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Looking Glass Designs

Andrea Heugatter used to be a technical writer (specialty: engineering) at Washington University. But she said goodbye to all that last year in order to better employ her eye for detail: making cute little-somethings for people who have everything. At her Lafayette Square shop, Looking Glass Designs, Heugatter now punches away all day at a sewing machine, stitching custom messages on spa towels, cocktail napkins and christening pillows. She's just as tickled doing a traditional monogram on a makeup bag as she is crafting something witty like "Party at my crib — 3 a.m." on the burp cloth for the friend who just had a baby. The color and ribbon choices are mind-boggling. And the fonts! Easy customers just throw up their hands and say, "Surprise me!" It's the best way to have the recipient say, "That was the sweetest gift ever!"

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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