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Dear Editors, Public Relations and Media Managers/sales and Representatives.
Source: The Cultured Pearl Association of America, Inc.Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
Contact: Kathy Grenier, Director of Marketing
For Immediate release:
The Cultured Pearl Association of America announces Winners of the 2011-2012 IPDC, International Pearl Design Contest
Providence, RI –November 1, 2011
Francis Mastoloni, President of the Cultured Pearl Association of America, Inc. proudly announces the winner of CPAA’S 2011-2012 International Design competition. “We are very happy with the success of this year’s competition, entries from 11 countries we received” Mr. Mastoloni reported.
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The highest honor awarded to a design that unanimously captivated judges as the best of the best.
Joel Greene of Bristol, RI
“Swirl Earrings with Pearls”
Barbara Heinrich, Barbara Heinrich Studio of Pittsford, NY
Anita Dickey, Dallas, TX
The award given to the entry that would inspire a new found affinity in someone for cultured pearls.
Jorge Adeler, Adeler Jewelers, Great Falls, VA
Chi Huynh, Galatea: Jewelry by Artist of San Dimas, California
This 2011-2102 edition of the IPDC was truly International in scope.
Entries from eleven countries were received.
Given to entries that demonstrate the high standards of achievement, in accordance with the judging criteria:
JAMES KAYA of Boston, Mass.
KAT GEE of Auckland, New Zealand
JEFF B. HOOPMAN of Akersloot, Holland
AVI RAZ of Los Angeles, California
ERIK STEWART of Tucson, Arizona
CLARE ULLMAN of Berkeley, California
SHARON LIN of Kowloon, Hong Kong
DAVID l. BERNARD of Lafayette, Louisiana
MICHAEL BARTLETT of Lafayette, Louisiana
CODY BUSH of Lafayette, Louisiana
BIMAL KOLEY of Dubai, UAE
ROBIN WAYNEE of Santa Fe, New Mexico
HEE SONG OF Seoul, South Korea
LARRY HO of Vancouver, Canada
KRISTY ENDO of Hong Kong
WOO-AH KIM of Astoria, New York
PHILLIP DISMUKE of Durham, NC
ELISA BROWSH of San Francisco, California
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A total of 116 stores entered the 10th annual contest that highlights the best examples of independent jewelry retailers in North America.
“Every year we feel privileged to bring our readers the best of the best in our industry,” said Ralf Kircher, INSTORE’s executive editor. “From its charming interior to its passion for pearls, Elizabeth Blair Fine Pearls easily falls into that category. But a store wouldn’t really fit our ‘cool’ criteria if it weren’t for such aspects as innovative marketing and creative retail environment.”
Stores are judged in exterior appearance, interior appearance, store biography, advertising, website and overall individuality.
Elizabeth “Dilly” Kirby owner of Elizabeth Blair Fine Pearls reports “We are absolutely thrilled beyond words that we received this award. To be tucked away here in Harbor Springs, Michigan and to win, competing against the finest stores across the country, is truly a national accomplishment.
We are thankful to be embraced and accepted by so many diverse visitors and members of our community here in Harbor Springs. Always striving to provide something special for everyone with our unique pearl designs, we are truly grateful for the growing respect and reception our destination store on Historic Main Street has received. Please come see how we revitalized an old Western Union office and reinvigorated West Main Street and experience our very unique, fun, cool store. I am so very proud to have received this award in America as well as in stunningly beautiful, very cool, Harbor Springs.”
Come visit a winner of AMERICA’S COOLEST SMALL STORE award at
ELIZABETH BLAIR FINE PEARLS,
115 W. MAIN STREET, HARBOR SPRINGS, MICHIGAN. 49740. (231) 526-7500
Open Monday thru Saturday 10-5 in the Summer
Monday thru Friday 10-5 in the Winter.
The top five winners in the two divisions are given trophies and featured in the August issue of INSTORE and at instoremag.com.
2011 America’s Coolest Stores Contest
Contest year: 10th annual competition
2011 America’s Coolest Stores
Preliminary judging process:
Entries are split into two divisions: Small Cool for stores with 5 or fewer full-time employees; and Big Cool for stores with 6 or more
Entries are made into mini websites, one for each store, at www.americascooleststores.com
Five editors spent an average of nine hours each examining all entries
Entries are rated on a scale of 0-100 in six categories: story, exterior appearance, interior appearance, advertising and marketing, website and overall individuality
Total scores were calculated weighting the categories according to importance: story 50 percent, exterior 75 percent, interior 100 percent, advertising 50 percent, website 25 percent and individuality 100 percent.
Out of this first round come 20 finalists in each division
Websites of the top stores, listed in alphabetical order, are released to our two panels of industry-expert judges (7 for Big Cool; 5 for Small Cool)
Final judging process:
Judges rate each store on a scale of 0-100 in the same six categories
The top 5 stores in each category are calculated
The top 5 list in each category is returned to the relevant judges
Judges provide their comments on each of the winning stores in their respective categories
Previous America’s Coolest Stores:
2010 O.C. Tanner, Salt Lake City, UT (Big); Don Muller Gallery, Northampton, MA (Small)
2009 London Jewelers, Manhasset, NY (Big); Zoltan David, Bee Cave, TX (Small)
2008 Lee Read Jewelers, Meridian, ID (Big); Zachary’s Jewelers, Annapolis, MD (Small)
2007 Traditional Jewelers, Newport Beach, CA
2006 Underwoods Jewelers, Fayetteville, AR
2005 Bigham Jewelers, Naples, FL
2004 Wattson & Wattson Jewelers, Marquette, MI
2003 Clodius & Co., Rockford, IL
2002 Decatur City Jewelers, Decatur, GA