Women and Men Who Mean Business (June 2013)

Meri Huggins, Classic Antiques & More

Meri Huggins, Classic Antiques & More

Meri Huggins

Classic Antiques & More
13089 Ocean Hwy.
(at Litchfield Dr. traffic light)

Pawleys Island, SC
Main: 843-314-9273

Meri Huggins just found a great new purse in her favorite color—coral. “I love all shades of coral,” said the owner of Classic Antiques and More. Meri’s love of coral extends to her home as well. “I have lots of vintage and antique pieces mixed in, and I use corals in decorating to match our family area that is painted an apricot color. I change things around when I find another antique piece I just have to have!”

“My Shag shoes would qualify as my favorite article of clothing because I know when I wear them I’ll be meeting friends for an evening of Shag dancing!” Other than her wedding rings, Meri’s favorite piece of jewelry is an heirloom marcasite watch given to her by a special aunt. “It will be three years ago this July that I felt truly beautiful,” began Meri. “After being widowed for ten years, I married my wonderful husband, Ed!”

At Classic Antiques and More, Meri is constantly on the lookout for unique items for her customers. “I just love it when someone says ‘Just perfect,’ or ‘Just what I’ve been looking for.’ I meet the most interesting people and love hearing their stories. Please visit my shop soon and tell me your story.”

Tracey Rogers, Millie’s

Tracey Rogers, Millie’s

Tracey Rogers

11378 Ocean Hwy., Unit 3
Pawleys Island, SC
Main: 843-314-9314

Black and white is Tracey Rogers go-to color combination. The owner of Millie’s went on to say, “I have always loved the crispness of the contrast. And it goes with everything. I’m thrilled that black and white is so ‘on trend’ this season.” Tracey’s home is also decorated in black and white. “I feel like it’s very pleasing to the eye, and it goes with anything. I love taking vintage pieces and fabricating them with something that has a little bit of an edge to it—my antique settee is upholstered with a coral and sand linen zebra print!”

Tracey admits she lives in her blue jeans. “My favorite pair is made by DL1961 premium denim. They have four way power stretch and the fit is amazing! Right now I’m obsessed with the jewelry line Theodosia. Each piece is one of a kind. My favorite piece is a necklace with lapis beads and a vintage locket. I have a picture of my son inside the locket.”

“We have great summer clothes and styles at Millie’s,” Tracey said. “From a casual tee shirt and shorts, to that great dress for a rehearsal dinner or wedding, there is something for everyone. We are also planning several trunk shows to showcase even more of what our great designers have to offer!”

Mel Davis, Simply Divine

Mel Davis, Simply Divine

Mel Davis

Simply Divine
Downtown Pawleys
10729 Ocean Hwy.
Pawleys Island, SC
Main: 843-235-0520

Mel Davis, owner of Simply Divine loves yellow. “My favorite yellow is the color of the daffodils that bloom in my yard each spring!” Since she lives on the water, Mel decorates her home in blues. “My bedroom is done in blues and yellows.” Being in the clothing business, Mel changes her wardrobe every year. “I wear things from the store to model for my customers.” She does have jewelry that is always a part of her wardrobe. “I was married for 53 years, and now I wear my late husband’s wedding band on a chain around my neck. It means the world to me.”

Mel is excited that Simply Divine has recently taken on the Fresh Produce line. “This is a well known line, and my customers will come in and tell me they’ve been wearing one of their pieces for years! I tell all of my customers it is really important to change your wardrobe. Go through your closet and give those older pieces to charity. If someone has a particular piece that they love, but just can’t make work, please bring it in, and I will help you accessorize it or find something to wear with it. It doesn’t have to be from my store, we love helping you look stylish!”

Robin Putman, The Tulip Tree Boutique

Robin Putman, The Tulip Tree Boutique

Robin Putman

The Tulip Tree Boutique
6778 Beach Drive SW.
Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Main: 910-579-9070

Robin Putman, owner of The Tulip Tree Boutique in Ocean Isle, loves teal—so much she chose that color for the interior of her boutique. At home, Robin is more eclectic. “I would call my home ten-year-old-shabby-no-longer-chic—and greatly in need of a do over! I enjoy eclectic décor, but I don’t have a problem with a few core pieces that match.”

When asked about her favorite clothing, Rachel was quick to answer. “I love leggings with longer tops and wedges. I think they make me look taller…and slimmer!” Her favorite piece of jewelry is her Meemaw Rachel’s wedding band and two little gold sandal pendants with her daughters’ birthstones, ruby and pearl, that she bought in Hawaii.

This is The Tulip Tree’s first summer in business, and there’s a lot going on! “On the third Thursday of each month, we have Girls’ Night Out from 5-8 pm. There are always refreshments, a special guest presentation, and quite often a local charity receives a portion of our sales that evening. Also this summer and into the fall, we hope to have pop-up trunk shows—these, and other surprises will be announced via email or Facebook only, so contact me at tuliptreeboutique@gmail.com or like us on Facebook.”

