2016 Showroom of the Year Award Finalists

Finalists Announced for 2016 Showroom of the Year Awards

Finalists for the seventh annual Showroom of the Year Awards have been announced. The awards, which honor top lighting retailers, are presented by Residential Lighting magazine and Dallas Market Center, hosts of Lightovation – Dallas International Lighting Show in January and June. This is the premier buying event for the lighting showroom market that was rebranded for its record-breaking January 2016 edition, and Residential Lighting is the leading trade publication serving this segment with an audited circulation of more than 20,000 subscribers.

During the first-ever summer edition of Lightovation, which runs June 22-25, 2016, one Showroom of the Year will be named in each of three dollar-volume categories (annual revenue under $2 million, revenue under $5 million, and $5 million and over) from a field of up to 10 finalists in that category. All finalists are also eligible for three specialty awards: Outstanding Merchandising Display, Exceptional Community Involvement and Social Media Star.

Once again, 50 percent of the scoring for the Social Media Star Award will be determined by “likes” posted to finalist profiles within the Showroom of the Year Social Media Star Event on Residential Lighting magazine’s Facebook page through May 16, 2016 (www.Facebook.com/ResidentialLighting). Official judges’ scores complete the remaining 50 percent of scoring for that category.

Three retail and design experts judged the 2016 finalists and winners. This year’s judges were Lori Dennis, ASID, LEED AP, interior designer, author, co-founder of Design Campus and star of HGTV’s “The Real Designing Women,” based in Los Angeles; Nicole Leinbach Reyhle, author and founder/Publisher of Retail Minded magazine, based in Parker, CO; and Bob Phibbs, business strategist, author, speaker and owner of The Retail Doctor consulting firm, based in Coxsackie, NY.

All six awards will be presented at an opening night reception at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, on the fourth floor of the Dallas Trade Mart (Loft 4 area). All market attendees and exhibitors are welcome to participate in the event with no additional tickets required.

Any independent lighting retailer could enter the Showroom of the Year competition, and anyone in the lighting industry was also welcome to nominate a store. Entries and nominations were received between Dec. 1, 2015, and Feb. 29, 2016. Entrants and nominees were judged comprehensively on a variety of aspects of their business, including merchandising display, marketing and advertising, customer service and engagement, employee education and motivation, and community involvement.

All of the finalists are profiled in a special section appearing in the May issue of Residential Lighting. The commemorative section will also be distributed as a stand-alone piece at Lightovation in June. Social media coverage before, during and after the awards presentation will feature the hashtag #SOTYAwards.

“The innovation that is moving the lighting industry forward is readily apparent in this year’s slate of finalists,” says Laura Van Zeyl, Publisher and Editorial Director of Residential Lighting. “These retailers exemplify best practices and creative solutions. We are thrilled to give them well-deserved recognition for their efforts in partnership with Dallas Market Center.”

 “Lightovation is more than a lighting market, it is a gathering of highly-knowledgeable lighting professionals, including the best lighting retailers in the world, sharing new ideas and innovations,” says Cindy Morris, President and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “The Showroom of the Year Awards enables the lighting community to honor the retailers who are thinking beyond conventional terms for lighting. Along with Residential Lighting, we look forward to celebrating the showrooms that are inspiring lighting for all of us.”

This year’s finalists are as follows:


  • Avenues Lighting, Jacksonville, FL
  • Capital Lighting, Columbus, OH
  • Design Lighting, Surrey, BC
  • Hermitage Lighting Gallery, Nashville, TN
  • Idlewood Electric Supply, Highland Park, IL
  • Lee Lighting, Frisco, TX
  • Lighting by Gregory, New York, NY
  • Lightology, Chicago, IL
  • Park Lighting, Edmonton, AB
  • Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre, Calgary, AB


  • Accent Lighting Oregon, Lake Oswego, OR
  • Christie’s Lighting Gallery, Fletcher, NC
  • Coley Electric & Plumbing, Brunswick, GA
  • Crest Lighting, Chicago, IL
  • Expressions Home Gallery, Dallas, TX
  • The Lighting House, Shelburne, VT
  • Montreal Lighting & Hardware, Montreal, QC
  • NorthWest Lighting & Accents, Mount Prospect, IL
  • Pace Lighting, Savannah, GA
  • Passion Lighting, Grapevine, TX


  • Atlantic Lighting Studio, Wolfville, NS
  • Cleveland Lighting South, Fairlawn, OH
  • Ferguson Enterprises, Hunt Valley, MD
  • Just Lights, Nashua, NH
  • The Lamp Outlet, Bono, AR
  • Light Art of Durango, Durango, CO
  • MCI Carpet One & Home, Waite Park, MN
  • Progressive Lighting, Atlanta, GA
  • Station12, Dartmouth, NS