Magazine publication honors Slifer Designs
EAGLE COUNTY — Slifer Designs has been named one of Home Accents Today’s 50 Retail Stars for 2015 by editors of the trade magazine for the home accents industry.
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.
Slifer Designs was founded in 1984. The company’s current 4,500 square-foot retail showroom is located in The Riverwalk at Edwards.
“We love trying new things, new products and new vignettes,” store manager Lisa Mikels said. “No two days are the same in the showroom. From our custom-orders area to our new loft-living area, we’ve had a lot of fun transforming the store, finding the eclectic product mix Slifer Designs has become known for.”
The Slifer showroom specializes in unique and hard-to-find items, from sofas and tables to personal accessories.
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“Slifer Designs is a multi-award winning operation that specializes in exquisite interiors created by a staff of talented designers,” said Home Accents Today Retail Editor Susan Dickenson. “Their retail showroom in Edwards is run by a passionate staff that changes out the lifestyle vignettes weekly, welcomes custom orders and offers exceptional service and white-glove delivery. Slifer Designs has a great history and reputation, and we’re honored that Yvonne Jacobs, Slifer’s president, recently accepted our invitation to join Home Accents Today’s retail advisory board.”
The magazine’s editors said Slifer Designs 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. The store is a must-see in the area.
“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.”