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About us

What happens when a veteran retailer meets a self-professed computer geek...and they move from Los Angeles to Northern California?


  • 1. They settle in a small town 70 miles north of San Francisco.
  • 2. They look for local resources to buy gifts for family and friends.
  • 3. They turn (futilely) to the internet for gifts.
  • 4. Top Notch Gift Shop is born!

We created in 1999 in response to frustrating experiences with online "web stores" of the time.

Based on the philosophy that responsive, timely service and top quality items are the keys to a successful customer experience, Top Notch Gift Shop has experienced steady growth and expansion for the past 14 years.

Our mutual love of the Russian River Wine Country led us to our home where we developed a Chardonnay vineyard. It was only a natural step to look for unique and interesting wine glasses to feature in our gift shop. We met Lolita at a gift show when she was just starting her hand painted wine glass line. We were taken with her fun and creative designs and eventually we became officially licensed to sell the Designs by Lolita glassware on our 2 "Lolita Sites", Lolita Martini and Lolita Wine We have enjoyed a mutually beneficial business partnership with Lolita for over a decade!

"Top Notch Shops" is a small family business, which gives us the flexibility to personally process and monitor your orders, determine your needs and offer you "Top Notch" customer service!

Michael Carr Michael Carr, Co-Founder

Mike has spent his lifetime in the retail business. A third generation owner of exclusive menswear stores in Los Angeles, Mike has extensive retail operations experience. He loves looking for new and unique products to delight customers. With his background in Bricks & Morter Retail and customer serive, Mike is the "front office" face of Top Notch Gift Shop.

Michele Carr Michele Carr, Co-Founder

Michele loves computers...anything computers. Just call her "Gadget Girl". Internet savvy, with a love of online shopping, she is the technical "Go To" partner. With a background in Business Administration and Accounting, Michele is the "back office" face of Top Notch Gift Shop.


Once a home-based business, working out of our garage and dining room (...and kitchen...and guest rooms), currently occupies office and warehouse space in Windsor, California.