2015 Showroom of the Year Award Winners Announced
August 11, 2015 - 12:22pm
Six showrooms took home top honors: Accent Lighting; Lighting, Etc.; Yale Appliance + Lighting; NorthWest Lighting and Accents; Montreal Lighting & Hardware; and Spectro Lighting.
 
2015 Showroom of the Year Awards Residential Lighting
Staff of all six showrooms honored with Showroom of the Year Awards.

Dallas Market Center and Residential Lighting announced the winners of the sixth annual Showroom of the Year Awards during the opening night of the Dallas International Lighting Market. The event, hosted in Dallas Trade Mart Loft 4, recognized top lighting retailers in three overall excellence and three specialty categories.

One Showroom of the Year was 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 10 finalists in that category. All 30 finalists were also eligible for three specialty awards: Outstanding Merchandising Display, Exceptional Community Involvement and Social Media Star.

Three retail and design experts judged the 2015 finalists and winners. This year’s judges were Chip Averwater, Chairman of Amro Music Stores, Memphis, TN, and author of “Retail Truths: The Unconventional Wisdom of Retailing”; Joan Doyle, Principal/owner of doyle + associates retail consulting firm, Philadelphia, PA; and Snoa Garrigan, Executive Director of the Interior Design Society (IDS), High Point, NC.

The 2015 Showroom of the Year winners are:

Revenue Under $2 Million: Accent Lighting, Lake Oswego, Oregon

Accent Lighting was last year’s Showroom of the Year winner for Exceptional Community Involvement for its commitment to Equine Rescue and other worthy local causes. The 5,000-square-foot showroom has been family-operated since 1996 and offers Oregon’s only ALA Certified Lighting Consultants, with active involvement in the American Lighting Association. The store enjoyed an 18 percent increase in sales in the past year. Judges were especially impressed with its “energy and professionalism.”

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Revenue Under $5 Million: Lighting, Etc., Fort Worth, Texas

Lighting Etc. is a third-generation showroom that opened in 1981 and purchased its own property in 2004, the 4,000-square-foot space where it is currently located. With 3,700 products on display and constant updates to its presentation, the store describes itself as “living Pinterest” and has earned  “Best of Houzz” for service for the past two years. Judges appreciated this “beautiful showroom” for “great customer service, valuing employees and caring about community.”

To view the full profile, click here.

Revenue $5 Million and Over: Yale Appliance + Lighting, Dorchester, Massachusetts

Yale Appliance + Lighting also won in this category last year, as well as earning the first-ever Social Media Star Award in 2013. It was also the East/Atlantic Lighting Showroom winner at the 26th ARTS Awards. Open since 1923, the store is 30,000 square feet with half of that devoted to lighting. It was named one of the Best Places to Work in 2014 by the Boston Globe. Judges lauded Yale’s “unique perspective that embraces relationship building between company, customers, vendors and staff so all benefit.”

To view the full profile, click here.

Outstanding Merchandising Display: NorthWest Lighting and Accents, Mount Prospect, Illinois

NorthWest Lighting and Accents was a 2013 winner for Exceptional Community Involvement and was also this year’s ARTS Award winner for Midwest/Southwest Lighting Showroom. The two-story, 66,000-square-foot store features vignettes inspired by home décor trends, fashion magazines, industry partners and social media. Each themed display features six to eight lighting options, complemented with furniture and accessories. Judges said “creative and cohesive” displays resulted in a “gorgeous store.”

To view the full profile, click here.

Exceptional Community Involvement: Montreal Lighting & Hardware, Montreal, Quebec

While Montreal Lighting & Hardware has only been open since 2014, the store’s staff and ownership have decades of experience in the lighting industry. President/owner Freddie Naimer co-founded the Battle of the Bands event that raises almost $400,000 per year for the Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre, a long-term geriatric residence. Judges “loved reading about [the store’s] contribution to community service.”

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Social Media Star: Spectro Lighting, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Spectro Lighting opened its 10,800-square-foot showroom in 2010. Its Facebook page has more than 4,700 “likes,” and the store also uses Instagram and Vimeo platforms to interact with clients and get feedback. A social media-driven competition around its semi-annual sale enabled customers to upload photos of their “Spectro experience” for a chance to win $600 worth of products. Judges called the store “a very strong, clear and consistent brand that is unified in all channels.”

To view the full profile, click here.

The call for entries and nominations for the 2016 Showroom of the Year Awards will go live on www.ResidentialLighting.com in November.

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