Meet Celeste Hardnock and Stella Grove, My Sister’s Circus
Area of expertise:
We’re at the top of our game when it comes to dressing our customers in the best looks suited for them and to get their “sassy” on! We have a good eye for merchandise which carries over in relationships with our customers and their personal style.
How long have you been with this company?
We are celebrating our 40 year anniversary this year! I opened the store and Stella joined about 20 years later.
To what do you attribute your success?
First and foremost, we are not absentee owners. We oversee every aspect of running the store. Each and every customer is treated with complete honesty and they are our top priority.
From what do you draw strength?
We are constantly inspired by not only our customers but also the positive feedback we receive from our community. Also, we both love what we do and constantly challenge each other in different aspects.
What strengths do you bring to those around you?
We have a very strong work ethic and believe in supporting our community in any way that we can.
On a typical weeknight, we could find you doing what?
Celeste: I eat out just about every night at the same place! I then often head to the grocery store and home to unwind.
Stella: I have a 17 year old dog and a 1 year old puppy so, needless to say, they are an important part of my evening free time. I also like to make seasonal wreaths!
What advice would you give a younger version of you?
You are on a good ride when you wake up every morning and look forward to doing what you love. Everything you do is a trade-off and it all depends on how badly you want to succeed and how much you are willing to work for it.
What inspires you?
My mom was an important influence in my opening the store. She loved clothes and always wanted to know about the latest trends. She taught me the concept of “Shop ‘til I drop!” Mom took such pride in telling everyone that her daughter owned a clothing store and they needed me to dress them! She was my biggest fan and I always wanted to make her proud.
1110 E. Broadway, Columbia