Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, Laurie Driver has a real passion for her business. She and her husband, Larry opened Magnolia’s in 1998. Laurie hand picks every item that the store offers. There is a big variety of offerings at Magnolia’s. Everything from clothing, to housewares, to artwork to jewelry. Stop and see Laurie….we bet you won’t leave empty handed!

Q: Tell us about Magnolia’s. How did it get started and when?

A: My husband and I built our current business in 1998. Upon construction was a huge magnolia tree that unfortunately had to be cut down. Hence our former name Magnolia Gifts and Antiques. We shortened the name to Magnolias last year.

 Q: What is your top selling item? Why do you think it is so popular?

A: Jewelry. We have a wild assortment of costume, sterling silver, designer and custom monogrammed pieces at good prices.

Q: What makes your store unique and how do you go about choosing your inventory?

A: Every item in the store has my imprint on it. It is an extension of me in the fact that everything is chosen by me. I seek out beautiful and unique thing that I feel my customers would like to own for themselves or give as gifts.

Q: Which 5 words best describe you?

A: Honest, Hardworking, Loyal, Creative and Caring

Q: Who inspires you?

A: My parents have always been my inspiration. They have been in retail for as long as I can remember. My father was a fashion designer and clothing manufacturer. My mother was equally creative. Many people may remember them as owners of Etcetera right here in Southport.

Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: Living life to the fullest



FAVORITE BOOK?  Clan of the Cave Bear



FAVORITE THING ABOUT SOUTHPORT?  Its beauty and the people

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