We are happy to present the winners of the 2020 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.
Red’s Shoe Barn
Since 1958, Red’s Shoe Barn has been providing Merrimack Valley residents with the highest quality shoes at a great value and with legendary service. Those qualities are what help Red’s Shoe Barn remain successful today in the era of the impersonal, big-box stores. They have one of the largest selections of shoes in New England, and a wide selection of apparel to boot — no pun intended.
22 Plaistow Rd. | Plaistow, N.H.
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% soy wax candles. Did you know they offer a weekly flower subscription service?
183 Dutton St. | Lowell, Mass.
Naser Diamonds & Fine Jewelry
As a leading family-owned jeweler in New Hampshire for over two decades, Naser Diamond’s customers have experienced a level of service, craftsmanship and value that is unique in the retail jewelry industry. They offer free warranties, diamond settings, sizing, insurance appraisals, cleanings and maintenance for their customers.
Plaistow and Salem, N.H.
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. He has been custom tailoring for over 40 years.
9 Main St. | Andover, Mass.
Launched in 2008, Humanity sells overlooked and timeless pieces for women who like to live, and lead, in style. As a Lowell boutique, they incorporate the culture and style of the city into this mix and attitude. Owner Ani Vong sees her mission as an expression of personal values: sisterhood, community and lifestyle.
128 Merrimack St. | Lowell, Mass.
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. Make sure to visit the blog on their website for insights into everything from fashion trends to closet organization tips.
44 Main St. | Andover, Mass.
Apothecaries / Natural Products
Red Antler Apothecary
Red Antler Apothecary is located in Lowell’s Mill No. 5, a repurposed factory on Jackson Street. The apothecary sells soaps, moisturizers, cleansers and even mustache wax — many of the products are made using their own bee hives. Their ethically created, home crafted products include a pine tar soap recipe that is over 100 years old. Environmentally conscious clients can bring their own containers — Red Antler’s cream, lotions and cleaners are sold by the ounce.
Mill No. 5 | 250 Jackson St. | Lowell, Mass.
Stop by next week for the winners in the ‘Play’ category.
The 2020 MVMAs are sponsored by: