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Long-time downtown shop undergoes major renovations

City grant helped fund full transformation

With the help of a city grant, Little Luxuries on State Street underwent a major renovation of its space.

According to a release, Little Luxuries will celebrate its grand reopening April 13-15 after maximizing space, upgrading the lighting and changing many design elements of the store during its renovation.

Little Luxuries, which has been part of the downtown Madison retail community for more than 25 years, received a matching grant of $50,000 from the City of Madison's Retail Improvement Grant Program.

The goal of the program was to support existing retail spaces and attract new ones to Madison, according to a release. The grant program was initially created in 2016 by Mayor Paul Soglin and ended toward the end of 2017. Little Luxuries was one of the last retailers to receive support from the Retail Improvement Grant Program.

“Retail stores like Little Luxuries are of vital importance in keeping the spirit of State Street alive,” Soglin says. “I am excited to see investment in this beloved retail shop and am happy they were able to take advantage of the City’s Retail Grant Program to help with the remodel.”

While the store has had many locations on State Street in its 25 years, it has been in its current location for the past 10 years. According to owner Amy Moore, Little Luxuries was due for a design update that provided a more modern look.

"I desired a more convertible space for hosting events, and to allow for more dynamic merchandising. I wanted to boost energy efficiency with new light fixtures, too," Moore says.

Destree Architecture and Design led the $150,000 makeover with Lake Country Construction Group. Some of the new features include recycled carpeting, LED lighting, revamped used furniture, a soft color palette with transitioning hues, Zintra panels on the ceiling to absorb reverberation and a new wireless point-of-service system.

Moore says the store plans to continue carrying a mix of locally made, American and international gifts and accessories. 

"We’re looking forward to many more successful years in this special space." Moore says. "My favorite part about our location is the opportunity to connect with our local community and also act as an ambassador representing the community to our visitors.”

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