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Celebrating Women: Meet Pam Karpenko


All month long we’re celebrating women in our area doing great things. 

Tonight, Reporter Nathalie Gomez introduces us to Pam Karpenko. 

She’s the kind of woman who can strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere… 

“Take on whatever it is that you want to do but don’t sit back and wait it’s up to us to take action,” said Mainstream Boutique Pam Karpenko.

See what I mean? Pam Karpenko is a Minot native and owner of Mainstream Boutique located on Main street in her hometown.

“I have a lot of different styles I like conservative, I like ripped denim, I like boho and I didn’t find that there was here what I was looking for,” said Karpenko.

She calls the store her passion project… and says Mainstream Boutique is about more than just selling women’s apparel. 

“The one thing that I’ve discovered that we do here is we don’t just sell clothes we end up delivering confidence. I feel like when you have the right clothes on it just acts as that little extra thing that makes us feel like we can go out and just conquer our day and we can just go get and get it done, said Karpenko. 

That’s the kind of attitude she hopes every woman has, but she realizes that sometimes we all need mentors and that’s why she started Grit and Grace. 

“I really was craving that connection with other really strong brave women in our community and struggling to find that,” said Karpenko.

Grit and Grace is a network where women can mentor each other no matter their age, job title, or status. 

“You don’t know who you’re missing in your life if you don’t reach out and take that first step to meet someone really cool,” said Karpenko.

Where does the name “Grit and Grace” come from?

“It takes a lot of courage, you run into a lot of speed bumps and obstacles and really you make a lot of mistakes, but it takes a lot of grit, and perseverance and courage and picking yourself back up so that’s where the grit part came from, but ultimately it also takes grace it takes the grace to look at yourself and say you know what own that mistake I learned from it”. 

Pam hopes to inspire women all over to take action and be the best they can be. 

Pam is very active at her store, she’s usually there every day. 

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