Our Atlanta: Dinner and Drinks

Blake and Alexis Rayon
Owners, UnCommon Fashion, Building 3, Floor 9, 9-S119

Blake and Alexis Rayon Uncommon Fashion

Blake and Alexis Rayon
Uncommon Fashion

Blake and Alexis Rayon arrived in Atlanta five years ago on the cusp of the city’s culinary and cultural renaissance. Coming from Miami, their standards for food and fun were high. “It’s a big part of our culture,” says Blake. “We like to have a good time.” They dove into the Atlanta food scene and the rest is history. We asked them about their favorite after-market spots.

Alexis’ Mood: Afraid of Commitment

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Ponce City Market Photo: James Duckworth, Courtesy of ACVB

Ponce City Market is such a great option if you’re unsure of what you want to eat or where you want to go. Every price point, every type of food, more casual, more fine dining – it’s all there. Get a pop-tini from King of Pops or a craft beer from The Tap on Ponce. Then you can do burgers from H&F Burger or chicken from next door at Hop’s if you want super casual. Or for a mid-century throwback, head upstairs to The Mercury for swanky cocktails and a sit-down dinner.”

Blake’s Mood: Ready to Party

the Sound Table Photo: James Duckworth, Courtesy of ACVB

the Sound Table
Photo: James Duckworth, Courtesy of ACVB

“Grab dinner at Krog Street Market in Inman Park. From there, head to Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium and keep an eye out for celebrities. If you love hip hop or you love EDM, go across the street to the Sound Table. If you’re feeling hip and you want to party, go down the road to Mother. And if you really want to see Atlanta’s Dirty South go to Harold’s Chicken & Ice Bar. Right next door to that is Noni’s, which is a really fun late night spot.”

Alexis’ Mood: Chillaxing with Out-of-Towners

Piedmont Park Photo: James Duckworth, Courtesy of ACVB

Piedmont Park
Photo: James Duckworth, Courtesy of ACVB

“We always take people to Park Tavern. It has the nicest views of Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Skyline. Take a stroll around the park or check out the stunning Atlanta Botanical Garden. Then head to nearby Hobnob for drinks. Across the street, Varuni Napoli has pizza that is to die for and a shady little patio perfect for a spring day.”

Blake’s Mood: Uptown Attitude
“Head to Umi for sushi and start with drinks at the bar. These bartenders are top notch and masters of their trade. If you like highball cocktails and want to step out of your norm, ask for them to make you a Mezcal Old Fashioned. Get ready for smoky and sweet delight to roll down your tongue. Or, for something more casual, hit up Shake Shack and try the ‘Shroom Burger. It will change your life.”

Dining In
All tuckered out from Market? Blake has you covered. “What’s great about Atlanta is that you have Zifty, Postmates, Uber Eats, Amazon Restaurants. So even if you don’t want to go out, you can get amazing food from to city’s top restaurants delivered right to your hotel.” Check them out online or on the app store.


See this story, plus view a sampling of the hottest lines available at Market, in the premiere issue of Atlanta Apparel 2017. View this book in the Atlanta Apparel Book Lounge during Market or look at it online.

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Pillow Talk: Tips for Success from National Small Business Award Winner Eric and Christopher

By Adam Wisniewski

In 2012 when artists Eric Fausnacht and Christopher Kline began making canvas pillows by hand in Doylestown, PA, (about 40 miles outside Philadelphia) their basements housed the design, production and sales departments.

baby-goat_medium-pillowDuring their first six months together, Eric created the pillows’ monochromatic animal designs, while Christopher handled printing duties. After selling 1,000 pillows at regional craft fairs, the pair realized their business could scale nationally, but not from their basements.

As their eponymous company grew in sales and size, it moved production into a 7,000-square-foot facility; added tote bags, wall art and custom printing jobs to its product line; and wholesaled to customers like the L.L. Bean flagship store in Maine, The Plaza Hotel in New York City, Pine Cone Hill and the White House Historical Association. All while still making products by hand in Bucks County, PA.

The duo capped off four years of tremendous growth with the 2016 Outstanding Encore Entrepreneur Award from the national SCORE Foundation, a nonprofit network of business experts who volunteer free time and expertise to mentor small business owners.

Learning to handle that growth was one of the most important lessons Eric and Christopher took from their SCORE mentors.

“We experienced explosive growth as the business took off – 50 percent and 70 percent year-over-year,” says Christopher. “We needed to take control of it because things could have spiraled out of hand, but we learned not to be fixated on the numbers, slow down and reevaluate our positions.”

