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Retail Best Practices Award LogoThe winners of the Diamond Retail Best Practices Awards (BPAs) were announced during the dinner portion of Diamond's Retailer Summit in Chicago on April 25. Dan Manser, Director of Marketing, acted as master of ceremonies.

The Diamond BPAs were established to identify and honor comic book specialty retailers that demonstrate “best practices” in their stores, thereby offering their patrons and community a consistently appealing shopping experience. All comic book and specialty hobby store retailers serviced by Diamond were invited to nominate their store for Diamond BPA consideration by submitting photos of the area(s) of their shop they wish to nominate and a written statement (of no more than 500 words) explaining why they believe their store is deserving of the award. Throughout the morning and afternoon on April 25, retailers attending the Summit were then given the opportunity to review the entries and then cast their vote.

The winner of each award are bolded below. Without further ado, drumroll, please:

BEST FACEBOOK PAGE

  • Midtown Comics – NYC, NY
  • Quality Collectables - Jasper, AL
  • Illusive Comics & Games – Santa Clara, CA
  • Space Cadets Collection – Oak Ridge North, TX
  • Challengers Comics + Conversation – Chicago, IL
  • Jesse James Comics – Glendale, AZ
  • Enchanted Grounds – Highlands Ranch, CO
  • Kings Comics – Sydney, Australia
  • Jersey’s Cards and Comics – Hampton, VA
  • Arcadian Comics & Games – Newport, KY


BEST CASH-WRAP AREA

  • Space Cadets Collection – Oak Ridge North, TX
  • Kings Comics – Sydney, Australia
  • Empire’s Comics Vault - Sacramento, CA
  • MaximuM Comics – Las Vegas, NV
  • Alternate Reality Comics – Las Vegas, NV
  • Arcadian Comics & Games – Newport, KY


BEST INTERIOR SIGNAGE

  • Midtown Comics - NYC
  • Challengers Comics + Conversation – Chicago, IL
  • Kings Comics – Sydney, Australia
  • Jersey’s Cards and Comics – Hampton, VA
  • MaximuM Comics – Las Vegas, NV
  • Up Up and Away! Comics - Cincinnati, OH
  • Arcadian Comics & Games – Newport, KY


BEST STORE SIGN

  • Midtown Comics - NYC
  • Illusive Comics & Games – Santa Clara, CA
  • Cosmic Monkey Comics – Portland, OR
  • Astro-Zombies - Albuquerque, NM
  • Jersey’s Cards & Comics -  Hampton, VA
  • Kings Comics – Sydney, Australia
  • MaximuM Comics – Las Vegas, NV
  • Zed Bee’s Comic Universe – Edenvale, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Alternate Reality Comics – Las Vegas, NV


BEST LOCAL BUSINESS CROSS PROMOTION

  • Sidekick Comics –  Columbus, IN
  • Kings Comics – Sydney, Australia
  • Up Up & Away! Comics – Cincinnati, OH
  • Atlantis Fantasyworld –Santa Cruz, CA


BEST IN-STORE GAMING AREA

  • Olympic Cards & Games – Lacey, WA
  • Space Cadets Collection – Oak Ridge North, TX
  • Jersey’s Cards & Comics -  Hampton, VA
  • Mayhem Comics and Games – Ames, IA
  • Comic Quest – Evansville, IN
  • Arcadian Comics & Games – Newport, KY

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS!