Local business still feeling effects of road changes
Fri, 2016-01-22 05:00 News Staff
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By DAVID J. HARDIN
During the spring of 2014, the intersection of West Highway 190 and F.M. 2657 saw dramatic changes, and one local business has seen a dramatic decrease in customers due to that construction which began more than two years ago.
Although completed now, during construction it was difficult for regular customers of Bubbles & Bows cat and dog grooming to get to the business, located at 1248 W. Business 190.
According to Lisa Barger, owner of Bubbles & Bows, she lost a lot of business because people had to drive their cars off the main road and around mud to get to the business.
Her business is located along Highway 190, but now without changes to the GPS, it is hard for people to find.
Barger said her business has been in this location for 12 years, and it sits on her dad’s property which makes it convenient for her operate at that location because the cost of building on Highway 190 is expensive.
She said that she can’t afford other employees and has difficulty advertising because she can’t put signs up along the Providerhighway, and that the city of Copperas Cove’s code of ordinances only permits the installation of signs by a professional sign maker. Having the right type of sign would be at Barger’s expense.
Barger is depending on word-of-mouth advertising to stay in business and keep her head above water, she said, adding she would like to have more support from the city of Copperas Cove, a city who thrives itself on promoting and supporting small businesses.
Barger operates her shop Tuesday through Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Bubbles & Bows Dog Grooming services include pet bathing, ear cleaning, nail clippings and drying.
Prices vary depending on the size of the pet and thickness of the pet’s coat. Grooming packages start at $15 and go up to $40. Barger can be reach at
(254) 547-8022 for individual pricing and more information.