Last week, we had the pleasure of honoring six retailers with our second annual Showroom of the Year Awards. In partnership with the Dallas Market Center, we now present these awards each year during the June Dallas Market. We have one Showroom of the Year winner in each of three dollar-volume categories and three specialty award winners for merchandising display, community involvement and significant accomplishment.
You'll find a link below to our complete coverage of the event, but I did want to extend my personal congratulations to all of this year's winners: the Showroom of the Year Under $2 Million revenue is Light Up Your Life, Sarasota, FL.; Showroom of the Year Under $5 Million revenue is Cleveland Lighting, Lyndhurst, OH (our first two-time winner, having taken home Most Significant Accomplishment last year); Showroom of the Year $5 Million and Over revenue is Union Lighting and Furnishings, Toronto; Most Significant Accomplishment winner is Urban Lights, Denver; Merchandising Display winner is Design Lighting, Surrey, BC; and Exceptional Community Involvement winner is first-time Dallas attendee Metro Lighting of Berkeley, CA.
I was thrilled with the turnout at our new location for the event in the Trade Mart third floor expansion area. And the positive energy radiating from everyone (is that why it was so warm in there?) was palpable – the pride of the finalists in attendance on being recognized publicly for their exceptional work, mirrored back by their vendor partners and reps.
While we're all feeling warm and fuzzy about how wonderful it is to give credit where credit is due, remember that the deadline to nominate for the 23rd ARTS Awards is this Friday, July 1. This black-tie event at the January Dallas Market (which moves across Stemmons Freeway to the Hilton Anatole next year) honors home accessory manufacturers (including two lighting categories), retailers (with three regional categories for lighting showrooms), sales representatives and designers. I look forward to congratulating another worthy group from the field that your votes create.