2024 Maggy Awards: Shopping

Best New Business (Non-restaurant)
Lune Spark Center for Creativity Read More

The Real Deal Boutique
Home for Entertaining

Best New Clothing
The Gatorbug Read More

Rose & Lee

Best Resale Clothing
Dorcas Thrift Shop

Petersons’ Consigning Design
The Perfect Piece

Best Florist Shop
Preston Flowers

The Flower Cupboard
Cary Florist

Best Home Furnishings & Decor
Petersons’ Consigning Design Read More

The Perfect Piece
Home for Entertaining

Best Garden Center
Garden Supply Company

Fairview Garden Center
For Garden’s Sake

Best Gift Store

Ivy Cottage Collections
Good Day Cary

Best Jewelry Store
Bailey’s Fine Jewelry

Holland’s Jewelers
Johnson’s Jewelers of Cary

Best Shopping District

Downtown Apex
Park West Village

Best Specialty Food Store
The Butcher’s Market

Capri Flavors

Best Wine Store
The Wine Merchant

Great Grapes
Chatham Street Wines

Best Bottle Shop
Bottle Theory

Bottles & Cans
Peakway Taps

Lune Spark Center for Creativity

Best New Business (Non-Restaurant)

Nishant Tiwary and Pawan Mishra, Lune Spark Center for Creativity

Lune Spark Center for Creativity believes that every young creative deserves the opportunity to explore and refine their passions — which is why center founder Pawan Mishra hears so often from parents some variation of “I wish I had this place while growing up!”

At this state-of-the-art learning center, a three-step approach encompassing Discovery (Try It), Focus (Master It), and Expression (Showcase) supports the Lune Spark mission of inspiring and nurturing the next generation of creatives. The wide array of educational experiences includes daily and weeklong camps for children ages 7–12, weekly classes for all ages, mentorship programs, workshops, and professional services.

Historical letter folding and sealing workshop, anyone? How about a digital character design, audio engineering, or portrait photography class?

“The most sought-after learning opportunities at our center revolve around hands-on classes in drawing, painting, digital art, acting, theater productions, and music composition,” said Mishra. “These classes resonate deeply with our students, fostering a profound appreciation for their chosen art form.”

About winning this award, Mishra said: “This prestigious accolade stands as a testament to the unwavering dedication and passion of the Lune Spark team, as well as a reflection of our customers’ satisfaction on their learning journey with us. The recognition fills us with immense pride, underscoring our commitment to cultivating creativity and offering a nurturing environment for the development of young minds.”


Petersons’ Consigning Design

Best Home Furnishings & Design

Ashley Moore, Petersons’ Consigning Design

Whether you want to discover hidden gems without having to rummage or hope to earn top dollar for your own treasures, Petersons’ Consigning Design takes the hassle out of buying or selling your belongings.

With brands like Ethan Allen, Restoration Hardware, and Crate & Barrel on display in the furnishings department, and the latest from the likes of Michael Kors, Burberry, and Kate Spade in the women’s boutique upstairs, shoppers are treated to a curated selection of items thoughtfully chosen to meet their needs and desires.

For both the stylish inventory appearing daily in the online store and the captivating displays in the meticulously maintained showroom, great care is taken in accepting only the items customers are actively seeking.

Being in business for almost 20 years means that more than 20,000 consignors trust a simplified process for selling gently used items. Petersons’ staff handles everything from selling and displaying to advertising, weeding out no-shows, negotiations, spam, and scammers.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be the recipients of this award!” said Ashley Moore for the family business. “Our passion lies in serving our customers and consignors with dedication and care. To receive recognition from our community for our hard work is incredibly rewarding and uplifting.”


The Gatorburg

Best New Clothing

One glance inside The Gatorbug and it’s clear that this boutique celebrates color! As it does women — of every age and size.

“Not every woman is the same, and we pride ourselves on offering size inclusivity to o er as much variety as possible,” said owner and buyer Catherine Carter. “Whether it’s an entire outfit our customers walk out purchasing, or just a simple accessory to make an out t pop, we are delighted each time we help a customer look and feel her best!”

In The Gatorbug, women are encouraged to explore. “Our teams do an excellent job at getting our customers to try on pieces that they wouldn’t normally gravitate towards,” said Carter. “Our biggest goal is to have our customers take calculated risks with their style.”

Nailing fun and fashionable — online and in its Raleigh and Fenton boutiques — The Gatorbug showcases clothing, accessories, shoes, gift items, and home goods that come in a wide range of price points and effortlessly blend playful and practical. Think gorgeously bold printed tie-waist maxi dresses, and whimsical perched peacock earrings in washed teal.

“I would love to see more women not be intimidated by color!” Carter explained. “I feel Gatorbug helps them achieve that by offering colorful choices and vibrant prints that mix youthfulness and sophistication together.”

The boutique’s vibrant yet varied o erings easily align with this year’s spring and summer trends. With pops of yellow and orange forecast, The Gatorbug naturally has shoppers covered.

“We realize our customers have so many options when it comes to shopping in the Triangle,” Carter said. For this generational — and matriarchal — enterprise to be selected “means more to us than we can put into words!” Carter said. “We are so incredibly humbled to win the Maggy Award for Best New Clothing!”


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