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!

 

 

 

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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