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Monday, May 19, 2014

Comings & Goings: Max’s Art Supplies to Close

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Westporter Shirley Mellor has confirmed publicly what she has been telling friends for some time—she will close Max’s Art Supplies, a downtown mainstay since 1956, on Sept. 1. The store, a haven for Westport artists since art was a vibrant homegrown industry here, has fallen on hard times in the Internet age. View is of a 2006 gathering of Mellor and artists on the store’s 50th anniversary—duplicating a famed 1981 shot that featured Mellow and her late husband Max Kaplan on their 25th anniversary. (See WestportNow June 4, 2006)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Posted 05/19 at 12:30 PM 

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What a shame.  Another closing of a locally owned business in Downtown Westport. Max’s Art supply opened 3 years after my family moved to Westport in 1953 and for many years was a vital part of a true community shopping area.  Down town Westport has now become almost a shopping mall and is often referred to as the Rodeo Drive of the East.

Max’s you will be missed.

Al Beasley, M.D.

Posted by Albert S. Beasley, M.D. on May 19, 2014 at 04:18 PM | #

Last year I took a couple of Art classes through Westport’s Continuing Education, (my first since graduating decades ago) and Nina spent the longest time with me helping me find everything I needed, and even suggesting when I might want to wait on a few things. I can’t remember when I’ve had service like that - and frankly I don’t expect to again anytime soon. It is the end of an era.

Posted by dayle brownstein on May 20, 2014 at 02:13 AM | #

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