34495 Golden Lantern St.
Dana Point, CA 92629
This weekend will mark the end of a decade-long journey for Kristina Tackett, the owner of Mille Fleurs in Dana Point Harbor.
Tackett, who took over the business in 2005 (it originally opened in 1989), will be retiring and moving to Kentucky. Her husband, Ed Tackett was named director of educational programs at the Additive Manufacturing Competency Center at the University of Louisville last month. He had previously been a director at the RapidTech Center at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine.
Kristina manufactured the bath and beauty products sold at the store herself. The store also showcased American-made women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories.
Tackett said the move also brings her closer to her son, who lives in St. Louis, which is just four hours from Louisville.
“My mom and I also have a lot of trips planned,” she said.
Kristina said she was grateful for all of the support she received from the Dana Point community.
“The local people are amazing,” Kristina said. “When the economic downturn hit, so many of the businesses here survived because of the local customers. The tourists help, but when the tourist season ends, you need the local people to keep you alive. There’s no better place to be to do business.”
Kristina said she’s gotten a number of different reactions from her longtime customers in the last few weeks, some angry, some saddened but most expressing happiness for her and thanks for her time in Dana Point.
She added that with changes coming to the Harbor, she hopes people will continue to support the businesses there.
“I hope people continue to come and shop here because there’s a lot of great stores and restaurants that continue to be here,” she said.