Mary Liz Curtin

Mary Liz Curtin


With more than 35 years of hands-on experience in the gift and home industries, Mary Liz Curtin is an internationally acknowledged expert in independent retail and has advised numerous manufacturers on marketing, sales and management issues with her unique brand of Sales and Marketing Therapy.

Most important of all, Mary Liz is a shopkeeper. She and her husband own Leon & Lulu, a 23,000 square foot destination retail store located just outside Detroit. Leon & Lulu, profitable since its fourth month in business, is an example of building a brand in an out of the way location, using skillful marketing, terrific product and excellent customer service to attract shoppers from the entire metropolitan area and beyond. Located in an historic roller rink and adjacent movie theater, it is a shop unlike any other and has won numerous local and national awards

Mary Liz is a humorous and engaging speaker, delighting audiences internationally at trade shows, sales meetings and conventions with her stories of how to build and market a brand, run a better business and maintain a mom-and-pop retail store without losing your sanity…or your marriage.

Owning Your Market: Thriving in a World of Giants

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Innovative ideas often begin, not with corporate giants, but with independent thinkers and operators. Furniture Today will bring together some of the most creative small and mid-sized retail stores to discuss innovative, outside-the-box approaches to, not just surviving, but thriving in a rapidly changing retail marketplace.

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