New shop open downtown

NEWTON, N.C. – Newton welcomed The Dapper Daisy to the city with a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, June 24.

Located at 29 North College Ave., the eclectic boutique carries a selection of clothing carefully curated by owner Nell Wepner to appeal to girls and women of all ages. The shop features handbags, jewelry, accessories and home décor. Wepner, a licensed cosmetologist and makeup artist, offers personalized makeup and skincare consultations in a cozy studio toward the rear of the shop.

“I’m very excited to be here in Newton and to bring something unique to the city,” Wepner said. 

A Newton native, Wepner moved back to her hometown after spending a year in Charlotte. She missed the small-town charm of Newton and opened The Dapper Daisy to join other downtown merchants who are bringing new life to the area surrounding the 1924 Courthouse Square.

Wepner isn’t the first member of her family to open up shop in Downtown Newton. Her great-grandfather, Claude Abernethy Sr., operated a hardware and gift shop in the buildings that are now home to The Dapper Daisy and Marie and Twannette’s Bakery and Café. 

“We have a long family history of doing business here, and I’m proud to be carrying on that tradition at The Dapper Daisy,” Wepner said.

“I want to thank you for investing in our city,” Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman said during the ribbon cutting ceremony. “I know you’ve worked hard to complement the businesses we have in Downtown Newton, and I wish you much success.”

The Dapper Daisy is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, noon-8 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit

View photos from the ribbon cutting here.