Maas Brothers, Tampa, Florida


 


 An advertising sketch of the Main Maas Brothers Store, opened in 1886 and expanded in 1921 and 1929
 
A Photo of the Store taken in 1939

The "Second Floor of Fashion" in the Tampa Maas Brothers Store


Maas Brothers' largest store in St. Petersburg, opened on the "Sunshine Corner" in 1948
 
Interior of the St. Petersburg Store

Maas Brothers
610 Franklin Street
Tampa, Florida
   
TAMPA STORE DIRECTORY (191,000 sq. ft.)

Main Floor
Fine Jewelry • Silverware • Costume Jewelry • Aisles of Beauty • Toiletries • Hosiery • Scarves • Gloves • Handbags • Small Leather Goods • Main Floor Blouses • Main Floor Sweaters • Main Floor Lingerie • Casual Shop • Notions • Stationery • Fine Candies • Sunshine Book Shop • Records • Suncoast Fountainette

Men's Shop Men's Furnishings • Men's Sport Shirts • Men's Sweaters • Men's Sportswear •   • Gear Shop • Boys' Shop •Gear Shop

Mezzanine
Men's Shop Men's Clothing • Men's Shoes • Men's Hats • Cambridge Shop • Trendsetter Shop • Television Center • The Sound Center

Second Floor of Fashion
Shoe Salon • Pacesetter Shoes • Casual Shoes • Misses' Dresses • Misses' Sportswear • Active Sportswear • Coats and Suits • After-5 Shop • Town 'n Country • Boulevard Room • Mrs. M Shop in the Boulevard Room • Boulevard Room Fur Salon • Boulevard Room Bridal Salon • Promenade Shop • Midtown Shop • Career Shop • Better Sports Dresses • Pacesetter Shops • Pacesetter Coats • Hide Out Shop • Clubhouse • Fur Storage • Millinery Salon • Hat Bar • Maternity Corner

Third Floor
Lingerie Fashions • Loungewear • Fashion Foundations • Intimate Apparel Shop • Cradle Shop • Children's World • Children's Shoes • Girls' Shop • Pre-Teen Wear • Debuteen Shop • Shindig Corner • Special Events Center • Camera Shop
Jr. World Young Juniors • Junior Sportswear • Junior Dresses • Junior Coats • Junior Lingerie

Fourth Floor
Linens and Domestics • Bath Shop • Table Top Shop • Drapery Centerc • Custom Upholstery • Fashion Fabrics • Art Needlework •White Sewing Center • Beauty Salon

Fifth Floor
Housewares • Small Electrics • Gift housewares • Magicolor Paint Center • China • Glassware • Crystal • Fine Gifts • Antique Shop • Flame & Flower Shop • Major Appliances • Outdoor Shop • Garden Shop • Outside Awnings • Auto Accessories • Toy Center • Sporting Goods • Sports & After • Suncoast Restaurant • Gourmet Shop • Citrus Fruit

Sixth Floor
Floorcoverings • Furniture Center • Casual Furniture • Sleep Shop • Collector's Shop • Et Cetera Vignettes • Pictures and Mirrors • Lamps and Shades • Clocks

Seventh Floor
Offices


ST. PETERSBURG STORE DIRECTORY  (1950s pre-expansion - 167,000 sq. ft.)

Harrison Galleries
Housewares • Small Electrics • Gift housewares • China • Glassware • Crystal • Gifts • Antique Shop • Linens and Domestics • Drapery Center • Floorcoverings • Furniture Center • Sleep Shop • Collector's Shop • Pictures and Mirrors • Lamps and Shades • Clocks

Great Main Floor
Sunshine Corner Fountainette • Fine Jewelry • Silverware • Costume Jewelry • Aisles of Beauty • Toiletries • Hosiery • Scarves • Gloves • Handbags • Small Leather Goods • Hat Bar • Main Floor Blouses • Main Floor Sweaters • Casual Shop • Main Floor Lingerie • Notions • Stationery • Camera Shop • Better Foods • Citrus Fruit • Candy • Sunshine Book Shop • Records
Men's Shop Men's Furnishings • Men's Sport Shirts • Men's Sweaters • Men's Sportswear •  Men's Clothing • Men's Shoes • Men's Hats • Boys' Shop

