Margo Moore and A Little More in Camden, Maine
September 12, 2023
Two boutiques—and a soon-to-be-launched retail website—offer upscale design in Camden, Maine
Text by Lynda Simonton Photography by Jessica Delaney
When you think of shopping in Camden, Maine, the iconic Margo Moore immediately comes to mind. The boutique, launched by Marcy Moore van der Kieft more than fifty years ago, began as a northern outpost for her mother Margo’s Connecticut clothing shop. In the mid-1980s, however, the store began to focus on home decor and interior design.
After a childhood spent visiting design centers and antique shops, it was natural that Marcy’s daughter, Megan van der Kieft Carozza, would join the business. Together, the mother-daughter duo honed their signature colorful coastal decor until Marcy passed away in 2020. Now van der Kieft Carozza carries on her family’s legacy.
Located in what once was an early 1800s colonial home, Margo Moore invites shoppers to ramble through its first floor of furniture, lighting, and accessories, and discover an impressive roster of manufacturers, including Dunes and Duchess, Caskata, and Sferra.
The second-floor atelier is home to the company’s interior design division. The design team, led by van der Kieft Carozza, works on projects ranging from one-room updates to complete home remodels. While van der Kieft Carozza appreciates partnering with local Maine craftspeople, she also sources fine furnishings and custom pieces from luxury showrooms nationwide.
With such a rich history, the Margo Moore team could be content resting on their laurels, but that’s hardly the case. This spring, van der Kieft Carozza opened A Little Moore, a petite satellite shop in the heart of Camden’s town center. The boutique, which specializes in a well-edited selection of host gifts and tabletop items, serves as an amuse-bouche for Margo Moore and tempts visitors to head up the hill to the flagship location.
“We took great pains to carefully select quality pieces, making this a gift destination,” says van der Kieft Carozza. “We often recommend picture frames for shoppers looking for a special present. A photo is printed on the spot off their phones or social media. We wrap it beautifully, and they leave with an incredibly thoughtful gift.”
What’s next for this Camden institution? Van der Kieft Carozza and her team are developing a retail website. Soon, Margo Moore fans can enjoy shopping without heading down east. Margo Moore, Camden, Maine, margomoore.com