• Susan Dickenson

Home Accents Today announces 2013 Retail Stars honorees

Home Accents Today announced the names of the 50 businesses selected for inclusion on its 2013 Retail Stars Retail Stars 2013list.

Sponsored by AmericasMart, the Retail Stars list recognizes independent brick-and-mortar retailers of home accents, including furniture stores and interior design boutiques, who are creative in their merchandising, contributing to their communities and distinguishing themselves from the competition

"Retail is not for the faint of heart, even in the best of times. The retailers on this list serve as role models to us all, not just because they were strong in the good times, but especially so because they have persevered through the bad. The economic downturn certainly took its toll on every retail sector, but beyond that, the e-commerce outlets and chain stores have stepped up their games, making independent retail even more challenging," said Jenny Heinzen York, editor in chief of Home Accents Today. "The 2013 Retail Stars have faced down those challenges through an artful combination of innovation, customer service, marketing, merchandising and good old-fashioned hard work. We celebrate these successful merchants and encourage everyone to support the local businesses in their own areas."

The businesses named to this year's list are based in 27 states and Canada and are located in shopping malls, Main Street storefronts, renovated barns and historic structures, up-and-coming arts districts, LEED-certified structures and established design districts. Five of the stores on the list are at least 50 years old, the oldest being Hildreth's Home Goods, which opened in 1842 in Southampton, N.Y. The largest store, family-owned Bernie & Phyl's Furniture, operates eight stores across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Forty-eight of the 2013 Retail Stars are active on Facebook, 32 are pinning on Pinterest, 23 are tweeting, 12 are on Google+, and nine maintain blogs. 

The 2013 Retail Stars are listed below in alphabetical order below. The complete report, including individual store descriptions, websites, home accents categories/vendors, and sales estimates, is published in the May, 2013 issue of Home Accents Today, and is available for purchase and download here.

Home Accents Today's 2013 Retail Stars are:

Ann's of Corinth, Corinth, Miss.
Bailey & Shamoun Interiors, Northville, Mich.
Bay Design Store, Naples, Fla.
Belle Provence, Mill Creek, Wash.
Bernie & Phyl's Furniture, Nashua, N.H.
Cornerstone Shop & Gallery, Lake Geneva, Wis.
Country Willow, Bedford Hills, N.Y.
DeVanes Distinctive Home Accessories & Gifts, Winter Park, Fla.
Door County Natureworks, Egg Harbor, Wis.
Heather Scott Home & Design, Austin, Texas
High Falls Mercantile, High Falls, N.Y.
Hildreth's Home Goods, Southampton, N.Y.
Home Chic, Mayville, N.Y.
Honey's Home+Style, Waco, Texas
Insidestyle Home and Design, Las Vegas, Nev.
Interiors Etc., Mishawaka, Ind.
J. Banks Design, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Leggy Bird Designs, Libertyville, Ill.
Let Us Light Your World, Hixson, Tenn.
LOFT Home, Austin, Texas
Mary Sherwood Lake Living, Littleton, N.C.
McNeal & Friends, Fargo, N.D.
Modern Market, New Orleans, La.
Moe's Home Collection, Vancouver, B.C.
Nekkid Dave Life & Home, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Northern Home Essentials, Havre, Mont.
NW Rugs, Las Vegas, Nev.
Randy McManus Designs, Greensboro, N.C.
Rider Furniture, Kingston, N.J.
Rockridge Home, Oakland, Calif.
Ruby Livingdesign, San Francisco, Calif.
Samsen Furniture, Genoa, Ohio
Santa Fe Ranch, Okeechobee, Fla.
Sky Iris, Bay Harbor, Mich.
Southern Creek Rustic Furnishings, Pleasant Plains, Ark.
Spruce Home and Garden, New Milford, Conn.
Stanton Home Furnishings, Atlanta, Ga.
Talsma Furniture, Hudsonville, Mich.
The Country Squire, Selinsgrove, Pa.
The Decorator's Edge, Thomasville, N.C.
The Guest Room, Leesburg, Va.
The Luxe Zone, Coralville, Iowa
The Nest Egg, Fairfax, Va.
The Seaside Style, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.
The Silky Way, Cincinnati, Ohio
The Tin Roof, Spokane, Wash.
Three French Hens, Wildwood, Mo.
Verde Home, Atlanta, Ga.
Vintage Wild Orchid, Virginia Beach, Va.
Weego Home, Santa Monica, Calif.



Susan DickensonSusan Dickenson | Editor in Chief

Susan Dickenson is the editor in chief of Home Accents Today, where she has spent more than a decade covering trending topics, best practices and news items pertaining to the manufacturing, retail and interior design segments of the home furnishings industry. A graduate of UNC, Dickenson spent 15 years in the Washington, D.C., area, writing and researching in both the public and private sector. After relocating to her native North Carolina in 2003, she freelanced as a writer of general interest, business, garden and home items for local and national publications before joining Home Accents Today in 2006 as retail editor.

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