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

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