“Our mentors helped us recognize the point to invest more in equipment and people and management,” says Eric. “Christopher and I were doing everything. At some point, we had to stop doing that.”

Erpaco_chihuahua-toteic and Christopher never envisioned wholesaling would be an evolutionary force for their product line. When they first displayed at shows like The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market®, some buyers were reluctant to pull the trigger on a large order because they didn’t know if the company could fulfill that type of volume at its current size. But returning in following years and reconnecting allowed those relationships to bear fruit.

“Now our vendors ask us to expand our line,” says Eric, who describes new offerings like aprons, tea towels and other textiles. “And up to 30 percent of our business now is custom jobs. I didn’t foresee that. We are actually being approached to print yardage, and because we manufacture here in Pennsylvania, we may not be cheaper than their overseas manufacturers, but we can do smaller runs with quick turnaround to get them to market faster.”

What advice would the duo give their past selves about attending Market?

“We spend so much time and effort on the product that market often sneaks up on us,” says Christopher. “We need to set aside more time to prepare and really dig into the retail sales cycle.”

On a more practical level, Eric recalls driving his truck down from Pennsylvania stuffed to the brim to stock his first AmericasMart® booth. “I didn’t know about direct shipping or that AmericasMart could store our booth. We should have done that from the start and put extra effort into making our booth presentation more professional and clean.

“We love our products and respond to what our customers love about them,” says Eric. “People like the cleanliness, the simple images and the quality of construction. Cute, but not kitschy. Sophisticated – that is us.”


Congratulate Eric and Christopher in the newly integrated Home Accents, Home Furnishings, Fine Linens & Home Textiles and Rug collections in Building 1, Floor 7. ANTIQUES in Building 1, Floor 2 closes at 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 15. Temporaries in Buildings 1, 2 and 3, including Temps for The Atlanta International Area Rug Market® featuring The National Oriental Rug Show sponsored by ORIA are open through 2 p.m. on Monday, January 16.

The World of Rugs in Atlanta

How any retailer or designer can shop and sell rugs
by Alix G. Perachon

Only a few years ago, there was a sharp divide between items that are handmade and those that are machine made. Decorative carpets are generally designated as handknotted and flatwoven rugs, both antique and new, exhibiting classic oriental and European designs. Meanwhile, handtufted and machine made rug patterns were typically more limited.

Today’s buyer has an unparalleled choice of rugs at all price points ranging from traditional to contemporary and from handmade to machine made. Thanks to revolutionary technological advances in construction and materials, machine made area rugs now offer a level of artistry and durability that was a dream a decade ago. Hence the latest color and design trends are no longer reserved for the high-end boutique rug market, but are universal regardless of the carpet’s creation—handknotted, handtufted, flatwoven or machine made.

As the rug is the foundation of the room, what better time to learn the basics and shop at Market? Here are need-to-know decorative area rug facts to guide you as you explore the exciting January Market.

A Kaleidoscope of Color and Design

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Produced in a variety of handmade and machine woven constructions, these are among the most important area rug design types that you will view at Market:

1.Traditional: Patterns are inspired from age-old oriental designs in mainly traditional colors originating from regions including Persia, Turkey, and China including Sultanabad, Tabriz, Serapi and Oushak.

2. Transitional: Transitional rugs have been a leading force in the last five years concurrent with the casual, informal look popular in interior design. Often integrating classic and contemporary elements in the same piece, they are available in a virtually infinite range of styles. These are some of the looks falling under the transitional rug umbrella:

Oriental—Traditional oriental rug patterns—including Sultanabad, Tabriz, Serapi, Oushak, and Central Asian—exhibit a modern twist with a broad range of contemporary colors such as various shades of grey, cream, blue, and aubergine.

Ikat—Inspired from southeast Asian tie-dyed textiles, these boldly patterned rugs come in a variety of colors.

Vintage—These are generally 30-to-60-year-old oriental rugs whose colors are often chemically washed to create a more subdued “shabby chic” effect. There are also reproduction vintage-style rugs.

Over-dyed—These can be vintage pieces or reproductions that have been “over-dyed” in mainly vivid colors—including neon greens, oranges, purples, and electric blues. Patterns are often intentionally partly “erased” to create a distinctive offbeat look.

3. Moroccan: Ranging from the authentic handcrafted nomadic pieces from Morocco to reproductions, Moroccan-style carpets are characterized by ivory, brown, black, and multicolored backgrounds with geometric motifs including squares, oblongs and diamonds.

