ICSC announces “hot retailer” winners

Las Vegas The International Council of Shopping Centers revealed its four 2009 “Hot Retailer” award winners, at its RECon event in Las Vegas.

The annual award recognizes innovative retail concepts that are appearing in shopping centers around the world.

“ICSC is pleased to announce and award its ‘Hot Retailer Award’ to retailers that have worked hard to create products and services that drive customers to shopping centers around the world,” said Michael P. Kercheval, ICSC’s president and CEO. “These four retailers create exciting and interesting shopping experiences that contribute to the success of the shopping centers that have these stores as tenants.”

This year’s Hot Retailer awards went to Blue Jeans Bar; Edward Beiner -- Purveyor of Fine Eyewear; Fashionlogy; and OrangeCup.

Blues Jean Bar, with stores in San Francisco, Santa Monica, San Jose, Dallas, Denver and Chicago, repeats the neighborhood pub concept, featuring bars and barstools tended by “jean-tenders” who help customers find the perfect pair of jeans.

Edward Beiner is a Miami-based eyewear designer and retailer of celebrated brands and has nine locations in Florida.

Fashionology’s single store in Beverly Hills targets tweens, offering an interactive retail experience where tween girls can design and make their own clothes and accessories.

OrangeCup, founded by a group of University of Texas graduates, serves frozen yogurt in an environmentally sound and eco-friendly operation.

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