As usual, Monkee’s of Lake Norman is putting their best foot forward!! They were named ‘Best Shoe Boutique’ in the 2011 Best of the Best (BOB) Awards by Charlotte Magazine. Some of their favorite footwear for summer included picks from Isola, Sofft, Sacha London, Jack Rogers, Michael Kors, and Tory Burch.

Sandy Bowers is the perfect example of how to combine fashion and philanthropy. Frustrated by impersonal department store shopping and driven by a love of shoes, Sandy Bowers decided to open Monkee’s of Lake Norman in Davidson, a town she has called home since 2002. She thought it would be nice, too, to bring a locally owned designer boutique to the underserved women of the Lake Norman area. Sandy is active in a variety of charitable organizations, especially the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Her work with her father on the Light the Night campaign in Greensboro holds special meaning, as Sandy was 12 years old when she lost her mother to leukemia. “I am confident that if (my mother) were here today, she would tell everyone to ‘Follow their dreams,’ ” Sandy says. “Do what you love because life is short. There are so many things that I have done and more things that I’d love to do and the clock is ticking.”

– ‘Meet Sandy Bowers’, Charlotte STYLE Magazine