We’re coming down to the end of entry and nomination season for the 14th Annual Showroom of the Year Awards. As a lighting retailer, if you haven’t entered yet, now is your chance! You can visit www.SOTYAwards.com.
Now in its 14th year, the Showroom of the Year Awards are a collaborative program between Furniture, Lighting & Decor and Dallas Market Center, home to Lightovation - Dallas International Lighting Show. Open to all independent lighting retailers, this awards program honors these stores for overall excellence, plus specialty awards for specific outstanding areas.
“As the retail landscape continues to change, the exemplary dedication to their stores, communities and customers shines through in our Showroom of the Year entries,” says Diane Falvey, Editor-in-Chief of Furniture, Lighting & Decor. “Each year, we see creative and insightful approaches to success in these businesses. The Showroom of the Year Awards recognizes the creativity and effort that these retailers undertake as forward-thinking leaders in the lighting retail industry.”
One Showroom of the Year winner will be named in each of three dollar-volume categories (annual revenue under $2 million, revenue under $5 million, and revenue $5 million and over) from a field of five finalists from that category. All 15 finalists are eligible for three specialty awards, including Outstanding Merchandising Display, Exceptional Community Involvement and Social Media Star.
A panel of expert judges will evaluate entries on factors that include merchandising displays, marketing and advertising, customer service and engagement, employee education and motivation, and community involvement.
Award finalists will be profiled in the May 2023 issue of Furniture, Lighting & Decor and online at furniturelightingdecor.com. Winners will be announced at a reception in the Dallas Trade Mart during June Lightovation.
Showrooms can enter online at www.SOTYAwards.com. Anyone in the lighting industry is also able to nominate a store for consideration. Entries and nominations are due by March 3, 2023.
Winners of the 13th annual Showroom of the Year Awards, presented June 2022 in Dallas, were Georgia Lighting, Pace Lighting, Dominion Lighting, Amini’s Galleria, Accent Lighting Galleries, Guildwood Lighting and Fireside. To learn more about these retailers, click here.