Maxine Clark is the founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop.
Maxine Clark was born on March 6, 1949 in Coral Gables, Florida, United States.
When Maxine Clark was only ten years old, her and her friend Katie were out shopping for stuffed toys and they couldn't find any. Her friend, Katie said, "These are so easy, we could make them." Although Katie was just talking about doing a craft project, Maxine thought of a bigger idea.
In 1971 she graduated from the University of Georgia and holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from St. Louis University. After college she started to work at Hecht's, a large chain of department stores. During 1976 she was promoted to the corporate offices in St. Louis, Missouri.