Second Floor
Budget Sportswear • Budget Dresses • Budget Coats • Budget Shoes • Fashion Fabrics • Art Needlework • White Sewing center • Sunshine Room Restaurant

Third Floor of Fashion
Shoe Salon • Misses' Dresses • Misses' Sportswear • Women's Dresses • Casual Dresses • Inexpensive Dressess • Coats and Suits • Designer Shop • Fur Salon • Fur Storage • Bridal Salon • Millinery Salon • Beauty Salon • Lingerie Fashions • Loungewear • Corset and Bra Salon • Intimate Apparel Shop • Cradle Shop • Tot's Shop • Children's Shoes • Girls' Shop • Pre-Teen Wear • Debuteen Shop • Special Events Center • Junior Sportswear • Junior Dresses • Junior Coats • Junior Lingerie

Sunshine Annex
Major Appliances • Television Center • The Sound Center • Outside Awnings • Auto Accessories • Toy Center • Sporting Goods


ST. PETERSBURG STORE DIRECTORY  (Post 1961 expansion - 267,000 sq. ft.)

Lower Level
Housewares • Small Electrics • Gift housewares • Magicolor Paint Center • Auto Accessories • Toy Center
Maas Brothers Budget Basement Store

Great Main Floor
Sunshine Corner Fountainette • Fine Jewelry • Silverware • Costume Jewelry • Aisles of Beauty • Toiletries • Hosiery • Scarves • Gloves • Handbags • Small Leather Goods • Hat Bar • Main Floor Blouses • Main Floor Sweaters •  Main Floor Lingerie • Shoe Salon • Pacesetter Shoes • Casual Shoes • Men's Shoes • Notions • Stationery • Camera Shop • Gourmet Shop • Citrus • Fine Candies • Sunshine Book Shop • Records • Pictures and Mirrors • Fine Gifts • Flame & Flower Shop • Men's Furnishings


Second Floor of Fashion
Floridian Sportswear • Floridian Dresses • Floridian Coats • Sunshine Room Restaurant • Misses' Dresses • Misses' Sportswear • Active Sportswear • Coats and Suits • After-5 Shop • Town 'n Country • Boulevard Room • Mrs. M Shop in the Boulevard Room • Boulevard Room Fur Salon • Boulevard Room Bridal Salon • Promenade Shop • Midtown Shop • Career Shop • Better Sports Dresses • Pacesetter Shops • Pacesetter Coats • Hide Out Shop • Clubhouse • Millinery Salon • Maternity Corner • Beauty Salon • Lingerie Fashions • Loungewear • Fashion Foundations • Intimate Apparel Shop • Cradle Shop • Children's World • Children's Shoes • Girls' Shop • Pre-Teen Wear • Debuteen Shop • Shindig Corner
Jr. World Young Juniors • Junior Sportswear • Junior Dresses • Junior Coats • Junior Lingerie

Third Floor
Fashion Fabrics • Art Needlework •White Sewing center • China • Glassware • Crystal • Linens and Domestics • Bath Shop • Table Top Shop • Special Events Center

Store for Homes
Major Appliances • Drapery Center • Custom Upholstery • Floorcoverings • Furniture Center • Casual Furniture • Sleep Shop • Collector's Shop • Et Cetera Vignettes • Lamps and Shades • Clocks • Antique Shop • Television Center • The Sound Center • Outdoor Shop • Garden Shop • Outside Awnings

Store for Men
Men's Sport Shirts • Men's Sweaters • Men's Sportswear •  Men's Clothing • Men's Hats • Cambridge Shop •  Trendsetter Shop • Gear Shop • Boys' Shop • Gear Shop • Sporting Goods • Sports & After



BRANCH STORES

St. Petersburg (1948)
3rd St. and 1st Ave. N
267,000 sq. ft.
Sunshine Room - Sunshine Fountainette


Lakeland (1954)
Kentucky at Lemon Sts.
145,000 sq. ft.
Imperial Room


Sarasota (1956)
Washington at Main
141,000 sq. ft.
The Everglades Room




Store for Homes (1956)
4130 Gandy Boulevard
54,000 sq. ft.










