Maisie & Mac
I’d love to introduce you to one of the fantastic stockists I work with…
Maisie & Mac opened in 2011 in the centre of Cupar in Fife. The premises had become dark and unkempt looking which wasn’t attractive for either tourists or the local community. Luckily owner Alison Strachan could see the potential in the curved building, which is topped by a striking dome, and knew exactly how she could utilise the seven deep window sills!
Maisie & Mac sells giftware, contemporary craft and fine art and many people thought that opening such a specialised shop during a recession was absolute madness. Alison however could see the potential in the town (Cupar is very lovely) and felt sure that the many thriving service businesses, including accountants, lawyers, dentists and vets, meant that there were both customers and space for a shop selling beautiful products.
Maisie & Mac features the work of over 70 artists from all over the UK. It stocks paintings, prints, ceramics, textiles, wood, metal and slate as well as handmade soaps, lotions and candles. Alison made the decision to stock work by local artists as well as those working further afield and she is a frequent visitor to selling events, exhibitions and trade shows. Alongside the handmade items are a carefully curated selection of items from larger producers meaning that there is a good range of price points for visitors.
Alison employs three very able shop assistants who are exceptionally knowledgeable about the products on sale. They are also very generous with their time, shopping at Maisie & Macs often becomes a bit of a social event rather than just a buying opportunity! The team believe that supporting other businesses around Cupar is important to their own success so if you are visiting do ask about good places to eat and drink etc – you will leave with some great ideas.
Alison is a painter in her own right but the task of sourcing new work, buying, book keeping, merchandising, marketing, doing accounts, dealing with legislation and general building maintenance means there just aren’t that many free hours in the day.
Alison is always happy to hear from new artists but she asks that you email with images and details first as the shop is often too busy for cold calls and her customers most definitely come first. She also asks artists to be aware that although the internet is a wonderful thing for the creative community, customers will try to track down cheaper versions of the same product if given the chance so when pricing your work please make sure you are not undercutting your stockists.
I have had a long and successful relationship with Alison. If you are in the area then please pop into Maisie & Mac and say hello, you won’t be disappointed!