DeeDee Shaw + Brenda Maready

The History of Monkee’s

All wonderful things start out small, the way Monkee’s did! Founder Dee Dee Shaw grew tired of having to travel to New York to shop for her favorite designers. So, she decided, why not bring the designers here?

Playful, tree-swinging creatures are usually what come to mind when you think of monkeys, but not to Founder Dee Dee Shaw. Determined to love going to work, she dreamed up the store that was affectionately named after the phrase Dee Dee’s mother called her four children – her “bunch of monkeys”.

In 1995, the original Monkee’s store opened in Wilmington, North Carolina. Imagine a store beyond your wildest imagination – an upscale, girlie, always in style boutique where the owner desired to give her customers the ultimate shopping experience – and even know them by name!

It did not take long for the word to spread, and soon Monkee’s of Wilmington was a destination! A second store was opened only a short time later in Winston-Salem, North Carolina by Brenda Maready, the co-owner of Monkee’s Franchising, LLC.

The Monkee’s brand has become synonymous with personalized customer service and cutting edge designer fashion. Instead of shopping at big department stores, customers travel to Monkee’s for an intimate shopping experience. Monkee’s owners and sales associates learn faces, names, favorite designers, and more! At Monkee’s, it has never been just about the sale; it’s about helping a friend walk out feeling beautiful and looking her best.

Friends + Fashion

Dee Dee and Brenda met in a similar fashion to how many of our Monkee’s owners meet – through their love of shopping and the latest in ladies’ fashions. Through the years they have developed a unique business partnership, combining their expertise in all aspects of the ladies‘ retail fashion business. Using their skills to develop a fun and rewarding business opportunity, they have created a highly recognizable and respected brand image. Dee Dee and Brenda have the drive and vision to continue growing the Monkee’s organization and helping new business owners navigate in the exciting industry of ladies’ retail fashion!

Do what you love.

DeeDee and Brenda’s vision has cultivated a unique family of small business owners in a supportive and collaborative environment. Are you ready to live your dream?