REA 2013 Finalists Named

REANEW YORK - Gifts & Decorative Accessories has named its finalists for the 62nd annual Retailer Excellence Awards (REA), which will take place Sunday, August 18, at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City, during NY Now, the Market for Home and Lifestyle, August 17-21, 2013.

This year's vote was not an easy one. Gifts & Decorative Accessories received many inspiring entries from retailers across the country, as well as nominations for Rep of the Year and Rising Star. After long and careful deliberaton, the votes were tallied in six categories, and the following finalists were chosen as this year's REA finalists:

Umbra 2012Umbra co-founders, Les Mandelbaum (r) and Paul Rowan, receiving the Gift for Life Industry Achievement Award in 2012.
Marketing Achievement
• Martin Miazza Gifts, Gulfport, MS
• Rockridge Home, Oakland, CA
• Tweak, Los Angeles

Gift Store Design/Redesign
• Catching Fireflies, Ann Arbor, MI
• Mason & Madison, Middleton, MA
• Zing, Sioux Falls, SD

Store Events
• Absolutely Fabulous, Huntington Beach, CA
• Leon & Lulu, Clawson, MI
• Palavela Home, Scottsdale, AZ

Visual Merchandising
• Absolutely Fabulous, Huntington Beach, CA
• Bath Time, Cape May, NJ
• Leon & Lulu, Clawson, MI

Rep of the Year
• Ann Fuller - Rosse and Assoc.
• Leslie Dickenson - OneCoast
• Gina Lempa - Melrose Intl.

Rising Star
• Red Clay

In addition to this year's finalists, the top 10 nominees for the Manufacturer/Vendor of the Year Award were also revealed. Archipelago will also be honored during this year's ceremony. Co-owners Gregg Corzine and David Klass will be given a Gift For Life Industry Achievement Award during the REA gala.

More information on the upcoming REAs and tickets to this year's ceremony are available at

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