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About Our Shop

The Queen's Court of Clayton NC is the cutest darn gift store ever! We proudly provide unique pieces that will fit with any decor style and we provide custom floral designs. Our staff members are always happy to assist you and can answer any questions you may have. We invite you to come see our beautiful gift shop today.

Randy creates the floral designs and decorates the store, while Scott runs the business side and makes sure the bills are paid. Randy’s first florist job was at age 16 and has been a floral designer for over 40 years. He realized at a very young age that he had a flair for floral design and wanted to make it his life.

For many years Randy participated in A Carolina Christmas Show and was the Show Director from 1996 to 2004. His outrageous Christmas Tree designs, such as a Marilyn Monroe tree, a Chinese-themed tree with a 3-D tiger kite jumping through the top of the tree, and a bejeweled Christmas tree covered with imitation diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires with a chandelier at the top, were a hit with the public.

In 2004, he opened Abbington-Wolfe Florist & Interiors on Brightleaf Boulevard in Smithfield, and later moved to Third Street downtown. While there, he was the official florist for the Ava Gardner Museum.

As for Scott, his parents owned a gas station and convenience store when he was growing up and taught him a lot about running a business. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1987, Scott moved to Boston and spent eight years working in accounting offices. He later returned to NC to pursue a master’s degree in American History at Western Carolina University and another master’s degree in Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. After grad school, he spent many years working for a large insurance company, and recently retired to join Randy in running their new business.

During the pandemic in 2020, Randy and Scott opened The Queen’s Court in Clayton. Randy wanted to continue working as a florist but only with silk flowers, and he wanted to add gifts and home accessories to the business. Just months after opening, the store won the “Most Creative Retail” award for Randy’s Christmas display in the Storefront Decorating Contest, sponsored by the Clayton Downtown Development Association. In an article written in 2009, Randy said, “Christmas is the time to go as crazy as you want. There’s no such thing as too much.” He still puts this belief into practice today.

The Queen’s Court is proud to be an active member of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce.

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The Queen’s Court participates in Downtown Clayton’s “Last Friday in Clayton” event series with extended hours for all your shopping needs.

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