At last week’s Dallas Market, Laura Van Zeyl and I presented the fifth annual Showroom of the Year Awards in conjunction with the Dallas Market Center. The winners of each of the three dollar-volume awards, as well as of the specialty categories, represent our industry’s brightest and best in retail.
In the Revenue Under $2 Million group, Toronto’s Living Lighting on King took home the award for the second year in a row. Merchandising is this store’s strong point, with fashion-forward and award-winning displays as its foundation.
In the Revenue Under $5 Million category, Dulles Electric of Sterling, VA, came out on top. With several exclusive galleries and plenty of staff expertise in its 12,000 square feet, Dulles offers a state-of-the-art experience to every customer.
In the Revenue Over $5 Million category, Boston’s Yale Appliance + Lighting received the top honor. Comprehensiveness is the name of the game at Yale — from its in-store experience to its social media and everything in between.
Design Lighting of Surrey, BC, Canada, won the Outstanding Merchandising Display Award; Accent Lighting of Lake Oswego, OR, won for Exceptional Community Involvement; and Atlanta’s Progressive Lighting was the second-ever Social Media Star.
Even though the new Wednesday-to-Saturday market date pattern moved our event from its trusty Thursday night spot, attendance didn’t falter and the excitement in the air was palpable. Thanks to all who participated and congratulations again to the winners!