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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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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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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