2018 REA FINALISTS

Gifts and Decorative Accessories has announced finalists for the 67th annual Retailer Excellence Awards—the most longstanding and prestigious retail awards in the gift industry!

Last year, Gifts and Decorative Accessories deviated from the usual program to hand out special industry-wide Century Awards in celebration of our 100th anniversary. Now, we return to our retailer-focused gala and award ceremony, sponsored by NY NOW, honoring all that retailers do to succeed in todays’ fast changing environment. 

Retail Finalists

The following retailers are being recognized in seven award categories for their upstanding work in the gift and home industry. 

Multiple Retail Locations Finalists:
Living and Giving, Rome, Ga. – WINNER
The Silver Dahlia, Glastonbury, Conn.
Paddington Station, Ashland, Ore.

Social Media Outreach and Online Initiatives Finalists:
IBB Design Fine Furnishings, Frisco, Texas
Maze Home, Winnetka, Ill.
Tweed, Richmond, Va. – WINNER

Socially Responsible Retailer Finalists:
Kiliim, Cairo, Egypt
Parsons, Cumming, Ga.
Collage, York, Pa. – WINNER

Best Specialty Store Finalists:
Eclectic, Libertyville, Ill. – WINNER
The Hangout in Gulf Shores, Gulf Shores, Ala.
Frametech Home Accents, San Angelo, Texas

Store Design/Redesign Finalists:
Beulah’s General Store, East Aurora, N.Y.
Bluecashew Kitchen Homestead, Kingston, N.Y. – WINNER
Greeks Bearing Gifts, Athens, Tenn.

Store Events Finalists:
Pat’s Hallmark, Blairsville, Ga.
The Owl Box, Tracy, Calif. – WINNER
Reeds Jenss, Amherst, N.Y.

Visual Merchandising Finalists:
Absolutely Fabulous, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Olde Wicker Mill, New Hartford, N.Y.
Celebrations Greetings and Gifts, Laguna Niguel, Calif. – WINNER

Vendor Finalists

In addition to asking retailers for submissions to celebrate their hard work, we also asked them to tell us who their favorite vendors and sales representatives are to work with. Those finalists are: 

Manufacturer of the Year Finalists:
Creative Co-op, Memphis, Tenn.
Demdaco, Leawood, Kan.
DM Merchandising, Elmhurst, Ill. – WINNER
Ganz, Woodbridge, Ontario
The Gerson Companies, Olathe, Kan.
Michael Aram, New York, N.Y.
Michel Design Works, South Salem, N.Y.
Mud Pie, Stone Mountain, Ga.
RAZ Imports, Inc., Arlington, Texas
Studio M, Fenton, Mo.

Sales Rep of the Year Finalists:
Robbie Lee Graff (Ivystone) – WINNER
Jamie Penkaty (Kimberly Wahlberg Company)
John Burke (Fine Lines)

Gift for Life Industry Achievement Award
The Gift For Life 2018 Industry Achievement Award, which recognizes overall excellence and contribution to the gift and home industry, will be presented to Blue Q founders Seth and Mitch Nash.

 Gifts and Decorative Accessories congratulates all finalists for their achievements!

 

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