Influential Women in Business • Stacie Larsen

With her roots as a photographer, The 5th Floor event space owner Stacie Larsen had gained a vital perspective from her years of capturing special gatherings and destination weddings. “As the photographer, you generally take the lead,” she explains, “and for that day, the bride and groom look to you for direction and trust, on arguably the biggest day of their lives.” From her experiences, Larsen adds, “The location where the actual wedding takes place holds an equally important significance.”

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At some point, Larsen felt a pull in another direction than from behind a camera. She first was asked to help with the opening of a photo studio co-op in SLC, and passed, but then realizing that another studio space was needed, and closer to her hometown, in Ogden. With support from the collective of photographers and community in Ogden, the new business quickly surpassed expectations and they outgrew their small location. Fortunately, a neighboring building was going under renovation and became available, and The 5th Floor was created.

The 5th Floor event space has a character that you can’t build from brand new; the older renovated building has the capacity for over 300 guests. Ideal for weddings, its style is described as, “industrial-chic with a modern loft feeling.” When prospective clients visit they immediately fall in love with its appeal, as Larsen adds, “It’s a very on-trend space, with bits of industrial metal, tall ceilings and lots of gorgeous, natural light.”

Ogden Shows Up for Ogden “Ogden has a stigma, but it is a tight-knit community which is packed with businesses that support each other,” Larsen explains, “with an incredible circle of people that will help you succeed.” Winning the best new business for 2018 from Indie Ogden Awards, in which the community voted, “Ogden shows up for Ogden.” She suggests, “Don’t get stuck with what you think it is.”

A More Intimate Event Space Getting away from big Utah weddings and the even bigger greeting line, The 5th Floor can allow a more intimate venue space ideally for wedding parties of 100-150 guests, though it can accommodate up to 350. With everything close, out of town guests can lodge within blocks of venue, from ceremony to sit down dinner and dancing, they have the ideal set up.

Turn a Hobby into a Career “At first I thought of my career choice of photography as crazy, especially considering social media where everyone is taking pictures.” As a woman in business, “I faced challenges of giving myself and my ‘hobby’ real credit and now it has become a six-figure career with an entire business around it that I really take pride in.”

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