We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephani Clymer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephani, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
I do not really think about risk so much as changing and evolving. Sure, there is some risk involved there, but I look at the big picture and focus on the big win rather than the small setbacks. I am definitely not risk adverse, but feel like as long as business owners are willing to take a true assessment and be honest about potential then we really cannot lose or fail, we can only learn!
What should our readers know about your business?
Common Thread is a boutique that caters to women with a fabulous selection of clothing and gifts. It was a long road to get where we are. I opened the boutique in 2006 and called it Xpecting, a 1400 square foot store selling maternity clothes. Over the years we evolved, pivoted, looked ahead, lived through the 2008 recession and pivoted again. By 2016 we were not selling much maternity anymore and rebranded – Shop Common Thread was born. In 2019 we were able to secure the spot next door so we took down the wall and turned our store into a gorgeous 2700 square foot space, which opened on January 16, 2020. You might be thinking yikes, but it turned out to be a great move and this year has been another one full of change and growth. None of it was easy, there were lots of changes to be made and everyday we challenge ourself to go the extra mile with our clients. I strongly believe it is how we’ve become such a go to place in our community – we truly love our clients and the feeling is most often mutual.
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?
Well I am a homebody and a beach girl through and through so this would be a very low key and casual week. We would wake up and run the beach and then head to Haute Cakes for a coffee and breakfast. We would bike to Newport Beach and stop at Bear Flag on the way home. Day two we would for sure head to Lido, take out a Duffy boat and then enjoy dinner at Zinque. The weather in SoCal is perfect (I am a born and raised AZ girl so this is heaven) so we would have a backyard BBQ and most likely cap off our eating out at SOL Mexican Cucina. Everything I love to do is right on the water!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It starts with my mom. She modeled hard work, she is the smartest woman that I know and she was the one who believed in my vision. She has always said go for it. I have the best women in the biz working with me and they inspire me to show up and do my best daily. My husband is a rock and he is 100% on board, the kids see that and I have full family support, which can be rare!