Retailers of the Year Since 1999

The Retailer of the Year awards took a hiatus in 2006; annual sales categories were changed in 2000, 2005 and 2008; the Emerging Retailer category was added in 2012; and the Customers’ Choice Award was added in 2015.

Emerging Retailer of the Year

  • 2017Ryan and Geri-Martha O’Hara, Big Spoon Creamery, a cart, a truck and a store, Birmingham
  • 2016:
    • Annual Sales Less Than $1 MillionAvery Ainsworth, Fleet Feet Sports Montgomery
    • Annual Sales More Than $1 MillionAndy Harp, Gadsden-based Frios Gourmet Pops, 30 stores by 2017, 16 in Alabama, presence in 24 states
  • 2015: Jim Watkins, Steel City Pops, nine locations, six in Alabama, Homewood-based
  • 2014: Mike LeCroix, The Orchard Apple Specialist, Gulf Shores
  • 2013: Jen Barnett, Freshfully, Birmingham
  • 2012: David and Andrea Snyder, Urban Cookhouse, Homewood and Birmingham

2005, 2007-2017

Annual Sales Less Than $1 Million

Gold:

  • 2017Annie Damsky, Villager Yoga, Mountain Brook
  • 2016Linda Flaherty, Once upon a time, Mountain Brook and Homewood
  • 2015: Anna Marie Heard, Jireh’s Boutique and Gifts, Gadsden (and Customers’ Choice Award)
  • 2014Marco and Elan Morosini, Silvertron Cafe,  Birmingham
  • 2013: Stacie Money, Fringe, Opelika and Auburn
  • 2012: Michelle McGough and Paula Lecher, Salon Allure, Inc., Huntsville
  • 2011: Linda Parker, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, Vestavia Hills
  • 2010: Jean Clayton, Christine’s Inc., Mountain Brook
  • 2009: Tim Jennings and Michael Dyer, The Monkey’s Uncle and Monkey Tails Baby Emporium, Leeds
  • 2008: Thad and Jennifer Hodges, Red Mountain Market, Birmingham
  • 2007: Shawn Beitelspacher, Southern Sole, Tuscaloosa
  • 2005: Clayton Sherrod, Chef Clayton’s Food Systems Inc., Birmingham

Silver:

  • 2017 (three-way tie):
  • 2016Marguerite Ray, Marguerite’s Conceits, Mountain Brook
  • 2015: Chet Chappelle, Rountree Outdoors, Selma
  • 2014: Jan Jacks, Dreamcakes Bakery, Birmingham
  • 2013: Marco and Elan Morosini, Silvertron Cafe,  Birmingham
  • 2012: Jake Reiss, The Alabama Booksmith, Homewood
  • 2011: Doris Butler Truax, Truax & Co., Selma
  • 2010: Carol and Stephen Brooks, Carol Brooks Home & Holiday Shoppe, Prattville
  • 2009: George Jones Jr., Snoozy’s Kids Inc., Mountain Brook
  • 2008: Homer G. Brown, BumperNets Inc., Hoover
  • 2007: Anne A. Appleby, South Baldwin Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Gift Shop, Foley
  • 2005 (Tie): Kaleidoscope Inc., dba Think Toys, Anniston; Wilson W. McManus II, DVM, Valley Animal Hospital & Pet Resort SE, PC, Huntsville

Bronze:

  • 2016Lisa Jackman, What’s Popp’N Gourmet Popcorn, Huntsville
  • 2015: Ann Messer and Tommy Glasscock, MorLyn’s Fine Jewelry, Clanton
  • 2014: Carla Hamilton, Four Corners Gallery, Birmingham
  • 2013: Managers and employees, Leaf & Petal, Mountain Brook
  • 2012: Leon Rosato, Gilchrist Soda Fountain, Mountain Brook
  • 2011: Pam Hope, Love McGehee and Kathy Penton, Southern Crossing, Opelika
  • 2010: Homer and Adam Brown, BumperNets Inc., Hoover
  • 2009: Justin Edwards, Scott Dean and Hal Craig, Momma Goldberg’s Deli, Homewood and Inverness
  • 2008: Dimitri G. Polizos, Capitol Grill Inc., Montgomery
  • 2007: Montez Oudenaarden, My Favorite Things, Monroeville
  • 2005: Pat Adamson, Pat’s Petals Garden Center, Ozark

