45 Main St.
Name: Michael Viljoen
Contract workers: Kim Glaspell, Virginia McBean, Debbie Williams
What I do: We’re hairdressers for pets. We’re all groomers; we each groom both cats and dogs. We’re a full-service grooming shop. I also do small-dog boarding, but only small dogs.
Family: Single, with a dog
Where I grew up: I grew up in Lakewood, Calif., and was engineering manager for Harvey’s in South Lake Tahoe. I semi-retired and bought the shop in 1999. I moved it three times until I bought this building.
First job: I was a fry cook in California.
How I got here: I’ve always loved animals. I’ve always had dogs, and always had big dogs until this one. I worked at Harvey’s, I was the building manager, and I retired from there and I had to do something. So I took a course in grooming and worked in a few shops and picked up my speed, and then decided I wanted to have my own.
Favorite pastime: I like to travel. I’ve been to Africa, Bolivia, Germany, Mexico and Canada.
Best advice I ever got: Always pay your bills before you splurge.
What I would do with $1 million: I’d pay all my bills, quit work, and travel.
My inspiration: A job well-done. I get satisfaction of working, just a work ethic I have. I went to college for refrigeration and air conditioning and went to Harvey’s, and there is nothing more satisfying than finishing a job and knowing that not everyone can do it.