Devney Friel-Schenk and Phil Schenk love dogs. So, in September of 2009 when the Elkview area couple was looking for a business opportunity, it didn’t take long to look at something involving dogs. They had used self-service dog washes and thought there might be a better way to do it. They started researching on line and talking to people about the idea. The result is Belly scRubs Self Service Pet Wash and Dog Center.
Belly scRubs is in Teays Valley, right on State Route 34 in the Lakeview Plaza next to Goin’ Postal. “It’s here because this is where the dogs and dog people are,” says Phil. He did research in Kanawha and Putnam County and found that Putnam has had a 62% increase in dog licenses in the 3 prior years. They found a location where they could put the wash units right up in the big picture window to show everyone that it’s a clean, pleasant place to bring your dog.
Soon after it opened, customers were asking if Belly scRubs could groom dogs, too. At first Phil and Devney contracted with “The Fur’s A-Flyin'” and later hired their own groomers who have been building up a great reputation ever since. Belly scRubs now grooms 6 days a week by appointment. We are recognized as one of the best grooming shops around with a 4.8 star rating average on FaceBook and 4.7 on Google. We have been voted Best Groomer in 2 area newspaper polls for 3 years in a row.
Because it’s self-service, Belly scRubs is open 24/7. Phil says, “It’s just like the old car washes where you put your money in and dial up what you want to do. Instead of wash and wax, we have shampoo and condition.” Belly scRubs has two wash bays. The shampoo is built in so there is no need to bring your own. There’s even towels you can use, so you don’t need to bring those! The unit also has a blow dryer and a way to disinfect the tub. Please view our “how-to” video to see the self-serve in action.
There is also a “Dog Center” featuring “hard-to-get” dog items. Right now, the Dog Center has the Fromm brand line of natural dog foods and a line of herbal remedies for common dog problems such as skin and fur issues, digestion issues and even a non-drug elixir to calm nervous dogs. And we have collars, leads and more.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING!
Samantha Engel 3-3-21 Our pup always comes home so cute and smelling great!
Mary Stone Kinsey 3/8/21 · Took my Yorkie here for the first time today. Lindsey did a great job and Bentley actually allowed her to trim his nails without being a little turd! Very impressed!! Everyone was great and Bentley looked great!
Football 3/19/21 I have a toy poodle that I rescued 7 years ago. He is now toothless and some people accuse him of being ugly. After a trip to Belly Scrubs, he looks and acts like a million dollars. They are really good with the dogs. Manny has been there countless times and will continue to go there.
DL Blevins 3/19/21 Lindsey does a wonderful job grooming Murphy. You can tell she cares about your dog. Awesome place!
Amy Jeffers Stickler 3-?-21 Had three of my dogs groomed here this past week. They did an amazing job. Worked my dogs in quick. I highly recommend this place.
Josh P 4-20-21 I took my pup in who is typically nervous about baths and grooming, but they did a great job by calming him. Service was fantastic and prices are not bad at all! My dog came out looking like a million bucks
Haylee R 4/24/21 Belly Scrubs did great getting my new pup the groom he needed! He looks like a different dog and I will definitely continue taking him here!
Jill A 5-4-21 We’ve been taking our dog to Belly Scrubs for about 2 yrs now. They always do such a great job. They are also very efficient and on schedule so my dog gets right in and is usually done within an hour or so. Also very reasonable in price.
Robert A 5/7/21 Always fast and friendly and our cat comes out looking and smelling great. Five stars. Kelli 5/8/21 Super Staff!! Great with the animals and awesome job on grooming!
Amie R - C 5/7/21 I took (our) baby bear to the groomer today. If you are in the Charleston/Huntington area I cannot recommend Belly scRubs enough. Also they did these cute Mother’s Day cards!
ANDREA R., 1/21/21 - "Great place! Very friendly staff. Our dog loves going there." -
KIELA SHERADAN LESTER, 11/7/20 - "I took my dog, Baby Girl, there today to use the self serving wash stations! I really enjoyed using those over my bathtub or my water hose during the summer! They even supply you with different types of shampoo, conditioner, and towels! I plan on getting her groomed there by one of the groomers after I get her use to the store! A couple of the employees met her today and she really enjoyed the attention they gave her! The staff was great and very friendly! Highly recommend this place!"
KATIE CASTO, 2/22/2 - "Took both my babies in for a cut today! Rufus is a veteran when it comes to grooming, but it was Zoë’s first time being cut. I was super nervous about how they would do. They helped me as soon as I walked in by taking one of the pups off my hands, and Lindsey did an amazing job on both of them. Rufus looks like he did when he was a baby, so handsome. Zoë is loving the new look and feel of her coat! Definitely recommend 💖
GLADYS JOHNSON, 1/3/20 - "Belly scRubs did a wonderful job on our Max! I will continue to use their services! 5 Star business!"
ELIZABETH BENNETT, 4/16/19 - "Love this place. Their tubs are huge and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Employees and owner are awesome."
LISA KING LEACH, 3/2/19 - "They do a wonderful job!"
BETHANY HARKEY McVICKERS, 3/25/18- "Took my senior lab today for the first time to use the self service bath. This was so much easier than doing it at home. She was a good girl and cooperated well even with the dryer which she typically doesn't like. I only had to bring my dog. Everything else was provided. Easy, peasy! Will be back!"