Annual Sales $1 Million – $5 Million

Gold:

  • 2017Jodie and Karen Stanfield, Local Joe’s, Rainbow City and Alexandria
  • 2016Jheovanny Gomez, Jalapeños Mexican Restaurants, Tuscaloosa, Northport and Cottondale
  • 2015: James McAleer and Melissa McAleer Cross, McAleer’s Office Furniture, Mobile
  • 2014: Carole Griffin, Continental Bakery and Chez Lulu in Mountain Brook and Continental Bakery Downtown in Birmingham
  • 2013: Van Sykes, Bob Sykes Bar B Q Restaurant, Bessemer
  • 2012: Jay Klos, Grogran Jewelers, Huntsville and Florence
  • 2011: Terry Chapman, Business Electronics Corp., Homewood
  • 2010 (Tie): Janet Holcomb, The Fitting Touch, Birmingham; Jimmy Ray Smith, Jimmy Smith Jewelers, Decatur
  • 2009: Leo, J.L. and Ken Shaia, Shaia’s of Homewood
  • 2008: Katherine McRee and Susan Day, The Lili Pad/GiGi’s, Vestavia Hills
  • 2007: Jo Ellen Jordan, Cook & Sons Ace Hardware Inc., Albertville
  • 2005: David Carrington, RacingUSA.com, Pelham

Silver:

  • 2017Andrew Pharo, Cahaba Brewing Company, Birmingham
  • 2016Garlan Gudger Jr., Southern Accents, Cullman
  • 2015: Will Haver, Otey’s Tavern, Mountain Brook
  • 2014: Joe Richburg, J.R.’s Lawnmower Shop, Opp
  • 2013: Dorothy S. McDaniel, Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market, Homewood
  • 2012: Rodney King, Mark’s Mart LLC, Selma and Northport
  • 2011: Sarah Brown and Terry Shea, Wrapsody Inc., Hoover and Auburn
  • 2010: Michael Johnson, Terramé Day Spa and Salon, Huntsville
  • 2009: George Wilder, The Locker Room and TLR Outdoors, Montgomery
  • 2008: Janet Holcomb, The Fitting Touch, Vestavia Hills
  • 2007: Mickey, Michael and John Gee, Pants Store Inc./Taylor Company Inc., Leeds
  • 2005: Gus Pappas, Norton’s Florist Inc., Birmingham

Bronze:

  • 2017Randy and Sarah Hall, Hall’s RV, Albertville
  • 2016The Gray family, Peach Park, Clanton
  • 2015Marco and Elan Morosini, Silvertron Cafe,  Birmingham
  • 2014: Dink and Suzanne Taylor, Fleet Feet Sports in Huntsville
  • 2013: Georgia Ziglar, Ziglar Inc., dba Home Gallery, Home Gallery Dining Furniture and First Impression, Troy
  • 2012: Adam Hazel and the Rev. Tony Cooper, Mission Possible Bargain Centers, Adamsville, Birmingham, Hanceville, Homewood, Jasper and Pinson
  • 2010: Nick Nicholson, MAFIAoZA’s Pizzeria and Neighborhood Pub, Mountain Brook
  • 2009: Stanley Enfinger, Badcock Home Furniture & More, Ozark
  • 2008: June G. Simpson, Harold’s Furniture and Flooring, Andalusia
  • 2007: Michael Ray Jones, Mike’s Merchandise, Guntersville
  • 2005: Tommy Wagner, Wagner’s Tuscaloosa Inc., dba The Athlete’s Foot

2000, 2005, 2007 – 2010

Annual Sales More Than $5 Million

Gold:

  • 2010: Mark Whitlock, Mark’s Outdoor Sports, Vestavia Hills
  • 2009: Andy and Andrew Brown, Brown Lumber & Building Supply Inc., Columbiana
  • 2007: Steven M. Sandlin, Pay-Less Pharmacy Group, Decatur
  • 2005: Earnest Dean, President, Greenville Cash & Carry, Inc., Andalusia Cash & Carry, Inc. and Luverne Cash & Carry
  • 2000: Jean Wessell Templeton, Wesfam Restaurants, Inc., Huntsville

Silver:

