We had the good fortune of connecting with Marlis Rosetti and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marlis, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I have always had a passion for business ever since I was little. Anyone who knows me knows I’ve always loved businesses, then my passion grew into love for jewelry. I took some courses in high school, then again in college and just fell in love with metals and casting. Jewelry trends evolved, and beads became popular so I started making bracelets, then necklaces and would sell them to my co-workers. A few years later I partnered with a wonderful workshop who has been helping me bring my ideas and drawings into life! And it has taken off from there!
What should our readers know about your business?
Our story began years ago while in High School, I was intrigued by gemstones, metals, and casting and so I took a jewelry-making class and loved it. In college, I took a few more classes to learn about newer jewelry-making and metal melting techniques, but the business didn’t launch until a few years later. After doing some traveling through Europe, I fell in love with the different cultures and different styles of jewelry, and so I began making beaded pieces ranging from bracelets, earrings, and chunky necklaces which were in style back in the early 2000. During all this time, I’ve always had a full-time job in the healthcare industry and making jewelry would always feel therapeutic and my clients were mainly my co-workers. Jewelry styles evolved and our styles have changed throughout the years and Miluk Collections came to life after a few years. Miluk came from our two golden retrievers, Miko and Lukas, at the time we were struggling with infertility a journey of over 10years and so it felt appropriate to name it after our four-legged kids. Miluk (mee-look) may also mean my look in Spanish, so the name fits perfectly representing my Latino heritage. Our first physical store opened many years later, in UTC La Jolla after all the renovations we finally opened our doors in a beautiful kiosk right in the middle of the renovated mall. We would take turns my mom would cover the mornings and we would cover the evening shifts, I would go with my husband every day after work and would close at 9 pm, every day and on Saturdays and Sundays. After a year of long days and nights, we hired our first employee to help with the weekends and some evenings. Business was great. I’ve always had an entrepreneur mindset and have always loved selling however, we were still battling infertility and many treatments so it was very difficult managing it all. After our last failed IVF and after almost three years at UTC, we closed our doors, we were in need of a break both physically and emotionally. A few years went by, I took an amazing job opportunity and were pregnant after a 3rd and final IVF attempt. We were blessed with our beautiful, healthy twin girls. However, there was always a desire to come back to Miluk so after two years, I decided to bring Miluk Collections back to life. So here we are, we launched our website last year and are just really putting our entire hearts out to our small business.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I personally love Little Italy, Balboa Park, Torrey Pines and Old Town
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Miluk Collections would not be possible without the unconditional support from my mom who has helped us flourish our dream by working our stores, attending trade shows, and always giving a special touch to our displays. My husband without a doubt also has always supported my crazy ideas and sees the love for our small business! I’m a risk taker and he helps me visualize to take my ideas to the next level. It’s not easy having a full time job, being a mother of twin toddlers, and also managing a successful business. All this could not happen without their support!
Other: You can find our collection: Local Niche Mission Valley Local Niche UTC LocalSD Collective