With the holidays just around the corner, many of us are making our lists and checking them twice! And while the convenience of shopping online or at major retailers can be nice, nothing beats the experience of shopping local. My hometown of Hartsville is fortunate to have many unique boutiques and gift stores, but there is one in particular that will always hold a special place in my heart.
Minnie's Giftique, located in the heart of downtown, has been Hartsville's go-to gift store for close to four decades, but for me, its history runs so much deeper. Originally opened by Minnie and Richard Bryant in the early eighties, it's where my mother spent many years working and learning to love china patterns, gift wrapping, and the art of customer service. Minnie's was later purchased by Dick and Brenda Porter, its current owners, in April of '91, and provided the perfect spot for a toddler-sized me to spend many an afternoon strolling along Carolina Ave. with Mrs. Porter or ogling the pretties inside the store. When she hit the ripe age of 16, my aunt Lauren also took her turn at learning the Minnie's ropes, and spent many years calling it her home. And, you guessed it, when my time came along, there was no other option in my mind than to carry on the tradition and become a "Minnie's Girl". It's a store that taught me so much more than how to operate in retail (although those skills are innumerable!); it taught me how to love my community and those in it, and gave me a family outside my own who, to this day, are still some of my favorite people.
As if those memories weren't enough, I consider Minnie's a local gem because of its dedication to quality, variety, and aesthetic. From home decor to women's clothing, fine china and linens, birthday gifts to holiday items...the list goes on! Every item in the store is hand-picked by a team of ladies who collectively cover all of the bases when it comes to different tastes, meaning Minnie's has something for everyone. The beauty in shopping at Minnie's is the ability to walk through those doors, describe the gift you're looking for, and have one of the ladies behind the counter not only assist you in finding the perfect item, but also wrap it to perfection in a beautiful package. Now that's something Amazon will never be able to offer.
I asked Megan, Minnie's head-honcho, what her go-to item is for Christmas this year, and she's all about saving the turtles! The Swig Telescopic Stainless Steel Straw Set (that's a mouthful!) is the perfect way to add a little eco-friendly touch to your stockings and comes with its own cleaning brush and carrying case. Great for travel, work, or anything in-between!
As always, Hartsville kicks off its holiday season with the downtown tree lighting and Holiday Open House, where downtown stores open their doors into the evening hours for Christmas shopping and a little bit of holiday magic! This year, the event takes place this Thursday, November 21st, and Minnie's has some specials to share with you!
- Receive an adorable Scout tote bag with $100 purchase (running throughout the holiday season!)
- 25% off all shoes and boots
- 20% off luxury clothing brands Nic & Zoe and Lisette
In addition to these amazing specials, delicious beverages will be provided by Cal from Vintage Craft Beer & Wine Boutique as well!
This holiday season, Minnie's has also teamed up with Black Creek Medical Consultants to offer an amazing giveaway. For every $100 you spend at Minnie's, you'll be entered to win a "Lines or Lips Refresh"--details below!
So while you're shopping this season, be sure to remember your local shops and the heart behind the storefront. For my Hartsville friends, drop by Minnie's for most anyone on your list, (did you catch that they wrap too?!) and be sure to say "hello" to Hazel and Ginger, my favorite store kitties!
Minnie's is located at 142 E. Carolina Avenue in Downtown Hartsville. Normal business hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10-5:30 and Saturday 10-3. During the month of December, hours will extend Monday-Friday, 10-5:30 and Saturday, 10-5. Give them a call at (843) 383-6380 for phone orders and shipping options!
Stay stylish and enjoy the hunt!
xo - H