  • 2010: Eddie Davis, York Drug Inc., York, and The Drug Store Inc., Livingston
  • 2009: Michael Mazer, MAZER DI$COUNT $UPER$TORE, Homewood
  • 2007: Jerry G. Beasley, Beasley Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Ozark
  • 2005: Shane R. Wilks, Craig G. Wilks, Wilks Tire and Battery Service Inc., Albertville
  • 2000: Michael Schmitz, Sr., Rahal Schmitz Buick, Inc., Dothan

Bronze:

  • 2010: Ann Murray, Carter Drug Co. and Carters Books & Gifts, Selma
  • 2009: Brian Bice, Bice Motors Inc., Alexander City
  • 2007: Bryan K. Owens and John B. Marshall, Unclaimed Baggage Center, Scottsboro
  • 2005: Deke Damson & Bruce Park, Jerry Damson Automotive Group, Huntsville
  • 2000: Michael B. Spiller, Spiller Furniture Stores, Northport

2008 and 2011-2017

Annual Sales $5 Million to $20 Million

Gold:

Silver:

Bronze:

  • 2017David Oliver, David Oliver Co. LLC, doing business as Dave’s Market, Valley Grande and Thomaston
  • 2016Mark and Susan Anderson, Eagle Eye Outfitters, Dothan
  • 2015: Shane Spiller, Spiller Furniture and Mattress, 13 locations, 11 in Alabama, Tuscaloosa-based
  • 2014: David and Laura Darby, Darby’s Village Pharmacy Inc., Andalusia
  • 2012: Christopher M. Groom, Mountain High Outfitters, Birmingham, Huntsville and Atlanta, Ga.
  • 2011: Andy Virciglio, Piggly Wiggly Food Stores of Jefferson County Inc., Homewood based
  • 2008: Rhoda Denaburg Link, Levy’s Fine Jewelry, Birmingham

Annual Sales More Than $20 Million

Gold:

  • 2017Ken Hubbard, Western Market in Birmingham, Mountain Brook and Vestavia Hills; Food Depot in Gardendale; and Village Market in Birmingham
  • 2016John M. Wilson, Super Foods Supermarkets, Luverne and Greenville
  • 2015: Steve Maddox, Wireless Advantage Communications, 47 locations, 24 in Alabama, Dothan-based
  • 2014George and Tracy Jones, Century Automotive Group, Huntsville
  • 2013Jan Clevenger, Belk, Alabaster, Auburn, Birmingham, Cullman, Decatur, Dothan, Florence, Gadsden, Guntersville, Homewood, Huntsville, Jasper, Mobile, Montgomery, Prattville, Selma, Spanish Fort, Trussville and Tuscaloosa
  • 2012: Kendall Lowe Hamilton, Devan Lowe Inc., Fort Payne and Rainbow City
  • 2011: Rodney and Mark Barstein and the Janak Shah Family, Simply Fashion Stores Ltd. Birmingham based
  • 2008: Terry Scott, Factory Connection LLC, Albertville based

Silver:

  • 2017:  Kirk A. Stokes, Stokes Automotive, Clanton
  • 2015: Terry Finley, Books-A-Million, 258 locations, 20 in Alabama, Birmingham-based
  • 2014Dave Quinn and Joe Blaszczak, Publix Super Markets store in Vestavia Hills
  • 2013: Jeff Rosenthal, Hibbett Sports, Birmingham based
  • 2012: Jan Clevenger, Belk, Alabaster, Auburn, Birmingham, Cullman, Decatur, Dothan, Florence, Gadsden, Guntersville, Homewood, Huntsville, Jasper, Mobile, Montgomery, Prattville, Selma, Spanish Fort, Trussville and Tuscaloosa
  • 2011 (Tie): Scott Crump, Scott Crump Toyota, Jasper; James C. Lee III, Buffalo Rock Co. Inc., Birmingham based
  • 2008: Hoyt Harbin III, Harbin Ford Lincoln Mercury, Scottsboro

Bronze:

  • 2015: Matt Meyer, Hiley Cars Huntsville, Huntsville
  • 2014Ricky Brooks, Express Oil Change and Tire Engineers, Birmingham-based with 216 locations in 13 states
  • 2013: Mark McCutcheon, Golden Flake Snack Foods, Birmingham based
  • 2012: Terry Barkin, Shoe Station, Dothan, Mobile, Montgomery, Opelika, Prattville, Spanish Fort, Tuscaloosa and four other states
  • 2011 (Tie): Benny Larussa Sr., Charles Mizerany and Billy Wentz, Jack’s Family Restaurants Inc., Homewood based; Bill Wakefield, Wakefield’s and Martin’s Family Clothing, Anniston based
  • 2008: William C. Morris Sr., William Morris Home Fashions Inc. dba La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, Birmingham

