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Nyack People & Places: Moving with Maria Luisa


Maria Whittingham has been a retail presence in Nyack for 30 years. The owner of Maria Luisa Boutique and ML by Maria Luisa is always ready to tell customers the stories behind the high quality clothing and accessories sold in her stores. Maria is a well respected pillar of the community who backs human rights’ causes and supports the local arts. She also founded the ML by Maria Luisa Scholarship Fund to recognize Rockland County women...

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Celebrating 30 Years with Maria Luisa

Maria Luisa Whittingham first opened shop in 1987, in a basement space next to the YMCA on South Broadway. Thirty years later, she has two retail stores, a thriving online store, and she holds a place of honor in the Rockland County community. In a 2014 profile of Maria Luisa, Bill Batson described her as “… a civic seamstress. She weaves business, social responsibility and family into a garment of retail longevity. From the durable and colorful threads of a matriarchal tradition and her own raw talent, she has created a popular business and brand: Maria Luisa.”

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Spring Valley H.S. Senior Wins Maria Luisa Scholarship Award

Melissa Denizard will be heading off to Babson College this fall with a little bit extra money to spend on books and freshman essentials, thanks to the ML by Maria Luisa Scholarship. Denizard was presented a $1,000 check by Maria Luisa Whittingham, owner of Maria Luisa Boutique and ML by Maria Luisa in Nyack, during a June 8 award ceremony.

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Maria Featured in Hudson Valley Magazine

Boutique owner and community activist Maria Whittingham's formula for entrepreneurial success combines fearlessness, talent and a staunch work ethic.

Maria Whitthingham, owner of Maria Luisa Boutique and ML by Maria Luisa, which has two Nyack locations, credits her family with playing a key role in the shaping of her career…

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Maria Luisa Starts Scholarship

Tappan Zee High School graduate Annika Scilipote is winner of the 2015 Maria Luisa Scholarship Award winner. This fall Annika will be attending NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.

The scholarship is a partnership with Rockland Community Foundation, a charitable organization committed to building a better Rockland. The initiative was created by Maria Luisa Whittingham.

 

Latina Entrepreneur of the Year

Congratulations are in order here, at Maria Luisa. The Business Development Center and the RCC College Foundation will be hosting their 4th Annual SBDC Hispanic Business & Student Achievement Awards Luncheon on November 7 from Noon-2pm at the Haverstraw Elks Club.

Maria Luisa's founder, Maria L Whittingham, will be recognized as "Latina Entrepreneur of the Year". Please join us in congratulating Maria Luisa Whittingham.

 

We're all, by now, more than familiar with the concept of shopping local and supporting small businesses as a way of keeping the unique identities of our communities intact. But really, how much time do we spend thinking about what all that truly means, especially in today's challenging economy?

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Nyack Sketch Log: Maria Luisa

Maria Luisa Whittingham is a civic seamstress. She weaves business, social responsibility and family into a garment of retail longevity. From the durable and colorful threads of a matriarchal tradition and her own raw talent, she has created a popular business and brand: Maria Luisa.

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Social Justice Luncheon Award

 

Rockland County Entrepreneur and Community Activist January 2014 - Maria Luisa Whittingham cited for her community leadership, activism December 2013.

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25th Anniversary of Maria Luisa Boutique in Nyack

Maria Luisa Boutique is about to begin its 25th anniversary celebration. Yes, it’s been a quarter of a century doing business in Nyack!

And we think the celebration should go on and on and on…

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Maria Luisa Builds Up To Memorable 25th Anniversary

Those long in the area should be well familiar with the original Maria Luisa Boutique, which moved into its latest home just over a year ago. Now fully settled in, Maria Luisa Whittingham's shop is thriving as a destination for those in search of women's fashion, accessories, and gifts.

 
Rockland Business Women’s Annual Dinner 2012

Rockland Business Women’s Network Annual Awards Dinner 2012 Honoree Maria Luisa Whittingham, Maria Luisa Boutique - RBWN Woman of the Year Local Not-for-profit charity event features a special appearances.

 


LOHUD: 3 Rockland Business Women Up for Honors

The  will honor three local businesswomen Thursday at its annual fundraising dinner. The organization has over 150 members and has donated more than $33,000 to local students for scholarships and business development opportunities.

 


The Villager: Friends of the Nyacks
2011 Distinguished Citizen Award Goes To Maria Luisa

This year’s recipient of our Distinguished Citizen Award went to Nyack’s own Maria Luisa Whittingham, proprietor of Maria Luisa Boutique and ML Gifts and Accessories.

 

Each week MSNBC's Your Business features experts to share their secrets for improving your business. This week, we visited Main Street in Nyack on the Hudson River in NY, where entrepreneurs are going out of their way to get customers to shop small.

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WomenCentric was on the scene today with over 100 people at Maria Luisa Boutique in Nyack, NY. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Nita Lowey discussed the "Success Act 2012", legislation that could have a significant impact on the small business sector.

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Nyack, on the Hudson in NY, a community that is typically generous, goes into high giving gear as Thanksgiving nears.
Maria Whittingham and her staff at Maria Luia boutique have created a display that reminds passers-by that local organizations need food donations at this time of year.

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Nyack Retail Stores Become an Ecommerce Destination Overnight

To know Nyack is to know Maria Luisa – for over 25 years. At Liqui-Site, we were fans of her boutique since before it was located opposite of our offices in downtown Nyack.

The new website, marialuisaboutique.com, brings online shoppers into downtown Nyack and provides a fun and easy shopping experience.

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Maria Luisa’s Boutique Expands
Thanks to 'Love a Local Business' Grant

An avid supporter of community and philanthropic causes, small business owner Maria Whittingham experienced firsthand that it really can pay more to give than to receive, after more than 300 supporters rallied together to reward the Nyack, New York business owner for her years.

 


LoHud: One Day Without Shoes

Maria Luisa Whittingham, at her store, ML Gifts and Accessories in Nyack (she also owns Maria Luisa Boutique in the village) is organizing the One Day Without Shoes event scheduled for April 8, in Nyack. Participants will walk shoeless to Village Hall to raise awareness of people throughout the world who don’t have shoes. TOMS shoes is the sponsor of the national event.

 


Hudson Valley & Catskill Mountains Explorer's Guide
Maria Luisa Boutique Earns 'Must Visit' Status

Rich with cultural attractions, the Hudson Valley and Catskills area will be celebrating it's 400th anniversary in 2009. The region will commemorate Henry Hudson's sail up the river, Robert Fulton's first successful commercial steamship operation and many more nationally significant events.

In this completely revised seventh edition, author Joanne Michaels, the most respected travel writer in the region, includes hundreds of places to dine and stay, along with a wealth of information about things to see and do - all within driving distance of New York City, Boston and beyond.

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