Monday, December 30, 2013
Join us in offering congratulations to our own Maria Luisa Whittingham, who later this month will be honored with the Social Justice Award. Presented by Nyack College, the award (one of several to be given out during a Jan. 17 luncheon at the Nyack Seaport) honors her for her activism. Maria, as we know, is all about community, which is evidenced by her work on the boards of local organizations ranging from The Nyack Center to the Art, Craft and Antique Dealers Association to the NAACP. An active chamber member, she is a devoted champion of shopping local, building the Nyack community - and causes ranging from the work of People To People to the Nyack Homeless Project, as well as the arts. Well done!
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Cyber Monday, that day dedicated to online holiday shopping, is officially Dec. 2 - but we are getting a jump on things. From Thanksgiving through Monday, we're making your holiday shopping easier than ever - and helping you save a bit of money along the way. Gift certificates, which can be purchased through our site, will be discounted 15%. That means a $100 gift certificate, for example, will only cost you $85. Stock up and let those you love have the fun of shopping at Maria Luisa Boutique or ML by Maria Luisa. You tell us the amount and the recipient, and we'll take care of the rest. (And go ahead, buy a few for yourself - click away from home and then come in and do your own shopping - holiday or otherwise - in person when you have the time. Clever, no?). annual tree lighting. Be sure to make Maria Luisa part of your evening, too, as we will be hosting the opening of Part II of our exhibition featuring those profiled in the Local Arts Index. We sponsor the column on Nyack News & Views - and hope you enjoy it. Back in October, we had our first group show and it was quite the success. We hope Dec. 6 - from 5 to 8 p.m. in the lower-level gallery space of ML by Maria Luisa (Gifts & Accessories) - will be just as lovely an event. See you there.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 25, 2013 Nyack, NY EMBRACING THE SPIRIT OF SEASON People to People, Rockland’s largest food pantry, put out the call – turkeys were needed to help the nonprofit meet the local need this Thanksgiving – and veteran Nyack merchant Maria Luisa Whittingham was one of those who answered. Whittingham, whose Maria Luisa Boutique and sister shop ML by Maria Luisa are staples of Nyack’s South Broadway shopping district, was on hand at the Nanuet offices Nov. 25 to donate funds to supply turkeys to 25 needy families. People to People while also collecting coats for the Nyack Homeless Project. These efforts will continue in coming weeks, with Whittingham introducing a new philanthropic effort that will offer her customers creative new ways to help local nonprofit organizations as they shop. Details of the new initiative will be revealed in early 2014. Marialuisaboutique.com FB Maria Luisa Boutique
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
How did it already become November? Wow, the year continues to push on. And this month, the holiday season gets under way in a most unique fashion. For the first time in a very long time, as we're sure you've been hearing, Hanukkah will begin on Thanksgiving. Talk about a lot to prepare for! Well, we know you'll all be looking forward to gatherings filled with family, friends and good food and drink. And often, those gatherings include gifts (which, we admit, we kinda love). As you've hopefully seen, Maria Luisa Boutique and ML by Maria Luisa (Gifts & Accessories) are the ideal, go-to destinations when it comes to shopping for gifts. It might be a scarf or pair of earrings for a relative you'll be seeing after a long time, or a sweet treat for your sister. Maybe you need a hostess gift or a few things for your own home? We've got it covered. And, of course, don't forget our selection of fashion, footwear and all kinds of accessories - wonderfully thoughtful gifts but also great selections for your own holiday dressing needs. We know how busy the holiday season invariably becomes. We've got plenty going on in the shops - read on, both below and in the sidebar, for news and activities we have coming up. We look forward to welcoming you - and helping you select just the right thing, whether it's for yourself, your home or as a special gift. But we do also hope you'll 'book in' some time to simply savor this time of year. Treat yourself to some quiet time - and realize how much we all do have to be thankful for.
Friday, November 1, 2013
Maria Luisa and ML by Maria Luisa (Gifts & Accessories) will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. But the holiday-shopping season kicks into high gear the day after - that day so many refer to as "Black Friday" - when we officially kick off our holiday hours - open daily through Christmas Eve. Check the blog for extended hours, etc. throughout the season.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we'd like to take a moment to share the details of a special project with you. At Maria Luisa, we like to think we are a family - and that extends to not only our customers but the community as a whole.
