One of downtown Red Bank’s premier addresses is going to the dogs.
Dana Ujobagy (pronounced ‘you-ja-bayj’), owner of the Paw Palace luxury dog boutique on West Front Street, plans to move her shop and a year-old dog grooming business to 16 Monmouth Street, an ample space that most recently served as home to the Asher Neiman Gallery and, for 24 years before that, Charlotte Scherer‘s Art Forms gallery.
For Monmouth Street, the move represents a potential kick in the
tail after several high-profile tenant departures, including those of Asher Neiman, Red Bank News and Fameabilia. Throughout the business district, some 40 stores were vacant in a recent count by Red Bank RiverCenter.
But for Ujobagy, the move is the latest in a rapid-fire series of expansions in which the former office worker, with no experience in either the Internet or retailing, built a nationally recognized web retailer of dog goodies, bootstrapped it into a thriving bricks-and-mortar store, and last year added a grooming component.
“I’ve always had a vision of where I wanted to take the business,” the 35-year-old Union Beach resident tells redbankgreen.