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Malibu Colony Company celebrates 20 years of loyalty

Tina Nicholl, co-owner of Malibu Colony Company, talks about the store’s 20th anniversary and its beginning in Malibu. Photos by Heather Warthen/22nd Century Media
Pictured is a Malibu Colony Company logo coaster the store sells.
Ashleigh Fryer, Senior Editor
2:27 pm PDT July 28, 2014

Malibu is the scent of Thymes’ eucalyptus and lavender body creams, the feel of Yves Delorme’s simple white linens and the sight of Denise James’ handcrafted semi-precious stone jewelry. 

After 20 years in business, Tina Nicholls, co-owner of the Malibu Colony Company, has gotten Malibu’s style down to a T.

“We’ve been here for two decades; we know what the Malibu residents want or like,” Nicholls said. “We know what we can sell, and that’s not just any old thing. What we bring to the store coincides with their tastes.”

Halfway through their year-long celebration of the milestone anniversary, Nicholls, who has been involved in the venture since Day 1 with co-owner Hugh Kinsella, is able to reflect on the store’s past and its current place in Malibu’s growing consumer landscape. 

“When [Hugh] opened the store, there was nowhere to shop in Malibu — nowhere to go where you could get a gift at whatever price; from greeting cards to furniture,” Nicholls said. “Back then there was nothing in this center but mom-and-pop shops, and they were all specific — leather stores or clothing stores. We were the first place that offered a variety of things that people needed.”

After opening a second location across from their original space, which featured a furniture showroom, in December 1999 the Malibu Colony Co. suffered a twist of fate when a fire destroyed their flagship location. 

“We had nothing; everything burned to the ground, but we kept all the staff because we didn’t want them to be without money during the holidays,” Nicholls said. “Really, we should’ve gone out of business. But we struggled through it and rebuilt.”

The original location reopened in 2001 with a more modern look and feel, but Nicholls made sure the shelves were still stocked with the same Malibu favorites — bedding from Sferra, Simon Pearce glassware, home décor products from Mariposa and decorative pieces from Buccellati, among many others. 

But as the surrounding community evolved, the store joined suit, bringing in products from resident artisans like jewelry from James’ line — which Nicholls said is their most popular jewelry line — candles from Madison Hildebrand’s collection and skin care items from Zorica of Malibu. 

“We constantly have to keep changing to keep up with the trends and satisfy our core customer,” Nicholl said. 

In the spirit of rewarding their core customers and showcasing the breadth of the products the Malibu Colony Company has come to offer during its 20 years in business, Nicholls has designed a new raffle every month through the end of the year. With their purchase, each customer will be entered into the store’s database, where Nicholls will draw a winner each month who will receive an item donated by one of the store’s vendors — ranging from gold necklaces to handmade home décor pieces. 

For Nicholls, who has been hosting the raffle for three months already, the contest has served to reward the customers who have supported the business through its ups and downs over the last 20 years.        

“Even though Malibu has changed a lot, we still have loyal, dedicated customers who have been here since Day 1,” Nicholls said. “Without them we wouldn’t be here.” 

The Malibu Colony Company is located at 3835 Cross Creek Drive inside the Malibu Country Mart.

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