Hello! A second generation family owned business, Anne Filkin Lamps & Shades was founded by my mom, Anne Filkin at its current address in Caldwell in 1985. She purchased the 1870’s building and my dad who was very handy spent a year enacting some major renovations. They worked well together; they were a real team. Prior to her own shop, my mom sold shades part-time in the store front of my dad’s electrical contracting business, Filkin Electric, on Washington Street in Bloomfield. Filkin Electric was started by my great uncle Leo a century ago in 1912.
My mom so loved her business and all the thousands of her customers over the years. She had a great ‘eye”, style and as so many customers have told me, was lovely, sweet and a real lady. I know, my sisters and I were so lucky to be her daughters.
Prior to my parents’ passing in 2010, my mom passed on the business to me. While having a marketing career, I had lived most of my life in Caldwell and often helped her out. And for years we had traveled to trade shows together. While we had lots of fun, they were great learning experiences for me.
In carrying on, I am really enjoying building the business further: expanding the shade selection, continuing to find beautiful, distinctive lamps and continuing to offer friendly, expert service. I told my mother that the shop would always be called Anne Filkin Lamps & Shades because she was a “brand". She chuckled. But also because it is my way to honor her and follow in her footsteps.