Thousands of ballots have been cast, the results tabulated, and now we present the winners of the 2018 Merrimack Valley Magazine Awards. This spring, the top picks in all categories were chosen by our readers via our online voting platform. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote and congratulations to all the winners!
Rose & Dove Specialty Gift Shop
Rose & Dove, with its ever-changing selection, is well-known among locals as the go-to place for wedding, baby and hostess gifts with a twist. Owner Kellee Twadelle founded Rose & Dove in 2005 and the store has evolved over time from focusing on gourmet gift baskets to their current specialization — a mix of artful and affordable gifts for every occasion.
565 Chickering Road
North Andover, Mass.
The Flower Mill
Since it opened in 2012, The Flower Mill has provided the Lowell community
with a wide variety of custom floral arrangements for all occasions. Owner Joanna Hall is a self-taught designer who studied fine arts in Italy and at Manchester’s New Hampshire Institute of Art. She also makes the store’s 100 percent soy wax candles.
183 Dutton St.
Royal Jewelers’ designer jewelry and Swiss timepieces have earned them celebrity clients and an international reputation. Seventy years after it debuted at its original Lawrence location, owners Steven and Paula Leed are still keen on offering the “Royal Experience.” Their watch collection rivals the offerings at big city jewelers.
58 Main St.
Men’s Fashion (tie)
Farley’s of Newburyport
From casual denim to custom clothing, Farley’s offers select garments suitable for work, play and everything in between. They specialize in casual sportswear, formal men’s clothing (both custom and in store) and a variety of men’s accessories, leather goods and more. Farley’s also has its own private label and the store’s made-to-measure program offers made in America suits, slacks, top coats and more.
47 State St.
Shaban’s of Andover
Shaban’s of Andover is a high-end men’s specialty store and is a favorite for one-stop shopping featuring classic modern suits, business casual attire, exciting dress shirts and ties and sharp weekend wear. Shaban’s offers custom tailoring and alterations as well as quality dry cleaning. Owner and custom tailor Shaban Catalbas was inspired by his father from whom he learned his tailoring skills. All told, Shaban has been custom tailoring for over 40 years.
9 Main St.
Humanity sells overlooked and timeless pieces that encourage their clients to live in style. As a Lowell-based boutique, they incorporate the culture and style of the city into this mix and attitude. Over the years, they have become the go-to place for individualistic fashionistas.
128 Merrimack St.
Clients come from all over the Merrimack Valley to visit this Andover consignment shop. They offer an ever-changing selection of fun, trendy and high-end clothes and accessories, with a head-turning selection of handbags.
46 Main St.
Stop by next week for the winners in the ‘Play’ category.
The 2018 MVMAs are sponsored by: