Chamber celebrates opening of Priscilla’s of Sanibel
On Jan. 20, the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce celebrated the recent November opening of Priscilla’s of Sanibel — a women’s shop located at 2340 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.
Inspired by stories of legendary Sanibel Realtor Priscilla Murphy, owner Maari Simcox relocated to the area from Hugo, Minnesota, and designed the store to honor and celebrate women and island history.
“Above all, my store is known for bringing happiness and positivity to everyone who walks through my door,” Simcox, who moved to Sanibel in August with her husband and two children to work remotely during the pandemic, said. “It has been such a joy in these first few months watching girls, women and men of all ages come in and learn about the history of the island and take away something that brings them joy, strength and positivity.”
The family had planned on a temporary stay on-island with Maari Simcox’s parents, but it quickly ended up with its own place and a brand-new store. The shop specializes in handmade, women-made, unique gifts, including clothing and accessories, jewelry, children’s gifts, home decor, beauty and self-care products, and stationery. It also operates an e-commerce store at priscillasofsanibel.com.
“Priscilla’s fills a unique niche for Sanibel shoppers, while making them aware of some little-known aspects of island history,” chamber President John Lai said. “We welcome its innovation to our retail scene and community.”
“I am thrilled to be partnering as a member with the chamber,” Simcox said. “Their mission to foster and preserve community and educate tourists about the island is integral to my store and our purpose.”