Meet Steph Clymer, Owner @ Shop Common Thread Boutique

STEPHANIE CLYMER, THE FOUNDER OF ORANGE COUNTY’S BELOVED SHOP COMMON THREAD, IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL ENTREPRENEUR. NESTLED IN THE VIBRANT COMMUNITIES OF NEWPORT BEACH AND COSTA MESA, HER BOUTIQUES HAVE BECOME SYNONYMOUS WITH A DISTINCTIVE RETAIL EXPERIENCE. IF YOU’RE A LOCAL, CHANCES ARE YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED THE MAGIC OF SHOP COMMON THREAD AND ITS UNIQUE APPROACH TO CUSTOMER INTERACTION.

AT THE AGE OF 25, STEPH STARTED HER ENTREPRENEURIAL JOURNEY BY OPENING HER FIRST BOUTIQUE IN COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA. FAST FORWARD TO 2008 WHEN SHE FACED THE FINANCIAL CRISIS, EMERGING UNSCATHED AND STRONGER. OVER THE NEXT DECADE, STEPHANIE AND HER DEDICATED TEAM STEADILY GREW, EVOLVING INTO A ONE-MILLION-DOLLAR BUSINESS AND EVENTUALLY, INTO A THRIVING 5 MILLION-DOLLAR BRAND.

STEPH EARNED HER MONIKER AS THE “QUEEN OF THE PIVOT” THROUGH HER ABILITY TO TRUST HER INSTINCTS AND FORESEE SHIFTS THAT FUELED GROWTH.

LET’S LEARN FROM HER EXPERIENCES, AND UNCOVER THE SECRETS BEHIND THE SUCCESS OF SHOP COMMON THREAD. GET READY TO BE INSPIRED AND DISCOVER WHY SHE BELIEVES IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO EMBRACE YOUR PIVOT.

in this episode:

[05:17] STEPH SHARES ABOUT HER CHILDHOOD, WHERE SHE WAS BORN, AND WHAT HER FAMILY LIFE WAS LIKE GROWING UP.

[07:11] HOW STEPH NAVIGATED HER PARENTS’ DIVORCE AT A YOUNG AGE AND HOW SHE BELIEVES IT HAS SHAPED HER JOURNEY MOVING FORWARD.

[10:05] STEPH SHARES INSIGHTS FOR YOUNG INDIVIDUALS FACING A SITUATION WHERE A MOTHER OR FATHER FIGURE MAY NOT BE AS PRESENT.

[13:03] SEEKING HELP CAN BE TRANSFORMATIVE FOR ANYONE FACING CHALLENGES.

[19:05] TODAY’S TEENAGERS HAVE ACCESS TO THINGS SCARIER AND MORE DANGEROUS THAN REAL HUMAN CONNECTION.

[23:12] “THE OLDER YOU GET, THE MORE IT’S LIKE WHAT’S ON THE INSIDE VERSUS THE OUTSIDE”. – STEPH

[31:03] NOW IN FASHION AND RETAIL, DID STEPH HAVE AN EARLY INTEREST IN THESE FIELDS, OR WAS IT A PASSION THAT DEVELOPED OVER TIME?

[35:09] PIVOTING FROM A CAREER IN JOURNALISM, STEPH REALIZED THAT SOMETIMES INITIAL PLANS MAY NOT ALIGN WITH YOUR TRUE SELF.

[38:38] AS AN ENTREPRENEUR, STEPH REALIZED THAT MANY PEOPLE HESITATE TO MAKE CHOICES BECAUSE THEY FEAR IMPERFECTION OR UNCERTAINTY ABOUT WHERE THEIR ACTIONS TODAY WILL LEAD IN 10 OR 20 YEARS.

[43:26] REFLECTING ON HER FIRST BOUTIQUE, DID STEPH ANTICIPATE ITS SUCCESS?

[50:21] STEPH SHARES THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE NAME OF YOUR BOUTIQUE.

[55:00] A MESSAGE FROM STEPH ABOUT DIGGING DEEPER INTO OUR VALUES AND UNDERSTANDING WHAT WE TRULY WANT FROM WORK AND LIFE.

[59:17] HOW DOES STEPH MAINTAIN MOMENTUM AND CULTIVATE A NEVER-QUIT ATTITUDE, ESPECIALLY WHEN FACING POTENTIAL SETBACKS?

[01:00:00] THE FAST FIVE QUESTIONS.

[01:05:28] WHAT IS ONE QUALITY STEPH HAD AS A TEEN GIRL OR YOUNG WOMAN THAT SHE MIGHT NOT HAVE TAKEN PRIDE IN THEN, BUT APPRECIATES NOW?

about Steph Clymer

STEPHANIE CLYMER IS A MOM OF THREE AND RETAIL ENTREPRENEUR. IN 2006, SHE STARTED HER ENTREPRENEURIAL JOURNEY BY OPENING A RETAIL STORE IN SUNNY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. INITIALLY NAMED XPECTING, THE STORE FOCUSED ON CATERING TO THE NEEDS OF EXPECTANT MOTHERS, CARVING A NICHE IN THE MARKET AS A MATERNITY BOUTIQUE.

HOWEVER, STEPH’S ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT THRIVED ON EVOLUTION. A DECADE LATER, IN 2016, SHE FEARLESSLY RE-BRANDED HER THRIVING BUSINESS, GIVING BIRTH TO SHOP COMMON THREAD. DESPITE THE SUCCESS OF XPECTING AND ITS ESTABLISHED REPUTATION,STEPH STOOD FIRM IN HER BELIEF THAT CHANGE WAS NOT ONLY NECESSARY BUT A KEY INGREDIENT FOR SUSTAINED SUCCESS.

STEPH CLYMER’S JOURNEY EXEMPLIFIES THE MANTRA THAT GUIDED HER THROUGHOUT HER CAREER: BE WILLING TO CHANGE. IT’S A PHILOSOPHY THAT HAS DEFINED HER PATH, TURNING DOUBT INTO DETERMINATION AND CHALLENGES INTO OPPORTUNITIES. AS A MOM, ENTREPRENEUR, AND ADVOCATE FOR ADAPTABILITY, STEPH CONTINUES TO INSPIRE OTHERS TO EMBRACE CHANGE, RECOGNIZING IT AS THE CATALYST FOR GROWTH AND LASTING SUCCESS IN BOTH BUSINESS AND LIFE.

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