Wingate shop offers wide gift selection

Dec. 01, 2012 @ 01:09 PM

Instead of driving to Charlotte or other nearby area for a quick gift or other item, Georgia Coyle hopes local people will come by her shop first.

Coyle owns Georgia Lynne's, which sits at 203 N. Main Street in Wingate.

Her store offers a variety of jewelry, purses, scarves, candles and other items.

It opened in Wingate a week before Christmas last year but in addition to the store, she also has a booth in the Shops at Nottingham in Monroe that she has had about three years, Coyle said.

"I have worked in retail on and off since I got out of school," she said in reference to how she came to open the business.

She also owns a horse farm and though she likes having the farm, working on it has become harder as she got older so her store functions a good backup for her that she enjoys running. She offers a number of different brands in her store as well as a few items made by local artists, she said.

The facade of the building that houses her store is currently being restored but the construction work going on hasn't stopped customers from dropping in. She recently had a large amount of customers who stopped by during a holiday open house event she held earlier this month. 

"She's got some unique gifts," Pat Byrum, who stopped by to shop at Georgia Lynne's Wednesday, said.

She likes many of the items Coyle offers in the store and Wednesday was the second time she visited the store after recently learning about it, Byrum said.

Though running the store can be hard at times, she enjoys it and hopes to see more small businesses open up in the Wingate area to help encourage people to stop to shop and look around instead of just driving through the town, Coyle said.

"I would like to see the whole strip restored and filled with little shops," she said.

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