Royal Treatment renovates, relocates to former doll museum on Lee Drive

    The Royal Treatment, a boarding and day spa for dogs and cats, has relocated from Perkins Road to 190 Lee Dr., the longtime location of the Enchanted Mansion doll museum, which closed in late 2016 after more than two decades in operation.

    The 7,000-square-foot location has enabled Royal Treatment owner Amanda Floyd to more than triple her space and expand her services for pets to include overnight boarding.

    “I could have done boarding before (in the old location) but I really wanted to do it right and make it an overall comforting and good experience,” says Floyd, who opened Royal Treatment in 2011. “When you walk in here we don’t want you to feel like you’re in a pet place. We want it to feel like a human hotel.”

    Floyd estimates she spent more than $150,000 on a buildout of the Lee Drive building, which she is occupying under a lease-to-own arrangement. She declines to say what she invested in high-end boarding facilities, which include “suites,” “condos,” and a special luxury unit with multiple chandeliers, and TV monitors and cameras that enable two-way communication between owner and pet. Other new amenities include a cat play wall, 200-gallon saltwater aquarium and upgraded day spa and grooming facilities.

    Though early fall is traditionally one of the slowest seasons of the year for pet boarding facilities—families typically don’t travel when the kids go back to school—Floyd says grooming and daycare bookings have been up considerably this year, which she takes as a good sign.

    “I think people really love it,” she says. “One man came in and said he felt like he was at the Ritz Carlton.”

    Though Baton Rouge lost one of its longtime pet care facilities after more than 12 years when Petropolitan closed in August, the market for pet boarding, daycare and grooming facilities has been expanding in recent years with the addition of several new businesses.

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