The idea for Merrick’s started 24 years ago this year. I have always loved clothing and fashion. I grew up in a retail household. My great-grandmother (pictured with me here) and my grandmother truly influenced my awareness of fashion. To me, they were always the most elegant of ladies, as was my mother, Nancy. My mother helped develop the fashion center on St. Armand’s Key in Sarasota, Florida and later became my partner at Merrick’s. As for me, I honed my fashion sense at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and later worked at Mademoiselle, magazine where I met my long-time friend and mentor, Edie Raymond Locke, for many years the Editor-in-Chief of MLLE.
This was the 1960’s, and while I was definitely a “career girl,” the idea of starting my own business had not yet taken shape in my mind. It was actually my husband John who planted the seeds for what would become Merrick’s. He suggested that my mother and I open a shop together. “You both love fashion,” he said. “And you’re always showing people what to buy and how to wear it anyway. You might as well make a business of it.”
And so we found our “little house” on Moore Street in Princeton and the rest, as they say, is history.
Merrick’s is a family business. My husband John, now retired from the corporate world, oversees our finances. My daughter, Anne, now a wife and mother of two herself, manages our Munchkin’s children’s department
As we’ve grown over the years and added to our staff, we view each and every member of our team as a part of our family. We also look at our customers as family, friends and part of our intimate circle. From our sales staff to our seamstresses, we are personally invested in every customer and how our clothing makes her look and feel.
I’m often asked if there is a “Merrick’s Look”. And in answering, three things come to mind. The first is “timeless elegance” the second is “real clothes for real women” and the third is “fun”.
It may be hard to imagine those three concepts coming together for everyone. But I truly believe that whether you are 25, 55, or 75…a size 6 or a size 16…and headed to a black tie gala or a backyard barbeque….such an achievement is not only possible, it’s imperative!