another name, but these
are the same brushes from the same machines and same craftsmen that originally
created them. ActiVet brushes will cut
brushing time in half, and give groomers and shop owners hundreds of man
hours back that can be used to create other income. They also significantly reduce
strain on groomers’ arms and wrists, and
do a better job on the coats of the pets.
Our latest addition to the family is the
award-winning, all-natural Clotit blood-
“We look for brands that enhance the grooming process—products that are safer,
more efficient, and bring more time and money to the groomer.”
Chuck Simons, founder and
owner of Groomers Helper,
and his black Lab, Cuddy