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DEVELOPMENT: Entrepreneur member of Pet Sitters International

Entrepreneurs always are looking for just the right niche, the right business to tap into that the masses hadn’t taken the time to explore. Kim Whalen saw a burgeoning pet owner group in the United States — the number of pet-owning households jumped by 10.2 million between 1992 and 2002 to 64.2 million — and determined that pet sitting was her key to a fun and interesting job.

Circumstances also play a major role in job changes. Native Greensburger Whalen previously worked with mentally challenged individuals, but an automobile accident left her unable to continue in that line of work. Looking around for a profession, she heard about Pet Sitters International and decided to combine her love for animals with a desire to continue being productive.

She first researched the Greensburg area and found that while there may be pet sitters working, none was associated with the trade group Pet Sitters International — and official organizations professing quality services never hurts to make an impact. Thus Whalen Pet Sitting Services opened earlier this month. If you have a pet or pets that need looked after while you’re on vacation, away on business, etc., Whalen is your woman.

  • Keystone Spinal Care is the name of chiropractor Tim Strittmatter’s private practice, located at 981 Greengate North Plaza, behind the site of the now-razed Greengate Mall.

    Strittmatter specializes in upper cervical adjustments, neck adjustments, specifically, manipulating the two-ounce, doughnut-shaped vertebra at the top of the neck known as the atlas. He is the only western Pennsylvania member of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association, one of just four in the state and among the roughly 200 such practitioners in the world.

  • The Howard Johnson Inn-New Stanton has changed hands. Westmoreland County records show New Stanton Enterprises Inc. sold the 87-room facility on Byers Road for $2 million to Bahubali Hospitality of Perryopolis.

  • This column is devoted to informing readers about changes to the business landscape in Westmoreland, Fayette and Indiana counties. If you have an item for Developments, call Rick Stouffer at 724-837-6151, send an e-mail to [email protected] , or drop us a note at Developments, c/o Business section, Tribune-Review, 622 Cabin Hill Drive, Greensburg 15601.


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