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Behind the Seams: Meet Kelley Hughes

January 20, 2018

Today as a part of our Behind the Seams with A.K. Rikk’s series we would like to introduce you to our Events Coordinator, Kelley Hughes. The A.K. Rikk’s family has been lucky to have Kelley since early October! “I was instantly drawn to the warmth, personality, and style of each person at A.K. Rikk’s” We asked Kelley how she found A.K. Rikk’s and what makes her tick during her interview!

What was your life before A.K. Rikk’s?

Before I worked for A.K. Rikk’s, I grew up in Metro Detroit. My first experience in West Michigan was when I moved for college. I got my bachelor’s degree in Marketing & Business Administration from Grand Valley State University (GVSU). I earned my master’s degree (also from GVSU) in Higher Education, College Student Affairs Leadership. After my studies, I started my own business selling modern-vintage home decor and accessories. I slowly started offering design services for commercial and residential clients. Eventually, I closed the physical retail space and focused primarily on my client work while still keeping my foot in the door of Higher Education as the Marketing Coordinator for Housing & Residence Life at GVSU.

How did you find A.K. Rikk’s?

I had always admired A.K. Rikk’s from afar (videos and photos on Instagram, news outlets, etc. with the new building). Then, I kept running into more and more people in the community and through my shop who worked for A.K. Rikk’s. I was instantly drawn to the warmth, personality, and style of each person. After I met Jim Murray, I knew the team and overall vision was something I wanted to be a part of.  

What was your first memory when you started at A.K. Rikk’s?

My first memory was being invited (three days before my official start date) to join the team in Traverse City for their staff 30th Anniversary trip. What a privilege and experience! I was able to meet my new work family in a much more laid back setting. So thankful they welcomed me in so graciously. I also joined in on the 30th Anniversary festivities at the shop the couple of weeks before- man! What a perfect event to show A.K. Rikk’s heart and personality!

What is your favorite part of working at A.K. Rikk’s?

My favorite part of working here is definitely the people! Everyone works so hard each and every day, but they don’t forget to have fun. Efficiency and excellence are important to me, and the A.K. Rikk’s staff are so dedicated to maximizing their talents in their roles. I finally found my “people”! I also love our building- what a beautiful and inspiring place to come to work each day.

What has been your favorite moment since starting?

My favorite moment since starting at A.K. Rikk’s was working the After Thanksgiving Sale shopping event. Energy was high with both our staff and clients, and we were all in the holiday spirit! I’ve never seen such teamwork. We also kicked off our Toys For Tot’s collection that day, and I was so inspired by the generosity of our clients.

When you’re not at work, what are you usually doing?

When I am not at work, I am usually spending time with my dog, Harper. I am definitely “that” dog mom. I also still take on a hand full of design clients and collaborate with local talent for photo shoots, events, etc. If I have time to get out of the city, I like to see my family or travel anywhere- especially with my brother and best friend, Landon.

That concludes this Behind the Seams with A.K. Rikk’s interview. Next time you stop in, be sure to say “hello” to Kelley!


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Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S – Rick

March 27, 2017

Today as a part of our Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S series we’d like to introduce the Founder and Owner, Rick Gaby. Rick has made a powerful impression on all of our lives over the last thirty years. Personal Shopper Matt Sova said it best, “I’ve been with A.K. RIKK’S for fourteen years and truly enjoy seeing Rick each and every time he comes to the store. I’ve always enjoyed his sense of humor, personality, and the way the store lights up when he is here.” A.K. RIKK’S has always been more than a store, it is a family. For instance with the celebration of Rick’s sixtieth birthday all the clients, friends, and employees came together to give their sentiments in sixty cards. It is with great pleasure that we give you insight into Rick’s perspective as a business owner through this series of questions in our Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S interview.

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Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S – Jim

February 27, 2017

Today as a part of our Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S series we’d like to introduce our President, Jim Murray. He has been a part of our family for eleven years. Jim has traveled all over the world collecting A.K. Field Notes and understands the importance of appreciating where you live. He explains, “Many people ask me why we do not have a store in New York City, Tokyo, Atlanta, or Chicago and the answer is – we’re proud to be in Grand Rapids. Not to say we won’t have other stores at some point but every store we will ever open will be a part of the community that it lives in. That is what makes the store special.” Get to know what holds the most influence on Jim’s perspective through a series of questions in our Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S interview.