So, when's your birthday? We're not being nosy. We have a reason for asking.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Hello there. Don't forget that "First Friday" is just around the corner. We are just loving the art-themed evenings that bring so many people out on the first Friday of each month.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The lower-level gallery of ML by Maria Luisa has hosted a number of arts-related events over the past couple of years. There have been nights filled with music, others with spoken word. And many have been devoted to the visual arts. Some presented works of simple beauty, others pieces that truly made you think. We’ve enjoyed it all, especially the opening receptions that gather the most interesting people who come together to chat, sip a glass of wine and simply appreciate the wealth of talent in our own backyard. Combine the best of those previous events with the enthusiasm of Nyack’s growing “First Friday” series and that gives you a hint of what a lovely – and lively – event we hosted Oct. 4 as our latest edition of the monthly themed nights. You may already know – and enjoy – Maria’s sponsorship of the Local Arts Index, a regular feature on the Nyack News & Views site.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Our beloved team member Denise Sharpe will soon be leaving the Northeast to start the next chapter of her life, relocating to Texas. Of course, we wish her all good things in her new adventure, but we can't help but feel a bit wistful. Denise has brought something very special to Maria Luisa, both in the boutique and at ML by Maria Luisa, in her years here. You know her for her personal style. You know her for her honesty. You know her for her compassion and good ear. You know her for her always suggesting the perfect item for you to try on - or the ideal gift when you're shopping for someone special. Most of all, you know her for that infectious laugh and her wonderful spirit. It's no surprise that Denise herself wanted to share a few words with you, our preferred customers, herself, which we are proud to pass along: ***
Monday, August 5, 2013
The back garden of ML Gifts & Accessories was transformed into an intimate club of sorts on the evening of July 31 as we hosted “There’s Magic in the Art of Storytelling.” It was yet another of our special events designed to offer both something unique for our customers and something to foster a sense of community. And we think those in attendance – and we thank the several dozen who joined us – would agree it was quite a success. Maria Luisa Whittingham met writer Jayme Rudolph Cooper when ML Gifts hosted an exhibition of the stunning portrait work created Jayme’s sister Lauren Rudolph (her work, in prints and cards, continues to be on sale at ML Gifts). Maria and Jayme got to talking, an evening was suggested and as Maria said “We set a date, finally, then Jayme ran with it.” It was, in Maria’s eyes, another way to tap into the wealth of local talent. “We have such a wonderful artistic community,” she said. And Jayme surely helped turn the spotlight on that talent. In the outdoor space so artfully styled by Kris Burns (you’ve probably seen her work in Maria’s windows), the evening got under way with more than a few laughs as Michelle Churchill, author of “Flashes: Adventures in Dating through Menopause,” shared a bit of her background. She then read us a chapter on a date that included a former athlete, candy kisses and a gift set of Lady Stetson perfume. (You have to hear it to believe it!) The evening’s well-paced variety continued with Jayme then sharing a few selections of her own work that touched on universal themes of love and family. Emmy Laybourne took us along on a fast-paced glimpse into her latest thriller, “Monument 14: Sky on Fire.” Amy Clarke then shared a chapter of a nonfiction book. While it’s designed to teach children how to find their passion, it also tapped into something everyone can remember: “Keep going and don’t stop until you have the life that you want.” The evening’s diversity was continued with the remainder of the lineup. Anupama Amaran shared poems that took us from horseriding in Vermont to a stroll down the evening streets of Slovenia. Kim Purcell, author of “Trafficked,” shared the drama of a new immigrant standing in line at customs; and Diana Wilkins capped the evening with poetry that in its truth and beauty transcended its personal nature. It simply resonated, as did the whole event. As Maria said, “Everyone deserves an audience to hear their stories. Jayme, in her opening remarks, had also touched on the power of the women and their words. “That’s really what it comes down to in life, sharing our stories.” And on a mid-summer evening at ML Gifts, that sharing proved something magical indeed. ~ Mary Shustack Editor, Maria Luisa Newsletter
Friday, July 26, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Forget about slowing down for summer. Things have really been heating up at Maria Luisa Boutique and ML Gifts with exhibitions, sales and all kinds of special events. Next up is a special evening devoted to storytelling. We're really looking forward to it, so mark your calendar for 7 p.m. July 31. Here are the details, as provided by event organizer Jayme Cooper, who shares that published novelists Emmy Laybourne and Kim Purcell will be among the participants: "Live your life from your heart, share from your heart, and your story will heal other people's souls." -Melody Beattie life of Frederick Douglass. The work, which teamed up students from the Blue Rock School and St. Thomas Aquinas College, has proven memorable. As always, the evening will offer a chance to catch up with friends, perhaps do a bit of shopping and of course, have some refreshments. We hope to see you there, and please RSVP via the link below. ML RSVP Link ALSO, this Saturday, July 20 Walk to the Beat NYACK. Read details HERE.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
What's more fun than a relaxing weeknight spent catching up with friends and family, listening to music and gazing out over the Hudson River? The 22nd season of Mostly Music, presented by Friends of the Nyacks and sponsored by Maria Luisa Boutique and Eyevolution Optique, kicks off in grand style at 6 p.m. June 26 with "Youthfest." Stop by to hear Danna Banana, pianist Albert Alhf and Midnight Brigade. The series continues at 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday through Aug. 14. (We're especially looking forward to the patriotic program to be presented by the Orangetown Concert Band on July 3). If you're planning to picnic, swing by ML Gifts & Accessories on the way to pick up some fun accessories. Options range from mix-and-match cutlery to bamboo-fiber tumblers, bottle openers to snazzy outdoor carpets (use one at the park, then roll it up and take it home!) The park is at the corner of Depew and Piermont avenues. And don't forget that the "Music in the Garden" series at the Edward Hopper House Art Center kicks off next month. Full details in our next newsletter.
Monday, April 29, 2013
When we say Maria Luisa Whittingham goes to great lengths to find great things for her boutiques, we mean it. Last month found her on a journey to Peru where she, representing Maria Luisa Boutique, had been selected by PromPeru to attend PeruModa to explore a working relationship with some of the country's artisans. The trip was a real success, with Maria returning from Lima with a heightened appreciation of Peru's cuisine and its many diverse indigenous cultures -and a real excitement about some new connections made. We feel in the coming months you'll also share that excitement when you begin to see the results of these new opportunities and relationships Maria's trip helped forge. Below are images from Maria's recent visit to Lima. Peru.