MEET THE TEAM
Jennifer Luna, Owner & CEO
Obsessed with paper, stationery, and office supplies since childhood, Paper Luxe was Jenn's dream a long time in the making. Jenn has had an eclectic past that includes working as a personal assistant and estate manager for celebrities Scarlett Johansson and Melissa Etheridge. In 2012 upon returning to the PNW, she teamed up with her mom, Laurie Hicks, to create what would become Paper Luxe. They then went on to open The Curious Bear Toy & Book Shop next door, followed by The Crest Home, and eventually a second Paper Luxe location in Gig Harbor, along with Little Luxe Baby. Thoughtful gifting and helping loved ones celebrate each other is at the heart of all her businesses.
Jenn received the Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 award from Stationery Trends and Gift Shop Magazine in 2019, and was named to their Editorial Board in 2021. She's married with 3 kids and lives in University Place, WA.
Laurie Hicks, Owner & Visual Merchandising Master
A proud mother of two, grandmother of four, and married for over 40 years! A Washington State native with a passion for retail and interior design, Laurie worked in the title insurance industry for many years and has always had a love for home decor, interior design, gift-giving and family. The shops have given her a chance to combine all her passions. The stores truly wouldn't look as amazing as they do without her magic touch. She recently relocated to Casa Grande, Arizona with her husband John.
Madison Tice, Operations Manager
A lover of all things paper, gifts, and interior design, the shops are Madi’s dream come true to work at. She’s been with the company since 2018, starting as a retail associate during summer breaks and then coming back to work full-time as a manager in 2019. It’s been a thrill for Madi to witness the evolution of The Kindship and continue to help the company grow. She’s a jack of all trades but her official role is Operations Manager for The Kindship. You’ll find her leading our Fircrest teams, buying for Paper Luxe and The Crest Home, managing our social media accounts, and working on website development. She loves everything about the small business world and loves her job more than she should.
Ann Wiley, The Curious Bear Store Manager
Ann is the manager of the Curious Bear as well as the company’s ‘CFO’ (Certified Fun Officer). She never fails to find a reason to sing, dance or be ridiculous on the daily and her favorite part about working at the toy store is watching kids find their very own ‘treasures’. Ann lives in Tacoma with her husband and three kiddos who are always up for yet another one of her crazy adventures!
Brianna Kangas, Paper Luxe Gig Harbor and Little Luxe Store Manager
A stationery lover and Tacoma native, Bri started her time at Paper Luxe working as a Retail Associate in Fircrest. After teaching in France for a year, she returned to help open and manage our new Gig Harbor location and sister store Little Luxe Baby! She is one of our ‘resident reel experts’ and loves helping customers find that perfect gift or card!
Erin Cox, Assistant Manager Paper Luxe Fircrest
After working in higher education and taking a few years to stay at home while her children were younger, Erin has enjoyed the opportunity to dive back into the work world. Erin loves interacting with customers, learning more about creatively merchandising the store, and her fantastic coworkers. She lives in Fircrest with her husband and three kids and has been working at the shops since 2018!
Katherine Murto, Assistant Manager at The Curious Bear
Katherine is a born and raised Tacoma resident. She and her husband have two wonderful boys. Her hobbies include running, roller skating, cross stitch, and jigsaw puzzles. She worked in the insurance industry for over a decade before joining the Curious Bear team, and couldn't be happier.