Photo by Mackenzie Brough
south gift storeChristina Spillars and Rebecca Rosenberg inside their new gift store, South.
“We will be your one-stop spot for everything,” Rosenberg says.
In addition to gifts for weddings, anniversaries, baby showers and graduations, there are home furnishings, bedding and lamps. They also stress the importance of having “guy gifts,” such as cuff links made from golf balls used in the Masters or bar utensils made from bats used at Major League Baseball parks. Personalized gifts will be a specialty, too, thanks to the store's new monogram machine.
The story of how these two partners got together is just as interesting as the variety of gifts they have planned. Spillars used to babysit for the Rosenbergs while she was a student at UNC. Her bond with the family became even closer when she worked for Rebecca’s husband, Rick, at his software company for seven years after she graduated.
One summer when Spillars was spending some time at the Rosenbergs’ house on Kure Beach, she and Rebecca were talking about how they shared a love of “pretty things” and talked about opening a store. The germination of that idea didn't take long. They decided that night to go for it.
They looked at various locations, including the 15-501 corridor and East 54, before deciding on Meadowmont.
Spillars has known the Rosenbergs long enough to see them change houses several times, and, “As soon as you walk in, you can tell it’s Rebecca’s house,” Spillars says. “It seems like you’re at home.”
She hopes that same feeling will come across at South. “We want you to walk in and feel like you’re at home.” TW