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Rockport’s Yankee Clipper Retail Wins Grooming Salon of the Year (5 Units or Less) at Industry Show

Local Business Receives Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Award, Pet Industry’s Version of an Oscar

AZUSA, Calif. – The recent SuperZoo pet retailer trade show at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas saw some of the competitive dog grooming industry gather for the annual presentation of the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards, the industry’s version of the Oscars.  Among the evening’s award recipients was Yankee Clipper of Rockport, which took home the award for Retail Grooming Salon of the Year (5 Units or Less). 

When Lisa Czak, who now has over 40 years grooming experience, opened Yankee Clipper in 1980, she had a simple mission: “to provide kind, safe and professional grooming care to the animals entrusted to us.” In the 33 years since its foundation, Yankee Clipper has done just that. Their Rockport location’s groomers are members of national and regional grooming organizations such as the National Dog Groomer’s Association of America, the New England Pet Grooming Professionals, the International Society of Canine Cosmetologists and the Board of Professional Cat Groomers Association of America. Additionally, Daryl Connor, groomer and manager, has over 25 years experience and is a featured speaker at grooming seminars.

“The Yankee Clipper is known for providing great care and fantastic grooming to their clients,” said Barbara Denzer, Vice President of Cardinal Pet Care, a major manufacturer of pet products and sponsor of the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards.  “We are thrilled to present the Retail Grooming Salon of the Year (5 Units or Less) to Yankee Clipper, and we offer our sincere congratulations.”

The Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards were founded in 1988 by Cardinal Pet Care President Tony de Vos and Shirlee Kalstone, then owner of the International Intergroom trade show for competitive grooming, for the purpose of establishing standards of grooming excellence and recognizing professional skills in the competitive grooming industry.  Since the beginning, the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards have been considered one of the highest honors in the pet grooming industry, annually presenting awards for outstanding achievement in several different grooming categoriesA complete description of the criteria for the awards can be found at

Cardinal Pet Care is a solar-powered company “Devoted to Pets, People and the Planet.”  In addition to providing pets with the highest quality products, Cardinal is dedicated to the environmental directive of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Pre-cycle whenever possible. Demonstrating its commitment to the environment, Cardinal has solar-powered corporate offices, warehouses and manufacturing facilities in Azusa, CA.

For more information, visit the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards website at .   More information is also available on the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards Facebook page -


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