Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network


Simply Grace LLC


Winner of SBA's 2018 Microenterprise Business of the Year for Massachusetts

Simply Grace LLCMikki Lessard [photo right] and Nancy Feth [photo left] are catalysts for collaboration and partnerships with other businesses and the community at large in the city of Springfield. They are helping drive the renaissance happening in Downtown Springfield and transforming it to a "retail-tainment" district – connecting people to a vibrant and contemporary retail shopping experience.

Simply Grace LLC received a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) guaranteed loan through Berkshire Bank in 2016 to support growth. They were referred to Berkshire Bank and learned about the SBA loan during counseling with Samalid Hogan, regional director at the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center's Western Regional Office at the Scibelli Enterprise Center in Springfield. Simply Grace worked with Samalid upon opening their retail operation in Springfield, after previously operating an online e-commerce business. 

"We passionately believe in the renaissance of downtown Springfield. The Shops at Marketplace is our collective contribution to this amazing, inspiring, unfolding story in the city. We embrace a contemporary solution of sustainable retail business through collaborative partnerships and experiences,” said Mikki and Nancy, owners of Simply Grace LLC. “There is a different way to live life and be in business. Mindfully, our tagline supports our values and purpose. ' and experience a little local goodness downtown.’”

Over the past three and half years since the launch of Simply Grace, the business has been expanding exponentially and creating jobs for the region. In addition to the two owners working in the business, they have employed: part-time staff to support the Downtown Springfield Holiday Markets; several different yoga teachers; and also hosted interns from Mt. Holyoke College.