Baltimore, MD, educator Laura Braly named national winner of 2017 Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest and “Teacher of the Year”

Baltimore, MD, Educator Receives Praise from Student, Awarded $10,000 to Share with Dulaney High School

NEW YORK, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today (June 6, 2017) named Laura Braly from Dulaney High School in Baltimore, MD, as the 2017 national winner and “Teacher of the Year” in the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest. Ms. Braly, an eleventh grade Paramedical Biology teacher, was nominated by her former student, high school senior Randy Davidson, and was chosen from more than 9,000 entries at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide.

From January 2017 to March 2017, Barnes & Noble invited students to nominate their favorite teacher by writing essays, poems or thank you letters that share how their teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire their teacher. Entries were accepted at Barnes & Noble stores, and were judged on the compelling nature of the teacher’s qualities, the sincerity of the student’s appreciation and the quality of expression and writing.

“The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher contest is one of our many ways that we continue to show our dedication to serving educators,” said Tracy Vidakovich, Vice President, Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “We believe in recognizing educators for the work that they do, and this contest gives us a chance to celebrate thousands of teachers each year. This year, we are pleased to present the Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year award to Ms. Laura Braly, whose commitment to her students is reflected in Randy Davidson’s inspiring essay.”

Randy wrote, “Transitioning from middle to high school happens during one of the most impressionable times in a student’s life. My family and I found ourselves ‘residentially-challenged’ during my freshman year. While peers were meeting new friends and planning homecoming, I was wondering where our next meal would come from or whether we’d find change to wash clothes. Homelessness is a humbling experience. Thankfully, we persevered. Unfortunately, my grades didn’t fare so well and I was ready to give up…

“Until my junior year, no one cared to get to know the real me. But then I met you, (Laura Braly), my ‘academic ghostbuster’ of sorts! Enrolling in your Paramedical Biology class was the best decision I’ve made. You got me to open up. You saw my true potential and refused to let me hide it any longer… At the risk of sounding cliché, you have to know that you changed my life. It’s because of you that I am now a straight-A student and have been offered admission to my favorite university… Everyone needs a hero. You are mine.”

Along with the title of “Teacher of the Year,” Ms. Braly will receive $5,000 and was recognized at a special community celebration at her school on May 30. Ms. Braly’s school will also receive $5,000.

Ms. Braly said, “It’s truly an honor to be recognized by Barnes & Noble as Teacher of the Year. I cannot thank them or Randy Davidson enough for this award. As a teacher, you encounter many students throughout your career and you hope to make an impact on as many of them as possible. Having one of those students, like Randy, come back and thank you for inspiring and educating them is a reward like no other.”

About Barnes & Noble
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About the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Program

The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher program provides middle and high school students with the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers. Teachers from Grades 1-12 are eligible for nomination. Awards for local and regional winners included prizes for the teachers, including NOOKs® and more.

The My Favorite Teacher Contest runs from January to March. Details on the contest rules can be found at

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Alan McNamara
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379

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Nordstrom to open Nordstrom Rack within The Shops at Canton Crossing in Baltimore, Maryland

SEATTLE, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) announced today (Feb. 15, 2017 ) plans to open a Nordstrom Rack within The Shops at Canton Crossing in Baltimore, Maryland. The approximately 32,500-square-foot store is scheduled to open in spring 2019. The Shops at Canton Crossing is a 325,000 square foot retail shopping center located on 3501 Boston Street.

Nordstrom Rack joins more than thirty existing retailers and restaurants such as Target, Harris Teeter, DSW, Ann Taylor Loft, Old Navy and ULTA. The store opening will coincide with the completion of the Phase II section of The Shops at Canton Crossing, a 90,000 square foot addition that is expected to begin construction this November. The Shops at Canton Crossing fronts on Boston Street and is bordered by S. Baylis Street on the west and S. Haven Street to the east. The shopping center is located one-half mile from Boston Street Exit off Interstate 95.

“We look forward to adding a Nordstrom Rack at Canton Crossing – a more convenient location for customers who live and work closer to downtown,” said Karen McKibbin, president of Nordstrom Rack. “We’re excited to bring the great Rack brands our customers expect at great prices when we open our doors in 2019.”

The new store will be the sixth Nordstrom Rack in Maryland and first in Baltimore. Nordstrom also operates four full-line stores in the state, and began serving Maryland customers in 1991 with its store within Montgomery Mall in Bethesda.

“The Shops at Canton Crossing features more national retailers than any other shopping center venue in Baltimore City, and the addition of Nordstrom Rack will provide downtown residents, employees and visitors another highly-respected and recognized brand,” explained Mark Sapperstein of 28 Walker Development. “The shopping center has succeeded by providing retail offerings that match the demographic profile of new City residents, and shifting shopping habits that previously drew consumers to suburban-area malls and centers. Nordstrom Rack provides another powerful reason to visit The Shops at Canton Crossing and furthers our goal of creating an everyday shopping destination within Baltimore City’s eastern core.”

Nordstrom Rack is the off-price retail division of Nordstrom, Inc., offering customers a wide selection of on-trend apparel, accessories and shoes at an everyday savings of 30-70 percent off regular prices. Nordstrom Rack merchandise, available at Rack stores and at, comes from Nordstrom stores, as well as specially purchased items from many of the top brands available at Nordstrom. The Rack is designed to provide the ultimate treasure hunt to style-savvy customers.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 349 stores in 40 states, including 123 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 215 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

About The Shops at Canton Crossing
The Shops at Canton Crossing is a project of BCP Investors, a partnership comprised of local developers including Mark Sapperstein of 28 Walker Development; Doug Schmidt and Neil Tucker of Workshop Development; and David Strouse of Birchwood Capital Partners. For additional information, visit

Jessica Canfield
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-4250

Larry Lichtenauer
Lawrence Howard & Associates, Inc.
(410) 363-6205

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.