2018 Maggy Awards: Shopping

George and Andia Xouris attribute their success to great ice cream and the friendly atmosphere of their shop. “We’ve met some amazing people, some amazing families, and really connected with them,” says Andia.
The Winners

Best New Clothing

Pink Magnolia Boutique, Cary, Morrisville

Swagger
Autumn & Avery Clothing Boutique

Best Resale Shopping

Dorcas Shop, Cary

Petersons’ Consigning Design
Adore Designer Resale Boutique

Best Florist Shop

Preston Flowers, Cary

The Flower Cupboard
Cary Florist

Best Home Furnishings & Décor

Halie’s Boutique, Cary

Ivy Cottage Collections
The Perfect Piece

Best New Business (Non-Restaurant)

Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream, Cary

Tutu School
Hustle Fitness Studio

Best Garden Center

Garden Supply,Company, Cary

Fairview Garden Center
Campbell Road Nursery

Best Gift Store

Swagger, Cary and Raleigh

Halie’s Boutique
Ivy Cottage Collections

Best Shopping Center

Park West Village, Morrisville

Parkside Town Commons
The Streets at Southpoint

Best Specialty Foods Store

The Butcher’s Market, Cary and Raleigh

The Fresh Market
TIE: Whisk and Capri Flavors

Best Wine or Beer

Triangle Wine Company

Winestore
The Wine Merchant

BEST NEW BUSINESS

Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream

2016>> Andia’s son, Alex, wrote to Cary Magazine to share the inside scoop on her small-batch, soon-to-be-famous ice cream and sorbets.

2017>> Andia and her husband, George, both graduates of the Frozen Dessert Institute, opened their first retail location in Cary.

The logo>> Based on the scoop inherited from George’s father, known as “Pappou.”

Cold calls>> Andia’s caters for weddings, parties and corporate events.

Local sources>> Include rBST-free milk from pasture-raised cows.

Yum>> Among the shop’s 21 rotating flavors are standouts like salted caramel, black raspberry and mocha macchiato.

The buzz>> Andia’s French vanilla ice cream won second place at the National Ice Cream Retailers Association convention in November.

Andia says>> “Ice cream makes everyone happy.”

andiasicecream.com

BEST HOME FURNISHINGS & DÉCOR

Halie’s Boutique

Corrie Ismaili was on track to become an attorney, but Maggy voters are sure glad she changed direction.

Cheery, trendy and true are among the goals of her popular shop, where home décor hangs out with unique gifts and fun accessories. Toss in onsite monogramming and ready-made gift baskets, and it’s no wonder readers flock to Ismaili’s latest finds.

“I’ve put a lot of thought, effort and research into building the Halie’s Boutique brand and making it unique,” she says.

haliesboutique.com

BEST GIFT STORE

Swagger

Every Maggy honoree list in the history of the Maggy Awards has included at least one name: Swagger.

Owner Mandy Becker has become a style go-to as the voice of Swagger, adding clothing and accessory lines to her popular gift boutique along the way, and expanding into a second location in fall 2017.

Becker says she’s “wired” to go above and beyond in everything she does. Her favorite accomplishments?

“Thriving in an industry where more than half of businesses close within the first year, and that I employ wonderful women,” said the 2015 CM Mover & Shaker. “Also, that I’m able to support many charitable organizations and have created a business that continuously receives customer service and best-of awards, voted on by the public.”

swaggergifts.com

BEST NEW CLOTHING

Pink Magnolia Boutique

Call it a Southern thing, but Texas-born Samantha James believes hospitality is key to Pink Magnolia’s success. With two locations and enough happy customers to land yet another Best New Clothing Maggy, she’s probably right.

Voted last year’s best new business, Pink Magnolia is only getting better as it offers grown-woman modern chic to customers who appreciate the something-for-everyone vibe.

“Our stylists’ goal is to make sure every customer leaves feeling fantastic about her new outfit,” James says. “Our customers are the most amazing women. We build real relationships.”

lovepinkmagnolia.com

BEST GARDEN CENTER

Garden Supply Company

Keith Ramsey grew up in his mom’s florist shop and sold plants from the trunk of her car. And when he planted the seed that would become Garden Supply Company, it was a simple three-man team.

Just like its Cary hometown, this green-thumb business has grown. The home and garden powerhouse now boasts more than 40 friendly employees, and locals rely on them when it comes to their own gardening and landscaping needs.

Plants — check out the handy online plant finder — landscaping services, home décor, gifts and even interior design: This is the Garden Supply of today.

gardensupplyco.com

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