The turning point for Maria Mirti came in March 2004 outside a Ringwood, N.J., grocery store.
Parked in the store’s lot that afternoon was a mobile pet-grooming van, exactly the kind Mirti hoped to own herself one day. So she waited.
When the van’s owner, Sandy Hanrahan, returned from shopping, Mirti peppered her with questions.
Not only did the two become fast friends, but Mirti had found a mentor.
Fast-forward nearly three years and Mirti, 49, is sole owner of Bones’ Bath House Mobile Grooming, with dozens of clients, mostly in northern New Jersey.