Maxine Clark is one of the true innovators in the retail industry. During her career, Clark’s ability to spot emerging retail and merchandising trends and her insight into the desires of the American consumer have generated growth for retail leaders, including department, discount and specialty stores. In 1997, she founded Build- A-Bear Workshop, a teddy-bear themed retail-entertainment experience. Today there are more than 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide.

In June 2013, Clark stepped down from her Chief Executive Bear role to apply her entrepreneurial skills and pursue her passion for education, families and children. Clark’s latest venture is the Delmar DivINe, located in the old St. Luke’s Hospital on Delmar Boulevard.

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