Mighty Clean Mutt closing after 10 years in Greenfield

  • Owner Megan Edson is retiring and Mighty Clean Mutt is closing on the French King Highway in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Mighty Clean Mutt on the French King Highway in Greenfield is closing after 10 years. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 1/13/2022 3:35:35 PM
Modified: 1/13/2022 3:34:45 PM

GREENFIELD — Nearly 10 years after opening a dog grooming salon on the French King Highway, Mighty Clean Mutt groomed its final four-legged clients Thursday.

Owner Megan Edson said the salon is closing because her groomer, Chelsea Allen, is moving away and Edson is unable to undertake the full responsibility of grooming her clients because of a shoulder injury — stemming from the repetitive motion that grooming requires, along with wrangling some larger and more energetic dogs — that required surgery in 2018. She emphasized the salon is not closing solely because of a lack of workers, but she is unable to operate the business on her own.

“(Allen’s) moving was the catalyst,” Edson said sitting in the backroom of Mighty Clean Mutt. “It’s like I’m breaking up with 300 people.”

The closing of Mighty Clean Mutt marks the end of a 35-year career spanning the country in pet grooming for Edson, who said closing the salon has been emotionally draining, even though this is a day she’s been planning for since she “slowed down” due to her injury. She said she is going to miss her “kids,” the term she gives to any dogs left in her care.

“When I announced it, I went through three days of crying and not sleeping,” she said. “It’s been hard on me.”

After making the announcement on Facebook and the salon’s website, Edson said she received a “fantastic” outpouring of support from the community.

“I’ve gotten emails, phone calls and Facebook posts from people who aren’t even my clients,” she said. “It’s been touching.”

Edson said her decision to close the salon comes even as “business has been fantastic” due to more people adopting dogs during the pandemic.

When she opened the business in Greenfield in 2012, Edson believed she was going to be working by herself while operating a small salon. She soon found herself knocking down walls, adding more bathing stations and hiring additional groomers to take on all the dogs she was caring for.

“It had quickly blossomed,” Edson said. “It was great. … I brought a bunch of awesome people to work here over the years.”

She credits the salon’s success to a simple philosophy.

“Treat people — and animals, of course — how you want to be treated,” she said. “These are our kids, too.”

As Edson began preparing to close, she’s turned the salon into something reminiscent of a tag sale. She’s been selling many of the salon’s decorations to the public and has been setting up visits from other groomers from across New England to reuse her grooming supplies.

“Leaving has been helpful to others in the industry,” Edson noted. “It makes me feel good they’re going to be reused.”

Edson is also seeking to lease the building, once it’s fully cleaned out. One of her suggestions was a hair salon — this time for humans.

As she heads into retirement, Edson said she will continue volunteering her services with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter and working with her husband’s business.

She said owning her own salon has taught her patience in customer service and with animals, and she learned how to juggle the responsibilities that come with being a boss.

Despite the hardships and the tears that have come with the salon closing, Edson joked that life will at least be cleaner for her.

“It’ll be nice to have less dog hair,” she said. “I’ll be able to wear more black.”

Chris Larabee can be reached at clarabee@recorder.com or 413-930-4081.


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