Hearth & Home September 2017

September News

2017 Apollo Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2017 Apollo Awards have been named. Now they just have to wait for the night of September 14 to find out if they won.

This year, the number of finalists was increased from five to six in both categories – Single Store, and Multi-Store. Seven companies out of those 12 were finalists in 2016 as well. In the Single Store category, that list includes Village Green Home and Garden, Sunnyland Furniture, and Patios Plus; in the Multi-Store category, repeat finalists were Absco Fireplace & Patio, Daylight Home, Lighting & Patio; Elegant Outdoor Living, and Outside in Style.

If we divide a map of the U.S. into four regions, we find that this year five finalists are from the West, six are from the South, one is from the Midwest, and none are from the Northeast.

Single Store Category

Kolo Collection, Atlanta, GA

Finalist in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017

L to R: Greg Martin, Michelle Larrabee Martin, Paul Yuncker, Greg Morgan.

Village Green Home and Garden, Rockford, IL

Winner in 2016
Finalist in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017

L to R (back row): Larry Smith, Todd Ott, Tanner LaFew, Surall Berry, Raul Alonso. L to R (front row): Brianna Akin, Jessica Salisbury, Jessica Knudson.

Rustic By Design Fireplace & Patio, Morgantown, WV

Finalist in 2017

L to R: Morgan Merschat, Tammy Squib, Janet Merschat.

Sunnyland Furniture, Dallas, TX

Winner in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2017
Finalist in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

L to R: Brad Schweig and David Schweig.

Villa Terrazza Patio & Home, Sonoma, CA

Finalist in 2017

L to R (back row): Tyler Truesdale, Jerilynn Coward, Tony Navarra, Laura Georgeo,Todd Myers. L to R (front row): Michael Robertori, Theresa Deere.

Patios Plus, Rancho Mirage, CA

Winner in 1999, 2007, 2008, 2012
Finalist in 1982, 1990, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

L to R: Kristine Schultz Hutchinson and Amanda Smith.

Multi Store Category

ABSCO Fireplace & Patio, Birmingham, AL

Winner in 2013, 2016
Finalist in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017

L to R: Hope Nicholson, Melissa Gregg, Joy Galbreath-Odom, Cathy Galbreath-Buzbee (holding Wrigley!), Scott Buzbee, Joy Gowens.

Pacific Patio, Agoura, CA

Finalist in 2017

L to R: Ruth Adler, Theresa Elkins.

Daylight Home, Lighting & Patio, San Luis Obispo, CA

Finalist in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017

L to R: Zoe Goldman, Elaine Holzschuh, Earthann Melander, Erik Stanton.

Elegant Outdoor Living, Bonita Springs, FL

Patio & Hearth Shoppes, Centerville, Ohio

Finalist in 1993, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2016, 2017

L to R: Nate, Stephanie, Debbie and Tom Stegman.

Outside in Style, Austin and San Antonio, TX

Winner in 2002, 2017
Finalist in 1985, 1986, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

L to R (back row): Michael Sawyer, Paul Parker, Cory Levlon. L to R (front row): Tracy Wolfrom; Karen Galindo, Paul Galindo.

Today’s Patio, Scottsdale, AZ

Finalist in 2017

L to R: Chad Scheinerman, Stephen Ramey, Craig Scheinerman.

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