FFlorida Retail Federation Accepting Nominations for 2017 Florida Retailer of the Year Award
The Florida Retail Federation is now accepting nominations for its prestigious Florida Retailer of the Year award, which recognizes an outstanding retailer for sound business practices, and a commitment to their employees, customers and communities. Nominations must be submitted by Monday, March 20.
“As FRF celebrates its 80th year in advocating and supporting Florida’s retailers, we are excited about recognizing the best our industry offers with our annual Retailer of the Year award,” said FRF President/CEO Randy Miller. “We ask all consumers to support their favorite retailer by nominating them for this prestigious award.”
Eligible retailers are those who either own or are employed by businesses with sales volume of $5 million or less and have a physical presence in the operation and/or management of the retail business. People interested in nominating a retailer may nominate more than one, self-nominations are allowed and the retailer does not have to be an FRF member. Nominations can be submitted online by visiting our online nominations form or by downloading this PDF and emailing it to FRFAwards@frf.org or mailing it to 227 S. Adams St., Tallahassee, FL 32301.
The retailer selected as Retailer of the Year will be recognized before a statewide audience during the Retail Smarter Symposium Thursday, June 8 at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg. The Florida Retailer of the Year award was started in 1999, and was awarded last year to Lisa Mergel of Kanvas Spa & Boutique in Tallahassee.
Kanvas Spa & Boutique's Lisa Mergel Named 2016 Florida Retailer of the Year
Lisa Mergel, owner of Kanvas Spa & Boutique in Tallahassee, is the 2016 Florida Retailer of the Year award winner. She will be honored with this prestigious award during a special luncheon on June 9 at the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St. Petersburg. Kristin Keen of Rethreaded in Jacksonville and Debbie Farah of Bajalia International Group in Winter Park will be recognized as Outstanding Retail Leaders during the ceremony.
“Lisa is a tremendous representative of the positive impact that retailers and the state’s entire retail industry have made on Florida, by not only helping their customers, but their community as well,” said FRF President & CEO Randy Miller. “We are proud to recognize her accomplishments of providing world class products and services in her store and providing world class help to those in need outside of it.”
Opened in 2007, Kanvas is a locally-owned one-stop shop, catering to clients for all their skincare, cosmetic and wellness needs, including facials, massages, body wraps, spray tans, nail services and make-up applications. Kanvas also offers a diverse mix of merchandise including French milled soaps, cosmetics, fine lingerie, candles and unique gift items. Kanvas sponsors the LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival, FSU Opening Nights, Junior League Operation Prom Dress, the Tallahassee Animal Shelter Foundation’s Tail & Trails and the Young Actors Theatre.
Lisa came into the retail industry by starting out working for many major skincare lines in New York and at various Neiman Marcus stores, traveling from Boston to Texas doing facial events. Lisa wanted to help others discover their true beauty, and in 2007, she moved back to Tallahassee to open her company. Since then, Kanvas has been a staple of the Tallahassee business community including moving into a larger location just five years after opening and expanding their product and service offerings.
“I am honored to be selected as the 2016 Florida Retailer of the Year, and I want to thank the Florida Retail Federation for their continued support of our industry and for shining the spotlight on the larger role that retailers can play in their local community,” said Lisa Mergel. “I also want to thank my incredible team at Kanvas for their hard work, support and dedication towards ensuring that all of our customers have the best experience possible.”
Lisa’s contributions to her community are extensive. Since moving back to Tallahassee, Lisa has volunteered with the American Cancer Society’s Look Good, Feel Better Program, been a board member of Keep Tallahassee/Leon County Beautiful, a member of the Tallahassee Garden Club, Elder Care Meals on Wheels and a board member of the Tallahassee Italian American Club. Lisa also gives back to her community by donating to the Big Bend Habitat for Humanity, Elder Care Services, American Heart Association, Boys Town and Tree House.
|2016||Lisa Mergel||Kanvas Spa & Boutique||Tallahassee|
|2015||Jon & Betsy Hughes||Track Shack||Orlando|
|2014||Caroline Caudill||The Chandlery||Melbourne|
|2013||Shannon Materio||McMow Art Glass||Lake Worth|
|2012||Lisa Fournier||Southern Photo||Melbourne|
|2011||Norman Love||Norman Love Confections||Fort Myers (additional location in Naples)||Laurie Olshefski||Shimmering Seas||Panama City Beach (additional location in Seaside)|
|Jesse White||Sarasota Architectural Salvage||Sarasota|
|2010||Kira Powell||Hard Rock Cafe||Orlando|
|Jeff and Stephanie Schorr||Craftsman House Gallery||St. Petersburg|
|Dave and Karen West||Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium||Brandon|
|2009||Carl and Joan Allison||Baya Pharmacy||Lake City|
|Daniel A. Cash||Floor City USA||Pensacola|
|Cynthia S. Murphy||Pies & Plates||Punta Gorda|
|2008||Adele Aletti||Gone Bonkers||New Smyrna Beach|
|Sandy Fortin||S & J Sports||Lakeland|
|John Shepard||Carpet One Floor and Home||Panama City|
|2007||Richard and Chad Gardner||Super Suds||Tallahassee|
|Monroe Lee||Kia AutoSport||Tallahassee|
|Joe Taylor||Avenue E and BLUE beach+home||Apalachicola|
|2006||Roy C. Carter||Bronson Ace Hardware and Pain||Eustis|
|Scott Edmonds||Chico's FAS||Fort Myers|
|Kevin and Penny Jenness||Peddlers' Wagon||Eustis|
|2005||Don Bosko||Beef O'Brady's||Lakeland|
|Guy J. "Smiley" Merry||Merry's Jewelers, Inc.||Eustis|
|Lester Scaff||Scaff's Inc. dba S & S Food Stores and Scaff's Market||Lake City|
|2004||Patti Blaylock||Sunset Coastal Grill||Port St. Joe|
|Bruce Nelson||Office Depot||Delray Beach|
|2003||Aledia Hunt Tush||CB's Saltwater Outfitters||Siesta Key|
|Kelly Palmer||Hayloft, Inc.||Fort Myers|
|Al Rowland||Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.||Jacksonville|
|2002||Thomas Ferrante||Modular Mailing Systems, Inc.||Tampa|
|Alan Jay Wildstein||Alan Jay Automotive Network||Sebring|
|2001||Bill & Harriet Jackson||Bill Jackson, Inc.||Pinellas Park|
|Judy Orbeta||Target Store #814||Royal Palm Beach|
|2000||Coleman Davis||Badcock Home Furnishing Centers||Seffner|
|Henry Falcon||Kash n' Karry||Plant City|
|1999||Judy Barney-Perez||Arturo's Italian Restaurant||Marco Island|
|Mike Harrell||Inland Stores||Bainbridge, GA|