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  • RETAILER AWARD

    Ashland's Paddington Station takes top national prize

  • Paddington Station, an Ashland gift store owned by Pam and Don Hammond, took home top honors for Store Events in a national competition.
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  • Paddington Station, an Ashland gift store owned by Pam and Don Hammond, took home top honors for Store Events in the
    Retailer Excellence Awards competition hosted by Gifts and Decorative Accessories magazine in New York.
    The award was presented to Pam Hammond in front of a large gathering of the gift trade industry at the 63rd annual Retailer Excellence Awards Gala. She was joined on the awards stage by her daughter Kelly and son Nick, who are both involved in the business.
    Paddington Station was recognized for its yearlong celebration of its 40th anniversary, which included a series of events, including monthly themed events in collaboration with other local businesses. The series was organized by toy buyer and assistant floor manager Stefanie Nagata. There were also three larger store celebrations.
    In presenting the award, it was noted that, “Store events are not just about selling, but valuing customers and the community and having a little bit of fun to boot.”
    Established in 1917, Gifts and Decorative Accessories magazine is a trade publication for independent specialty retailers in the gift, stationery and home decor industry. The Retailer Excellence Awards were established in 1951 to honor outstanding creative retailers
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