The lucky finalists of the groundbreaking Showroom of the Year Awards, sponsored by Residential Lighting and the Dallas Market Center, have been announced.
One Showroom of the Year Award in each of three dollar-volume categories will be presented from a field of 10 finalists. Additionally, awards will be presented for Outstanding Merchandising Display, Exceptional Community Involvement and Most Significant Achievement of the past year to showrooms out of all 30 finalists.
The 2010 Showroom of the Year finalists are:
Revenue Under $2 Million
Bright Light Design Center, King of Prussia, PA
Lakes Region Lighting Center, Laconia, NH
Lappin Lighting, Minneapolis, MN
Lighting Innovation, Laguna Niguel, CA
Lillian Strickler Lighting, Oklahoma City, OK
Pace Lighting Inc., Savannah, GA
Patdo Light Studio, Port Chester, NY
Restoration Lighting Gallery, Hartford, CT
Shades of Light, Richmond, VA
United Lighting, Montgomery, AL
Revenue Under $5 Million
Black Whale Lighting, Encinitas, CA
Champlain Valley Electric Supply, Plattsburgh, NY
Cleveland Lighting, Lyndhurst, OH
Hortons Home Lighting, LaGrange, IL
Lucia Lighting & Design, Lynn, MA
Magnolia Lighting, Hernando, MS
Northwest Electrical Supply, Mount Prospect, IL
Passion Lighting, Grapevine, TX
Prima Lighting, Vaughan, ON
Seattle Lighting, Tukwila, WA
Revenue $5 Million and Over
Connecticut Lighting Center, Hartford, CT
Design Lighting, Surrey, BC
Lighting Unlimited, Houston, TX
Lightology, Chicago, IL
Meletio Lighting & Electrical Supply, Dallas, TX
Metro Lighting, Brentwood, MO
Robinson Lighting, Winnipeg, MB
Southern Lighting Gallery, Augusta, GA
Wilson Lighting, Naples, FL
Wolfers Lighting, Allston, MA
Finalists were selected from entries and nominations received between Dec. 1, 2009, and March 1, 2010. The judging panel included Cori Dunn, founding Editor of Residential Lighting and Chief Creative Officer of Crispy Content; Paul Thompson, Vice President of Creative and Merchandising for HomeStyle; and George Whalin, President and CEO of Retail Management Consultants and author of “Retail Superstars,” which highlights the top 25 independent retailers in the United States.
All of the finalists will be profiled for a special section in the May issue of Residential Lighting. The section will also be distributed at the June Dallas Market, along with the magazine’s June issue.
The awards will be presented during the lighting market’s opening night reception at 6 p.m. on June 24 in the Grand Pavilion on the first floor of the Dallas Trade Mart. All of the show’s registered attendees and exhibitors are welcome to attend without additional registration or tickets required.
“We’re proud to partner with the Dallas Market Center on this program because we know how hard everyone has worked this year,” says Laura Van Zeyl, Publisher/Editorial Director of Residential Lighting. “The loyal staffs of these showrooms could use a formal acknowledgment of what they’ve achieved despite challenging conditions.”