BY ADELE CASANOVA
For the woman who wants a personal, customized shopping experience, the trip to King to visit Dalton’s Crossing is a must. This wonderful women’s boutique, opened in 2012 by Joyce Mauldin-Ray and her husband Wayne, offers a warm, friendly shopping experience while presenting the latest in women’s fashions. Once you shop at Dalton’s Crossing, you will want to join their exceptionally loyal customer base. Joyce and their dedicated staff, Stephanie, Miranda, and Tami, strive to learn your sizes, tastes and most flattering styles.
The staff at Dalton’s Crossing provides their clients with a hometown feel that comes with shopping at an independently owned local business. They believe individual face to face consultation results not only in successful fashion choices, but in the building of personal, long-lasting relationships with customers. Frequently customers attending a class reunion, outdoor wedding or some other special event want help selecting a unique outfit that is trendy but age appropriate. Joyce and her staff take pride in helping them attain that “special look.”
Dalton’s Crossing offers their customers a bright and airy shopping environment with lots of natural light, as well as a comfortable seating area to relax, contemplate fashion choices and as a resting spot for the spouse.
When attending apparel shows, Joyce keeps her customers’ tastes and needs in mind while selecting styles, colors, and sizes. They are proud to offer many lines made in the USA, such as Cut Loose, Jess & Jane, Prairie Cotton, Chalet, Et’ Lois, Fresh Produce, Sea Breeze, Plume and Thread, and Salaam. Joyce also carries Long Family Farms soaps from Stokes County.
With both Wayne and Joyce growing up in a nearby rural area, they are aware of the importance of keeping their local economy strong and continuing the “home town” experience that so many communities are losing. Not only does a strong local economy benefit the residents, but it draws shoppers and visitors from outside the area. Joyce often refers customers to other local businesses and believes that if everyone works together as a team, they can continue to build and preserve the small town, personal shopping experience.
Wayne and Joyce are enhancing their dream of building on local success by engaging in another business project. They recently purchased The Old Bank Building, which is a familiar landmark in King. The building was built in the early 1900s with beautiful vintage brick walls inside and out, giving this lovely building a nostalgic feel. The best news is that Wayne and Joyce are in the process of turning the upstairs into The Loft at Dalton’s Crossing. This will be a separate entity from their retail space, and they will continue to offer exceptional service to their boutique shoppers while developing this new venture. It will provide a quaint, unique place for overnight stays featuring a spacious loft apartment with nine-foot ceilings, exposed brick, and barn wood walls, along with a full-size kitchen, large Jacuzzi garden tub, walk-in shower and other amenities. A great view of Hanging Rock State Park from one of the huge front windows completes the space. A great place for a couple’s romantic getaway or a lovely spot to host out of town visitors looking for a unique, comfortable, and convenient place to stay while exploring the area’s many attractions.
Definitely plan to visit Dalton’s Crossing for your spring wardrobe updates. Shop their selection of Brighton handbags, jewelry, clothing, and other accessories, and remember them for Mother’s Day, and other seasonal gift giving holidays. They are located at 102/104 East Dalton Road in (downtown) King, NC (at the corner of Main Street and Dalton Road), 336-985-5464, open Monday – Friday 10 am – 6 pm and Saturday 10 am – 3 pm. Visit their web site daltonscrossing.com and follow them on Facebook for news of sales, trunk shows, and special events. Also, ask about their Customer Loyalty Program.