So much has happened during January Market! Celebrated designers Thom Filicia, Kathryn Ireland and Brad Ford presented creative ideas on myriad aspects of the business from home to tabletop to making the most of your online presence. Virginia Willis, Shaun Doty, Tyler Florence and Alton Brown cooked up all kinds of excitement in the demonstration kitchen. John Grady Burns offered great Gardens ideas. Erik Qualman taught everyone how to make better use of social media to build business. And so much more!
The good news: exhibitors report that customers are writing. They’ve stayed busy, saying stores sold out of most inventory and needed to restock. Retailers say they aren’t always buying deep, but they are buying – especially lines they know their customers want or something that catches the eye as especially new and different. The overall mood is upbeat and positive about the next retail season.
Temporaries are open until 2 p.m. on Tuesday; permanent exhibitors are open through 6 p.m. on Wednesday. There’s still plenty of time to shop.