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!

 

 

 

Introducing Winks at Winston’s!

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A charming new way to personalize gift-giving. The all new Winks™ are incredibly chic and can be added to wine bottles, gift bags, or even used as décor! Just $10.95 each.

 

Which Winks are you? Each of our Winks represents a variety of passions from Spa Girl to Tech Savvy, and even includes a Mom-to-be. Every Winks has a story to tell that is related to you. Show who you are by clipping a WINKS to your purse, pinning to a cork board, hanging in your locker, tying to a gift or even decorating a wine bottle.

  • Printed front and back
  • Metal charm
  • Metal chain hanger
  • Eye lash accents
  • Ornaments measure 2″ W x 6 1/2″ H

 

2015 Holiday Drop-in!

It’s hard to believe it has almost been a week since our drop-in! Wow, what a fantastic crowd we had! We were so busy that we didn’t have a chance to speak to everyone or get pictures of more of our guests! We were thrilled with the turnout and appreciate everyone that came!! We hope that you all enjoyed yourselves and will come back a few times during this holiday season!!

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In case you weren’t able to attend or maybe you didn’t get to see everything while you were here, here are the photos that we did get of the displays, food and a few of the attendees –  Photo Album

We want to give a big thank you to Nicole with Izzabee’s Confectioneries for providing delicious treats for everyone to enjoy!! If you would like to order or contact her, here is her information – Website: http://www.izzabees.com/  Phone: 540.305.9490 Email: nicole@izzabees.com

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It was great to have Theresa of Adams Apple Eatables join us and provide samples of her Apple Butter and Apple Pie Jam! We sell both here at Winston’s Gift Shop! They make great hostess gifts and you can pick up a jar or two for yourself!!

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A few folks have asked for the recipe for the Columbia College Crackers that Janie made. Here is link to a blog post we did a couple years ago that includes the recipe and a couple others you might like! – A few recipes shared by Janie

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January Buying Trip!

Janie just returned from one of her annual buying trips to AmericasMart Atlanta. It’s where Retailers go to Shop! “The complex ranks first as the world’s largest trade mart/trade show facility with more than seven million square feet of enclosed space.”

As usual, Janie made the most of her time there and reported busy showrooms and happy retailers! According to the Market Report from Gifts and Decorative Accessories publication – “If AmericasMart’s winter show kickoff this week is any indication, 2015 looks to be a good year. According to exhibitors, attendees were optimistic, coming off of a solid holiday season.”

She was able to meet several new vendors and of course place orders with some of our favorites like Nora FlemingRoot Candles and Savannah Bee Company, just to name a few! We are so excited about the new products due to arrive very soon! Be sure to check our Facebook page for updates! We love being able to bring in new items that we know our customers will LOVE!

We have HONEY!

This past Fall we started carrying honey from Savannah Bee Company in Winston’s Gift Shop. These items are great for entertaining and also to give as gifts! Stop by and see our selection! We can also put together a gift basket for pick up or delivery!