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Elise Mahoney doesn’t turn down a challenge or an opportunity. Rather than spend her time and energy in a field that’s even remotely related to her first decades-long career, she’s taken the plunge into a new, crowded field, one that takes ingenuity, determination, and stamina. As the owner and driving force behind Mmē, a women’s clothing shop with a beautifully curated selection, she has combined her creative talents and entrepreneurial drive into one spectacular new venture, and she’s our Woman of the Week.
Elise moved from San Francisco to Santa Cruz 23 years ago. She’d recently earned her MBA and was looking forward to spending some time as a stay-at-home mom — or at least that was the plan until she saw a posting for a position as an administrator at UC Santa Cruz. It was a perfect fit, and she stayed at UCSC for 22 years, only recently retiring into what could’ve been a quieter, calmer second career of her choosing. But she chose to not be quieter, to not be calmer.
She wanted a change, and her ingenuity turned lifelong interests in fashion, photography and decorating into her new endeavor: Mmē is a collection of women’s clothing and accessories that combines artistry, quality and ease. Elise is a shopper, and realized that is was challenging to find interesting, quality clothing that fit her more mature figure. So began Mmē, which is pronounced “me,” and is a play on the french word “madame,” but designed to focus on you. Her selection of clothing and accessories is carefully chosen and ever-changing.
In addition to the extensive collection of beautiful clothing at Mmē, Elise has partnered with Tina Brown from Ilka Style to providing styling services, as well as offer personal shop appointment during store off-hours. As she builds her new venture, she has the support of her mother-in-law, Sandy Mahoney, who has been in the retail business for more than 50 years.
Elise knows Santa Cruz well; she’s lived here for decades, raised a son and daughter with her husband, and is an integral part of the community. She’s already looking for ways to give back; she has committed to contribute 3% of her quarterly gross profit to organizations in Santa Cruz supporting women and children, and the first organization she chose is Salud y Carino. She looks forward to becoming part of the thriving retail fabric of Santa Cruz, and we look forward to all the greatness that is surely to come from this dynamic woman. Thank you for all you do, Elise Mahoney, Woman of the Week!
Mmē is located at 910B Soquel Ave in Santa Cruz, and at www.mme.ltd.
Woman of the Week: Jodi Eve Marcich
Okay here’s the thing: She’s married to the love of her life, she’s turned her passion for interior design into a thriving (and expanding) business, she’s the mother of three daughters who is brimming with spontaneous-dance-party enthusiasm for life, AND she is fabulous inside and out. Jodi Eve Marcich has officially nailed just about every major “Life Goal” marker on my list! As if that wasn’t enough to qualify her for Woman of the Week, Jodi is contagiously upbeat. Maybe it has something to do with her perspective: “Life,” she says, “is about remembering on a daily basis to share your personal gifts, to find and give joy, to dance, to touch…and smell and taste, to get a lotta bit dirty, to LOVE…verbally & physically as much and as often as you possibly can.” WOW. Congratulations Jodi, for this and so much more, you are our Woman of the Week!
Jodi and her husband own an interior and architectural design firm, JAM design group (www.jamdesigngroup.com), and are currently expanding to include a retail shop, Hive & Hum (Instagram:@hiveandhum and www.hiveandhum.com), featuring home and apiary goods. Her passion for life is infused in her work, which is clearly a fundamental part of who she is. Jodi says she was born designing interiors. “We moved a LOT in my childhood and I was fully in charge of directing the movers by age 7. My parents never knew what furniture and art arrangements they would come home to if they left me alone for a few hours.” After pursuing a Masters Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy, she found herself being pulled by a deeper calling and jumped in with both feet, earning a Masters Degree in Feng Shui. Her therapy background has come in handy too, as she seems to have a heart for capturing the true essence of home and family, and is able to use her gift for interior design to thread them together. “I believe your home should tell your story! Every person and family is unique and I love collaborating with clients to design spaces that reflect their dreams and needs.” In regards to her design style, Jodi encourages whimsy and creativity without losing sight of function. “I guess this makes my design style more eclectic,” she says, “as I’m completely comfortable designing modern or traditional (and I love mixing them together!).”
Jodi is fueled by fearless creativity and faith in her design sense. Like a true artist, she can “see” and “hear” houses before the project even starts. She believes trust is the key ingredient for a successful project, and feels fortunate that all of her clients are referral based. It’s one of the benefits of living and working in a small town like Santa Cruz, having that built-in “trust factor” is what allows inspiration to flow. Jodi is clearly fueled by a passion that pulses through her life and work, an attribute that can be seen in her expansion of JAM design group to include Hive & Hum, their retail shop.
Because JAM has traditionally worked all over the Bay Area, one of the goals of opening Hive & Hum, is to “bring it home” in terms of offering Santa Cruz a unique retail/design experience. Jodi, whose family is originally from Alabama, is fashioning the shop after a “General Store” with a strong dose of Southern Hospitality–values she holds close to her heart. Products will include home furnishings, gifts, garden and apiary goods, apothecary, and pantry items… “literally something for everyone from your pet to your grandpa.” In addition, they are hoping to offer a community venue for workshops, special events, or, as Jodi says, “just a place to pop in and feel welcome and inspired!”
Jodi is so grateful to be able to work among a community of women, including her three spirited daughters, who continue to delight and inspire her. And about that “Life Goal” thing, the list goes on: Jodi has mined for (and found) gold, flown in fighter jets, climbed an active volcano in Chile, and was a triathlete! But that’s not all: “If someone turns on ACDC I can make a dance party happen in about 2 minutes!” Jodi is truly a living embodiment of what it means to tackle and embrace life, dancing and designing all the while. Thank you, Jodi, you are an amazing woman!
Thank you to this week’s W.O.W. sponsor:
and to our blogger: Jessica Vargas