Step­ping out with style

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Life - Tari Jef­fers

AF­TER al­most 13 years build­ing her first re­tail busi­ness up to what it is, Yvonne Ni­col has de­cided it is time to hand over the reins.

The owner of Yves Bou­tique will this week fin­ish up her ten­ure at the Gar­den View Court busi­ness, just three months shy of her 13-year an­niver­sary.

Yvonne prided her­self on cus­tomer ser­vice af­ter open­ing the doors for her first foray into own­ing a cloth­ing busi­ness.

She built up a strong client base – in­clud­ing peo­ple from out­side the re­gion who made the trip to her store.

“It has been an ab­so­lute joy for me,” she said.

“It’s about mak­ing the cus­tomer feel good and I like to help peo­ple who want to en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence of shop­ping in store.

“I’ve tried to cater for dif­fer­ent age de­mo­graph­ics, which I feel I’ve suc­ceeded in.”

Hav­ing made the de­ci­sion to move on, Yvonne is look­ing for­ward to re­tire­ment and the next phase of her life.

“I want to re­tire, it brings new chal­lenges and joys,” she said.

“I didn’t want to get to the point where I’d lost my pas­sion for the busi­ness, which I haven’t, and I will cer­tainly miss it.

“I don’t like to be half-hearted about things and I wanted to go out on a high.”

Yvonne said she had met some great peo­ple dur­ing her years in busi­ness.

She said it was amaz­ing see­ing peo­ple she knew from out­side the re­gion visit the store with­out them re­al­is­ing she owned a busi­ness in the area.

Yvonne added one of the high­lights of own­ing a busi­ness in Man­jimup was sup­port­ing the town with stock they wanted and do­nat­ing to lo­cal causes.

“I’ve put a lot of time into the store, it’s a very big com­mit­ment, it kind of be­comes your child in a way,” she said.

“I’ve put 13 years of my­self into the store and I hope it shows.

“It was daunt­ing to start off with but I took to it quickly, it’s like it was made for me.

“I’ve come a long way, it’s cer­tainly grown and so have I.”

Dur­ing her time in busi­ness, Yvonne said she had seen many changes in town, from the ebb and flow of busi­nesses to the phys­i­cal changes in the streets.

“It’s great to see the foot­paths be­ing done,” she said.

“Mov­ing for­ward, I think there’s strong com­mu­nity prospects.

“We can talk things down too much, I think it’s bet­ter to look at the pos­i­tives.”

Yvonne said sell­ing the busi­ness to lo­cal woman Jo Luzny would pro­vide fresh ideas for the store.

“It’s time to have some­one new, some­one who can take the busi­ness in more di­rec­tions, es­pe­cially in terms of the in­ter­net,” Yvonne said.

“I’m so happy it’s some­one lo­cal tak­ing over, she’s fan­tas­tic.

“When you’ve built up some­thing you love, you want some­one who will take care of it.”

Jo said she was ex­cited for the

chal­lenge of tak­ing over Yves Bou­tique.

“I want to see if I can make it work as well as Yvonne, I want to do right by cus­tomers but bring a new vibe and spin on things,” she said.

“I want to es­tab­lish re­la­tion­ships with the store’s reg­u­lar clien­tele and slowly bring in my ideas.”

Yvonne thanked the com­mu­nity for its great sup­port of her over the years.

“It’s very hum­bling to see peo­ple think so highly of you,” she said.

I didn’t want to get to the point where I’d lost my pas­sion for the busi­ness, which I haven’t, and I will cer­tainly miss it – Yvonne Ni­col

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers Photo avail­able at west­

Yves Bou­tique owner Yvonne Ni­col will hand over the reigns of her store af­ter 13 years to Jo Luzny, who takes over the busi­ness on Mon­day.

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