Next up for This Shop is the Sh*t is Bella Funk, a high end and high quality women’s clothing boutique in Littleton, New Hampshire.
Katie and Stef, two sisters, were best friends growing up and dreamed of one day owning a business together. As 23 and 24 year olds, they saw the need for a boutique of young and “cool clothes” in their hometown of Littleton as a perfect opportunity to live out their dreams. They were feeling young and fearless and heavily inspired by their entrepreneurial parents who raised them to believe in the importance of taking risks. As a result, they both decided to quit their 9-5 jobs and take a leap together to open up Bella Funk. Bella Funk is now well-established and highly recognized as a go-to women’s store in Littleton.
Since its opening in Littleton, locals have come to really appreciate and share the value of quality of products Bella Funk offers. Stef and Katie strive to offer high quality, everyday clothing that empowers women and makes them feel special. They like to provide for customers’ everyday needs but also offer up and coming trends for customers to treat themselves to.Because we have MAJOR respect for taking leaps and being young and fearless, we asked Katie and Stef for some advice. First, we asked about the challenges they faced in the early stages. They said initially their biggest struggle was finding financing and feeling like they weren’t being taken seriously by banks who doubted their business plan and treated them like kids. They never let anyone deter them from their vision and learned to keep pushing, trying a new bank as soon as one said no. Their major piece of advice was @ female dreamers, aspiring entrepreneurs, established business owners--they said: “Never stop believing in yourself! Follow your passion and stick with it, 110%. It's worth the fight to get there.”