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For 11 years, Sherri Allred ran her own monogramming store on Etsy, and she’s been a familiar face at local craft shows.

“I decided it would be a wonderful thing to have one stationary location where we’d carry unique and high-quality merchandise,” she said. “Personalization, right now, is very popular as a gift. Folks enjoy seeing and giving things that are personalized.”

After she retired from a career as a professor at Clemson University, Allred and her husband settled on a 2,600-square-foot space at 2603 N. Pleasantburg Dr. in Greenville, and her new store, Palmetto Twist The Monogram Place, opened in late October. It is one of seven Palmetto Twist stores across the Upstate, and all have different owners but deliver the same quality service, Allred said.

Palmetto Twist The Monogram Place is a monogramming store that offers personalization on a variety of merchandise, including bags, purses, jackets, uniforms, pillows, towels, throws, shirts and practically everything else, she explained.

“Customers can also bring their own things in to have those monogrammed,” she said.

With Christmas around the corner, the store has a wide selection of holiday items, such as stockings, tree skirts, table runners, pillows, candles, tumblers and canteens, and they can all be personalized to make your gifts even more special to the receivers.

“We also have a large line of Charles River Apparel, which are rain jackets, and this year the big thing for Christmas is monogrammed boots,” she said. “We carry the short boots and tall boots, and we also carry a line of duck boots that we can monogram.”

The store also has quick-grab gifts, such as jewelry. In addition, Palmetto Twist does a lot of custom design work. For example, a recent customer was a mother who wanted to throw a Minnie Mouse-themed party for her daughter. The store was able to make a shirt from the woman’s design specially made for her daughter’s party.

“Gifts with a personal touch are thoughtful and show that you care,” Allred said. “Palmetto Twist is definitely the place to find a wide variety of gifts that will suit just about everyone on your list.”

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Palmetto Twist The Monogram Place

in Greenville will have extended hours for the holidays, but its normal hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mondays – Fridays and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit palmettotwist.com.

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