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

Hi Molly, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk is oftentimes scary because with risk comes the unknown. The unknown is uncomfortable because there are no clear answers. With starting any business, there is some form of risk that a person is willing to take. Before I started The Weathered Daisy, so many fears came with the idea of this business. One thing I have learned about taking risks over the last few years, is that if I don’t try, I will never know the outcome. I would rather try and give it my all, than to not try at all. I’ve found it crucial to put myself out there into the unknown and be uncomfortable in order to grow both individually and professionally. Even in the cases where I have taken a risk and the outcome did not go as intended, I still have the opportunity to learn from the experience.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I started The Weathered Daisy while going through college as a hobby that brought in extra income to pay the bills. At the time, I had become really good at distressing old jeans and transitioning them into shorts. I had many people ask me where I got the shorts and that is when my sister, Maddie, encouraged me to create an Etsy shop. I was soon adding more vintage clothing to my Etsy shop and selling those, too. After college, I wanted to pursue The Weathered Daisy full time but knew I wanted my own website. I soon launched my website (theweathereddaisy.com), where hand-selected vintage apparel is available. This has been both a transition and a learning curve, but has been nothing short of great. I can not wait to see what is to come in the future!

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.
If I had a friend come into Phoenix, I would start off the trip at Chelsea’s Kitchen where the food is consistently good. Attic Alehouse is also a great option for both food and drinks. I would also recommend hiking Camelback Mountain or Piestewa Peak in the early morning hours. As far as experience goes, platform 18 at century grand is fun! It’s an experience where you are in a train-car for ninety minutes and take a “trip” through the Rocky Mountains while sipping on cocktails! Taking a day trip up to Sedona and/or Flagstaff is always a solid choice as well.

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?
I would like to thank my close friend, Justin, for believing in me and my business even when I didn’t always believe in myself.

Website: theweathereddaisy.com

Instagram: @theweathereddaisy

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