CAMDEN — April 16, 2022, will mark the 50th year since the late Marcy Moore van der Kieft founded her business in Camden, Maine.

The business, Margo Moore, which started as a clothing boutique and gift shop now offers a number of services aimed at helping residents realize their vision for interior design. It offers services including upholstery, window treatments, furnishings and lighting, tile work and carpeting. Professionals in the business can offer a wide variety of fabrics for any project. The company has seven employees and does business with a number of local subcontractors.

The business, located at 74 Elm Street in Camden was started by Marcy after she moved here from Darien, Conn. She was the former Associate Fashion Editor for Mademoiselle Magazine, and the new shop focused on upscale women’s clothing.

Marcy Moore van der Kieft

In 1971, Marcy briefly worked at Camden’s Red Rooster gift shop, owned by Gay Hawkins, then located in today’s Sea Dog Brewery alongside the Village Restaurant with Jones Boy’s Barber Shop as second floor tenants.

The building at 74 Elm Street is a classic 1830 home, known as the Perry Homestead. Schooled in fashion design, management, fabric appreciation and visual merchandising, Marcy presented clothing and fine gifts appropriate to various rooms: the first floor living room focused on women’s clothing while the kitchen offered kitchen items, upstairs bedrooms offered lingerie, linens, bath items and the barn showcased Pappagallo shoes and accent furniture.

At the time of the 1972 opening, The Camden Herald referred to Marcy as “a gal with sophisticated allure whose cool no-nonsense voice has an aura of capability about it.”

During the early days of operation, Bangor and Blue Hill customers enjoyed shopping at “Margo’s” and lunching at Rockport’s memorable Sail Loft Restaurant. It became a more pleasant shopping experiencing than driving to Portland or Boston. Fashion shows were provided at Pilot’s Grill for the Bangor Symphony, the Samoset Resort for Pen Bay Medical Center, Bath’s Chocolate Church for Bath Memorial Hospital and Cheechako Restaurant for Miles Memorial Hospital, under Marcy’s tutelage.

Over the years the 74 Elm Street glassed-in showroom has provided the talk about town for passers-by and customers alike. “Have you seen the latest display at Margo’s? It’s fabulous!” could be heard around town.

In the ‘80s, Margo Moore owned Damariscotta’s Cricket Shop, Margo’s Market and Santon’s Provence, all having been sold to concentrate on transitioning the 74 Elm Street location from a women’s clothing store into a highly respected interior design and home furnishing store.

With the 2020 passing of Marcy, daughter, Megan van der Kieft Carozza has taken over as president, committed to carrying on the Margo Moore legacy established by Megan’s grandmother, in 1960 in Darien, Conn. and furthered under Marcy’s guidance.

Megan’s return to Midcoast Maine was a natural progression in her career. Megan’s design and professional experience started at Boston Design Center working for some of the most respected traditional and contemporary design showrooms. Commercial Design for a national chain of florists, Home Depot and Sunglass Hut opened many opportunities and confirmed her residential design interests.

Megan represents a third generation for this family-owned women’s business.

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