Meet Gulia Adams of Furtastik in Lincoln Park
CHICAGO (July 18, 2017) – Today we’d like to introduce you to Gulia Adams.
Gulia, who was born in Moscow Russia and immigrated to the US in 2000 when she was 20, has always loved animals, especially dogs. After many trying many jobs Gulia became a bather for a larger dog services business in Atlanta Georgia. After meeting her future husband, Bob, a Chicago resident, Gulia moved to Chicago in 2008 where she attended, and graduated from, the Dog Grooming Academy in Schaumberg. To gain more experience, before attempting to open her own store, Gulia was a grooming manager for Petco for several years.
The idea of Furtastik started her dog Oscar, a treasured member of the family. She believed he deserved a much better option for his grooming, daycare, and boarding needs. She tried almost every local facility and found them all to be lacking in some way. We couldn’t believe there wasn’t a place that was clean, cheerful, intimate and provided real hands-on attention for Oscar and his friends. Most daycares we tried actually charged extra for petting and cuddling.
So starting Furtastik® in July 2010 was her solution. She limits pet daycare enrollment to no more than 25 dogs at a time and our overnight boarding is limited to no more than 15 dogs at one time.
Has it been a smooth road?
Starting any business requires you to ‘ride through’ some bumpy roads. The first year was difficult as there was plenty of existing competition in the surrounding Lincoln Park neighborhood. Luckily Gulia had been well prepared by attending many advisory sessions at the Chicago Small Business Center. She also applied for and was granted a small business loan from Accion which was instrumental in helping her survive the start-up growth stage.
Her success was noted by Accion and she was profiled in their 2010 annual report. The city was also so impressed she was cited as an example of the Small Business Centers’ positive impact by Mayor Richard Daley in his state of the city speech that year!
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Furtastik story. Tell us more about the business.
Furtastik is a 3,000 square foot, climate controlled facility which offers a variety of pet care services: daycare, boarding, grooming and specialty retail. The key to Furtastik is its limited enrollment and careful screening of new clients. Gulia is passionate about dogs and animals which translates into her high standards of care and quality of service. Furtastik is a cageless facility and, because of its loyal clientele and extensive screening ensures that all dogs are properly matched with their playmates. In the facility there are many separate play areas that can accommodate varying sizes and temperaments which ensures a fun and safe daycare or boarding experience for the dogs.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade? I think the “big box”, large enrollment dog daycares will give way to smaller, hands-on facilities like Furtastik.
LPCC Joins Community Businesses to Welcome Furtastik to Lincoln Park: New Facility Provides Quality Pet Care Services
CHICAGO (July 7, 2010) – With hundreds of families calling the walkable streets of Lincoln Park home, and with abundant green space in the neighborhood, it is no surprise that the community is also home to its fair share of dogs and cats. Providing services to the Lincoln Park neighborhood’s four-legged friends, a new business dedicated to safe, quality pet care has recently opened its doors.
Located at 2750 N. Ashland, Furtastik offers Lincoln Park residents access to the most up-to-date pet care products and services. On Wednesday, July 7, the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce (LPCC) joined the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, community members, local businesses and staff from the new location to officially welcome Furtastik to Lincoln Park – and the North Side – with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“We are excited to open our first store in Lincoln Park and to bring local residents the best combination of quality, service and value for your pet’s needs,” says Guila Ismailova, owner of Furtastik. “Being located near Ashland and Diversey has been beneficial to both our customers and their dogs. We are located near a veterinary office and we are easily accessible from Lincoln Park and Lakeview.”
Furtastik maintains an air conditioned dog boarding facility and to further enhance the experience for your pet, they cap their boarding reservations at 20 dogs. Furtastik’s grooming services are only performed by licensed and accredited specialists and their dog walking services are performed by bonded professionals. Furtastik will also offer dog training and more to provide comprehensive pet care services.
Furtastik’s commitment to only the finest experience for dogs goes beyond the services provided at their facility. Furtastik only sells pet products that are produced in the United States and organically. Core pet food brands include Orijen, Halo and Evanger’s and the staff at Furtastik has access to other hard-to-find brands available for order as well. In the future, look for pet supply delivery to help pet owners manage their daily lives.
“The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to celebrate the opening of Furtastik in the Lincoln Park neighborhood,” said Kim Schilf, President and CEO of the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce. “Furtastik’s approach to pet care, with a focus on high quality products and dedicated customer service, make them a welcome addition to theLPCC and our local business community.”
Furtastik is located at 2750 N. Ashland and will be open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information on the services Contact: Padraic Swanton – Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce firstname.lastname@example.org; (773) 880-5200 provided by Furtastik, or to make a reservation, please call (773) 698-8731 or visit them online at www.furtastik.com.
