Spring 2015
18th Annual Visual Victories Awards

Best Store Signage

Winner – Lemon Ice

Retailer: Charlie Freedman
Location: Layton Hills Mall, Layton, UT
Center/Owner: CBL & Associates Management, Inc.
Entry submitted by: Heidi L. Cardall
Visual Merchandiser: Charlie Freedman

Lemon Ice’s signage is definitely eye-catching. It starts with the company’s creative use of a lemon slice to depict the “O” in the word “lemon.” The store name—in large capital letters—is brought to life with a dark gray and bright turquoise color palette against what looks like a maple-stained wooden background. There’s also a fun dot between the two words. These details transform a mere store name into a graphic icon that shoppers recognize and remember. It also signals that this shop is brimming with fun and unique merchandise. Additionally, the sign’s background complements the interior flooring of the space, allowing for greater unity in the overall design.

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First Runner-Up – RAIN

Best-Store-Signage_2015_2nd_2Retailer: Bill Moroziuk
Location: Bonnie Doon Centre, Edmonton,
Alberta, Canada
Center/Owner: Morguard Investments Ltd.
Entry submitted by: Deborah Rurka
Visual Merchandiser: Andrea Martens

RAIN’s storefront absolutely sizzles with its electric blue custom channel backlit signage that creates a high-energy environment. Customizing the fonts to create this logo along with the illuminated background enhances the blue “glow” for a great overall look. Notice how the signage breaks below the plain of the bulkhead, adding more interest and depth. The engaging color and 3D nature of the sign complements the eye-catching blue walls and brightly colored apparel featured within the store. The bright blue hues are a fantastic juxtaposition to the distressed wood floor and front table display. Judge Fisher states, “RAIN definitely has the wow factor.”

Second Runner-Up – Urban Style

Best-Store-Signage_2015_3rd_2Retailer: Gerard Kennedy
Location: Southland Mall, Houma, LA
Center/Owner: Morguard Investments Ltd.
Entry submitted by: Amanda Punch
Visual Merchandiser: Troy Tapia, Array Limited

Urban Style drafts the entire storefront to work as its signage, which is typified by a stylized drawing of a bustling cityscape with high-rise buildings reaching for the sky. As you approach the store, it actually looks as if the city is sitting directly on top of Urban Style’s ceiling! The choice of brushed aluminum lettering provides the texture associated with an urban environment. Judge Fisher comments, “Simple, but telling, love it!”

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Brett Beaudette

Brett Beaudette serves as Lead Retail Designer and Design Manager for Mall of America, in addition to owning his own design consulting business, Ideal Productions & Design. Beaudette specializes in creating unique and successful inline, kiosk and RMU designs and merchandising strategies. He has been featured on HGTV and Travel Channel specials for his mall holiday décor and store design sets, and can be reached at brett@idealpd.net.
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