And the 65th Annual REA Nominees Are...

65th Annual REAsNEW YORK - With so many great entries this year for the 2016 Retailer Excellence Awards, it was challenging to pick the best out of so many impressive submissions. The judges reviewed all of the entries and looked for creativity and originality, among other qualities.

Marketing Achievement

  • Her Majesty’s English Tea Room, Dunlap, IL
  • The Cornerstone Shop and Gallery, Lake Geneva, WI
  • Modern Market, New Orleans

Store Design/Redesign

  • Jenss Décor, Amherst, NY
  • The Shop at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, Nashville, TN
  • Glee Gifts, Canton, MA

Store Events

  • Museum Store at the Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
  • Leon & Lulu, Clawson, MI
  • Wit & Whim, Port Washington, NY

Visual Merchandising

  • Apple Butter & Shugies, Morris, IL
  • Linton’s Enchanted Gardens, Elkhart, IL
  • Meraki, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Online Initiatives

  • Virtu, Chicago
  • Tweak, Los Angeles

Manufacturer’s Reps

  • Vicky Shead – One Coast
  • Rebecca Sowder – Apppelman Schauben
  • Teresa Mudryk – Independent

Industry Rising Star

Young Gift Executives: In response to a need for a more unified industry, Chad Corzine and co-founder, Dylan Schauben, started the Young Gift Executives, focused on gift industry professionals under the age of 40. What began as an association to help the next generation in the industry reach their objectives has turned into so much more. Giving back is another important part of the organization’s goals. Market events, such as Party on Peachtree and this summer’s Cheers for Charity are designed to help multiple charitable organizations.


Gift for Life Industry Achievement Award

Chavez for Charity will receive GFL's Industry Achievement Award, which recognizes overall excellence and contribution to the gift and home industry. Chavez for Charity is a fashion jewelry and accessories company that supports its trademark phrase ‘Colors for Causes.’ For every product sold, Chavez for Charity donates 25 percent of profits to charitable causes worldwide.


Please check back next week to learn the Top 10 Nominees for the Manufacturers of the Year Award, as nominated by our Gifted Retailers!

While the REAs come around only once a year, we love to hear about retailer’s achievements year-round. Email us at

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GDA Staff | News & Commentary

Lenise Willis, editor in chief; Anne-Marie Earl, managing editor; Cammie Collier, art director; and Brianna Glenn, assistant editor, love reviewing new products for Gifts and Decorative Accessories . The team stays on top of the latest trends in bath and body, candles, gourmet items, stationery, home décor, fashion and more, and love chatting about their latest finds. Check in each week for more of their latest picks on GiftRap, and see more of the team on their new bi-weekly video series, Thoughts That Count.

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