Nan Sutton of Lulu Burgess in Beaufort
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Nan Sutton of Lulu Burgess in Beaufort was awarded the 2013 Main Street South Carolina Master Merchant Award at the Municipal Association's 73rd Annual Meeting on July 20. She was nominated by Main Street Beaufort, USA. Main Street South Carolina is a program of the Municipal Association of South Carolina.

The award recognizes excellence in the retail field and is awarded to a merchant who is a "mover and shaker" in downtown revitalization and exemplifies creativity and success in merchandising, inventory, display, and value-added retailing and services. 

In 2000, Sutton opened a unique gift shop - Lulu Burgess - in downtown Beaufort. The store has become a "must" for locals and visitors alike. Shoppers can find goodies from greeting cards to locally designed jewelry and clothes to name brand accessories.

Sutton has embraced the digital world to promote her business. She maintains an active Facebook page, regularly updates the store's website, which features a shopping cart, and films a YouTube video each Friday called "Filmfastic Friday" showcasing inventory from the store. She also has an iPhone app.

Not only is Burgess a successful small business owner, but she is also active in the Beaufort community. She served on the Main Street Beaufort board of directors, including two terms as chair.  She continues to support the organization with recruiting new members, speaking at city council meetings, promoting events, donating for fundraisers and sponsoring the Small Business Partner Award at the Main Street Beaufort Annual Meeting.

"Nan Sutton is more than a downtown ambassador and cheerleader; she is a successful business owner and master merchant," said Beppie LeGrand, Main Street SC manager. 

Main Street South Carolina empowers residents, business owners and local officials with the knowledge, skills, tools and organizational structure necessary to revitalize their downtowns, neighborhood commercial districts and cities/towns into vibrant centers of commerce and community. 

Main Street South Carolina follows the National Main Street's Four Point Approach - Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Restructuring. Each year, Main Street South Carolina recognizes members" achievements and successes in downtown revitalization. For more information about Main Street South Carolina, visit the Municipal Association's website at