Southern Belle Antiques and Gifts

Published 9:49 am Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Name of business: Southern Belle Antiques and Gifts

Location: 32127 Main St., Boykins

Phone number: 756-647-8451

Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Open seven days per week in November

E-mail address:

Nature of business: Unique antiques and gifts

Owner: Connie Whitehead

Year founded: 2011

How’s business: Very good

One thing you wish everyone knew about your business: In addition to 18th and 19th century antiques, we carry Virginia products. We have Hubs peanuts, Blue Bay, Tortupa’s Lie and Virginia Gentlemen lines.

Something you offer that a customer won’t find elsewhere: A great collection of Civil War prints and artifacts.

Advice to young entrepreneurs: Believe in yourself and your dream. Be honest and accountable. Look everybody in the eye. Smile a lot; it confuses people.

Your first job: Picking watermelons

Your role model (in business and life generally): Robert E. Lee, a true gentleman

The key to a successful business is: Giving more than expected to every customer, being gracious and taking time with each customer.