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Anastasia's Curtains & Gifts -- The Best Little Store You've Never Visited

Dec 03, 2014 05:45AM ● Published by Bill Gilman

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(Editor's note: This is the latest in our continuing series of articles shining a spotlight on Tewksbury's small businesses and business owners.)

Ana Panagiotopoulos knows she has quality merchandise and competitive prices.
But in a world of mega-stores with mega-advertising budgets like Home Depot, Lowe's and Home Goods, the biggest challenge can be find a way to let everyone else know.
For nearly a quarter-century, Panagiotopoulos has owned and operated Anastasia's Curtains & Gifts, at 1215 Main St., in Claddagh Plaza. She specializes in curtains and window treatments and offers a personal touch in helping folks decorates their homes.
"I've always liked curtains, even as a teenager," said 
Panagiotopoulos, who is a certified professional decorator. "I enjoy decorating and have a knack for color.  I can coordinate well with people's (existing) decor."
But to pigeon-hole Anastasia's as a "curtain" store would be an error. A full appreciation for the variety of the top-of-the-line  gifts and home decor items can only be gained by stopping by and browsing.
On Anastasia's shelves you will find crystal by Waterford and Lennox, as well as Dansk Gorham China. There is a wide selection of collectibles, both classic and modern. There is a variety of "Tewksbury" merchandise featuring local landmarks, including dish towels, potholders and the officials town afghan, designed by 
Panagiotopoulos, herself.
"I designed that exclusively for the town. I also have afghans that I designed for Wilmington and Billerica," she said.
Through the month of December, 
Panagiotopoulos is also featuring an array of Christmas decorations and decor. One of her most popular items has been the collectible ornaments from the film "Frozen." She also has items that are just plain fun, including throw pillows featuring logos from all the Boston sports teams and characters from animated films.
The qualify of the items in Anastasia's is first rate (I don't sell anything that is just going to last for a year," she says), but that can sometimes be intimidating for couples on limited budgets.
"People think that if they come in here that it's going to be expensive," said 
Panagiotopoulos. "But that's not the case. I do better quality (than discount stores) with good prices.
"People who have done business with me love my products and they love doing business with me," she said.
While she is proud of the variety of merchandise she offers, 
Panagiotopoulos says that Anastasia's remains, at its heart, a curtain store, with high-end curtains, blinds and shades.
"We deal with only the best in the industry -- Hunter Douglas, Kirsch and others," she said.
Anastasia's is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The store is closed Sunday and Monday.

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