4. Contemporary: These rugs range from subdued monochromatics to graphic geometrics and florals. Avant-garde designs—including painterly impressionist and cubist patterns have revolutionized the area rug repertoire. The finest pieces are considered modern works of art in their own right—generally handknotted or handwoven in all-natural materials such as wool and silk—but cost a fraction of contemporary paintings. While Nepal has been at the forefront of contemporary rugs, other countries of production are now also involved.

Texture, Texture and More Texture
Texture, rather than pattern, plays a key role in determining the beauty of many contemporary carpets. Traditionally, decorative rugs were mainly either pile (e.g., handknotted, handtufted, and power-loomed) or flatwoven by hand or machine. Now an impressive array of construction techniques, often combined in the same piece, create sophisticated textural effects. For instance, “high low” rugs feature a combined pile and flatweave construction where the design is raised pile and the ground is flatwoven. Subtle textural variations are also obtained with a variety of cut and loop pile techniques.

Tonal rugs’ exquisite subtlety is achieved through techniques including the artful shading of hues, known as abrash, which creates richness and depth. Moreover, natural silk or silk-like materials (e.g., bamboo and banana silks and viscose) often accent specific areas or are blended with other materials, such as wool, to create a more lustrous effect. Additional materials used to produce textural effects include aloe, linen, and jute. Never before has there been a more exciting time to shop for decorative rugs. Now it’s your turn to discover what’s making the area rug market tick.

Vibrant New Home for Rug Temps
During The Atlanta International Area Rug Market® featuring the National Oriental Rug Show sponsored by ORIA, buyers have the opportunity to explore collections from a broad spectrum of exhibitors. In addition to the showroom offerings, the temporary exhibits have a new home on Floor 7 of Building 1. Proximity to some of the top home accents, furnishings, linens and textiles companies in the industry creates a unique synergy.

“Locating our area rug temporaries so close to our home temporaries creates a seamless buying experience. Our rug temps have long been a staple of savvy home buyers, and now they can shop and source these exhibitors even more conveniently,” says Kevin Malkiewicz, vice president of leasing for AmericasMart.

Retailers and designers can conveniently source a variety of exceptional rugs from across the globe as they shop other categories. “As the floor is often the first thing the eye notices when you enter a room, decorative rugs are a key element in interior design,” says Alix Perrachon, principal of Alix Unlimited, LLC. “Decorating has never been easier thanks to your ability to select rugs from a dazzling array of styles and price points, all conveniently located in one building at AmericasMart together with the latest in home accents, furnishings, and linens collections.”

The Atlanta International Area Rug Market® featuring the National Oriental Rug Show sponsored by ORIA runs Wednesday, January 11 – Sunday, January 15, 2017. The Temporaries are open in Building 1, Floor 7 from Thursday, January 12 –  Monday, January 16 and select showrooms on Floors 3 – 6 are open through Tuesday, January 17.


Acknowledgment: The author would like to thank Reza Momeni of Momeni, Inc. and Alex Peykar of Nourison for their invaluable information.

Alix G. Perrachon is a writer, speaker, and consultant in the rug industry to the interior design trade. She is the author of The Decorative Carpet—Fine Handmade Rugs in Contemporary Interiors published by The Monacelli Press/Random House, the only book to feature rugs from the decorative standpoint, and of countless articles on oriental and decorative weavings and antiques. An ASID CEU-certified speaker, she has lectured on decorative rugs all over the country. She was an international judge for the Carpet Design Awards in Hanover, Germany and moderated the decorative rug panel at the Architectural Digest Design Show/New York Times Design Series in 2016.

An Interior Designer’s Guide to Shopping at AmericasMart

Welcome to January Market! See Brian Patrick Flynn’s take on the top tips for interior designers shopping at AmericasMart—they’re sure to come in handy for your Market week.

More Quick Tips for Market

  • Download and use the AmericasMart app. It’s the Market must-have and a FREE buyer tool that allows you to search for exhibitors, lines, categories, events and more, navigate campus by buildings and floors, and easily access your customizable Market Plan.
  • Study the color-coded building schematic in the Atlanta Buyer’s Guide (pick one up at Registration) and match your purchase plan to the categories and floors.
  • First time to Market? Whether you are an interior designer or retail buyer, we invite you to attend one of the New Buyer Breakfast orientations with our Retail Services team for help with anything you need: Thursday, January 12 – Saturday, January 14, 2017, from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. in the Building 3, Floor 11, Buyer’s Lounge, 11-W359.

Note: Information presented in this video is subject to change at any time. Visit AmericasMart.com for current policies, registration requirements and general information. 

