In 1999 Sur La Table was the recipient
of the "American Retail Excellence" award
from the National Retail Federation Foundation in recognition
of innovation, sustained excellence and best professional
practices. In 2000 Sur La Table was named "Global
Retail Innovator for Independent American Retailers"
by National Housewares Manufacturers Association and
the Gourmet Retailer, and the "Global gia (Global
Innovator Award) Honoree" for excellence in housewares
merchandising at the International Housewares Show.
Ernst & Young named Carl and Renée Behnke
"Pacific Northwest's Year 2000 Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur of the Year in Retail/Consumer Products."
On January 18, 2005, the second annual
Housewares Design Awards, presented by HomeWorld Business,
awarded Sur La Table “Merchandising Excellence
in the Cookware & Bakeware category”. Retail
honorees were chosen based on their commitment to presenting
innovative products and the creativity of their display
and merchandising techniques. Honorees were selected
by HomeWorld Business editors.