The CHPTA is pleased to announce that the winning retailer of the prestigious gia Canada Award for 2023-2024 is Bradshaws located in Stratford, Ontario.
About the gia Awards
The CHPTA is proud to be the Canadian Sponsor of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program recognizing overall excellence, business innovation and creative merchandising in home and housewares retailing.
The gia program was created by the International Housewares Association (IHA) and The Inspired Home Show (formerly the International Home + Housewares Show) to foster innovation and excellence in home and housewares retailing throughout the world. Since the launch of gia in 2000, there have been approximately 500 gia retail award winners, from over 50 countries on six continents.
The gia competition is structured on a two-tier level, national and global, to honour independent and multiple location home and housewares retailers for excellence in several business categories:
- Overall mission statement, vision and strategy
- Store design and layout
- Visual merchandising, displays and window displays
- Marketing, advertising and promotions
- Customer service and staff training
Co-sponsoring the country-specific gia award programs with IHA are housewares associations and trade publications worldwide, which sponsor national gia programs in their respective countries. Each national gia winner is invited to The Inspired Home Show in Chicago, where the global gia jury, consisting of four experts representing Asia, Europe and the Americas, plus a rotating group of co-sponsoring trade publication editors from around the world, will select up to five gia Global Honourees and the winners of the Martin M. Pegler Award for Excellence in Visual Merchandising and the gia Digital Commerce Award for Excellence in Online Retailing.
The 2024 Inspired Home Show will be held March 17-19 at McCormick Place in Chicago where the national winners will be featured with a special display in the Grand Concourse Lobby. On Sunday, March 17, the national gia Award winners will be honoured at a gala awards dinner from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. During the gala event, the gia Global Honourees and winners of the Martin M. Pegler and gia Digital Commerce Awards will also be announced.
Bradshaws has been a family-owned Canadian business since 1895. The current owners, Carrie and Jeremy Wreford purchased the store in 2006 from Jeremy’s father, Bill Wreford, who owned and operated Bradshaws since 1975 with his wife Sharon. The business offers a wide selection of unique home and housewares products and they take great pride in achieving excellence in customer service, product knowledge and store display. Bradshaws seeks out the best value in terms of quality and price from the top brands in the industry and encourages their customers to “buy it once and buy it well” whether in-store or online.
About Carrie & Jeremy Wreford – Owners, Bradshaws
In 2006, Jeremy and Carrie relocated to Stratford from Toronto to assume ownership of Bradshaws. Jeremy brought along his experience as a Set Designer in Toronto’s commercial film industry and Carrie brought her experience working as a Graphic Designer for Roots Canada.
Together, their passion and appreciation of great design, unique products and creative store displays has helped the family business evolve with the times and progress into the future with enhancements to its’ online experience and social media presence.
Jeremy and Carrie, along with their incredible team at Bradshaws are honoured to be the recipients of the 2023-2024 gia Canada Award and appreciate the recognition of their contributions to this historic Canadian business.