Astoria, Pets
Jul 12, 2017

Central Park Pet Spa Arrives On Ditmars in Astoria This Fall

Get ready to welcome the Central Park Pet Spa to Ditmars this fall!

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Entrance to the Central Park Pet Spa in Manhattan.

Recently we learned about the impending arrival of the Central Park Pet Spa (CPPS) to the Ditmars area, opening in the space that was occupied by Eleni’s Exclusive Handcrafted Creations (from what we know, they closed fairly recently). Our curiosity was piqued, so we reached out to the owner, Reda Elabd, to learn more about his business and new location in the neighborhood.

“I am Reda Elabd, a certified master groomer. I graduated of New York School of dog grooming in 1997,” he remarks. “I’ve been working in the grooming industry in New York City since 1994, and I love the atmosphere of Central Park—so when I decided to open up my own place, I wanted it to be near Central Park. Then one day my kids and I were taking a walk there and came up with the name, Central Park Pet Spa.” This location is at 336 W 57th Street, just below the southwestern corner of the park.

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Reda is a big animal lover, and that is one of the major reasons he takes such pride and joy in his work. “My love of all kinds of animals and the artful side of grooming is why I love this work. Dogs and cats just make me happy to be around them!”

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When we asked about what kind of services they will offer at CPPS, Reda prefaced his answer with the specifics that their work is only with dogs and cats. But what a world of care our four-legged furry friends are in for! ”We will be providing a high-end grooming services—all different kinds of treatments and beautiful haircuts,” he explains. “We’ll offer services such as blueberry facials, oatmeal therapy for soothing dry skin, and more treatments for all skin types and conditions. All products and treatments are all natural or organic.”

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He adds, “We will also offer a daycare service that gives dogs the opportunity to interact with each other and socialize while their parents are at work.” We know a number of pet parents who would love to have this option in the neighborhood.

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Not surprisingly, we were curious to know why Reda decided to expand his business to Astoria. “Astoria for me is like heaven!” he exclaims. “It’s less noisy and has a calmer environment. I used to work in Astoria years ago—before opening CPPS—and people know me there.”

Reda is confident he can offer Astorians and their pets something special. “I think I can provide a excellent grooming service for the people in Astoria; CPPS has created a large reputation of being the one of the best pet spas in NYC. Our certified and talented professionals have many years of experience with all breeds and have all mastered gentle, confident animal care and handling. Their grooming skills produce consistently beautiful results.”

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The plan is to open Central Park Pet Spa in early September. An opening celebration is in the plans, but details haven’t been worked out quite yet. We’ll bring you more on that when Reda and his staff get closer to the opening.

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We look forward to welcoming you to the neighborhood, Central Park Pet Spa!

Central Park Pet Spa (38-07 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria. 212-581-2777)

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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