Winnipeg jeweller named RCC’s Independent Retailer of the Year
Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has announced that Diamond Gallery is the winner of the Excellence in Retail Awards (ERA) 2017 Independent Retailer of the Year Award.
RCC’s Independent Retail Ambassador of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of a local independent retailer to his or her community. The recipient is recognized as a visionary, an innovator, and as an integral part of the community that his or her business serves.
“Diamond Gallery is an exceptional retailer who is as well known for its remarkable craftsmanship of custom heirloom jewelley as it is for its outstanding commitment to its customers and community,” says Diane J. Brisebois, president and CEO of RCC. “We are so proud to honour Diamond Gallery with this award, as they embody the true spirit of entrepreneurship and community service and are a genuine ambassador of the retail industry.”
Diamond Gallery joins a long line of passionate merchants from across Canada who have received the ERA Independent Retailer of the Year Award, including Rocky Mountain Soap Company, Reckless Bike Stores, Amos Pewter, That Pro Look, Cuckoo’s Nest, and Korry’s Clothiers for Gentlemen.
The Independent Retailer of the Year Award will be presented to Diamond Gallery at Retail Council of Canada’s Excellence in Retailing in Retailing Awards Gala on May 30, 2017 at the Toronto Congress Centre from 6:15pm to 8:30pm EST. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.retailawards.ca/tickets.
The Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala will complete the end of the first day of STORE 2017, Canada’s biggest and most important retail conference. This event will feature over 80 speakers and attract over 2000 retail leaders from across North America. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.storeconference.ca/tickets.
About Diamond Gallery
Established in 1992 by Allan and Anita Malbranck, Winnipeg’s Diamond Gallery is dedicated to a world-class customer experience in crafting heirloom jewellery. They concentrate on handcrafting Canadian custom designs in 95 per cent recycled gold and platinum fused with ethically sourced gemstones. In 2009, they erected what is believed to be North America’s first sustainable geo-thermal professional building to house a jewellery store. The innovative architectural space is well-balanced by the family-owned, down to earth approach and old-fashioned customer service. Proud to know most clients on a first name basis, the Malbrancks are humbled by their many client referrals and glowing reviews. The Diamond Gallery was the first Canadian jewellery store featured as one of America’s Coolest jewellery stores in 2010, and was the inaugural recipient of the Canadian Independent Jeweller of the Year Award in 2013, in addition to other regional awards. For more information, visit www.diamond-gallery.com
About the Malbranck Family
Co-owners Allan, Anita and Lisa Malbranck enthusiastically support their community by working with local charities and non-for-profit organizations. They support Winnipeg’s strong cultural and arts scene, have sat on local board of directors, and host in-store events such as an annual Mother’s Day infant formula drive. Daughter Lisa, a third generation jeweller, is an advocate for supporting local storefronts .
“Local shops and boutiques help contribute to the charm of what makes the many Winnipeg neighbourhoods unique,” she adds. Lisa was listed as Manitoba’s 100 most fascinating people in 2015, and named in CBC Manitoba’s 40 under 40 in 2016.