2023 Maggy Awards: Shopping

Dorcas Thrift Shop, Best Resale Shopping
Dorcas Thrift Shop, Best Resale Shopping
Swagger Boutique, Best Clothing Boutique & Best Gift Store
Swagger Boutique, Best Clothing Boutique & Best Gift Store
Bottle Theory, Best Wine Shop, Best Neighborhood Bar & Best Bottle Shop
Bottle Theory, Best Wine Shop, Best Neighborhood Bar & Best Bottle Shop

Preston Flowers

Best Florist

A perennial favorite, Preston Flowers rose to the occasion yet again with their 2023 Maggy win for Best Florist!

“I feel so honored to have won the Maggy Award for Best Florist,” said owner Barbara McKinnon. “This award means so much to me because it’s a huge reminder of the community I have around me, and my staff and the support they give us throughout the year.”

Preston Flowers and Gifts is a locally and female-owned florist and gift shop offering fresh arrangements for every day, special occasions such as Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, birthdays, baby showers/arrivals, weddings, and funerals. They also offer custom silk arrangements, house plants, indoor/outdoor plants, and a huge selection of local crafted gift items, honey, soap and bath items, jelly/jam, elderberry products, unique kitchen pieces, jewelry, and the list goes on.

“Being a female business owner is an honor that I do not take for granted, and I want to show that in our work and our customer service every single day,” said McKinnon.


Cardinal Hill Wealth Management

Best New Business (Non-Restaurant) and Best Financial Advisor

From left, Robert Hill, Brooke Phillips, and Jessie Harris

Cardinal Hill Wealth Management is sitting on not one, but two big wins this year — the Maggy Award for Best New Business (Non-Restaurant) and Best Financial Advisor, Jessie Harris.

Jessie Harris, now in his 10th year of practicing, and Robert Hill, who recently completed his PhD from UNC Chapel Hill in Strategy & Entrepreneurship, have been friends since kindergarten and started their business together a year ago. The dynamic duo is rounded out by client specialist Brooke Phillips, who serves as the head of client advocacy. If you don’t need financial advice, go for the brews — Harris serves a mean cup of coffee with his fancy shmancy espresso machine (watch out, Best Coffee Shop)!

“I was so excited when I heard, and it just gave me a boost of confidence and excitement, knowing that we’re doing the right thing for our clients and that people really appreciate it,” said Harris regarding his win for Best Financial Advisor. “And it’s just an honor — there’s a lot of good folks in Cary. We just have a great group of people that we work with and I just feel really honored.”

As the sons of small-business owners, both Harris and Hill were thrilled to take home the Maggy for Best New Business (Non- Restaurant) — an award that, let’s face it, doesn’t typically go to financial planners.

“We just love small business,” said Hill. “We think that it’s critical to the growth of America that we return to a place of having strong small businesses, and to be honored as the best new small business is exactly what we hoped for. We hope to be the best firm in the Triangle for the next 30, 50, 100 years, and we can only get there by continuing to make our clients happy and to exceed expectations. We hope to continue to do that for a long time.”



Best Shopping District

Cary Magazine’s Maggy Party at Fenton in Aprill 2022

Fenton, Cary’s newest upscale shopping destination, takes this year’s Maggy Award for Best Shopping District.

“We are thrilled. It is such a pleasure to be recognized by the community. We are honored that our guests are enjoying our sophisticated playground,” said Jaime Nolan, Fenton’s marketing communications manager.

Unlike other shopping districts, Fenton provides a uniquely urban, pedestrian-focused experience where shopping, dining, and entertainment offerings come together. You can shop till you drop, schedule a romantic date night, or take part in one of Fenton’s many popups and free events.

“Fenton is so unique, with its connectability and walkability throughout the property highlighted by two lively greenspaces, The Backyard and Fenton Square,” said Nolan. “With fashionable retailers, beautiful landscaping, festive events, and unforgettable artwork, Fenton brings exceptional offerings that continue to draw guests back for more.”


Best New Business (Non-Restaurant)
Cardinal Hill Wealth Management

Gail & Grace Boutique
Good Day Cary

Best Clothing Boutique
Swagger Boutique

Glam Soldier
Bella + Mauve Boutique

Best Resale Shopping
Dorcas Thrift Shop

J’Adore Boutique

Best Florist Shop
Preston Flowers

Flower Cupboard
Cary Florist

Best Home Furnishings and Décor
Capital Discount Furniture

Werking Décor
The Perfect Piece

Best Garden Center
Garden Supply Company

Fairview Garden Center
Campbell Road Nursery

Best Gift Store
Swagger Boutique

Ivy Cottage Collections
Stylish Living

Best Jewelry Store
Johnson’s Jewelers

Holland’s Jewelers
Bailey’s Fine Jewelry

Best Shopping District

Downtown Apex
Tie: Park West Village and Crossroads Plaza

Best Specialty Foods Store
The Butcher’s Market

Elk Local Foods
Capri Flavors

Best Wine Shop
Bottle Theory

The Wine Merchant
Great Grapes

Best Bottle Shop
Bottle Theory

Pharmacy Bottle & Beverage
Bottles & Cans

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