Susan Feldman, founder of online retailer One Kings Lane, will accept the 2011 "Rising Star" Award at the 60th Annual Retailer Excellence Awards (REAs) in New York City.
“One Kings Lane has introduced an important new web-based opportunity for our industry. This branded on-line platform enables vendors to move excess inventory quickly, efficiently and without disruption to established channels of retail distribution,” said Dorothy Belshaw, New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) director and GLM senior vice president. “We’re delighted to recognize the contributions of this exciting new player.”
“One Kings Lane is a great choice for Rising Star,” said Warren Shoulberg, editorial director for Gifts & Decorative Accessories magazine. “They truly represent a brand new way for the gift and home industry to do business and acknowledging their emerging role in the business points to the evolving nature of the industry.”
As part of the evening, Gift For Life will present its 2011 Industry Achievement Award to Michael Aram; and Gifts & Decorative Accessories will present a special Lifetime Achievement Award to Su Hilty, who is retiring after a long career in the retailing and home furnishings industries.
Finalists for the 2011 REAs include: Artel Glass (Prague, Czech Republic), Homescapes Carmel (Carmel, CA) and Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (Dallas, TX) for Store Design/Redesign; Absolutely Fabulous (Huntington Beach, CA), Rolling Greens (Los Angeles, CA) and Room at the Beach (Malibu, CA) for Visual Merchandising; Mason & Madison (Middleton, MA), Virtu (Chicago, IL) and Wonderworks (Charleston, SC) for Marketing Achievement; Griffin Pharmacy & Gifts (Derby, CT), Maze Home (Winnetka, IL) and Palavela Home (Scottsdale, AZ) for Store Events; Sue Larmon, One Coast (Tampa, FL), Nancy Messina, GUND (Edison, NJ) and Angie Zabritski, Homestyle Sales (Denver, CO) for Outstanding Manufacturer’s Rep.
The awards event will be held Sunday, August 14 from 6:30pm to 10:00pm, at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Tickets are $185 per person or $1850 for a table of 10, and are available through firstname.lastname@example.org.