With the recent buzz penetrating Washington Heights as the TV show continues to successfully put individuals trying to "make it" on the map, there is an increasing number of talent ranging from singers to rappers, actresses to dancers, painters to photographers, models and tons more. Now, I'm not here to knock anyone, I support them 100 percent. Furthermore, I advise everyone to follow their dreams and passions, and may they lead them to success!
But I'd like to focus on someone who isn't only the most awesome person I've ever met, but has taken a slightly different approach from today's mainstream at making it in this "concrete jungle" we all speak of.
Meet Magnolia Fernandez, the hilariously charming, humble, dog walker from that little area slightly above Washington Heights that many still don't refer to as Inwood but "Dyckman" instead. Magnolia (aka Maggy) is the head dog walker and owner at P.A.W.S NY on the upper east side of Manhattan. Just to begin with, kudos on coming up with the fetching acronym that stands for "Pet sitting and Walking Services." Clever Trevor! She has made it her personal struggle to make P.A.W.S NY the preferred dog walking service in Yorkville, offering some of the most competitive prices for her services compared to all the neighboring doggy businesses in the area.
The unabating journey started literally over ten years ago, where she began working at Biscuits and Bath at the age of 13 and her brother brought her along to help out as a clerk at the counter. She answered phone calls, made appointments and handled other general front desk duties. The "desk job" turned into actually walking the dogs and walking these dogs for so long resulted in her desire to do things her way, on her time, and getting paid in full for her hard work. When she told her friends and family what it was she did for work, it was by far (to most people) the most peculiar thing ever, because who really pays to get their dogs walked in Dyckman?
Well, this is how P.A.W.S NY was born and is continuing to flourish into one of the more trusted, friendliest, successful dog walking companies in the area. It is definitely only the beginning for P.A.W.S NY, as it still remains a small business based off of her prime location on 84th Street & 1st Avenue in Yorkville. Maggy currently has one business partner and employs two of her closest friends.
How's THAT for a come up?
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