Quick Bites

The Fiesta Dinnerware Demonstration Kitchen will be teeming with mouthwatering aromas, flavorful bites and divine drinks from Atlanta’s top chefs and mixologists at January Market beginning tomorrow.

See what our roster of culinary experts have to say as we get up close and personal and make sure to add their events to your Market Plan.


Wednesday, January 11  |  Noon
Coastal Appetizers
Presented by Chef Amanda Egidio of Big Green Egg Culinary Center

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Chef Amanda Egidio

Favorite Atlanta restaurant/bar other than your own?
Houston’s, Venkman’s.

What dish/drink or three words best sums up Atlanta’s food scene?
Farm to table.

Top cooking tip?
Cook with love, enjoy the journey.

Favorite ingredient, food, dish or cocktail?
Coconut.

 

What’s your can’t-live-without-it cooking tool?
Pitt Mitts for my Big Green Egg.

What food trend/ingredient do you see on the horizon?
Grilling/wood fire authentic cooking.


Thursday, January 12  |  Noon
Cajun Creations & Cocktails
Presented by Chef Cooper Miller of Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall and Mixologist Stephanie Marville of Venkman’s

Cooper Miller

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Chef Cooper Miller

Favorite Atlanta restaurant/bar other than your own?
Ticonderoga Club

What dish/drink or three words best sums up Atlanta’s food scene?
On the rise.

Top cooking tip?
Simplicity.

Favorite ingredient, food, dish or cocktail?
Northern Chinese.

What’s your can’t-live-without-it cooking tool?
Japanese mandolin.

What food trend/ingredient do you see on the horizon?
Gourmet rotisserie.

Stephanie Marville

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Mixologist Stephanie Marville

Favorite Atlanta restaurant/bar other than your own?
Umi, La Tavola, Varuni Napoli.

What dish/drink or three words best sums up Atlanta’s food scene?
Growth, energetic, comforting.

Top cooking/cocktail tip?
Prep!

Favorite ingredient, food, dish or cocktail?
Amaro. It adds a unique depth of flavor to any cocktail but can also be enjoyed on its own.

 

What’s your can’t-live-without-it cooking/cocktail tool?
A GOOD wine key. It’s versatile and you’ll be surprised how often it comes in handy.

What food trend/ingredient do you see on the horizon?
Culinary techniques being implemented in prep for craft cocktails.


Saturday, January 14  |  Noon
Compliments of the Chef
Presented by Chef Jomo Morris and Chef Lasheeda Perry, Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta and Bar Margot

Jomo Morris

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Chef Jomo Morris

Favorite Atlanta restaurant/bar other than your own?
Holeman and Finch Public House

What dish/drink or three words best sums up Atlanta’s food scene?
Eat what you crave.

Top cooking tip?
Taste your food.

Favorite ingredient, food, dish or cocktail?
Everything pork.

What’s your can’t-live-without-it cooking tool?
Gray Kunz spoon and Y shaped peeler.

What food trend/ingredient do you see on the horizon?
Gochujang.

Lasheeda Perry

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Chef Lasheeda Perry

Favorite Atlanta restaurant/bar other than your own?
Tuk Tuk

What dish/drink or three words best sums up Atlanta’s food scene?
Rustic, Southern and flavorful.

Top cooking tip?
Lemon is the salt of baking and pastry.

Favorite ingredient, food, dish or cocktail?
Bourbon.

What’s your can’t-live-without-it cooking tool?
Offset spatula.

What food trend/ingredient do you see on the horizon?
Back to the basics.

Anything else you’d like to share?
I am new to Atlanta, but I am ready to explore and to join the group of amazing chefs here in Atlanta.


Saturday, January 14  |  4 p.m.
Tavern Fare With a Southern Flair
Presented by Chef Mark Nelson of HOBNOB and Chef Nick Anderson of Ormsby’s

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Chef Mark Nelson

Favorite Atlanta restaurant/bar other than your own?
BoccaLupo

What dish/drink or three words best sums up Atlanta’s food scene?
Bourbon, craft beer, fresh ingredients.

Top cooking tip?
Don’t be afraid to season your food. Always add the seasoning at the end and taste before adding more. Most food is under seasoned.

Favorite ingredient, food, dish or cocktail?
My all-time favorite ingredient is octopus.

What’s your can’t-live-without-it cooking tool?
My small immersion blender.

What food trend/ingredient do you see on the horizon?
Asian buns are definitely a trend that chefs are playing with right now, doing non-Asian applications.