About the LPCC
The LPCC is a nonprofit organization of approximately 550 local businesses, institutions and professionals united to help businesses in Lincoln Park succeed and grow. The LPCC believes that business prosperity contributes to the vitality of the Lincoln Park community. For information about upcoming events, advertising opportunities or membership, call the LPCC office at (773) 880-5200 or visit them online at www.lincolnparkchamber.com.
ACCION Welcomes Furtastik -
Chicago's Newest Small Business Loan Recipients!
Congratulations to Furtastik, a new pet facility in Lakeview. Furtastik features expert grooming services, dog-walking, and high quality organic pet products. Furtastik was referred to ACCION Chicago through the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Solution Station.
Dog Groomer Opens Doors - Benefits from City Program Designed to Support Chicago's Small Businesses
July 12, 2010
Efrat Stein, Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection 312.744.536
Commissioner Norma I, Reyes of the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) joined business owner, Guilia Ismailova in a ribbon cutting for the opening of a new Dog Grooming and Day Care business in Chicago.
Business Owner, Gulia Ismailova, obtained a small business loan through the Solution Station, a City program designed to help entrepreneurs get in business, and stay in business. The program provides business owners with free one on one counseling, free legal advice, and assistance with developing a business plan. In addition, the Solution Station provides entrepreneurs, like Gulia with direct access to lending through a micro-lender, ACCION Chicago, at no additional cost to the City.
The loan helped Gulia come one stop closer to making her dream come true of operating a Dog Grooming business. She used the money to purchase equipment that allowed her to get her business open. Gulia also took advantage of the City’s business classes to help her start the business and prepare for the inspection. On Wednesday, July 7th, she officially opened the doors to Furtastik, Grooming Daycare & More, located at 2750 N. Ashland Ave.
“What I learned is that it is so important to do all of your homework when opening a business. There are so programs that offer free resources to businesses, said Gulia. "If it were not for the Solution Station, we may not have known about ACCION Chicago and the types of smaller loans they have available for businesses that are just starting out. We also learned so much by attending the free business workshops offered by the City, “ she said.
Commissioner Norma I. Reyes commended Gulia and Robert, “you are a perfect example of what every entrepreneur should be doing, especially in this challenging economy, and that is to take advantage and utilize all of the free business resources available today,” said Commissioner Reyes.
The Small Business Solution Station is conveniently located inside the Business Assistance Center- in City Hall. The Solution Station is open Tuesday-Thursday from 9:30 am- 3:00 pm and is open to anybody interested in receiving free one on one business counseling.
Businesses that are coming to BACP for licensing or public way use permits, can now also connect with these important free resources that can help every business owner, at any stage. The Small Business Solution Station has assisted close to 300 business owners this year.
Partnering agencies include, SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business, that provide assistance with developing a business plan, and can give business advise. CEDLP, Community Economic Development Law Project, provides legal advise on real estate matters, corporate structuring and tax issues. ACCION Chicago provides small business mirco-loans and alternative financial assistance.
“There are significant credit needs for small businesses today, even a small loan can go a long way. Through our partnership with the City, ACCION has gained additional visibility for its services and has been able to provide financing advice and support to many businesses, said Mary Fran Riley, Vice President of Development of ACCION Chicago.
“By partnering and leveraging relationships with business organizations, we have the opportunity to strengthen our business communities - support job growth- and provide entrepreneurs with the tools they need,” said Commissioner Reyes.
Entrepreneurs should also take advantage of other free programs for small business. BACP’s offers free business classes every week, located in City Hall. Classes put business owners together with experts who can advise on topics such as marketing, employment law, how to get certified to do business with the City and how to prepare for inspections.
BACP also offers free quarterly evening business seminars called “Business Works” in neighborhoods throughout the City helping thousands of entrepreneurs connect with agencies that assist small businesses.
Information on all of BACP’s programs are available online at www.cityofchicago.org/bacp. An appointment is not required for the Small Business Solution Station, but can be made by calling 312-744-5506.
City Of Chicago Address: August 04, 2010
Remarks of Mayor Richard M. Daley
Mayor's Press Office 312.744.3334
We know there is high demand for small business loans, but in these tough economic times, traditional lenders are not adequately serving this market, especially for women and minority owned firms. Given the importance of neighborhood small businesses to our economic prosperity, I have invited two successful small business people to join us today. They both received assistance through the City's Small Business Solution Station, a program designed to provide entrepreneurs with free one-on-one business counseling. They reflect what can be accomplished by our city's entrepreneurs when they work with the City to get their businesses off the ground or grow them.
First, Gulia Ismailova obtained a $5,000 small business loan which helped her open a Dog Grooming business. She used the money to purchase equipment and inventory to get her business open. Gulia also took advantage of the City’s free business educational workshops to help her start the business and prepare for the inspection. And, on Wednesday, July 7th, she officially opened the doors to Furtastik, Grooming Daycare & More, located on North Ashland Avenue.