In 1983 Scottie MacLennan decided to take his experiences as a manager and buyer for Pier 1 Imports, and branch out, starting his own import company. CELADON Imports was born. Importing goods mostly from the United Kingdom, CELADON specialized in clocks, tea linens, and candles from various British manufacturers.
Six months into business Scottie met Lexie Tynan through a family friend. Lexie had just moved to Canada with his wife and four children, and was looking to start a new company. He had previously owned and operated a toy import business in Ireland, but had moved to Canada as his wife was (and still is) Canadian, and has a large family here.
Within the first few years we began importing small framed prints to compliment our giftware line. These products were very popular and seemed to attract a lot more attention than the other gift products. Unable to find manufacturers who could supply us with the range of products we needed, the decision was made to begin manufacturing our own line of framed prints.
In the first few years the learning curve was steep as we went through a process of trial and error. We were seeking the most efficient way to provide quality framed prints, with tasteful frame and mat choices, to a range of retailers. In the early days we seldom went outside the standard sizes of 8x10, 10x12, 11x14 and 16x20, and tended to stick to Victorian and traditionally themed images.
However, over the years, our range of product has grown and now includes a selection of several thousand framed prints, canvas transfers and mirrors. We are proud to be able to provide a diverse selection that includes everything from Victorian to Abstract, Traditional to Contemporary, and many styles in between. Our designers successfully anticipate changing trends in the décor industry, creating products that are fresh-looking and distinct.
Two decades later, CELADON has become a familiar and reputable name in the Canadian wall décor industry, with a growing reputation in the United States. Our partnership has grown to friendship, and our families have grown closer. Several of our children have put themselves through University working at CELADON on summer break and part-time through the year. We are a true family-run business and are proud to provide employment for our staff in an environment based firmly on respect for the individual and his or her creativity.
In the future we look to expand our business throughout North America, gaining many new customers and friends along the way.