By Kaitlin Candelaria
The Alabama Retail Association has released the 2015 Retailer of the Year nominees, and Mountain Brook is home to more nominated businesses than any other community in the state.
The award is presented each year in conjunction with the UAB Collat School of Business. Students from the school’s program will be invited to attend the award ceremony to witness and interact with the business community in a real time setting.
Mountain Brook nominees include Paige Albright Orientals, Little Hardware, Little Lavender Consignment, Smith’s Variety Toy & Gift Shoppe, Otey’s Tavern, Taco Mama, Lamb’s Ears Ltd., Ollie Irene, Harrison Limited, Vino, Marguerite’s Conceits, A’Mano, Tracy’s Restaurant, Steel City Pops and Crestline Bagel Co.
Other mentions in the Over the Mountain area include, in Homewood: Chicken Salad Chick, Dreamcakes Bakery, Nadeau: Furniture with a Soul, Savage’s Bakery, Steel City Pops and Soho Retro. In Vestavia Hills: Newk’s and In the Making Deep South Fibers. In Birmingham: Slice Pizza and Brew, Mayer Lighting Showroom, Carl’s Tire Service Auto Tread, Books-a-Million, Hot and Hot Fish Club, Gus Mayer, Avondale Brewing Co., Levy’s Fine Jewelry, Dreamland Holding Co. LLC, Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market, Silvertron Cafe, Norton’s Florist, Jim Reed Books: The Museum of Fond Memories, Hibbett Sports and Bottega.
Companies were nominated by their cities’ chambers of commerce, developers, city officials, fellow retailers, employees or the general public. To be considered for an award, the retailers must submit entry information by June 19.
An awards ceremony recognizing winners will take place Oct. 6 at the annual Alabama Retail Day luncheon. Guest speaker Stu Crum, chairman and president of Bridgestone Retail Operations, will speak.
For more information, visit www.alabamaretail.org.