Thursday, March 8, 2012

Local Shop Talk: Ki Designs

Kimy Marino, owner of Ki Designs, gave us a look inside her South Tampa boutique on MacDill Avenue. Kimy started her business as a wine glass artist and has quickly expanded her brand into many custom home accessories as well as party and wedding decor. She envisioned a happy and friendly environment where you can speak your ideas/wants and see them come to life as tangible, hand-made gifts. Her boutique is brimming with glamorous silver wallpaper, eclectic antique furniture and shelves full of colorful painted drinkware and home accessories ---perfect for any girl's style, from bohemian to preppy classic. Ki Designs offers a fresh spin to thoughtful gifts, as well as takes shopping local straight to the root--producing local! Kimy and Ki strive to provide the "ki" to every celebration and home.
What is Ki's most popular item? Hand-painted wreaths, custom wine glasses or the just married get-away car signs.
What are your favorite patterns and color combos right now? Anything and everything leopard! LOVE ikat and giraffe prints, tribal... obsessed with pink and orange right now and all things BRIGHT. Tangerine is going to be big in clothing AND home accessories... or at least it will be with me!
What's your favorite thing about operating your shop and making the products? I love the one-on-one experiences I have with every customer. I love hearing people's life stories and being involved in big moments such as weddings, 75th birthdays, 50th wedding anniversaries, the list goes on and on! Tampa is such a wonderful community and I get so much joy out of customizing gifts for people. Knowing my customers not only on a first name basis but knowing what exciting things are going on in their life and being able to contribute to their events makes all my daily stresses and lack of sleep worth it. If I don't have an example of what you want, I will make one. The skies the limit and the Ki to success is making my lovely customers happy!
You can swing by to visit Kimy and her favorite shih tzu employee during store hours: Tues-Fri 10am-5pm and Sat 11am-4pm, or e-mail/tweet/facebook/call her anytime!
Also, join her ever changing blog with her latest projects and products!

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