Mary Maxim

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search


Mary Maxim is the largest privately held craft and needlework mail-order company in North America.[1] It has offices in Port Huron, Michigan and Paris, Ontario as well as a retail location in Toronto at Yonge and Eglinton. It specializes in selling crafts, knitting and other hobby related items.

History[edit]

Mary Maxim's roots can be traced back to Sifton,Manitoba, Canada where Willard and Olive McPhedrain, began manufacturing and selling spinning wheels. Willard soon began a mail order company titled "Sifton Products." In 1954 Willard began to search for new locations for his business and ended up in Paris, Ontario.[2] The name was changed to Mary Maxim, after a store employee: Mary Maximchuk. Willard decided to take Betty Crocker's example by naming the company after a girl who helped around the household. Mary's name was shortened and the store name: Mary Maxim, was born.[3] In 1956 after recognizing the customer potential in the United States, Willard's son Larry established an office in Port Huron, Michigan.

Mary Maxim was first recognized for their quality knitting yarns. In the late 1950s they became increasingly popular for their bulky, knit sweaters with designs influenced by North American Wildlife. The first sweater pattern was designed in 1951 by Stella Sawchyn.[4]

Celebrity attention[edit]

Mary Maxim today[edit]

Currently, Mary Maxim employs over 120 people in the Port Huron area and 60 people in Paris, Ontario. Ontario accounts for 15% sales from retail stores and 85% from the catalog division.[9]

Mary Maxim has looked to the internet to increase profits. They can attribute 25% of their sales to internet selling.[10]

Mary Maxim is now owned by the third generation of McPhedrains: Rusty and Jane. Rusty became vice president of operations in 1987 and president in 1995.[11] Mary Maxim celebrated their 50th anniversary in June 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us". Mary Maxim 03/05/2008 < www.marymaxim.ca >
  2. ^ Rouke- Barringer, Cathy. "Canadian Roots." Mary Maxim 50th Anniversary June 2006: 10.
  3. ^ Rouke- Barringer, Cathy. "The Real Mary Maxim." Mary Maxim 50th Anniversary June 2006: 14.
  4. ^ Rouke- Barringer, Cathy. "Stitches in Time." Mary Maxim 50th Anniversary June 2006: 15
  5. ^ Rouke- Barringer, Cathy. "Mary Maxim Sweaters: the latest celebrity fashion." Mary Maxim 50th Anniversary June 2006: 18
  6. ^ Rouke- Barringer, Cathy. "Mary Maxim Sweaters: the latest celebrity fashion." Mary Maxim 50th Anniversary June 2006: 18
  7. ^ Rouke- Barringer, Cathy. "Mary Maxim Sweaters: the latest celebrity fashion." Mary Maxim 50th Anniversary June 2006: 18
  8. ^ Blog post on mrsfletcherscloset.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/the-fish-cardigan-an-unexpected-designer-piece
  9. ^ Rouke- Barringer, Cathy. "Creativity Never Goes out of Style." Mary Maxim 50th Anniversary June 2006: 8.
  10. ^ Rouke- Barringer, Cathy. "Creativity Never Goes out of Style." Mary Maxim 50th Anniversary June 2006: 8.
  11. ^ Rouke- Barringer, Cathy. "Family Tradition". Mary Maxim 50th Anniversary June: 2006: 21

External links[edit]