This year we’ll feature a different ‘Marigal’ every month, learning more about why they love Marigold and how they contribute to the magic of our shop!
Our spotlight in June is on everyone’s favorite style guru, Elizabeth Shikany!
Elizabeth was destined to be a ‘Marigal’ from the moment she stepped into the shop at the age of four.
When her aunt Linda opened Marigold in 1989, it not only created a sacred space for quirky, exquisite women’s clothing, it created a special opportunity for Elizabeth to continue a family business. Growing up in Michigan City, Indiana, she remembers visiting Linda in Indianapolis and playing dress up with her twin sister Mary at “Marawgold” (see ridiculously cute picture of them). She never thought that playing in the shop as a child would help spark her career…but it did! Now she has worked here over 10 years as one of our brilliant leaders and a marvelous friend to all who walk through our door!
Linda asked Elizabeth to join the Marigold team when she was studying business at IU. It all started at the Thanksgiving table: “I was a sophomore in college and Aunt Linda asked what my future plans were. She invited me on a buying trip to New York that day. After that I was hooked. In January 2006, I started driving to Indy on weekends to work at Marigold, then moved here after graduating. I worked at both Marigold & Gingko. I saw growth and potential within this business and community! Linda is a great teacher and I’m so glad that I continue to grow with Marigold.”
What sets Marigold apart in Elizabeth’s eyes is the genuine kindness that comes with your experience at Marigold. “When I first started, a customer [one of our regulars, Cindy Munerol] came up to me and remembered my name, asked about school, and what my future endeavors were. She genuinely wanted to get to know me. She made me feel so special! It’s about that connection! That’s when I realized the power of Marigold first hand.”
A sense of love & community between customers and employees is key. “We are here for each and every person that walks through our door, we want to support each other. We really strive to be a positive space in the community, we want to uplift every ‘Marigal’! It really is contagious!”
Marigold has become a lifestyle for Elizabeth. Being apart of Marigold and the Broad Ripple Village Association has lead her to meet some extraordinary people and open up many opportunities within the community! “I come in on my days off to see and interact with the people that come through our door – meeting new people is the best part of this job!”
In the beginning, Elizabeth found the best way to figure out the ins and outs of Marigold was by being present on the sales floor & listening to the needs of the customer. Listening to how a certain line fit, what ran full, what ran small, what necklines customers wanted all contributed to piecing the puzzle together. She learned to take that information to market with her, helping Linda curate the charm that is Marigold. These two are an amazing dynamic duo when it comes to running the shop and selecting clothes for the customers!
While learning and growing, Elizabeth’s style has changed over the years. Before Marigold, she worked for the Gap. “I was definitely wearing a lot of t-shirts and jeans before I started wearing head-to-toe Marigold. But I learned that dresses and skirts fit my body better. I feel more comfortable and more confident in the eclectic fashions we carry at Marigold. Working here has opened me up to what fashion can really be – FUN & SURPRISING!”
A couple of Elizabeth’s favorite lines include Alembika, Salaam, & her everyday essentials: Anu Ligne tunic tanks & Coobie Seamless Bras. “I love that Alembika is funky yet still flattering, Salaam is perfect and incredibly easy to wear, & you know I love my Coobies, it’s the only kind of bra I wear.” Elizabeth has curated a sleek, classic, work wardrobe for herself. Her quintessential style involves layered tunics over slim Equestrian trousers or Lysse leggings, usually in BLACK! She also loves cute fit and flare dresses with a cropped topper thrown over. She can never have enough necklaces and bracelets, wearing at least 4 or 5 at a time! Besides adorning Marigold jewelry, she loves shopping at Artifacts for beautifully unique accessories.
When Elizabeth isn’t working, she enjoys walking the trails around her neighborhood & enjoying native wildlife with her husband Peter! Find her and Peter at some of their favorite restaurants in the neighborhood like Nook, The Broad Ripple Brewpub and The Northside Social. While these are all delicious local hangouts, her true favorite neighborhood treat is getting coffee at Perk Up down the street from Marigold!
We want to thank Elizabeth for being such a crucial part of our everyday life at Marigold. Without her Marigold would not be what it is. Her enthusiasm about our Broad Ripple fashion community is essential for Marigold to thrive for another 28 years! Thank you Elizabeth for the countless hours you put in to make Marigold the most extraordinary place to shop and work! We love you!