Meet The Team
Kaori Kume Schwartz was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Once she finished high
school, she entered the famous Setsu Mode Seminary to study fashion and studio
art with a focus on illustration. After she left school, she worked as a fashion
model. Having completed her modeling career, she became a facial aesthetician
until which time she came to America. During her first several years in America,
she was a “stay home” Mom and raised her daughter. Kaori purchased “The
Grooming Table”, an upscale pet grooming salon in Dallas, in 2005. She brought a
well-known grooming instructor from Japan to teach her “all the ropes” of
grooming dogs and cats. She soon became known as a Master Groomer. In 2016,
she and her husband-to-be, Stuart, opened Lakeside Groomers in Lakeside
Market in Plano, Texas. It has grown and has recently moved to its new location
where daycare and retail components were added to the business.
Stuart Schwartz was always an animal lover. In the past he bred and showed Golden
Retrievers and owned a “Best in Show” Golden, Golden Kelby Dustan (“Dusty”.)
One of his published novels, “The Show Judge” was inspired by Dusty’s life. He has
also owned cats and several horses. Sports was an important part of his life as he
was a javelin thrower in college and a:ended baseball spring training with the
Boston Red Sox. He played polo for 12 years for three clubs. Stuart a:ended high
school in New Jersey and received a BA degree from Tusculum University in
Tennessee. A#er college, he enlisted in the US Army for 4 years during the
Vietnam Era and became a decorated artillery specialist. Following his military
service, Stuart a:ended Rutgers University before going to work on Wall Street.
Stuart arrived in Dallas in 1996 where he helped form a public company, PRG.
Since his retirement, he has traveled to other countries and has lived in Prague,
Czech Republic and Guadalajara, Mexico. His hobbies include helping his wife with
the business, cooking, travel, and playing his piano.