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Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S – Brittany

February 17, 2017

 

Today as a part of our Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S series we’d like to introduce our Director of Marketing, Brittany Milnes. She is the newest member to join our family. Brittany finds digital marketing fascinating, as she explains, “The digital landscape is always changing and I want to be on the forefront of what is the most impactful way to market to consumers.” Get to know why Brittany loves the connection between customers and brands through a series of questions in our fourteenth Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S interview.

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Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S – Amy

February 15, 2017

Today as a part of our Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S series we’d like to introduce our Assistant to the President, Men’s Merchandise Coordinator, and Finance Manager,  Amy Carpentier. She has been a part of our family for almost ten years.  Amy finds inspiration from many outlets, including her peers.  She explains, “I have the luxury of working with an eclectic group of individuals here at A.K. RIKK’S with each of them having varying interests and passions which inspires me to grow. I know I can go to any of my co-workers and get insight, whether that be about music, art, or fashion.” Get to know why Amy is looking forward to Men’s Fall Fashion through a series of questions in our thirteenth Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S interview.

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Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S – Courtney

February 9, 2017

Today as a part of our Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S series we’d like to introduce our Women’s Merchandise Coordinator, Courtney Lee. She has been a part of our family for almost three years. A lover of fashion for as long as she can remember, Courtney recalls, “There was this one specific moment when everything changed for me. I was shopping with a friend about six years ago standing in the check out line with a fashion book in my hand and my friend turned to me and said ‘You obviously love fashion don’t you? You need to work in that industry.’ For some reason those words made a huge impact on me and redirected my career focus.” Get to know why Courtney is a full fledged #ChloeGirl through a series of questions in our twelfth Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S interview.

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Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S – Blair

February 8, 2017

 

Today as a part of our Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S series we’d like to introduce our Director of Women’s and Personal Shopper, Blair Dame. He has been a part of our family for eight years. Blair Dame has always had a love for fashion, as he explains, “I wake up every morning looking at fashion – it makes me breathe. I am very visual and this is what channels my life!” Hear Blair’s style advice and first designer piece he purchased through a series of questions in our eleventh Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S interview.

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Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S – David

February 4, 2017

 

Today as a part of Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S series we’d like to introduce our Data Analyst, David Wiers. He has been a part of our family for two years. David is an important member of Heart of House as he is always on the pursuit to gain and share knowledge with our team, which is a direct reflection of our Core Values at A.K. RIKK’S. He has always known in one way or another he would be in the fashion industry – as he explains, “What I do as a data analyst is to collect, process, and perform statistical analyses, which are very black and white but I work in a world such as fashion that is based on emotions, feelings, and perspectives. I find there is an interesting balance because there is a science behind business but there is not a science behind style.” Get to know who David’s style muses are and his perspective on fashion through a series of questions in our tenth Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S interview.

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Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S – Jordan

February 2, 2017

 

Today as a part of Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S series we’d like to introduce our Personal Shopper and DSA, Jordan Hill. He has been a part of our family for almost five years. Jordan’s love for customer service and fashion is shown through his dedication to providing his clients with the right pieces to enhance their style. As he states, “Style showcases your individuality. My mission is to figure out my clients style and where they draw inspiration from. I am then able to show them the right designers to have them always feeling their absolute best.” Get to know what Jordan’s favorite trend of the moment is and what he finds most intriguing about fashion through a series of questions in our ninth Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S interview.

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Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S – Karina

January 28, 2017

 

Today as a part of Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S series we’d like to introduce our Personal Shopper, Karina Williams. She has been a part of our family for almost three years. Karina is a wonderful mother and implements the family atmosphere everyday she is working- with her clients and her coworkers. She explains how she keeps her style fresh, “I love street style. Just seeing the way people dress whether here in Grand Rapids or in New York City – their day to day style always intrigues me. I find the most inspiration from people watching.” Get to know who Karina’s style muses are and how she transitions her style season to season through a series of questions in our eighth Behind The Seams with A.K. RIKK’S interview.

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