Alabama Retail Association names Retailers of the Year

12 businesses honored across the state

Winners of Retailers of the Year awards include Birmingham’s Bridge + Root, named Emerging Retailer of the Year.

A dozen retail businesses across Alabama have been named Retailers of the Year by the Alabama Retail Association.

Winners were named in four categories based on sales volume. Judges also selected an Emerging Retailer of the Year, and a Customers’ Choice Award was given out.

For annual sales of less than $1 million, there was a tie for the Gold Award: Melissa Sides Anderson, owner and president of Toodlebugs in Athens; and Sarah Jane Levine, owner of Lily Jane Boutique in Auburn. Silver Award went to Ann C. Welch, owner/operator of Nunnaly’s Noble Frame & Gallery in Anniston.

For annual sales of $1 million to $5 million, the Gold Award went to Bryson Kessler, owner of Clover + Bee in Vestavia Hills; Silver Award went to Sid, Shea, Brian and Gina Schroll, owners of The Name Dropper/Storkland in Montgomery. Bronze Award went to Elizabeth Adams, owner/designer of ExVoto in Mountain Brook and Montgomery.

For annual sales of $5 million to $20 million, the Gold Award went to Christie Howell, owner of Wrapsody in Hoover, Auburn, Trussville and Homewood. Silver Award went to Greg Wood, owner and president, and Ben Wood, sales manager, of JBT Power in Daphne and Semmes. Bronze Award went to Tuc and Reese Wilson, owners of Saw’s Inc., and Jennifer Wilson, president, CEO and manager of Saw’s Inc. in Homewood and managing member of Saw’s Juke Joint in Crestline. The Wilson family also holds majority ownership of Saw’s Soul Kitchen in Birmingham.

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For annual sales of more than $20 million, an award was given to Mark McKinnon, owner and CEO of McKinnon Toyota and Nissan in Clanton.

Gee Emerging Retailer of the Year was Aisha Taylor, owner and CEO of Bridge + Root in Birmingham.

Customers’ Choice Award went to David and Jennifer Smith, president and vice president of David Christopher’s Inc. in Sheffield.

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