By Ingrid Howard
The Lili Pad of Vestavia Hills is a quarterfinalist in this year’s contest for the Independent Small Business of the Year, also called the “Indie Award.”
A children’s boutique offering clothing and gifts for infants, toddlers and children, The Lili Pad is the only Alabama store to make the list.
From the day that sisters Katherine McRee and Susan Day opened The Lili Pad, they have made a commitment to community, customer service, and selection, McRee said.
“We have always lived by our Lili Pad motto: ‘The Lili Pad, where being a mom just got a little easier,’” McRee said. “Our customers have become part of our family.”
Consumers can vote for their favorite store through Dec. 16 by going to IndieBizAward.com. Up to three votes a day are allowed. The winner will be announced Dec. 19.
“This year’s quarterfinalists represent the nation’s favorite independent businesses who go above and beyond to support their local economies,” said Bill Brunelle, co-founder of Independent We Stand, the sponsor of the award program.
The 2018 Indie winner will receive prizes with a combined value of more than $25,000, including a branding, advertising and public relations makeover; public relations and social media recognition; gift certificate for equipment; a plaque; and a lifetime Independent We Stand Premium Membership.
“Our commitment to improve local businesses all around town will continue to grow,” McRee said. “Small businesses have the opportunity to bring communities together for the common good, and that is what we will continue to do.
“It’s amazing to be able to help others in need by donating to local auctions, schools, fundraisers and our proud support of the Junior League of Birmingham.”
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