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Casual Living names Merchandising Award winners

Authenteak, Paddy O’ Furniture take top honors

As today’s retail environment grows more competitive, stores must work their hardest to stay relevant and engage with customers. Each year, Casual Living recognizes the bricks-and-mortar businesses that raise the umbrella when it comes to excellent store environments.

Though the field was competitive, several casual retailers rose to the top to win this year’s Casual Living Merchandising Awards. Now in its 17th year, the awards honor exemplary retailers in the casual furnishings industry for their interior vignettes, outdoor displays and store fronts.

Atlanta’s Authenteak earned Best Overall Merchandising for the single-store category. On the multi-store side, Paddy O’ Furniture of Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona, took top honors.

Paddy O’ Furniture also got the nod for Best Use of Accessories in the multi-store category, with Dallas retailer Sunnyland earning the award in the single-store


Laura’s Home and Patio in East Northport, New York, won the Best Store Front award in the single-store category, while Amini’s in St. Louis picked up the Best Store Front prize for the multi-store category.

For the fourth year in a row, Nag’s Head Hammocks in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, won Best Outdoor Display in the multi-store category. Penn Stone of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, won for its outdoor spaces among single stores.

Merchandising Awards newcomer Surroundings, of Fort Collins, Colorado, won for Best First-Time Entry.

A panel of Casual Living editors and contributors judged this year’s entries. Photos of all the winners will be published in the June issue.

Image of Jennifer BringleJennifer Bringle | Features Editor, Casual Living

Jennifer Bringle is the features editor of Casual Living. She previously served as an editor and reporter at a number of publications, including Kids Today, AAA Living Magazine, The News & Observer of Raleigh and Carolina Parent. Her work also has appeared in The Washington Post, Southern Living, Our State and The News & Record of Greensboro, and she is the author of several non-fiction books for middle and high school-aged children.  Contact her at jbringle@casualliving.com

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