Sunday, August 20, 2017

Animal Instinct…

Have you noticed the menagerie filling our shops?
Well, we won’t blame you if you didn’t.
There are no actual live animals… simply animal motifs dotting a number of items on hand.
These range from carved elephant-themed wall hangings to a baby bird landing on a soap wrapper. There’s an intense-looking cat decorating a wallet and a frog-prince holding court in our lower level home department at ML by Maria Luisa.
Take a slow walk around and you’ll see plenty more, including giraffes, zebras… we’ll let you be surprised.
Lots of gift ideas for those animal lovers on your shopping lists.


Thursday, August 10, 2017


The outdoor entertaining season is well and truly here.
And at Maria Luisa Boutique and ML by Maria Luisa, we have plenty
of goods to help you make the transition to the great outdoors.
We have bowls and plates, trays and tables, cups and cookbooks – and some pretty funky roasting forks (marshmallows, anyone?).
Beach Stones
Our selections are perfect additions to your own home – or make for some unique and memorable gifts, especially for those hosts and hostesses who invite us to share their own outdoor spaces.
Maria Luisa

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


The warm weather has certainly put things in full bloom.
Our surroundings are filled with all kinds of seasonal flowers – and we’re loving
And this seasonal theme is also reflected in our shops – and on our website – where you’ll find us having quite a bit of fun with flowers.
There are floral prints on dresses and tunics and on scarves, bags and earrings.
And of course, floral scents are featured in our beauty products ranging from soaps to lotions and more.
We even have a gorgeous chair upholstered in a vibrant floral pattern.
Come in and see our “garden” full of options.
Maria Luisa

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The road to success

It wouldn’t be a proper celebration without the thank-you note afterwards.
So we just wanted to take a moment to offer our SINCERE THANKS to all of you who supported the #mlfaves team at the 30th Women’s Distance Festival, held July 8 at Rockland Lake State Park in Congers.
It was a special day for the Maria Luisa family – not only was it another way for all of us to offer our continued support for The Center for Safety and Change (accomplished through entry fees plus our own team donation, matched by Maria Luisa) – but it was also a great way to celebrate Maria Luisa Whittingham’s 60th birthday.
That occasion was marked by the Center with a beautiful balloon bouquet, a birthday cake – and of course, a birthday serenade.
The #mlfaves team was some 80-strong – a showing that placed us second-largest in the event’s groups – and our members ran, jogged and strolled their way to completing the 5K-course in a morning filled with camaraderie and good will.
And it proved a memorable turnout – some 1,100 participants overall!! – for a most important cause.
Again, we thank you for your continued support of the causes we believe in!

  • Maria Luisa Whittingham and the #mlfaves team. For more MLfaves at the 30th WDF CLICK HERE

Thursday, May 11, 2017


When you have a rough day, all you want to do is come home and relax.
It’s even better when you have a cozy space to just sink into.
If you haven’t seen lately, our lower level at ML by Maria Luisa is filled with an expanded selection of home furnishings and accessories – including some wonderfully welcoming oversize pillows that you’ll want to dive right into.

Stock up… and we promise your next bad day suddenly won’t seem so bad.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Our Mother’s Day Shopping Wish List registry is under way.


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Here at Maria Luisa Boutique and ML by Maria Luisa, we are all about celebrating women – and with Mother’s Day coming this Sunday, May 14, there’s no better time to recognize the special women in your life.
It could be your mom, your grandmother, an aunt, a sister, a dear friend, a mentor – any woman who’s been important in your life that you would like to honor.
Our shops are filled with gift ideas from clothing to bags, jewelry to scarves, shoes to lotions, candles, artwork and more. Of course, we also have journals and books, kitchen gear, furniture… lots of options to be sure.
Here’s what we have going on to help you find that perfect gift

Our Mother’s Day Shopping Wish List registry is under way.
Now through May 10, you can come in and create your own registry – a “wish list” of sorts – to put some gift ideas out there.
Then, you or anyone who shops from your list by May 12 will receive a 20% percent discount. And for the younger set, we've got a special offer - shoppers ages 12 and under who shop for mom now through May 12 - and BEFORE NOON May 13 - will receive a special Junior-Shopper 30% discount on cash purchases for mom.
And if time gets away from you, fear not. In addition to being able to shop 24/7 at, you can also take advantage of 15% off select gift packages in store.
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We have created a number of “grab-and-go” gifts featuring some of our most appealing selections. These artfully wrapped gifts feature products ranging from lip balms to earrings to jewelry boxes, reflecting both a variety of interests and budgets.
And don’t forget, a Maria Luisa gift card allows you to give Mom her very own shopping spree, something she can enjoy when she has the time – and perhaps you’ll even join her and see how delighted she is with what she finds.
So once again, to all those moms – and mother figures – enjoy the day!
Both Maria Luisa Boutique and ML by Maria Luisa are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
We look forward to seeing you this week.
Maria Luisa and the ML Team

