Residential Lighting and the Dallas Market Center recently announced the finalists for the 2012 Showroom of the Year Awards. The winners of the third annual competition honoring North America’s top lighting retailers will be announced during a special ceremony on June 21 during the Dallas Intl. Lighting Market.
One Showroom of the Year will be named in each of three dollar-volume categories – annual revenue under $2 million, revenue under $5 million and $5 million and over – from a field of up to 10 finalists in that category. All finalists are also eligible for three specialty awards – Outstanding Merchandising Display, Exceptional Community Involvement and Most Significant Accomplishment in the past year.
The finalists and winners were selected by three geographically diverse retail, visual display and marketing experts. This year’s judges were Michelle Lamb, Owner of Marketing Directions Inc. and Editorial Director of The Trend Curve, Eden Prairie, MN; Jon Schallert, President of The Schallert Group and founder of Destination University, Longmont, CO; and Crystal Vilkaitis, Director of Social Media for SnapRetail, Vista, CA.
The 2012 Showroom of the Year finalists are:
REVENUE UNDER $2 MILLION
Christie's Lighting Gallery, Fletcher, NC
Elume Distinctive Lighting, Park City, UT
Fogg Lighting, Portland, ME
Illuminations, McAllen, TX
Light Up Your Life, Sarasota, FL
Light Works of Steamboat, Steamboat Springs, CO
Lighting Design Center /Warshauer Electric Supply Co., Tinton Falls, NJ
Living Lighting on King, Toronto, ON
Pace Lighting, Savannah, GA
Urban Lighting, San Diego, CA
REVENUE UNDER $5 MILLION
Gross Electric, Toledo, OH
House of Lights and Home Accents, Melbourne, FL
The Lite House, Columbia, SC
Lucia Lighting & Design, Lynn, MA
New Metal Crafts, Chicago, IL
Northwest Lighting and Accents, Mount Prospect, IL
Passion Lighting, Grapevine, TX
Urban Lights, Denver, CO
REVENUE $5 MILLION AND OVER
Capitol Lighting, Boca Raton, FL
Connecticut Lighting Centers, Hartford, CT
Design Lighting, Surrey, BC
Lighting Unlimited, Houston, TX
Lumens Light + Living, Sacramento, CA
Meletio Lighting & Electric Supply, Dallas, TX
Metro Lighting, Brentwood, MO
Norburn Lighting, Burnaby, BC
Robinson Lighting Ltd., Winnipeg, MB
Union Lighting & Furnishings, Toronto, ON
Entries and nominations for the 2012 Showroom of the Year Awards were taken between Dec. 8, 2011, and March 5, 2012, and were open to any independent lighting retailer in North America. Nominees were judged on a variety of aspects of their business, including merchandising display, marketing and advertising, customer service and engagement, employee education and motivation, and community involvement.
The 2012 Showroom of the Year Awards will be presented at an opening night reception on Thursday, June 21, at 6 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Dallas Trade Mart in Loft 4. All market attendees and exhibitors are welcome to participate in the event with no additional tickets required.