The Home Furnishings Association has announced 23 finalists for the Association’s annual Retailer of the Year, Emerging Star and Trailblazer awards, the most coveted and influential retail honors in the furniture industry.
The finalists, who range from Top 100 stores to local, family-owned retailers, were among 31 retailers nominated by their peers, manufacturers, vendors and furniture reps. The winning retailers will be selected by a panel of judges across all walks of the furniture industry.
Sharron Bradley, CEO of the HFA, said those judges will have their work cut out in the coming weeks. “It’s an impressive list of finalists,” said Bradley. “Each of them creates a unique, personalized shopping experience and is an integral part of their community. They’re wonderful models for our industry.”
Here’s a look at the finalists and the awards they’ve been nominated for:
Large Retailer of the Year
The Large Retailer of the Year honors a retailer with 50 or more employees who exhibits exceptional philanthropy, technology, customer experience, mentoring, sustainability and store culture. There are four finalists: City Furniture in Tamarac, Fla., American Furniture Galleries in Sacramento, Calif., Exclusive Furniture in Houston, and Howell Furniture Galleries in Beaumont, Texas.
Small Retailer of the Year
The Small Retailer of the Year honors a retailer with fewer than 50 employees who exhibits exceptional philanthropy, technology, customer experience, mentoring sustainability and store culture. There are 12 finalists: Flamingo Furniture in Brooklyn, N.Y., Rider Furniture in Kingston, N.J., Blackmon’s Furniture & Appliance in El Dorado, Ark., A Royal Suite in Southern California, Brakenridge Furniture Co., in Ferriday, La., Quality Furniture in Fresno, Calif., Hoot Judkins Furniture in Redwood City, Calif., Lippmann’s Furniture & Interiors in Peoria, Ill., Huron Valley Furniture in Milford, Mich., Ashley HomeStore in Victoria, Texas, Wasser’s Exclusive Furniture & Interiors in Hallandale Beach, Fla., and Joplimo Mattress in Joplin, Mo.
The Emerging Star award honors a retailer under 40 years old who’s been in business for three to five years. There are four Emerging Star finalists: Joel Haimsohn of Lawrance Furniture in San Diego, RandiLynn Talsma of Blended Furniture in Norton Shores, Mich., Jared Simon of Simon Furniture in Franklin, Mass., and Joe Bright of Dunk & Bright Furniture in Syracuse, N.Y.
The Trailblazer award honors a retailer who has been in business for at least 20 years. There are three Trailblazer finalists: Greg Crowley of Crowley Furniture in Kansas City, Mo., Nick Reena of Barr’s Furniture in Riverside, Calif., and Diane Lackey of The Decorator’s Edge in Thomasville, N.C.
Winners will be announced in their stores January 6-10 and celebrated at the HFA’s Resource Center on January 25 during Las Vegas Market.
The Home Furnishings Association is the only trade association for furniture retail stores in North America. It operates the Resource Center during furniture markets in High Point (first floor of Plaza Suites) and Las Vegas (#B1050). For more information on the association or its awards, contact marketing director Dan McCann at (916) 757-1164 or firstname.lastname@example.org.