We had the good fortune of connecting with marysarah ivers and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi marysarah, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I have come to love risk, or rather, see that it is essential to my happiness. In starting a shop during this time there was an obvious risk. In starting any business, regardless of a pandemic, there is a risk. But it seemed to me that there were two choices in front of me – either I respond to my fears + the real possibility of failure, or I say yes to the risk + follow my heart. Not to be cliche, that was a real sentiment. When I think about different moments of my life, I can clearly see that the most beautiful things that have happened to me have required taking a risk. I think of my closest friend, whose love for me I would not know without having risked pursuing that friendship, + vulnerability. I think of choosing the study philosophy, accepting the risk that it denied me some clear path to a career. And yet without the wonder + question that those studied evoked in me, I would not be doing what I am doing. I think of falling in love, and the many risks that go along with that. But in saying yes I have discovered a great promise for my life + so much joy. In remembering these moments I know that risk is precisely what allows something beautiful to happen. My risking allows something to break through + change me. And I have seen that yet again with The Olive Branch.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The Olive Branch is more than just a shop…

Our hope is to share + inspire the Beauty found in daily life + in gathering; to serve to elevate the daily work that takes place in the home, and help reveal the Beauty found in the ordinary. We believe that this is possible through our commitment to sourcing thoughtfully made, beautiful goods for the home – made by the people who surround us + sharing their stories. And with that, every good found at the Olive Branch might be a sign that we belong to each other.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Littleton favs – Rocker Distillery! I love what Dustin created at Rocker. It’s an amazing space + some of the best cocktails around. Also Dirt – my go to coffee spot just down the road from the shop. Their mission is really special + they work with such care. Biking the trail Long the Platte is a great way to spend the day. I have a 10 mile loop I really love that ends up at Breckenridge Brewery.

Denver favs – Lots of love for my fellow small shops! – Miller Lane, Conifer, Meek… so many goodies.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I worked with an amazing team of women at Salt & Sundry + Little Leaf in Washington DC for a few years before moving back to Denver. I started out on the shop floor and eventually worked full time on their creative team doing photography, design + marketing. I developed many those skills + passions through the encouragement of my team. My creative talents grew so much through working alongside the owner + creative director. Without that experience I definitely wouldn’t have been able to start The Olive Branch. Their finance director has mentored me through these months since opening, and the team continues to support me from afar. I’m so grateful for that experience. Check out their beautiful shops!

Website: https://olivebranchshop.co/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/olivebranch_shop/

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-olive-branch-littleton?osq=the+olive+branch+shop

Image Credits
Joslyn Griffin

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