Nora Fleming was here!

Wow, time flies! Hard to believe it’s already been a week! We were delighted to host Nora and Janice last Thursday as they stopped by Winston’s Gift Shop for a quick meet and greet! Nora was able to sign each piece that customers bought, which was a special treat for everyone! What a nice touch for gift giving!!

 

We were really excited when they called us to let us know they would be in South Carolina and asked if they could come see our shop and meet our customers! We quickly started reaching out to all of our customers that have purchased Nora Fleming items to invite them to this special event! Nora and Janice flew in to Charlotte at noon and drove straight here and were able to stay a little over an hour before they had to head to their next engagement!

 

We are so glad that so many Ladies were able to join us! Nicole with Izzabee’s brought everyone some yummy treats to enjoy!  There were some that couldn’t leave work or had to pick up kids but we were able to have Nora sign their purchases for them to pick up later!

It was a whirlwind visit, but a lot of fun! Enjoy the pictures one of our dear customers took for us. We are so glad Anne jumped in and helped us with that or we probably wouldn’t have any photos to remember the day!!

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Annual Holiday Drop-in!

This year we decided to have this popular event on two days – to give people the option depending on which day was most convenient for them. So, we set the dates for Sunday, November 13th from 1-4 and Tuesday, November 15th from 4-7. We had a great turnout for both but believe it or not we had a few more guests on Sunday, when it was raining and cold and nasty weather! You just never know!

So let me tell how we plan for the holiday season. We start by attending the January Market in Atlanta (yes, almost a whole year ahead). We get ideas and inspiration and learn what the trends will be for the new Christmas season. We place a few orders for must-have items and schedule the shipments for July. Then we go back to Atlanta for the July market and really get serious about the upcoming holiday season and order all  of the merchandise that we will carry and schedule it for immediate shipping. As you can imagine, this is quite challenging to make sure we have what people are looking for and have enough that we don’t run out but not too much that we don’t get stuck with it! 🙂 This year we had to make a very last minute trip in early November to a wholesaler in  rural Georgia to pick up a few more items. Sometimes the stuff we order in Atlanta doesn’t come in and we have to scramble! Below are photos from our January trip. You may remember these from the blog posts we did for each day at market!

So after all of the planning, we start with the outdoor decorations and put them up on the weekend that falls after Halloween. We then slowly start putting out the new inventory and setting up the displays. We wait as long as we can to decorate the tree and mantle which is our main display. That’s usually done on the last Sunday before the drop-in when the store is closed.  We have a different theme every year!  We always leave the front room set up with our fall merchandise through Thanksgiving!

So this year PLAID is big. We did our big tree and mantle in a plaid theme with a few rustic and burlap accents with lots of RED! We also have lots of new ornaments this year too and have restocked many of our popular lines such as Nora Fleming entertaining pieces, Melissa & Doug toys,  Root candles, Moonstruck chocolates and so much more!

We were so glad to have Theresa provide samples on Sunday of her very popular Adams Apple Eatables that we carry here at Winston’s. We were also excited to have Tisa here on Tuesday and provided samples of some of the Robert Rothschild products we carry! All of it was hit and once people tasted the items, they were hooked! We are stocked up, so stop by soon! Great for gifts and parties!

It’s always fun to see people enjoying themselves while they browse, visit and enjoy the food and drinks! Janie made her popular cheese wafers and Columbia College crackers. The hot apple cider sure was a hit when it was so cold on Sunday!

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We are very appreciative of everyone that stopped by and shopped with us, and hope you come back soon! If you weren’t able to make it we hope you will have a chance to visit us soon as well! Thank you to Laura with Lola Dee Photography for photographing our events! It sure is nice to have someone else take the photos, especially a professional!! Much better photos and a lot more photos!! 🙂 Merry Christmas from the Winston’s Crew!

 

 

 

4th Annual Tailgate Party!

On Thursday, August 25th we hosted our 4th Annual Tailgate Party & Fall Preview! It wouldn’t be a true tailgate party in the south if it wasn’t H.O.T. but, thankfully it did not rain and we had a super turnout! Thank you to Paige Phillips Photography for the wonderful photos to remember this fun night!

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Janie met Clay Rice when she was at Atlanta Market in July and invited him to do a book signing that night and he agreed! Then a couple weeks later we got the news that he would also do his famous silhouettes! We were so excited and started spreading the word. Well, it  didn’t take long and we filled up every appointment. Then he said if we could have somebody run his credit card machine, we could double book the appointments! What?! That means he was doing a silhouette every 2 minutes! Wow, he was super fast and didn’t put down the scissors for 2 hours straight! A big thank you to our girl Emma for helping Mr. Rice run the credit cards so he could keep cutting! Such a fascinating process and we were thrilled at the response!

 

You know it wouldn’t be a good party if we didn’t feed you! Theresa Adams brought samples of her Adams Apple Eatables and Nicole Storey of Izzabeee’s brought yummy Gamecock and Clemson Tiger Cupcakes! Janie made her popular Columbia College Crackers and we served a variety of the gourmet products we carry!

