We had the good fortune of connecting with Rhonda Salazar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rhonda, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
The most important lesson I have learned during my business/career has been to trust the process. All our journeys are different! Some people may experience immediate success in their business/career but other may have to wait a little longer. You must have a lot of patience and keep the eye on the prize. The most important thing to me is enjoying the process and not forgetting why I started my brand. I think a lot of us small business owners can feel overwhelmed and discouraged at times when we see others thriving, but instead I find encouragement and hope in their success stories. For anyone considering starting a business be patient and trust that your timing will come.
What should our readers know about your business?
I would like to start by sharing some of my background. I was born in Cuernavaca, Mexico and shortly after moved to Los Angeles for about 6 years and eventually moved to Chicago and now recently moved back to LA. Early on I learned that my life was not going to be so easy after graduating high school. My dream was to pursue a career in the legal field and to eventually become a multiple business owner. But I was faced with the challenge of being undocumented until 2012 when I was finally able to receive my DACA permit and having the opportunity of completing all my educational goals. I was very fortunate to attend Loyal University in Chicago for my Bachelors degree and not so long after I made the move back to the west coast. I was determined to advance my paralegal career but also focus on my business plan. It has been so important to me to start my own business and continue to pursue the American dream. Never in a million years did I think my brand would be sold in stores in the beautiful city of Glendale, California.
The inspiration behind Doggy Glam Boutique revolves around my dog Fendi. She is a 2-year-old Chihuahua/Pomeranian/Dachshund mix. She has brought so much joy to my life, and I wanted to give her the best along with any other dogs around the world. The goal is to give other dog parents the option to find pieces that match their dog’s personality.
In a way I felt as if a little of my own unique upbringing can relate to what I want to offer to my dog owners and fury friends. I want them to feel unique and to stand out in the crowd. We all deserve to feel special!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am so fortunate to have many of my friends visit me and I always want to give them the best experience in this beautiful city.
I always start by a good hiking experience at Runyon Canyon. What else is better than seeing the city of Los Angeles than from a mountain top.
Hollywood Walk of Fame because everyone knows that a must stop!
Santee Alley- Such a fun experience from their food, the vendors and product options.
Daves Hot Chicken-A unique taste experience and its always a win.
Berri’s Pizza- if you don’t have their lobster pizza when you’re visiting, you are missing out.
Perch-a great rooftop downtown experience with great food and great views of the city!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a special thank you to my mother Reyna, my family, and friends for always supporting me in all my dreams. It is so important to have a great support system and I can honestly say that I am so blessed to have great team.
I also want to give a huge shoutout to all DACA recipients, and all immigrants. I want to encourage all of you to follow your dreams. I am a DACA recipient and have endured a lot of setbacks and have had to go against all odds. It is so important to believe in yourself and to stay consistent. I am thankful for all the support I received from so many people to get to where I am now and truly believing in paying it forward. Do not let anyone or anything stop you from pursuing and achieving anything you want to do.