Self-serve Suds

Want to get your pup clean, but dread the postwash cleanup? Spots all over Charlotte now offer self-service cleaning that makes it easy and affordable -- and you won't find yourself picking fur off your bathroom walls when you're finished.

The Dog Salon
Five tubs fully stocked with an assortment of cleansers, absorbent towels, and a blow dryer make this the place for your Plaza Midwood pooch. Prices start at $12 for dogs twenty-five pounds and under, $14 for twenty-five to fifty pounds, and $16 for anything over fifty. 1318 Central Ave., Ste. E1, 704-248-0991

Bark Street the dog spa  
At this part pet store, part grooming salon, do-it-yourselfers can suds up their pups for as little as $14. Prices start there for dogs up to forty-nine pounds, $16 for those up to ninety-nine, and $18 if you've got one over 100 pounds. 3930 Park Rd., 704-525-9998

Barbara's Canine Cafe
The South End stop for gourmet dog treats and couture pet clothing recently added this service. With only one grooming spot right now, it's first come first serve, but at $12 a wash (two dogs for $20) it's worth the wait. 1447 S. Tryon St., 704-335-2123

Caroline paw prints
The grooming stations here are used by a master groomer on staff during the week, so the self-serve bath service is only available on Sundays. Starting at $10 a visit (prices vary depending on breed and weight), you'll get a professional grooming spot with all the equipment. 247 E. Plaza Dr., Ste. H, Mooresville, 704-799-9000

Photo: At Bark Street on Park Road you can join the Dirty Dog Club. A one-time membership fee is $15 and every bath is only $10 with the sixth bath free.
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