Our friend Deborah with Charmingly Southern Vintage Rentals set up a neat tailgate spread with picnic baskets and vintage quilts! Please contact her for any vintage rental needs you may have for an upcoming event!!

 

This year we partnered with Pink Palmetto Boutique and Designs by April. They were available to do onsite vinyl monogramming and discuss the many options they can provide for personalizing items from Winston’s Gift Shop! They also set up a pop up shop on our front lawn!

We appreciate everyone that came out and hope you enjoyed yourselves! See ya next year!!

 

 

2nd Annual Spring Showcase!

Yesterday we hosted our 2nd Annual Spring Showcase at Winston’s Gift Shop. We started this event  last year to kick off the Spring season and show you all of the new inventory to arrive since our annual buying trip to Atlanta Market in January!

We had a great time and enjoyed seeing everyone! We were thrilled to have Nicole of Izzabee’s Confectioneries and runner up on Food Network’s Cupcake Warsprovide delicious mini cupcakes for our shoppers! Flavors included Oreo, Lemon Curd and Strawberry Champagne! Follow her on Instagram to see her beautiful baked goods! To order, she can be reached at 540.305.9490 or nicole@izzabees.com

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Nicole (Queen Bee) and daughter Isabel (whom the business is named for)

Valarie with Valine’s Famous sampled her delicious cheese spread, barbeque sauce and cocktail sauce!  We are excited to carry her products made from her own Family’s recipes at Winston’s Gift Shop! They have some great serving suggestions and recipes for their products that you can check out here – http://www.valinesfamous.com/serving/

 

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Valarie Davis Lee

Tisa with Good Food Services also sampled a few of the products that we carry at Winston’s, including Sable & Rosenfeld Olive Bruschetta & Party Cups and 3 Pepper Blast Dip as well as Robert Rothschild Chocolate Sauce and Raspberry Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip. Tisa provided a few recipes using these products that we printed out and if you didn’t get a copy, you can stop by and pick them up!

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Here are a few pictures around the shop! If you weren’t able to make it, we hope you come see us soon! And if you did join us, thank you and come back soon!!

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Headbands of Hope

We have Headbands Of Hope at Winston’s Gift Shop! For every headband sold, one will be given to a child with cancer in our community. We are proud to announce we have requested that the donation be made to Happy Wheels for Kennedy’s Kids!!
Come check out our beautiful collection today! These are great for Proms, Weddings, any special occasion! We even have some for babies! Take a look at the photos below to see just some of the styles we have in stock!
Founded by college student, Jess Ekstrom. Jess interned at a wish-granting organization and found girls loved to wear headbands after losing their hair to chemotherapy. During her junior year on April 25, 2012, Headbands of Hope was born.

 

Atlanta Market Story – Day 5

Yay! Last day! We had a great time and very productive trip but it is ALWAYS good to get home, right?!

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Today was a half day for us but we packed a lot in before we left mid-day. We browsed several of the temporary booths, ordered lots of new greeting cards from Caspari and checked out of lots of Floral/Holiday showrooms! Hard to even think about Christmas right now honestly! 🙂

So many neat displays to see though throughout AmericasMart! Great for inspiration!! I fell in love with this display in the Knud Nielson showroom. Magnolia wreaths and garland with dried hydrangeas and cotton – doesn’t get any more Southern than that! LOVE!

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After more browsing and more buying and forgetting to take pics,  we wrapped things up and grabbed lunch before we hit the road! We really are excited about everything we found and can’t wait to show it all to you! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and we will post pics as the items arrive!

Thank you friends! xoxo

 

 

Atlanta Market Story – Day 4

Hello again! Thanks so much for following along. We hope you are enjoying our daily posts! We hit the ground running once again and ordered many great products from a few new vendors and of course vendors we have worked with before such as Tile Craft, Savannah Bee Company, Nora Fleming and Garden Route.

We’ve noticed that in each of our daily photos we look a lot more tired with each passing day! 🙂 We are having a great time and thankful for the opportunity but hey, it is hard work and long days! We want to make sure we are finding what YOU, our customers want and will buy! If our customers are happy then it is worth it!

We are VERY excited about some new products we will be bringing in and we are thankful for our friend Nicole Storey for telling us about these companies. First off, Simply Whimsical! Take a look at the cutest pineapple aprons in the photo above that we will have coming in soon! Also, we just LOVE the girls at Headbands of Hope and are very excited about the  headbands we are bringing to Winston’s! For every headband we buy, one is given to a child with cancer to a hospital of our choice! Isn’t that wonderful?! The headbands are just beautiful and we have ordered a great selection!

We browsed so many showrooms this afternoon and ended up at Caspari and ordered quite a few beautiful cocktail/beverage napkins, guest towels and plates. Excited for you to see the beautiful selection they have!

Well, tomorrow is our last day! So we are resting up to make the most of our time while we are here! We are pretty excited about what we have accomplished in our time here and we are ready to get back to the shop and await the shipments!!

Goodnight!