1999-2000 and 2001-2004

Annual Sales Less Than $2 Million

Gold:

  • 2004: Randy Adamy, O’Henry’s Coffee Inc., Birmingham
  • 2003: Robert J. “Bob” Strawn, Elberta Hardware Inc., Elberta
  • 2002: Terry Damsky, United Trophy Co., Birmingham
  • 2001: Yancey Parker, Yancey Parker’s, Enterprise
  • 2000: Jim Barnes, Barnes Nursery, Decatur
  • 1999: Jo and Ken Robertson, Jo’s Hallmark, Montgomery

Silver:

  • 2004: Dee Tipps, a.k.a. Girls Stuff, LLC, Homewood
  • 2003: Dianne and Dennis Wammack, Cameras Brookwood Inc., Birmingham
  • 2002: Wanda McCartney, Wisteria Cottage, Inc., Fort Deposit
  • 2001: Stephen F. Skinner, Specialty Pharmacy, Cullman
  • 2000: Charles A. Spurlin, owner, The Shirt Shop, Tuscaloosa
  • 1999: Everett W. Osborne, Osborne Jewelers, Athens

Bronze:

  • 2004: David Wales, Wales Jewelry Co., Scottsboro
  • 2003: Tracy True Dismukes, Collage, Homewood
  • 2002: Denise Knox, Private Gallery Inc., Fairhope and Daphne
  • 2001: DiDi Henry, owner of Old Alabama Gift Co., LLC, Prattville
  • 2000: Garlan E. Gudger Jr., Southern Accents Architectural Antiques, Cullman
  • 1999: Robert G. Werner, Werner Trading Co., Cullman

1999 and 2001-2004

Annual Sales $2 Million – $10 Million

Gold:

  • 2004: Charles Smith, Florala Pharmacy, Florala
  • 2003: Stephen M. Bennett, Bennett’s, Athens
  • 2002: Bryan Thomas, Thomas and Son Furniture Co., Rainsville
  • 2001: Claude Kitchin IV, Incredible Kitchin’s, Anniston
  • 1999: Marsha Sprayberry, Kracheroos Inc., Tuscaloosa

Silver:

  • 2004: Denise Knox, Private Gallery, Fairhope
  • 2003: Keith Welch, Western Supermarkets, Birmingham
  • 2002: Dottie and Terry Smith, Edgar’s Bakery, Birmingham
  • 2001: Mark O. Gatewood, president & owner, Alabama Outdoors, Birmingham
  • 1999: Jimmy Dean Smith, Jimmy Smith Jewelers, Decatur

Bronze:

  • 2004: The Huntsville Team, Ivan Allen, Huntsville
  • 2002: Jim Whaley, Jim Whaley’s Tires, Dothan
  • 1999: Ron J. Anders, Anders Bookstore, Auburn

Annual Sales More Than $10 Million

Gold:

  • 2004: Lynn Layton, Lynn Layton Chevrolet, Decatur
  • 2003: Devan Lowe, Devan Lowe, Inc., Rainbow City
  • 2002: John Wilson, Big Bear Luverne, dba Super Foods Supermarkets
  • 2001: Joe Thomas Malugen, Movie Gallery, Inc., Dothan

Silver:

  • 2003: Jerre Penney and Tim Roussell, Bill Penney Motor Company, Huntsville
  • 2002: Tracy S. Jones, Century Automotive Group, Huntsville
  • 2001: Terry Scott, Factory Connection, Albertville

Bronze:

  • 2002: John Timothy Gilland, Gilland Mitsubishi, Dothan and Enterprise
  • 2001: John M. Lawson, Milner-Rushing Discount Drugs, Florence

2000

Annual Sales $2 Million – $5 Million

  • Gold: Gene Poole, Hudson-Poole Fine Jewelers, Tuscaloosa
  • Silver: Joy Collins, The Mustard Seed, Demopolis
  • Bronze: Kathy Johnson, VF Factory Outlet, Monroeville

2015-2017

Customers’ Choice Award