We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie O’Rourke and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Stephanie, how do you think about risk?
I believe in order to be successful, you absolutely have to take risks! Successful people are all a little crazy if you really look at it. If you don’t take big chances, the magic is never going to happen. I feel that my naturally rebellious nature has matured over the years. As a teenager and young adult, I was taking the wrong kind of risks that lead to trouble. However, I am grateful that risky and somewhat impulsive nature grew and lives inside me. I just had to figure out the right ways to use it. As I’ve aged and learned the power that risk taking can have, I’ve learned to drive it to help my dreams come true and find success and happiness. Before I opened my first boutique, I talked about the idea and would hear things from people like, “that’s too risky”, or “that’s not a good idea, you could go broke!” But my natural instinct to rebel drove me to take the chance. After all, I would never know or even have the chance to make a dream come true without taking a leap. Now I have even taken another risk this past year of horror that we call 2020. I decided to take a HUGE risk and open up a 2nd location during a pandemic. Boy did I hear some crazy backlash for this idea! People basically told me I was insane. But because I took this risk, I was able to get a prime location (for a heck of a deal) in a very busy city and I have been able to drive enough income to allow me to be home with my kids more! I can’t wait for future risky opportunities! Keep ’em comin’!

What should our readers know about your business?
My business/brand, Little Piece Of My Heart, is not simply a boutique. It is an experience and a vibe. A store that empowers free spirits and encourages self love. The brand formed on its own over time as we began to grow and I felt more comfortable and confident in what I wanted to put out into the world. It’s definitely a reflection of my heart and all the things I love- Rock-n-roll, vintage, the 60’s/70’s psychedelic culture, spirituality and humor. I named the shop after the Janis Joplin song, “Piece Of My Heart,” and it’s also quite literally a piece of my heart. I decided to create my store after having severe postpartum depression and basically losing myself in being a stay at home mom. In order to be a good mother to my children, I also needed to fulfill my dreams and be happy with myself. Whomever thinks it’s impossible to be a good mom and a good business owner, is sadly mistaken. You can totally do both! After my son was born and the depression kicked in, I simply handed my life over to the universe for answers. Then holy cow did the signs from the universe start flowing! (That story is rather long and can be told another time.) The process was far from easy and I had to learn new things every day. I brought my 5 month old baby to work with me everyday and worked the shop full time for the first year. Most importantly, I didn’t give up even though I wanted to several times. I made sure to write down my goals in order to stay focused and manifest the crap out of my dream. I made one of my goals to open a second store within 5 years, and here I am, not even 3 years in, and I’ve opened my second one! I want everyone to know that there is a power in all of us to make our dreams come true. You simply have to BELIEVE and then DO. Don’t overthink it, just do it. You don’t need all the answers lined up beforehand.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My 1st store and my hometown is Loveland, CO. There are so many things I love dearly about this city. It is truly such a special place. Our downtown district is growing and developing in the best way, while still honoring the history and all the local businesses in it. Our Downtown District Authority has done so much to support the small biz here and the community and network of business owners is incredible! So much support! Anyone who visits this little downtown should find themselves with so many options for a good time. I recommend strolling down 4th street and grabbing a coffee from Dark Heart or Coffee Tree, then hitting up the local boutiques (Vintage Willows, Pilar, Rooster Brown’s, Garment Gal and Cloz To Home are some of my favorites!) Grab a beer from one of several local breweries, and then dine out at Betta Gumbo, Door 222, Origins, The Cactus, Henry’s or many more! I recommend always finishing the night at Burk’s Tavern.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout 100% goes to my amazing husband. He is the one person who has never doubted me. He’s encouraged me to just “go for it.” My husband taught me about the power of positive thinking and has loved me through all my ups and downs of being a business owner. He’s never called my ideas crazy, and has always told me take the risk or I would never know what could be. He helped me pick my head up when I thought I was failing and encouraged me to keep going. I owe him much more than a shoutout, I owe him my heart. I love you, Tim!

Website: www.littlepieceofmyheart.com
Instagram: littlepieceofmyheart_loveland
Facebook: littlepieceofmyheartloveland
Other: Our Boulder location’s IG: @littlepieceofmyheart_boulder

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