Business

Gone To The Dogs

By Valerie Russ
Philadelphia Daily News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Adina Silberstein turned her passion for pets into a profitable business. “Queenie’s”, her dog-walking and pet-sitting service which she launched from home 10 years ago, now operates out of a cozy storefront with 17 employees. Silberstein was helped along the way through Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses program.

Philadelphia Daily News

A RED, antique-looking vending machine full of dog treats is posted outside Queenie’s Pets in Mount Airy. A bowl of water is nearby.

The store’s owner, Adina Silberstein, started Queenie’s, a dog-walking and pet-sitting service, 10 years ago as a home-based business with just one employee.

Early last year, the Mount Airy native moved her business, now with 17 employees, to a large but cozy storefront at Germantown and Mount Airy Avenues. She had dreamed of this spot for years.

“I knew this location was where I wanted to be,” said Silberstein. “It’s next door to McMenamin’s [Tavern]. It’s in the heart of my neighborhood. It’s a space where you can see and be seen.”

But it’s not a doggy day-care at the store. Her employees care for pets from clients’ homes.

Pet care was a $53 million industry last year, she said. That’s not counting veterinary care.

More pet owners are no longer relying on the teenager next door to walk their dogs.

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