Boutique bountiful with local charm
STEVENSVILLE — Just a quick walk from the historic Stevensville town center, Half Full Gift Boutique recently opened its doors offering unique gifts with plenty of local charm.
Owners Stacie McGinnes and Laurie Mastroberti officially opened the store Oct. 1 at 460 Main St, Suite 108, in Stevensville, with the simple concept that a shop could be an inspiring and uplifting place that brings a smile to one’s face.
While McGinnes first had the inspiration for the business 25 years ago, it was a her close friendship with Mastroberti that has spanned over 10 years to create a dynamic and, thus far, successful business venture.
“We started planning for the shop about a year ago,” said McGinnes. “The name goes back to my dad who passed away five years ago and he was an eternal optimist and taught me to look at life as half full. He knew this was my life dream to have a shop like this.”
Her father’s inspiration brought about a shop complete with gifts including mugs, housewares, candles, clothes for the whole family, fashion accessories, mementos, and artisan soaps that reflect the quaint culture of the Eastern Shore.
It’s no coincidence the products they sell also help others with every purchase. According to McGinnes, working with other local and familyowned businesses only adds to the local flavor and quality.
“We want to support our local organizations and our schools who are trying to do good,” continued McGinnes. “Many of the companies we have in the store are small producers who have a mission and purpose behind what they do. So many of them give back to organizations to which they are passionate. We’re exited to partner with them as well.”
For Mastroberti, the public’s response to the shop has been overwhelming and validation their approach was spot on.
“It warms our hearts that everybody seems to be jumping on board with us and supporting our small business,” said Mastroberti. “People have been wonderful and spread the word about the store. It was important for us to find companies in which we believed. They were up and coming businesses and many of them serve a larger purpose.”
For example, Love Your Melons gives 50 percent of their proceeds to fighting pediatric cancer and is carried by the shop. With the holiday season already here, she also pointed out that finding the perfect gift is closer than one might think.
While shoppers either flock to the western shore or nearby Delaware, supporting local business is vital to bolstering Eastern Shore entrepreneurs.
“We have many different products that should cover all of your needs. From babies to hostess gifts to family members, we have something for everybody and by purchasing a gift from here, you’re giving back to a larger cause,” said Mastroberti.
Half Full Gift Boutique is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Sunday hours continue until Christmas. The shop can be reached at 443-2493008.
The myriad of items includes products that help the community with every purchase.
Half Full Gift Boutique co-owners Laurie Mastroberti, left, and Stacie McGinnes, right, recently opened their doors.