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Family Owned Business Spanning Four Generations!

Business Description
Our History Maxie's Daughter is a family business that spans four generations. Maxie's Daughter is currently run by Eric Trobman and his family. Originally located on Ninth street in the Italian Market, the business was first called Max Wilk Fabrics. Eric Trobman's grandfather Max, a Russian immigrant, came over here when he was 16 or 17 years old. The government had taken everything from his family and they moved here to start a better life. If you've ever walked into one of the many fabric stores on Fourth Street in South Philadelphia without any knowledge of fabric, it can be a bit overwhelming. Hundreds of different spools of fabric line the walls and, in some stores, spill over into isles creating colorful narrow pathways. Fabric Row, located along Fourth between South and Catherine streets, has been a marketplace for quality fabrics in Philadelphia for over a century. During the early 20th century, immigrants, skilled as tailors or seamstresses, made their living by working in stores or renting pushcarts. Today, restaurants, hair salons and even small grocery stores are sandwiched between second-, third- and fourth-generation fabric businesses. Max Wilk started work in the fabric business by renting a pushcart. He began with taking basically scrap fabric, folding it neatly and turning it into something that would get people's attention. Wilk was eventually able to make a sufficient living for his family and began renting a store in the Italian Market in the late 1930s. In 1991, Wilk died and the family turned to Beverly Trobman, Wilk's daughter, to take over the business. In 1994, Max Wilk Fabrics was moved to Fabric Row street and renamed as Maxie's Daughter. In it's new location, Maxie's Daughter had more business than ever.
Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (215) 829-0776

Payment method
master card, visa, debit, financing available, amex
Location
724 South 4th Street - Fabric Row in Philadelphia
Neighborhoods
South Philadelphia, Queen Village - Pennsport
AKA

Maxies Daughter

Categories
Fabric Shops, Quilting Materials & Supplies

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Nadya S.

05/23/2015

Overall

Beware! They are thieves! The owner named Erick got my order and was paid for that two month ago. Now he is hiding from me. He stole my money and my fabric. Please avoid this shop.

Overall

They are very friendly and know what they have and very patient. I took my laptop in cause I found a dress on the internet I was trying to copy. The pictures were not the greatest I had. Everyone is the store is helpful and they found the exact laces and were helpful. I really like everyone there and will be buying again and again and I will try there first. It's a 45 minute drive for me. Since they are so helpful I will make the drive.

tw722a

08/06/2013

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They are super friendly at Maxie's Daughter! They have a great selection and it is very easy to navigate your way around the store. They also have a large selection of Bridal Fabrics. I would highly recommend this business.

texasonly

08/25/2011

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I specifically purchased fabri...

I specifically purchased fabric from Maxie's Daughter because they have been in business for over 50 years. I came to shop from Texas. I ordered 18 yards of upholstery fabric on June 20, 2011 that Eric, the owner, was going to ship to me so I wouldn't have the aggravation of lugging 18 yards home in a suitcase or the cost. He said it would be sent in 4-6 days. After countless calls, text, emails, lie after lie, I NEVER received my fabric or money. I absolutely would NEVER do business with Maxie's Daughter again. Eric is a liar and unethical. What I found out after the fact, is that Joann's Fabric, a national company, actually carries the fabric I went all the way to Philadelphia for and, is a very ethical business. Buyer beware, never buy from Maxie's Daughter unless you have fabric in hand and even then I would just avoid that store. Eric ruined my event. The owners seemed like such nice people with a family (ma/pa) business but don't be deceived. Agh!

Texas Only

08/25/2011

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Buyer Beware

I specifically purchased fabric from Maxie's Daughter located down on 4th Street around the corner from South Street because they have been in business for over 50 years. I came to shop from Texas. I ordered 18 yards of upholstery fabric on June 20, 2011 that Eric, the owner, was going to ship to me so I wouldn't have the aggravation of lugging 18 yards home in a suitcase or the cost. He said it would be sent in 4-6 days. After countless calls, text, emails, lie after lie, I NEVER received my fabric or money. I absolutely would NEVER do business with Maxie's Daughter again. Eric is a liar and unethical. What I found out after the fact, is that Joann's Fabric, a national company, actually carries the fabric I went all the way to Philadelphia for, and they are a very ethical business. Buyer beware, never buy from Maxie's Daughter unless you have fabric in hand and even then I would just avoid that store. Eric ruined my sofa being ready for an event I was hosting. The owners seemed like such nice people with a family (ma/pa) business but don't be deceived. Agh!

nmaliha

02/07/2011

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Owner Eric Trobman

In September 2010, I took a blind to Eric Trobman, the owner of Maxie's Daughter, a Fabric Store on 4th Street in Philadelphia because its string needed repair. The blind was purchased from him a while ago with a lifetime guarantee. He did not honor the warranty, So I accepted to pay for the repairs. I kept on calling Eric Trobman on a weekly basis to check on the status of the blind's repair. Eric Trobman started to evade my phone calls. I made a dozen trips to his store and caught him there on numerous occasions. He kept on making false promises that it will be repaired soon. Today is February 7, 2010, and the blind is still not repaired. My wife and I went to his store and literally recovered the blind from his store. We discovered that it was never shipped to the manufacturer and was collecting dust for 5 months in his store. He did not even refund our money. Eric Trobman is a big liar and I strongly recommend that you think twice before conducting business with Maxie's Daughter. There is at least a dozen fabric stores on 4th Street. You can blindly go to any other store and you will most likely deal with a decent person. Eric Trobman and Maxie's Daughter should be banned from doing business in Philadelphia.

greenhammer

12/31/2007

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Don't get your work done here

Maxie's Daughter does have very pretty fabrics, however, the owners are unprofessional and hard to work with. They take forever to finish a project and when it is done, that doesn't mean it was done right. I have had many things re-upholstered by them b/c they did have a fabric that i loved there, but I will never go back there again. For example, on two different occasions, when I finally picked up my piece, there were small rips and smudges on the fabric and they were difficult to deal with to get the piece redone. There is just no quality control there. If you find a fabric there, I would take it to someone else to have your work done.

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