Though the transition from more than 20 years in the corporate world to boutique apparel may seem like a stretch, according to Kathleen Maxwell, owner of the newly opened Comforts N Joy
, it makes as much sense any other career leap.
“If I couldn’t find a job in the field I was involved in, I decided I would do something I’d always wanted to do,” says Maxwell. “I love beautiful things.”
Now Maxwell is surrounded by beautiful things every day. The 2,500-square foot Comforts N Joy on Marsh Road in Okemos specializes in Chinese silkwear, cashmere, accessories and semi-precious jewelry. Maxwell provides personal shopper services, custom cashmere ordering, private shopping by appointment and more for her clients.
“It’s like playing dress up,” says Maxwell. “We laugh, I put scarves on them and jewelry – I am just having an absolute ball.”
Comforts N Joy opened on October 25 and is already establishing a local clientele. Maxwell says her hand-on shopping service and inventory featuring specialty luxury items is something new to the area. As her business continues to grow, she hopes to expand to new locations in the Lansing area and beyond.