Stepping out with style
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
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.