Clearwater (1961)
302 Cleveland Street
168,000 sq. ft.
Suncoast Restaurant









Ft. Myers (1965)
Edison Mall
129,000 sq. ft.

West Shore Plaza (1967)
Tampa
237,000 sq. ft.
The Green Room





Gainesville Mall
Gainesville (1968)
112,000 sq. ft.

Tyrone Square (1972)
St. Petersburg
163,000 sq. ft.
Suncoast Restaurant




Bradenton (1973)
DeSoto Square
112,000 sq. ft.
Suncoast Restaurant







University Square (1974)
Tampa
141,000 sq. ft.

Countryside Mall (1975)
Clearwater
142,000 sq. ft.










Talahassee (1976)
Governor’s Square
138,000 sq. ft.

Winter Haven (1977)
Winter Haven Mall
60,000 sq. ft.

Naples (1977)
Coastland Center
66,000 sq. ft.






Sarasota Square (1976)
Sarasota
187,000 sq. ft.










Ocala (1980)
Paddock Mall

 

16 comments:

  1. I mean this entire website is amazing. This information I didn't know was even on the internet. This is stuff I've been looking for years, specifically Maas Bros but everything else as well (Burdines, Hechts, Kaufmann's, Woodward & Lothrop, Rich's and so so so many more). The Maas page is great. One correction just to put out there is that I beleive the restaurant at the Westshore Mall store was called The Suncoast Restaurant.

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  2. Maas's was a fantastic store. My Aunt Polly was the hostess in the Suncoast Grill in the Edison Mall store in Ft. Myers in the '60s and '70s. She told me it made her feel special to go to work each day there. And what a great selection of everything in every store. The old store in DT Tampa was ancient and had been clabbered together from parts, even one wing had been a movie theater in the 1920s but it was a great place....

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  3. The last one came after Ocala. It was Gulf View Square in Port Richey, opened in 1983.

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  4. I worked for Maas Brothers for a short time at the services desk when I was 19 years old.

    I like to think about how I am a part of it's history too.

    julie

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  5. In the late 1960's, I worked in the Womens Dept. at the West Shore Plaza store in Tampa. New hires first worked in the receiving dept at the Gandy Blvd store to learn about the merchandise and to see if we would work out. A special treat were the house made blueberry muffins served in the restaurant and available for purchase. So many people still miss that store.

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  6. I have a mink hat from Maas Brothers. It is for a woman. Anyone know what its worth or interested in owning it. If you have any info please contact me via email buisnesssocial091320012@gmail.com

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  7. You are missing a location: They had a smaller one story store in Northgate Shopping Center in Tampa in the 1960s (and maybe into the 1970s). It stocked clothes, shoes, and there was a Boy Scout section where one could purchase "official" items. They also sold car tags in the store during the time of year when one had to buy a Florida tag.

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  8. I worked for the Ft. Myers/Edison mall Mass Bros store from 1987-1988 when I first got out of the Marine Corps, before I started school. Many great memories of great people on staff. John Scanlon (men's accessories), Katy Wichterman (household goods), Kim Cherry (management), Jennifer Ross (cosmetics) and many others.

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  9. I WORKED AT O.FALKS BACK IN THE 1954-1960.I WORKED IN THE BEAUTY SHOP FROM 1954 TILL I GOT MARRIED IN 1960.I WAS A MANACUREST. PAT AND JACK ALVAREZ RAN AND OWN THE SHOP AT THE TIME. IT WAS A VERY CLASSEY PLACE TO WORK.THE WERE ABOUT 25 HAIRDRESSERS AND TWO MANACUREST THERE.THE SHOP WAS A VERY CLASSEY PLACE TO WORK. IF YOU WORKED THERE YOU COULD GO OUT AND GET A JOB ANY WERE. IT HAD A VERY GOOD NAME. EVEN THO THE PRICES WERE HIGH. I MADE A GOOD LIVING THERE UNTIL I MOVED TO MIAMI.IT HELP ME TO GET A GOOD JOB IN MIAMI AT J.BALDE ON MERICAL MILE . THAT WAS IN 1958 WHAT A GOOD TIME TO LIVE AND WORK IN MIAMI.

