Tuesday of last week, Southern Accents did something that we have never done before… we intentionally closed the store for the entire day on what should have been a normal business day for us. Aside from major holidays, our showroom is open for business each week Tuesday through Saturday. While closing for a day may not be good for business, it was good for our team. Our entire team cleaned up, dressed up, and headed to the Vestavia Country Club in Birmingham to attend the Retailer of the Year award luncheon.
A couple of months ago we were notified that SA had made it to the top three, after having been nominated for Retailer of the Year by local business owner Rob Werner. We received an invitation to the luncheon on October 18 where the winners would be announced. Owner, Garlan Gudger, Jr. decided that the entire team would attend the luncheon and be a part of the big announcement. We work hard as a team and this past year has been a busy one. Knowing that everyone needed a day off to relax and have a little fun, Garlan made the decision to close the store and take everyone with him. We dusted off our shoes and traded in our jeans and SA tees for a more formal attire and headed south for the day! Garlan’s family, including Garlan Sr., who is the founder of Southern Accents, joined the party along with the Werners.
When the winners were announced, Southern Accents was awarded the silver distinction in our category. “The Alabama Retailer of the Year judges praised Gudger for his “team orientation” and his success in “using 21st century technology to sell 19th century material.” They also gave him high marks for his work to preserve history and invigorate his city’s downtown.” Not only are we thrilled to have received this recognition, we are also humbled to have been included in the company of other successful and very worthy business owners and nominees from across the state of Alabama. We were inspired, not only by the success stories of the other nominees, but also by the words of keynote speaker Terry Finley, CEO of Books-A-Million.
Garlan was quick to praise and thank the entire SA team. Southern Accents would also like to thank the Alabama Retail Association for their recognition, as well as Rob Werner for the nomination. But, this award would not be possible without our customers! Thank you all for believing in us and in what we do. Your support allows us to continue on our mission to rescue, restore, document and preserve architectural elements of historical significance.