Tell us about Patsy Kane | Nautical and why you started it. Patsy Kane | Nautical is a Marblehead based boutique jewelry design and manufacturing company. Our focus is on classic maritime inspired pieces in a variety of metals and materials. As a New England based company, we try to ensure that the majority of our products are produced in New England. Begun as a creative endeavor, our designs are now offered through our website and in fine retail settings. We partner with the NortheastArc on our I Love You Bracelet and Bosun Bracelets.
What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? It’s a toss-up: “If you’re talking, you aren’t listening” and/or “Do what you’re best at and hire for the tasks you aren’t”.
What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? I have two favorite spots in Marblehead. I love to be tucked away inside our circa 1900 renovated beach cottage or out on our boat.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? I originally wanted to be a veterinarian (inspired by All Things Great and Small) and went to Ag school for a semester.
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Patsy Kane | Nautical
Owner: Patsy Kane Wiswell [email protected] or 617-834-0818
Tell us about Chestnut Sweet and why you started it. We started Chestnut Sweet in 2013, after deciding that the structure behind our house that had served for years as a three-bay garage and full workshop might have more practical uses and even some revenue potential. We spent about eight months converting half of that building into a two-floor space that could be used either for our businesses (our original thought), for family overflow or as an in-law apartment. We purposely designed the interior with comfort and simplicity in mind, and eventually we formally registered the space with the state as a B&B. People rent from us mostly in the summer, sometimes purely for pleasure and the enjoyment of Marblehead and the North Shore, and sometimes as an off-site/distance workspace. We’re now seeing many return visitors who have begun to feel like family.
What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? Read widely, listen to your gut, and keep things simple.
What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? That’s very tough, since there are so many sweet spots in Marblehead! The Red Steps, at the top of our street, is certainly one (there’s a secret bench there). The view from that spot, either night or day, is just spectacular; and so are Fort Sewall and the lovely quiet walking trails behind Seaside Park.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? OK, two things: I’m a trained Scuba diver and I’ve worked as a professional tailor and dressmaker.
Tell us about Changing Behaviors Consulting. Changing Behaviors Consulting focuses on generational differences for businesses to improve their bottom line through retention, productivity, and team cohesion. We specialize in Gen Z education, speaking, and consulting, targeting the generations to foster an environment to facilitate success, growth, productivity, and retention. We target education through workshops and speaking engagements with consulting to businesses of all sizes.
Why did you start your business? I started Changing Behaviors Consulting because I recognized how special this generation is in terms of their impact on business culture. They demand better leadership, work/life balance, and higher levels of diversity and ethics, to name a few.
What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is, “Ditch Perfectionism”.
What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? I love to go to Devereux Beach at sunset to watch the surf and the growing tranquility and peacefulness of the beach at the end of the day.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? I was a harpist for many years. As a youngster, I played the harp at Carnegie Hall.
Tell us about Living Swell and why you started it. In 2015 I decided to open a design studio/boutique in Marblehead as an extension of my interior design business. I wanted to create a place where people would be inspired by my unique design style and discover an extraordinary selection of hand chosen curated collections. The boutique, Living Swell, embodies a timeless coastal vibe, while always being on the forefront of style. Our interior design services include kitchen and bath design, home renovation, project management, yacht design, bespoke window treatments, upholstery and products, interior decoration and design.
What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? Some of the best advice I’ve ever received during my career include “design with intent”,” trust your instincts” and “own your style”.
What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? My favorite spot has always been the north side of Fort Sewall, looking out over the water to Beverly and Manchester.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? People might be surprised to learn that when a good song comes on at Living Swell, we break out into total dance mode.
Tell us about All Chic At 152. All Chic At 152 is a boutique with clothing from the USA, Canada, and Europe. We sell trendy and affordable clothing and accessories for women. You’ll find our store in downtown Marblehead at 152 Washington Street. One of my favorite things to do is shop for unique pieces for my customers/clients. We have new merchandise arriving daily and I love every minute of it!
What made you decide to open your store? I started in business in 1992 with my first store Rags to Riches which I owned for many years before it was destroyed alongside my shoe store Funky Feet, and many other businesses, in the devastating fire on School Street on February 19, 2003. Shortly after the fire, I went into real estate but within about a year, I decided to reopen Rags to Riches on Pleasant Street. When I began heading in the direction of selling new clothing, I moved my store to 41 Atlantic Avenue. Not long after that, I opened All Chic Boutique and moved down the street. After many years at that location, we relocated to Florida, where I continued to sell real estate. When I returned to Marblehead, an overwhelming number of people requested that I reopen. So, in October 2021, I opened All Chic At 152 and I am so happy I did!
What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? My parents always told me, “If you work hard, you will be rewarded.” I can truly say they were right.
What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? My favorite spot in Marblehead is Washington Street. The foot traffic is awesome, and I love all the customers and their pets who pop in to do some shopping and visit with me.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? Something some people may be surprised to know about me was I was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland and I love to get my hands dirty in my garden.
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All Chic At 152
Owner/Buyer: Siobhan Phelan
152 Washington St in Marblehead www.allchicat152.com