Monday, April 3, 2017


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          No matter the season, footwear is one of our most popular offerings.
And these days, we have plenty of options at the ready.
If you’re on the lookout for something more rugged – think outdoor activities or that occasional rainy day – we’ve got you covered.
Same goes for something a bit more stylish – for a special event, perhaps?
And of course, we’ve got our tried-and-true offerings ideal for everyday wear, when you want comfort and quality in styles that also offer a bit of personality.
So stop by Maria Luisa Boutique, ML by Maria Luisa – or visit 24/7 – for the latest selections of sandals and tie shoes, slip-ons and booties and don’t forget a pair of cozy slippers or socks to round things out.
We’re confident you’ll find something to help you put your best foot forward… sorry, we couldn’t resist a little wordplay.  ML

Saturday, April 1, 2017


When was the last time you visited the lower level of ML by Maria Luisa?
If it’s been a little bit, then you’re in for a wonderful surprise.
We’ve now fully completed a bit of a style revamp in our lovely large space – creating a series of seating vignettes designed to inspire your home-d├ęcor dreams.
We have an array of chairs and couches, pillows, vases, throws, lighting and more, all fashioned in a way that really shows you how just a few new accents can really mix things up.

And don’t worry, if you’re inspired to have a seat and enjoy a bit of a breather when you’re shopping.
We’ll take that as a compliment.
After all, we wanted our re-worked space to be as inviting as your own home.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tie one on

Bright Floral Print

You know that no matter the season, we love a good scarf, shawl or wrap here at Maria Luisa.
And we’ve got a bounty filling our shelves these days.
We’ve got plenty of options for these crazy-weather days, cold one moment and warm the next. Our response? Winter styles on sale and spring goods arriving daily.
And always, style lives right alongside practicality, so there are single-hued beauties and vibrant prints ideal for you or for any gift-giving needs

You can never have too many, or at least we think that’s true – and don’t forget, a scarf, wrap or shawl makes the perfect “one size fits all” gift any time of the year.

Sunday, March 26, 2017


Sometimes you just want to step back and take stock.
Or perhaps you’re inspired to chronicle your daily life, set your goals or even write a story or poem.
Seems like a breezy afternoon can inspire any of these activities – and when the creative urge hits, we’ve got you covered.
We have a wide selection of journals that will add that elegant touch to your writing.
Check out our selection which features a variety of patterns and styles.
Treat yourself, so the next time you want to jot something down, you’re not
grabbing for the nearest grocery-list pad.

And don’t forget, journals make a sophisticated and thoughtful gift.
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Your Doorbuster Checklist - Saturday March 25th

Q. What if I have made purchase within the last 7 days, will I be able to apply these discounts to my previous purchase?
A. Come in on Saturday, March 25th, with your receipt and we will adjust your total based on your arrival time and the day's discount schedule. (See chart below).
Q. Can you hold items for me, and I'll be in on Saturday?
A. Sorry, but no.
Q. I'm checking out after 10 a.m. but arrived at 9:30 a.m., so why am I not eligible for the earlier discount?
A. Discount percentage is calculated based on the time that a customer is ready for check-out.  

[Doorbuster Sale Timetable]
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Maria Luisa Boutique)
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (ML by Maria Luisa)
F/W sale items: 60% off (cash or credit)
Non-sale & new arrivals: 25% off (credit); 30% off (cash)
12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
F/W sale items: 50% off (credit); 60% off (cash)
Non-sale & new arrivals: 20% off (credit); 25% off (cash)
3:30 p.m.-close
20% off the ticketed final prices

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

"Poems of Love?!"

Pre-Valentine's Day Event
February 1
7:15 to 8:15 p.m.
         Valentine's Day will be here before we know it.
And yes, we know some of you may have Feb. 14 already circled - with a red 

perhaps? - on your calendar.

But the celebrating will begin early here at Maria Luisa.
We hope you'll plan to join us - from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 - for our Special Pre-Valentine's Day Event...
Register now

"Poems of Love?!"A Romantic Evening of Poetry, Community and Shopping to fill your heart's desire... 