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  10. My dad was the advertising director and worked at the Downtown Tampa store. Oh how I miss that store.

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  11. Here's a web page with some early history of Maas Brothers. www.tampapix.com/maas.htm

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  12. I believe there was a Maas Brothers in the Gulfview Square Mall in Port Richey. It probably opened in the early 1980's. Of course it is now a Macy's. What a dissapointment.

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  13. Mr Willie Jones08 May, 2014 00:16

    This is a great web-site devoted to best Maas Bros. I started there in 1970 downtown Tampa Store. The Flag Ship of all the Stores. My name is Willie Jones, I worked in Shipping & Rec. I later became the 1st black dock supervisor at this store. Some new me as just Bill. Great place to work, and most of all great bunch of co-workers to work with. Candido Perez & Norman Felts on the Dock. Carolyn Lester in personal dept. who use to be the Registered Nurse in the Clinic there. She got Skp Davis Job as personnel mgr when he moved up-to Executive Personnel Mgr on 8th floor. Mr. Gillespie was the Operations Mgr. also. Mr. Charles Gray was Store Mgr. Cassandra Tucker worked in Jewelry dept 1st floor. All great people...I really miss Maas Downtown! If any former employees see this give contact me to say hello at: wjones161@tampabay.rr.com

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  14. I will be searching this blog more later, on my Kindle now, want to look at it on my computer.
    Found it doing a,search for O'Falks Department Store. My father was a window dresser there for years, and I have wonderful memories of those days, then switched to Maas Brothers and worked at both the St. Petersburg store and West Shore Plaza.

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  15. My first job out of college was in the ad dept of the downtown Maas Brothers store in 1981. I remember dress codes, nylons and paste ups and the beautiful fashion sketches done by Maria. It was unbelieveably glam at the time. I also remember my weekly trips to the Westshore Maas Bros with my little sis to get hot fudge sundaes in tulip cups in the green room.

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  16. I, too, desperately MISS the Maas Brothers stores. My 1st experiences were in the FORT MYERS store in the EDISON MALL ! On occasion my grandmother would take me & my mom (her daughter) there shopping & then we always went to their 2nd floor restaurant for a
    WONDERFUL MEAL !!!!!
    Their stores always had quality merchandise -- which I came to appreciate even more when I became a woman, did my own shopping, & finally had my OWN Maas Bros.' charge card !!!
    I recall 3 items that still stand out in my mind as sooooooooooo very special !!!!! One was a fabulously well made, gorgeous green sun-dress that tied on both shoulders (I wore it until it wore out !!! I wish I'd bought 4 or 5 of them & I might still have one now !!! It looked MARVELOUS & sexy on me, while still being refined !!!!!!! The other was a fabulous Black, Quilted ROBE with tiny red/pink roses on it. I also wore it until I wore it out ! I also wish I'd bought at least 1/2 dozen or so of those !!!!!!! And lastly, after I grew out of my fear of MICROWAVES (and needed to lose about 15Lbs) I bought my very 1st (large) table-top microwave from Maas (it cost more than other stores: $286 in 1987, but was quality & I had it for 15yrs !!! ). I lost those 15Lbs quickly & easily as my new microwave cooked up those "Lean Cuisine" meals in just a few short minutes & kept me from eating the heavy meals I made for my extremely hard working husband & son -- both big boys (not fat big, just BIG !!!) & to think my 200Lb son was a 5Lb preemie !!!!!!!! I took excellent care of him (Roy Wayne Hansen, Sr.) & so did his dad (the MARVELOUS -- Roy Lamar [Skeeter Hansen] !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yes, I miss & have missed MAAS BROTHERS soooooooooooooo terribly over the years !!!!! No other store I know of has the quality & beautiful, fabulous items that MAAS BROS. had & that is VERY, VERY SAD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I, still, to this day haven't been able to find a robe anything like the one I got at MAAS, nor have I ever found a quality sun dress like the one I got at MAAS either. Such a terrible shame !!! Ms. Barbara Ann Barker Hansen

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