Home furnishings and design source Be Made Mercantile in Hays, Kansas has been named one of Home Accents Today’s 50 Retail Stars for 2018 by editors of the premier trade magazine for the home accents industry.

The 50 Retail Stars list, sponsored by AmericasMart Atlanta, publishes each year in Home Accents Today’s May issue. Members of the home furnishings industry are invited to suggest stores, and retailers are encouraged to submit information describing their businesses. This year’s list was compiled and narrowed down by research analysts and Thomas Lester, Home Accents Today’s business editor.

Be Made Mercantile is owned by mother and daughter, Susan Karlin and Jordan Ottley, and is located at 801 Main Street.

The Retail Stars list, now in its 14th year, recognizes independent brick-and-mortar retailers of home accents — including furniture stores and interior design boutiques — that merchandise creatively, have a positive presence in their local communities and stand out from the competition.

“Home Accents Today’s 2018 Retail Stars list showcases some of the best independent home décor and home furnishings retailers in the country,” said Thomas Lester, Home Accents Today’s business editor. “They are rising above the challenges of an ever-changing retail environment and are raising the bar for their innovations in marketing and merchandising strategies, customer service and community contributions. This annual honor recognizes their skills, hard work and dedication, and should serve as a reminder to us all to support local businesses.”