Vision Expo East (held in New York City March 21-24) celebrated retailers, designers, and products through several award programs. Some awards are judged by industry leaders, and others were voted on by attendees.
Here are the winners:
OPTIMUM RETAIL AWARD
Edward Beiner Purveyor of Fine Eyewear, based in Miami, is the winner of the second annual OPTImum Retail Award, which celebrates independent boutique retailers by allowing them to showcase their products, stores, visions, and stories to the entire optical industry. The winner was announced during the Boutique Buyer Panel at Vision Expo East and was selected by a committee of the industry’s top leaders including Dr. Arian Fartash, optometrist and influencer of @glamoptometrist, and eyewear designer Christian Roth. Additionally, Vision Expo social media channels were opened for voting to be factored into the judges’ scores.
Edward Beiner has dedicated itself to providing customers a meaningful experience through several innovative initiatives including its recently launched Eyes Forward vision and the release of an exclusive collection of Edward Beiner 3D-printed eyewear.
To read about Edward Beiner and all the award finalists, click here.
VISION CHOICE AWARDS:
Throughout Vision Expo East, attendees were encouraged to stop by the Product Gallery outside the entrance to the exhibit hall, where they could check out the latest and greatest eyewear and tech products, and cast their votes for their favorite. The winners are:
Miraflex – first place
Faniel Eyewear – second place
Lunette USA, Inc. – third place
The winning voting attendee is Rachel Smith Temmer, Brookridge Eyecare. She won a $500 exhibit hall shopping spree.
Attendees voted on which booths were their picks for Most Creative Design and Best Brand Activation. The winners:
Article One -- Most Creative Booth Design
Essilor of America – Best Brand Activation
All attendees who participated in voting were entered into a $500 American Express gift card drawing. Danielle Nelson, Shippee Family Eye Care, was the winner.
To see all photos from the awards ceremonies, visit the Vision Expo East photo page here.