Maria Luisa Whittingham opened her eponymous boutique in Nyack 30 years ago. In that time, Maria Luisa (and now ML by Maria Luisa, right next door) has become a key thread in the fabric of Nyack's business district. Maria herself has also focused on making a difference, not only in our local community via involvements with various non-profit organizations and her own ML by Maria Luisa Scholarship Fund, but also in the world, by sourcing exclusively from suppliers whose business practices are socially/globally responsible. Her hand-selected inventory doesn't just look good - it does good.
Maria's business continues to thrive 30 years on, in part because she's always been an early adapter of growth tools such as online commerce and, of course, social media. I discussed that with Maria, and found that her success in all things truly comes down to one word: relationships.