Anything else you’d like to share?
Chefs and kitchen staff work extremely hard in hot, fast paced environments. Show them some love when they get it right.

Nick Anderson

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Chef Nick Anderson

Favorite Atlanta restaurant/bar other than your own?
Taiyo Ramen in Decatur

Top cooking tip?
Don’t over complicate it.

Favorite ingredient, food, dish or cocktail?
Salt and Thai basil.

What’s your can’t-live-without-it cooking tool?
My butcher’s steal.

What food trend/ingredient do you see on the horizon?
Well prepared, simple and easy food.


Hungry for more? Check out all of the tasty cooking events, as well as many workshops and parties happening during Market at AmericasMart.com/Events.

Chef demonstrations sponsored by Atlanta Magazine.

Up Close & Personal With Industry Tastemakers

From a breathtaking party spread to being featured in the hottest magazines, have you ever wondered how they do it?

Meet the authors behind your favorite books on design, home décor, and entertaining with style at the Author’s Corner book signings January 10 – 17 during The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market®. Complimentary cappuccino will also be available.

Author’s Corner & Espresso Lounge  |  Building 1, Floor 2, 2-A-15

Thursday, January 12
Tracery: The Art of Southern Design by Paige Sumblin Schnell
2 – 2:30 p.m.

Paige Sumblin Schnell, owner of Tracery, is a celebrated interior designer with a penchant for creating distinctive homes with gracious comfort, timeless elegance and an undeniable contemporary point of view. With an eye for detail and a keen understanding of each client’s desires, Paige brings welcoming and sophisticated spaces to life.

Thursday, January 12
Picture Perfect Parties by Annette Joseph
3 – 3:30 p.m.

Annette Joseph is the entertaining expert for the Today Show and Better Homes and Gardens. Her motto: Make it simple and make it gorgeous! Her book, Picture Perfect Parties, provides an arsenal of tricks for a year’s worth of get-togethers, holidays, and special occasions, combining down-to-earth gusto with do-it-yourself brilliance to create an entertaining cookbook for people who want to entertain more and with panache.

Thursday, January 12
Tree of Treasures by Bonnie Mackay
5 – 5:30 p.m.

Bonnie Mackay’s annual Christmas tree showcases a lifetime collecting almost 3,000 ornaments. Her beautifully illustrated book, Tree of Treasures, highlights the heartfelt stories behind a hundred of those cherished possessions, illuminating how ornaments, as we unpack and hang them each holiday season, tell the story of our lives.

Friday, January 13
Recipe for Press by Amy Flurry
2 – 2:30 p.m.

Amy Flurry is a seasoned editor of 15 years and has contributed to magazines and online publications. Her book, Recipe for Press, represents her unique ability to share how to create fruitful relationships with media influencers and score valuable press. The book is a “how-to-be-your-own-publicist” guide to all of the information a seasoned editor wants to share with you before you pitch your story.

Friday, January 13
Timeless Style by Suzanne Kasler
3:30 – 4 p.m.

Suzanne Kasler is renowned for designing welcoming surroundings replete with charm and grace. European sensibility, pretty palettes, and masterful use of architectural elements are the hallmarks of her iconic aesthetic. Lavishly illustrated, Timeless Style is the beautiful second volume of her work, profiling a range of Kasler’s recent residential successes.

Saturday, January 14
Gracious Rooms by Barbara Westbrook
2 – 2:30 p.m.

In Gracious Rooms, Barbara Westbrook, the South’s most inviting designer, sets out her principles for creating a house rich with both polish and patina. Walking the reader through a dozen stunning homes—light-filled lake retreats, contemporary houses, and historic mansions—Westbrook shares her accessible, appealing ideas.

Learn more about these events as well as many others featuring industry leaders at AmericasMart.com/Events.

PANTONE Color of the Year 2017: Greenery

Today, PANTONE announced its Color of the Year for 2017: Greenery.

“A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings,” according to the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries.

At AmericasMart, we’re also seeing Greenery – in home furnishings, home accents, gifts, tabletop and more.

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How can you use Greenery in your designs or store? Check out our trend report “Tropical Escape” in the January 2017 edition of the AmericasMart Magazine, arriving to your stores, homes and offices this month.

Get an inside glimpse into the selection of the PANTONE Color of the Year and learn more about key color trends for 2017 — where they are coming from, why they are happening and where they are headed in the future — from Laurie Pressman, vice president of the PANTONE Color Institute in a presentation “Home 2017: At a Crossroads for Color + Design” on Friday, January 13 at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market.