April 16, 2022, marks the 50th calendar year since Marcy Moore van der Kieft opened the door at 74 Elm Road, Camden, thus introducing Midcoast Maine to the latest women’s apparel boutique and wonderful reward store, Margo Moore.
Then a lately married Darien, Connecticut, transplant and former assistant trend editor for Mademoiselle magazine, her new shop centered on upscale women’s clothes and special visual merchandizing, “shopping in a dwelling ambiance.”
In an hard work to give much required parking and uniqueness, the new store offered a much more household presentation at 74 Elm Avenue in a common 1830 home regarded as the Perry Homestead.
In 1971, Marcy briefly worked at Camden’s Red Rooster gift shop, owned by Gay Hawkins, then positioned in today’s Sea Pet dog Brewery, together facet the Village Cafe, with the Jones Boys’
Barbara Shop as next flooring tenants.
Schooled in trend design, administration, fabric appreciation and visual merchandising, Marcy offered apparel and great gifts proper to numerous rooms initially flooring women’s garments with accent pieces while the kitchen area linked to cooking and serving goods upstairs bedrooms available lingerie, linens, bathtub linked products, while the barn showcased Pappagallo footwear and accent household furniture.
At the time of the 1972 opening, a area newspaper referred to Marcy as “a gal with innovative attract whose great no nonsense voice has an aura capability about it.”
When focusing on Midcoast clientele, Margo Moore welcomed prospects from in the vicinity of and much. For the duration of the early days of procedure Bangor and Blue Hill clients appreciated procuring yr-spherical at “Margo’s” and lunching at Rockport’s memorable Sail Loft Cafe. It became a more pleasurable purchasing encounter than driving to Portland or Boston.
Trend exhibits have been supplied at Pilot’s Grill for the Bangor Symphony, the Samoset Vacation resort for Pen Bay Healthcare Center, Bath’s Chocolate Church for the Bath Memorial Hospital and Cheechako Cafe for Miles Memorial Clinic, underneath Marcy’s tutelage.
In excess of the many years the 74 Elm Road glassed-in showroom supplied the talk about city for the passerby and clients, alike.
“Have you noticed the most up-to-date window exhibit at Margo’s?” could be listened to close to town. “It’s fantastic.”
In the 1980s, Margo Moore owned Damariscotta’s Cricket Store, Margo’s Market place and Santons de Provence, all having been marketed to focus on transitioning the 74 Elm Street location from a women’s outfits keep into a very highly regarded interior design and style and household furnishing studio.
With the 2020 passing of Marcy, her daughter, Megan van der Kieft Carozza, has proudly and affectionately taken more than as president of Margo Moore, committed to carrying on the Margo Moore legacy established by Megan’s grandmother, in 1960 in Darien, Connecticut, and furthered underneath Marcy’s guidance until finally her demise.
Megan’s return to Camden was a natural progression in her profession.
Her have structure and qualified practical experience began at Boston’s Style and design Center doing the job for some of the most highly regarded standard and modern day showrooms. Commercial Layout for a national chain of florists, Property Depot and Sunglass Hut opened numerous alternatives and confirmed her residential style ambitions.
Motivated by her grandmother, Margo, functioning alongside mother, Marcy, for 11 years has been the great complement for moving into into the 3rd generation family-owned and girls-operated small business for Megan.
There’s Moore to occur.