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Pooches & Bling: Owning Two Businesses

Lisa New is making a living from well-groomed pooches and star-studded leather.
Pooches & Bling: Owning Two Businesses

Pooches & Bling: Owning Two Businesses

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Show 1506: Pooches & Bling: Owning Two Businesses
Air Date: February 8, 2015



Rob McClendon: Well, the death of a parent is certainly difficult, but for one Oklahoman, it’s also been a bittersweet inspiration. Our Courtney Maye has her story.

Courtney Maye: Well, Rob, the loss of a parent has inspired one Oklahoma small business owner to follow her dreams. Lisa New is the owner of a rodeo bling business that began as a hobby and has quickly developed into a full-time job.

Courtney: If you bring it, Lisa New will bling it. Halters, steer heads, saddles and more – all with bling.

Lisa New: About four years ago, my mother passed away. I spent a lot of time with her, and when she did pass, I found myself lost. And since I love horses and I have all of this stuff – breast collars and head stalls, I decided to start blinging some, and it’s been really good to me.

Courtney: And Lisa’s homegrown business is attracting customers from across the nation.

Lisa: I have saddles here that I haven’t even met that people have sent to me from Missouri, North Dakota, and they trust in me to sell their saddles and just send them money. I love that.

Courtney: And if owning a bling business isn’t enough, she also finds time to run a full-service dog grooming business.

Lisa: I have over 600 active clients, and they are very, very loyal to me. And they come – rain, shine, sleet, snow -- it doesn’t matter, they’re very loyal to me. Even when I had my hip surgery, I gave them a choice to go somewhere else or did they want to wait on me, and they said they’d wait on me. So it’s pretty touching. They’re like family.

Courtney: Lisa says working with animals makes her 18-hour days feel as if it’s not work at all.

Lisa: To get up every morning and have animals, to work with animals, is just an amazing feeling. I just, I don’t know how to explain it. I don’t know how come I became so blessed, but I am.

Courtney: So whether it’s well-groomed pooches or star-studded leather, Lisa loves every minute of it.

Lisa: This was definitely a diamond in the rough whether it takes off and does a million things. I don’t know where it’s gonna take me, but I’m on it for the ride. I love it. I’m doing exactly what I was supposed to do. I feel 100 percent complete. I miss my mom of course, not to enjoy it with me. But it’s an amazing journey, and I’m just going to keep going with it till it ends. It always comes to an end.

Courtney: When Lisa was 12 years old, she wanted to buy a horse. So to raise enough money to pay for it, she worked part-time grooming dogs. And she said her first day on the job she realized she had a talent for it and has been doing it ever since.

Rob: All right. Thank you so much, Court.

Courtney: You’re welcome, Rob.