fter many years spent working in the corporate world, Melissa Fink was ready for a change. The business woman and busy mom of two boys wanted to do something where she could have an impact on others, so she set her sights on her hometown of Scottsdale; and came across Girly Girlz, which was currently for sale.
Now approaching her one-year anniversary as owner of the store, Fink has a lot to celebrate. And there is truly no better place to celebrate than Girly Girlz, as the store offers a bevy of entertainment options, from all inclusive birthday parties to private tea parties, day camps and more.
However, the road to successful business ownership wasn’t always easy. In 2004, Fink lost her sister in a drunk driving accident. The news was devastating, but Fink persevered and made it her mission to instill some of her sister’s vibrant spirit into Girly Girlz.
Then in 2009, only a few days after having her first child, Fink suffered a stroke and had to learn how to walk again. It was a trying time emotionally, mentally and physically, yet she was still determined to make it through.
“I have always believed that if you have hope, and you work really hard and keep a good attitude, things will get better,” says Fink.
And they did. With Girly Girlz running at full capacity, Fink finds joy in having the opportunity to brighten the lives of other children, as well as teach her own children the value of hard work.
“It is important for me to have my sons see a strong woman, and a woman owning her own business,” says Fink. “To know what it’s like to have a good work ethic and take ownership of something.”
Of course I would have to say my mom. Because as a mom, she has influenced me on how important it is to not only be hands-on in my kids’ lives, but also how to raise independent adults.
“What doesn’t kill you makes to you stronger.” -DA