A big congrats to the winners of the 2009 South Shore Magazine's Best of the South Shore winners.
Best Antique Shop: Dillon and Company, Plymouth. They have won this award for the last several years, which almost makes it seem like they are the only Antique Shop, which isn't true. But, they are one of the best!
Best Lighting Shop: Fleming's (website under construction), Cohasset. They are pretty much the only lighting only shop here on the South Shore, but they'd be winners even with more competition. Not only do the stock a wide array of lamps and decorative lampshades and finials - they also do rewire and repair work as well. A real old-fashioned type of specialty store with the kind of knowledge that one will never find in a big box store.
Best Rug Merchant: Hassan Oriental Rug, Hanover, MA
Best Tile Store: Classic Stone & Tile, Hingham, MA. The shop is owned by sisters Julie Ryan and Kristin Henaghan who know everything about tile and stone. They can answer questions on installation issues and create your design plus, they have the most beautiful showroom with so many gorgeous samples, it's hard to know where to look first. From elegant marbles to fun and funky recycled glass mosaics, the cover the gamut of design styles. I've used them in my work and have always been thrilled with the selection and customer service.
There were other categories in home furnishings, however, all those winners were large chain stores and I'd rather focus on the small businesses where customer service and high quality go hand in hand.
Congrats to all!
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