Best New Clothing
Pink Magnolia Boutique, Cary, Morrisville
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
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
Hustle Fitness Studio
Best Garden Center
Garden Supply,Company, Cary
Fairview Garden Center
Campbell Road Nursery
Best Gift Store
Swagger, Cary and Raleigh
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
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.”
BEST HOME FURNISHINGS & DÉCOR
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.
BEST GIFT STORE
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.”
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.”
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.
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