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About Us

Merle Norman Cosmetics & Gifts has been the go-to cosmetic and gift shop for the Olney community and surrounding areas since 2013. Ranging from Merle Norman Cosmetics & Skincare products to the perfect gift for every occasion. You can be sure you’ll find everything you need under this roof! The fun and friendly “Merle Girls” are always ready to assist you in finding your perfect shade of lipstick or foundation as well as the gift you need for everyone on your list!

At Merle Norman Cosmetics & Gifts you will feel special from the moment you walk in. Our friendly staff is here to help you find the perfect hostess, birthday, best friend gift all in one place. When you shop at Merle Norman Cosmetics & Gifts you will become part of our little family! We have fun gifts for your entire list! You will be sure to find some funny sayings, quirky products and things that will make you smile! Come see what all the excitement is about!

The Merle Girls

Joy Griffin – Owner and Fearless Leader

Joy and her team have a great time working together and feel very lucky to be part of such a wonderful community. Everyone on the team is excited to make your experience one that is welcoming and fun every day! It is our mission to treat everyone like family!

Joy, the owner, has been in the retail world since she was a young girl and her mother opened a dress shop followed by a lingerie store. A few years later, she bought a Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio when Joy was just 13. Joy has been a retail guru ever since. Her passion to make people happy and solve problems for her customers is seen everyday at the store. After taking a few years off to raise her 4 boys, Joy decided to go back into retail and Olney ended up being the perfect location. When deciding what kind of culture Joy wanted for her new store, a “girlfriend” shop is what came to mind. She wanted a place where people could come, feel like they were at home and invite friends to meet them there. From the time the doors of Merle Norman Cosmetics and Gifts opened, a family was formed between the staff to the customers!

​Megan Goode – Manager and Design Expert

Megan began her retail career at the River Hill Garden Center when she was in her teens. She worked with her mother who was the Gift Manager at the River Hill Garden Center. While Megan was in college, she would return to the RHGC each summer. After graduating college, and spending a few years in Tennessee, Megan returned to Maryland with her family and became an assistant manager under her mom. When the RHGC closed in 2016, Megan joined the Merle Girl team and has been a great asset from day one! If you shop at Merle Norman Cosmetics & Gifts, you will surely meet Megan and be greeted with a friendly welcome!