Trudy Gauer, Taylor’s

Trudy Gauer, Taylor’s

Trudy Gauer

11412 Ocean Hwy., Suite B
Pawleys Island, SC
Main: 843-237-9500

Trudy Gauer likes a variety of different colors. “I suppose it‘s because I’m around many different fabrics with beautiful colors, but I’m basic black and white at heart—slimming colors!” At home, Trudy uses traditional styles and loves blue and white with red accents. “I rarely change—with my busy schedule, I leave well enough alone.”

When asked about her favorite clothes, Trudy said, “I like many designers, but I wear a lot of Skirtin Around jackets. They are three-quarter length and very becoming for all ages.” Trudy’s wedding rings are her favorite pieces of jewelry. “This is my second set—my husband gave them to me on our 25th anniversary and they are very special! We were married on a cold January day in West Virginia, and I wore a long white gown and veil—we’ve been blessed with 46 years of marriage.”

“Taylor’s is a family owned business that is dedicated to providing women with the newest fashion trends and one of a kind finds,” Trudy began. “We are constantly adding lines to accommodate the varying styles of our clientele. We want our customers to enjoy a large selection of accessories, a fun atmosphere and individual attention from our experienced staff. We’re looking forward to summer with our supportive customers!”

JoAnn Johnston, Blue Heron Gallery

JoAnn Johnston, Blue Heron Gallery

JoAnn Johnston

Blue Heron Gallery
1780-10A Chandlers Ln
Sunset Beach, NC
Main: 910-575-5088

“I like all colors,” began JoAnn Johnston, owner of Blue Heron Gallery in Sunset Beach. “I really have no favorite color—my home looks like a gallery of fine arts and crafts. I don’t change my décor, but I do add new art pieces once in a while. I’ll also put something away for a while and bring it out again later, or maybe put it in a different room.”

JoAnn favors quality over quantity when choosing clothing. “I don’t have a lot of things, but when I do purchase something I love, I wear it over and over again. I like long, flowing clothing with clean lines. My jewelry is the same. I don’t have a lot, but what I have is well made and beautiful. It’s artwork made to go with clothing. Back in the ’70s, I stopped wearing makeup and finally felt free to be me. I was finding myself and found that I like the person I found!”

“I’m excited about the new artists and their artwork I’ve found for the gallery. I look forward to presenting it to my customers and seeing them enjoy it. I’ve been in business 15 years and, even in the off season, my local customers support me. This is a wonderful place to have a business.”

Dr. Steven White, Carolina Coastal Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa

Dr. Steven White, Carolina Coastal Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa

Dr. Steven White

Carolina Coastal Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa
1275 21st Ave. North
Myrtle Beach, SC
Main: 843-491-4272

Dr. Steven White, of Carolina Coastal Plastic Surgery, loves Air Force Blue! Dr. White grew up in a military family and his father was the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Commander. Dr. White himself is a retired Air Force Colonel, and gained extensive experience with burns and facial trauma through his medical work as Commander of the F.A.S.T. team during the Pan Am hostage incident, U.S.S. Stark missile attack and the Italian Aerial Disaster at Ramstein Air Base.

Patients are immediately put at ease in Dr. White’s relaxed, comfortable office, decorated in hues of blue and brown. The giant fish tank that separates the waiting area from the office allows patients to enjoy the serenity of the fresh water fish swimming languidly around the tank.

Dr. White is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Board of Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. He is a contributing expert for the popular book, Be Your Best: A Comprehensive Guide to Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He is excited to help you attain your vision of a beautiful you!

Karen Snover, Sew Sassy

Karen Snover, Sew Sassy

Karen Snover

Sew Sassy
440 Hwy 90 East, Suite 4
Little River, SC
Main: 843-273-0305

Karen Snover, owner of Sew Sassy, loves the color turquoise and owns a beautiful heirloom necklace and matching earrings set with that popular stone. Her home has a contemporary feel. “I purchased a white sofa and loveseat the minute all my children moved away. My accents were in red, yellow and black—I LOVED that room! Now that I’m at the beach my favorite room is decorated in a nautical theme.”

Karen’s most beautiful moment was a New Year’s Eve when she was wearing a gorgeous chocolate brown satin and velvet gown with rhinestone accents. “I wore an unbelievable heirloom diamond necklace, earrings and bracelet that a dear friend loaned me. My hair also turned out perfectly that night!”

Karen works at Sew Sassy with her cousin, Lisa Hall, who handles the “fancy fabrics” for custom upholstery. In addition, this unique shop handles alterations, monogramming, and this summer will offer fun craft and sewing classes as well. “Come join us and learn to make a cute lamp shade, a mesh wreath, a doggie outfit or a beautiful summer quilt. We will be offering our group and private sewing classes as well.” Sew Sassy is also busy planning their Wine Tasting/Open House in August to preview their new fall classes… keep an eye out in Sasee to see when!

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