The Retail Stars list, now in its 11th year, recognizes independent brick-and-mortar retailers of home accents, including furniture stores and interior design boutiques, that are creative in their merchandising, have a positive presence in their local communities and are distinguishing themselves from the competition.
Fine Line Furniture & Accessories, founded in 1986, is located at 4217 Ponce De Leon Blvd. and is owned by Emmy Bodnar.
“Fine Line is a local home furnishings and interior design staple with a loyal clientele,” said Home Accents Today Retail Editor Susan Dickenson. “The shop prides itself on its ever-changing showroom, its innovative displays, and the ‘you can’t resist the urge to purchase everything you see’ feeling it invokes. They cater to the homeowner’s need for individuality with one-of-a-kinds and limited reorders.”
The magazine’s editors said Fine Line and this year’s honorees demonstrate that it takes a lot more than great product to outsell the competition, whether it’s the big box stores, the online sites or the shop across the street.
“Retail is fun, but it is surely not easy. In fact, there has never been a tougher time to be an independent retailer, with the ongoing challenge of chain-store competitors now supplemented by the dramatic growth of online retail,” said Jenny Heinzen York, editor in chief of Home Accents Today. “The 2015 Retail Stars represent some of the best independent stores in the country – ones that have taken on these challenges with a combination of clever entrepreneurship, innovation, merchandising, customer service, marketing and community involvement. We are delighted to recognize these talented stores, and, take this opportunity to encourage everyone to support their own local businesses.”
Half of the stores on this year’s list have been in business for at least 15 years, and 12 have a retail presence that spans more than three decades. Six of the stores on this year’s list are based in Florida, four are from the states of California and Texas, and the rest represent the cities and towns of Middle America, both coasts, the north and south. Seventeen of the stores are ringing up annual sales in excess of $3 million and a quarter operate in multiple locations.
Members of the home furnishings industry were invited to suggest stores and retailers were encouraged to submit information describing their businesses. The list was compiled and narrowed down by research analysts and editors of the publication.
The 50 Retail Stars list, sponsored by AmericasMart Atlanta, publishes each year in Home Accents Today’s May issue. The 29-year-old publication, based in Greensboro, N.C., is owned by Progressive Business Media.
Home Accents Today’s 2015 Retail Stars, in alphabetical order, are:
24e DESIGN Co., Savannah, Ga.
American Plant, Bethesda, Md.
Anastazia – Treasures for the Home Ltd., Geneva, Ill.
Barbara Stewart Interiors, Bowling Green, Ky.
Blue Raccoon Home Furnishings, Lambertville, N.J.
Boston Interiors, Stoughton, Mass.
Bountiful, Easton, Md.
Circle Furniture, Acton, Mass.
City Furniture, Tamarac, Fla.
Coco & Dash, Dallas, Texas
Concepts Furniture and Accessories, Longmont, Colo.
Dolce Dimora Fine Linens, Tablescapes & Gifts, Greensboro N.C.
Dwell Home Furnishings, Coralville, Iowa
Establish, San Diego, Calif.
Fine Line Furniture & Accessories, Coral Gables, Fla.
Fitzsu Society, Los Angeles, Calif.
Fleur De Lys, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Fritzy Jacobs, Worthington, Ohio
Garden Argosy, Sarasota, Fla.
High Fashion Home, Houston, Texas
HOM Furniture, Coon Rapids, Minn.
HUDSON, Boston, Mass.
J. Seitz & Co., New Preston, Conn.
Jonathons Coastal Living, Fountain Valley, Calif.
Kuhl-Linscomb, Houston, Texas
Kurtz Collection, Wilmington, Del.
La Vie en Blanc, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Leon & Lulu, Clawson, Mich.
Lola Belle Co., Leonardtown, Md.
Maxwell’s House, Egg Harbor, Wis.
Michael Alan Furnishings, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Modern Vintage, Brighton, Mich.
Outrageous Interiors, Suwanee, Ga.
Palette & Parlor, Chapel Hill, N.C.
R.W. Shea & Co., Cleveland, Ohio
Rugs as Art, Sarasota, Fla.
Sallie Home, St. Louis, Mo.
San Francisco Design, Salt Lake City, Utah
Slifer Designs, Edwards, Colo.
Southern Lighting Gallery, Augusta, Ga.
SummerHouse, Ridgeland, Miss.
Table Top & Home, Bellevue, Wash.
The Blue Octagon, Malvern, Pa.
The Designers, Omaha, Neb.
The Purple Porch, Smithville, Tenn.
Urban Chic Home Furnishings, Las Vegas, Nev.
Wallace Style, Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Weidner Hasou & Co., Houston, Texas
Wit & Whim, Port Washington, N.Y.
Zing, Sioux Falls, S.D.
For more information, contact:
Home Accents Today
7025 Albert Pick Road, Suite 200, Greensboro, N.C. 27409