Showroom of the Year Finalist: Southern Lighting Gallery
May 27, 2010 - 10:54am

Finalist, Revenue $5 Million+
Southern Lighting Gallery
Augusta, GA

“In the current lighting economy where things are changing daily and tough times are being had by all, Southern Lighting Gallery is the type of business that you automatically pull for and hope they succeed, just like you would for any family member or close friend.” Written by a manufacturer’s rep in support of the store’s nomination, that statement seems to say it all about this longtime member of the lighting industry.

Known for its historic retail facility and friendly, informative salespeople, this 2010 ARTS Award winner draws from a business area far beyond its neighborhood. Although it had been a builder-oriented showroom for many years, when the economy softened, the company decided to shift gears. A big change was the look of its showroom, which was upgraded with decorative accessories and other retail items. A lighting lab was another consumer-friendly touch.

Free lunches for builders and interior designers are just two examples of the many ways in which the showroom builds relationships with customers.

A recent celebrity designer event for the trade and the general public was promoted with two radio station remote broadcasts. Southern Lighting Gallery is also community-minded, donating product and money to important local causes.

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