Meet LeEtta Robinson, manager and pet stylist at Kenl Inn (kenl-inn.com).
Tell us a little about your business. – Kenl Inn is Lincoln’s first multi-service pet facility that offers pet boarding, grooming, daycare, and training. Opening in 1988, the business is set on 44 acres just outside of Lincoln. We are devoted to providing the best possible care for your pet. Our trained staff and state-of-the-art facilities ensure your pet receives the best possible care, whether they are staying for the day or for a week. Kenl Inn offers seven large outdoor play areas, a nature trail through the trees and down to the pond, and two indoor play areas. Our motto is “Where your pet becomes part of our family.”
How did you get started in the business? – I moved to Lincoln from Milwaukee in 2018. Having to start all over made me want to apply wherever I could. My significant other’s mom happened to bring her dog to Kenl Inn for grooming and she gave me an application. I have always had love for animals and this opportunity to work with them almost every day gave me so much excitement. Shortly after turning in my application I got a call to come in for an interview. I came in and fell in love with the business. The manager/HR at the time, Ron, was so kind and made me want the job even more. When I found out I did, I was enthusiastic and said I could start right away.
What has been your most important achievement professionally? – My most important achievement would be becoming the manager here at Kenl Inn. I wanted this opportunity to help improve things in the salon and for my coworkers. I wanted to be a spokesperson for them and to make sure they felt heard and valued. This opportunity has done just that. I know that when there is something that can help benefit the business and work life for our employees, I can come to our owner/boss, Dennis, and he will try with the best of his ability to help.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points of your life? – One of the biggest turning points in my life is when I moved here. Back home I was struggling with my mental health. I felt lost and had no idea what I would do with my life. When I moved here, my significant other’s mother and grandpa gave me nothing but support. His mom took me to all my interviews, and when I finally got a job his grandpa took me to and from work when my significant other couldn’t. This gave me the opportunity to save money and get my first car; which his grandpa helped me find. It also gave me the opportunity to save up for our first apartment. Honestly I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for them. They’ve always given me nothing but love and support and words can’t describe how grateful I am for them. Another positive from moving away from my family is that it actually gave us the opportunity to have a better relationship. The distance really did make our heart’s love grow stronger.
What is your favorite movie? – My favorite movie is The Phantom of The Opera. I’ve probably seen it over a hundred times.
What is your favorite TV show? – My favorite TV show is The Vampire Diaries and an anime called Fruits Basket.
What is your favorite local restaurant? – My favorite local restaurant is Buzzard Billy’s.