Mary Ward is the owner and exclusive groomer at Trollinger Street Grooming. Mary has a varied background in dogs including showing, obedience training, and occasional breeding of quality Standard and Miniature Poodles. Mary first trained as a teenager under John Cooper of Durham and later as an adult under June Rumley of Greensboro. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology from North Carolina State University in 1981. Although she worked as a Lab Technician at Ciba-Geigy in Greensboro for several years after graduation, her heart yearned for a career with animals. She started a small grooming business in her home in Lexington, NC in 1985 and started a family. Once her children reached school age, plans began to find a profitable independent business location.

The perfect place was located on Trollinger Street in Burlington and purchased in 1989. The small brick house was in need of a lot of TLC so a year's worth of renovations began. 

The business opened on April 1st of 1990 and was an instant success! Over the years, Mary has built a business of loyal clients by providing exceptional grooming service. This year she celebrates her 25th year in this location, a rarity in this business. Mary continues her involvement with dogs outside the shop. Check out the "Outside Interests" page for her latest adventures.

Trollinger Street
The shop before renovations.
The completed makeover in April 1990.
Ch. Marandon Celestial Stargazer