Veteran customers who have long attended our special events may recall a "Ladies' Night" evening we offered a few years ago with Judith Rose, the founder of Vital Movement™.
She's an experienced educator, movement artist and award-winning poet with a local private practice in therapeutic work. Her work is deeply grounded in the belief that the arts provide a medium for personal and communal healing and transformation.
On Feb. 1, Judith will offer a unique Poetry Performance "exploring the kaleidoscope of love and relationships in all its shades of light and dark and everything in between."
Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions and respond to the poetry.
OPEN to Women and Men.

We hope you'll come early and stay late - and enjoy a sip of wine while browsing our special collection of gift options for you and your loved ones.
 Essential oils will scent the air, creating the perfect atmosphere for you to relax and perhaps even treat yourself to some little luxuries perfect for a romantic Valentine's Day.

As our special gift to you, please enjoy 20% off our selected items during this special event.
We hope to see you there.
And be sure to stop back the weekend of Feb. 11 and 12, when our Valentine's Day shopping will be in full force with special promotions and surprises throughout the weekend.
Stay tuned for full details.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Serenity… now

Pom Pom Pillows

Well, we made it through the sometimes-hectic holiday season – and all of 2017 awaits…
If you’re having trouble getting back into a regular routine, we’ve got you covered.
Stop by Maria Luisa Boutique and ML by Maria Luisa for plenty to help you calm down and focus.
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We’ve got cozy sweaters and soothing lotions, slippers and teapots, rich fragrances and scented candles, inspirational books, artwork and signs and some beautiful journals to share your thoughts – or write those
lists that keep you organized.
And the best is we offer a welcoming shopping environment where the pressure is low and style is high.

Remember, during this time of year, when everyone’s getting back into a routine, we want to help make it easy – and fun – for you.
So come in and think peace, beauty, nature – browse away a little - and really just relax.
And breathe…

Friday, January 13, 2017


January 2017
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As we welcome 2017 with fresh eyes and an optimistic spirit, we here at Maria Luisa just want to take a moment to look back at 2016 before looking fully ahead .
First of all, we again wish you, our loyal customers, a happy and healthy new year – and hope it’s already off to a great start.
We thank you for your loyal patronage – and friendship – not only in 2016 but throughout our 30-year history in Nyack.
That’s right, our business marks its 30th anniversary this year – and we’ve got great things planned.
Susan Travis-Book Reading
But first, a quick recap of 2016, a busy year in which we were so grateful to see our store filled with customers for various events ranging from door-buster sales to Shopping for a Cause to benefit the Nyack Center. Special programs included an empowerment evening with author Susan Travis, our annual Wish List holiday gathering and of course, participation in all of Nyack’s signature events including the street fairs and the ever-popular Halloween Parade.
Along the way, we received recognition from Hudson Valley magazine, which was a lovely boost of exposure to a wider audience.
Nyack Street Fair
In addition, we continued our initiatives including Say No! To The Bag, the ML/GL Global Local Initiative, which benefits local nonprofits, and one of the projects we hold most dear, The ML by Maria Luisa Scholarship Fund.
2016 Shop for a cause
We introduced special shopping promotions ranging from the Sale of the Week to the 24 Days of Holiday Perks and welcomed you to share some iced tea or lemonade with us on Wednesday afternoons throughout the summer.
To us, these are not only ways to boost traffic but offer more chances to connect with you and see what you’re liking, buying and hear how you are doing.
We also continued to expand
Sing the Pledge
our online shopping offerings, (look for a brand new website to debut February) which many of you have taken advantage of – and for that, we thank you.
It all added up to another memorable year – and fueled us for what’s in store as we build toward our official anniversary later this year.
We’ve already begun planning special promotions and events – and kick off the programming with an evening with a “love-themed” poetry event with Judith Rose Feb. 1 and some Valentine’s Day-themed shopping events in February, as well.
We look to presenting another ML by Maria Luisa Scholarship this spring and hope to expand this program to other areas of funding (and again thank you sincerely for your ongoing and continually growing support).
The Maria Luisa team
Our thriving South Broadway homes for both Maria Luisa Boutique and ML by Maria Luisa continue to grow as we add more and new merchandise and revamp our furniture and home accessories collection within – but also as welcome new neighbors including Maura’s Kitchen and Brooklyn Bread.
As we hope you consider us a community resource, we continue to expand our collaborations with local organizations and offer a detailed community calendar on our website, which itself will be re-vamped and re-launched soon. And we remain, as always, open to working with artists, performers, authors and organizations that would like to hold special events here.
After all, it’s all part of what we do – and we are so glad you’re with us to “enjoy the ride.”
Happy 2017 – and again, we thank you for 30 years of patronage, support – and friendship.ML