Counting Down The Minutes At Max’s

The countdown has begun for Max’s Art Supplies. The legendary 59-year-old downtown store’s last day of business is Saturday, August 30.

Much of the stock has already been sold. But intriguing items remain. They include:

  • a vintage Karron’s Jewelry clock
  • a set of 32 oak flat shelves that holds 30″ x 40″ paper
  • an oak drawer 95 1/2″ long by 25″ deep
  • a paper cutter
  • an artograph
  • a never-opened “winner waxer”
  • Letrasets
Some of the special items still available at Max's.

Some of the special items still available at Max’s.

  • Paper of all kinds
  • Sign cloth
  • Picture frames and mats
  • Pens
  • Fabric paint
  • Dyes
  • Markers
  • Back-to-school stuff galore
  • Plenty of fixtures
A few of the fixtures being sold at Max's.

A few of the fixtures being sold at Max’s.

The day after closing — Sunday, August 31 (2 p.m.). — owner Shirley Mellor and her staff will hold a “festive celebration” to say goodbye to the community. A special invitation goes to “the artists who have long been with us, and will always be a part of our extended family.”

One more bit of Max’s news: Jay Cimbak, the master picture framer there for the past 25 years, will be the new manager at Rockwell Art and Framing in Westport. It’s just a few doors east of Max’s, on the Post Road.

For nearly 6 decades, Shirley and the rest of the Max’s crew have served Westport with distinction. They’re going out with plenty of class.

More at Max's Art Supplies.

More at Max’s Art Supplies.

4 responses to “Counting Down The Minutes At Max’s

  1. The end of an era…I loved going into Max’s to buy my art supplies when I was a kid living in Wspt. They always had everything I wanted 🙂 Sad to hear they will be closing…

  2. Clock Just sold. I was is the store around 3:20 to 3:30 when they unplugged it. So unfortunate that such a great place has to fall victim to less-then-personable online and chain stores. I will miss you Max’s!

    • When I unplugged the clock I felt a real part of history coming to an end. To see the tears in peoples eyes as the second hand ceased to count off the seconds in time made me feel like I was pulling the plug on the life support system of a loved one. I am honored to be a part of a special family in Westport. I look forward to our annual family reunions in the future as we vowed to make them happen!

  3. So sad…max’s was a big part of my westport growing up. My dad, my sisters and I loved exploring and learning more about all the art materials.
    The only way to shop for art materials!