Shautina: No Choice but to Shine

Shautina: No Choice but to Shine

It was a moment of God-given self-restraint that led Shautina, 39, to The Grooming Project.  She was standing outside her apartment complex’s office smoking a cigarette and “sulking in misery.” The stressors of being a single mother of two had piled. After receiving...
FINDING HER PLACE: KARA JOHNSON

FINDING HER PLACE: KARA JOHNSON

Life wasn’t going well for Kara Johnson. She didn’t know – never had known — her mom. Her father suffered mental health and addiction issues and wasn’t the best role model. Nor was his ex-wife, who gave Kara a home for a while, but never let her forget she was...
HELPING HANDS: TERI AALDERS

HELPING HANDS: TERI AALDERS

You might say dog grooming is in Teri Aalders’ blood The owner of Empire Pets grooming salons in Mission and Lenexa, Kan., she’s been a groomer for years. Her mother groomed dogs for more than 40 years. Her three sisters are groomers, one in Independence, another in...
SHAY TURNER: TAKING CHARGE

SHAY TURNER: TAKING CHARGE

Got a question? Shikina Turner probably knows the answer, and if not, she knows how to find it. “She is very smart and knows everything,” says Natasha Kirsch, The Grooming Project founder, of the outspoken mother of four known to friends and family as Shay. “She’s a...