Small and stunningly curated, Maison is something of a hidden gem, nestled among the design stores in Mountain Brook Village. But that could change soon following a recent mention by Vogue, which featured it as one of 17 Southern small retail businesses to support.
Right at home
Pam Evans, owner of Maison, did not originally intend to become a nationally recognized antique curator and designer. In fact, she first taught elementary school in three states before moving with her family to Birmingham.
After moving here a few years ago, Evans decided to take a break from teaching to focus on interior design. She opened Maison roughly three years ago in Mountain Brook Village, which was essential to her. She wanted to remain close to home and her child’s school, as well as be among other stores with a similar focus and clients.
“I work with people in my community. These are really my clientele. So it just kind of felt right to be here. I’ve never ever thought about getting a spot anywhere else.”Pam Evans
Small store, big impact
Maison carries pieces from around the world, imported from countries such as France, Belgium, and Italy. Maison, with an ever-changing collection of antiques and contemporary pieces, attracts a nationwide clientele through its Instagram profile.
The shop ships nationwide, with dedicated clients in Houston, New York, and other cities in the US where designers are looking for the perfect antique to compliment a space.
It’s not just Maison’s fame that is growing in scale. Evans’ design style tends towards “the bigger, the better,” a trend reflected in the large, attention-grabbing light fixtures, mirrors, dressers, and other pieces currently in the store on Culver Road.
Check out what Vogue had to say about Evans’ store:
“At Maison Shoppe, founded by Pam Evans, classic and modern home decor intersect. Evans began her career as an elementary school teacher, but she always had a passion for antiquing. Evans’s impeccable taste is underscored by every object curated in her shop. There, you’ll find everything from antique French chairs to concrete pots sourced from Belgium and vintage framed artwork by Peter Keil.”Julie Tong, Vogue
Maison Shoppe is a small store, but Pam Evans and her unique style have made a big splash. Here’s what she had to say about the recognition from Vogue:
“We were very flattered that they reached out to us and wanted to include us. Small business is hard, and especially around all of this time, and we’re grateful to be mentioned among them.”Pam Evans
This isn’t the first time Birmingham has been featured in national news. Check out what other local favorites have made it big-time:
- Travel + Leisure names Birmingham “Best Places to Travel in 2021”
- Baltimore Sun features Railroad Park as a source of inspiration for other cities
- Vogue Magazine features Birmingham – “the South’s Magic City”
- Forbes names Birmingham to worldwide affordable winter 2020 destinations list
- Birmingham named one of the top job markets for the 1st quarter of 2020 by Forbes