The Award

Renaissance Retailer Award - Excellence in Inspirational Retail Experiences at the Independent Store Level 

Recipient is selected by top industry retailers and designers. Friend, colleagues and retailers are responsible for submitting nominations to NY NOW. 

The award will be presented at the 68th annual Retailer Excellence Awards.  Buy your tickets here.

Nomination are now closed and winners will soon be announced!


What to consider when nominating


Friends and Peers can submit nominations or nominate yourself, for stores that are actively embracing the retail renaissance movement.

NY NOW will verify that the store has gotten recognition for their successes based on details and information submitted with the nomination.

Things to consider when submitting a nomination is to focus on stores that display product offerings in a unique, innovative and creative manner; that enhances the purchasing experience. Delighting and attracting all consumers/customers including Millennial and Gen Z, seeking a better in-store shopping experience.

Submissions should include news articles or awards, press releases, etc. recognizing the contribution and successes of the store. Showcasing that the store is delivering the inspirational experience that consumers/customers are seeking.


Top 10 Renaissance Retailers to Watch List

From the nomination list 10 Renaissance Retailers to watch will be selected. This group will be honored at the NY NOW awards ceremony on Monday August 12.



In its 68th year, the annual Retailer Excellence Awards (REA), hosted by Gifts & Decorative Accessories, recognizes the most cunning of retail minds in the gift industry, in all of its facets, from store design to engaging in-store events to social campaigns. It's the most longstanding and prestigious awards program for independent retailers in the gift and home industry. The award ceremony and reception will recognize seven retailers with a Retailer Excellence Award, as well as one manufacturer of the year and one sales representative of the year. NYNOW will also present their Renaissance Retailer Award during the Gifts & Decorative Accessories REA event, which will take place on Sunday, August 11, at the waterfront Chelsea Piers in New York. The evening, which includes a networking cocktail hour, strolling dinner and ceremony, will culminate with a donation collection for Gift for Life, as they honor Rifle Paper Co. with this year’s Lifetime Industry Achievement Award. 

The Winner Receives

An engraved commemorative award and a certificate recognizing the store’s achievement in embracing the Retail Renaissance experience at store level.

Recognition at the 68th annual Retailer Excellence Awards on Sunday August 11, 2019 at 6pm and at the NY NOW Awards ceremony on Monday August 12, 2019 from 6pm to 7pm

Full exposure on the NY NOW website as the Inaugural Renaissance Retailer Award Winner for Summer 2019.

Nomination Deadline // May 30, 2019

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