The Chopping Block Receives Top Housewares Retailing Awards
The Chopping Block of Chicago has been selected by The Gourmet Retailer as its Kitchenware Retailer of the Year and the U.S. Global Innovator Award (gia) winner.
The Gourmet Retailer, a co-sponsor of the U.S. gia for independent kitchenware retailers, selected The Chopping Block as the U.S. winner after soliciting and reviewing nominations from the industry.
“Shelley Young and her team have created the trifecta for successful independent retail: combining educational experiences, a curated selection of the best brands of the housewares industry and a highly trained staff,” says Anna Wolfe, editor-in-chief of The Gourmet Retailer. “The Chopping Block is proof that it is possible for independent retailers to thrive in today’s competitive marketplace.”
With two locations in Chicago, The Chopping Block is one of the busiest recreational cooking schools in the United States, offering 350 classes per month plus private events. The retailer has been in business for more than 20 years due to its ability to adapt to its customers’ needs. A highly trained staff interacts with customers like they would with their own families: they swap stories, share recipes and learn together. The Chopping Block modifies what it teaches, how it teaches and what products it offers to fit the ever-changing needs of its students. From 101 cooking classes to professional culinary school-style instruction in Culinary Boot Camps, The Chopping Block addresses deficiencies in cooking skills for all levels.
The Chopping Block will be profiled in the February/March issue of The Gourmet Retailer magazine.
The International Home + Housewares Show (IH+HS) and International Housewares Association (IHA), primary sponsors of gia, will recognize The Chopping Block and housewares retailers from more than 20 countries at the 18th annual gia awards in Chicago on March 10.
About the gia competition:
Honoring excellence in housewares retailing, the gia program was created by the International Housewares Association to showcase housewares retailing innovation and merchandising distinction worldwide. Since the launch of gia in 2000, there have been close to 350 gia retail award winners, from 40 countries on six continents.
The gia competition is structured both on a national and global level to honor independent and multiple-location housewares retailers for excellence in several business categories including mission, layout and design, visual merchandising, marketing, customer service, staff training and innovation.
Each national winner will travel to the IH+HS where the global gia jury — consisting of four experts representing Asia, Europe and the Americas, plus a rotating group of co-sponsoring trade publication editors — will select five global gia honorees.
During the 2018 International Home + Housewares Show (IHHS), March 10-13 at McCormick Place in Chicago, attendees will be able to see photo displays of the gia winners from more than 20 countries at the gia Showcase.
Banners for the more than 20 winning retailers will be hung in the walkway that connects the Grand Concourse and the Lakeside Center.
photos & copyright Vito Palmisano 2017