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Paige Dulin, Patti D’ Ausilio’s granddaughter, says she’s grown quite a bit since turning 4 and hopes to pick a pumpkin from the patch before Halloween.

DENVER – The Lincolnton-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce hosted an open house at Sigmon Lawn and Garden Center on Friday, Oct. 6 to celebrate the 43-year-old shop’s new ownership.

One family bought Sigmon Lawn and Garden Center earlier this year, but the store’s current owner, Patti D’ Ausilio, officially took over in May.

Though she decided to make some changes, D’ Ausilio said the shop is still family-owned and staffed. Her daughter, AJ Dulin, helps run the place along with April Case, a friend who has helped grow the new gift shop portion of the garden center.

“It’s completely new owners, a completely new way of doing things,” Case said.

The biggest change, Case said, is the addition of a gift shop, which has a Southern boutique vibe. The store carries Simply Southern brand T-shirts, ginger snaps and festive sweets, farmhouse home decor, fairy gardens, jewelry, candles and more.

“We’ve got sort of gifty things so you don’t have to go all the way to Mooresville,” Case said.

Shoppers and landscapers can still expect to get seeds, chemicals and other garden supplies at Sigmon Lawn and Garden Center, but the new owners and staff have pushed to bring new ideas and products to the area, Case explained.

“So, there’s a few new changes, but it’s good changes,” she said.

Helping supply the change is John Rogers, a sales representative and consultant for The Southern Link, a gift and apparel supplier.

Rogers said the company has about 30 different clients ranging from larger chains to hometown garden shops and boutiques.

“Our more everyday client is the independents,” he said. “We are are a resource for the company.”

The Southern Link supplies some apparel, jewelry and home accessories for the Sigmon Lawn and Garden Center.

“I’ve been in the industry over 20 years so I can look at her business and actually see what will work,” Rogers said. “Obviously we have things that don’t work, but we try to supply the things that do.”

In this case, Rogers has helped Case and D’ Ausilio transition from just a garden center to having home decor and gift shop component.  

“She wants to add some ladies apparel, some jewelry and also probably some food products for the fall  – you know the holiday season,” Rogers said.

Also new this year is the pumpkin patch, which is festooned with scarecrows, wooden photo booths and other fall props to create a family-friendly atmosphere and a fun pumpkin picking experience, Case said.

“You know, make it a family tradition where they can come out and measure their kids each year,” she said. “Like how tall (this) fall.”

Once the pumpkins are sold, the staff will start preparing the space for Christmas trees, Case said. After Halloween, the store will eventually start carrying classic Christmas ornaments made by top holiday brands.

“We’re a diamond in the rough here in Lake Norman,” Case said.

Sigmon Lawn and Garden Center is at 4819 N.C. 16 N.

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