Like? Try love. That’s the sentiment from the Rosen Group, publishers of Niche Magazine to Fondren’s circa. URBAN ARTISAN LIVING. The national fine art gallery and retail magazine honored circa. as their top retailer in the social networking or viral marketing category in awards announced this week. circa.’s extensive use of Facebook and Twitter to promote their latest offerings and openings has now been recognized nationally and owners Craig & Michele Escude couldn’t be more thrilled. “We are deeply honored by this award,” Craig Escude said.” To win national recognition after being open for such a short time and for simply doing what we love is phenomenal. We could not do it without the support of our business community, circa.staff, artisans and, most of all, our of customers.” Opened in October 2010, circa. describes their store as American ingenuity with a splash of urban coolness.

Congratulations are also in order for Julia Daily, Executive Director, Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, for receiving the American Style Honor Award from Niche. The Craftsmen’s Guild operates a satellite retail location in the Fondren Corner Building.

The NICHE Awards is the highest recognition for both production and limited-edition craft works made in the United States and Canada. Published by The Rosen Group, NICHE magazine was founded for the purpose of connecting art galleries and craft retailers with the finest wholesale crafts, handmade gifts and decorative art objects made in artist studios.

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