Best of Gourmet Honored at Atlanta Market

IMG_8774One of the most significant highlights of fall Markets was the recognition of the gourmet industry’s crème de la crème in the Best of Atlanta awards. This honor is exclusive to the annual September Market, spotlighting superior gourmet products and celebrating achievement in taste, originality and packaging.

AmericasMart invited Atlanta’s top culinary experts to judge more than 60 gourmet products for the Best of Atlanta awards. Sampling product from the permanent and temporary product centers, the team of independent judges visited the booths and showrooms to experience the product in its unique environment and interact with the creators and representatives. The judges selected winning product that excelled in distinctive tastes, innovative packaging and display in 10 individual award categories.

The winners were unveiled during the Best of Atlanta reveal on Saturday, September 11, and continued to be on display for the remainder of Market on Floor 7 in Building 1. The 2010 Best of Atlanta winners are:IMG_8808

  • Best Candy: Indianola Pecan House – Southern Praline Pecans
  • Best Chocolate: Sugar Marsh Cottage Confectionary – Bittersweet Chocolate Coastal Collection with Fleur de sel Toffee
  • Best Beverage: Raven’s Nest Specialties – Original Mulling Spice
  • Best Condiment: Mother Shucker’s – Original Cocktail Sauce
  • Best Dessert: Toffee To Go – Dark Chocolate Pecan Toffee
  • Best All Natural Product: Miss Jenny’s Pickles – Miss Jenny’s Habanero Bread & Butter Pickles
  • Best Jam/Preserve: Raven’s Nest Specialties – Raven’s Original Raspberry Jalapeño  Jam
  • Best Snack: Strawberry Patch – Vidalia Onion Grits Bits
  • Best Extra:  Oak Leaf at Belmont – Thousand Island Dressing
  • Best Soup: Plentiful Pantry – Roasted Tomato Parmesan Bisque

IMG_8816 We congratulate our winners on a spectacular showing this Market!

Pictures of all the winners can be found on the AmericasMart website and on our Facebook page.

Caravan Recommits to AmericasMart

caravanCaravan Rug has reaffirmed its commitment to Atlanta and the industry by renewing its multi-year lease at AmericasMart. After 15 years in Atlanta, Caravan has ensured its future success with the renewal of its 5,700 ft showroom on floor 4 in Building 1—the 20-floor destination for all Home products. The showroom has allowed Caravan to spotlight some of the world’s finest designs in the world’s largest collection of area rugs.

Be sure to check out Caravan at the January 2011 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market.

More details on Caravan’s renewal here.

July Market Brings an All-Star Lineup of Collegiate Products

collegeSince its debut on Floor 4 in Building 2 WestWing, the Collegiate Products Licensee Pavilion at AmericasMart has become a primary Market destination offering an expansive array of college licensed gifts, collectibles and home décor items.

This July, the Collegiate category in the Market Temporaries includes more than 250 lines of merchandise for buyers seeking to score big with unique collegiate licensed products. The temporary collection complements the Collegiate product offered throughout AmericasMart’s four-building campus in select gift, home and accessory permanent showrooms. Combined, the temporaries and permanent showrooms showcase nearly 450 individual lines of collegiate merchandise.

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a more diverse product selection than ever, including unique items such as tableware, housewares, jewelry, home décor, holiday, outdoor accessories, tailgating/picnic tables, coolers, apparel and children’s merchandise. More college colors, logos, mascots and spirit than ever!

Reach one of the most loyal customer demongraphics with the most diverse, highest quality and most unique Collegiate product offerings at AmericasMart.

For more information about the Collegiate category click here.

To find out where to score these products check your AmericasMart Buyers’ Guide, available at all registration desks.

Dimond Lighting Brightens Home Accessory Offerings at AmericasMart


Dimond Lighting is set for its grand opening at the July Market. Dimond, which has secured nearly 1,600 sq. ft. of space on Floor 12 in Building 1(12-C-7) as a permanent showroom, becomes one of the many showrooms in the HOME center that spotlights premium portable lamps, lighting and accessories for the home.

Vice president of Dimond, John Haste, believes the new showroom at AmericasMart is a strategic and necessary move for expanding this division of ELK Lighting. “We are a strong division under a well-known parent company, and are moving in the right direction to continue this growth,” says Haste. “AmericasMart offers one of the world’s largest destinations for home product, providing a unique platform for us to showcase our growing product collection.”

Additionally Dimond will now have the opportunity to be open daily between Markets, gaining further exposure to designers and retailers that need to buy outside of the set Market dates.

For more information about Dimond Lighting click here.

To View the Full announcement click here.

Market Temporaries Keep Growing for July

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This July, AmericasMart’s dynamic collections are bursting at the seams with more than 400 new companies and 29 individual categories robust in rich product and diverse offerings. These collections come together to create an all-inclusive destination for Home, Gift, Apparel, Holiday and Accessories product.temp

For an entire listing of the Market Temporaries, click here or consult the Market Magazine or Buyers’ Guide (upon arrival to Market).

Happy Chic with Jonathan Adler: Staying Trendy and True to You

JonathanAdler2Get decorating tips and ideas from the lead judge on Bravo’s “Top Design” when AmericasMart welcomes Jonathan Adler, home décor designer and author of “My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living” to the July Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market.

Adler’s design company is dedicated to bringing style, craft, joy and a general feeling of grooviness to any home. Additionally, Adler’s 12 company operated stores have grown to become an internationally recognized home and gift-oriented lifestyle showcase offering decorative objects, tabletop collections, bedding, bath accessories, candles, furniture, rugs, pillows and lighting. Learn how to keep up with new market trends while staying true to your original point of view. You can find Adler on Friday, July 16 at 2 -3 p.m. in Building 1, Floor 14, Room 14-D-9.


AmericasMart Welcomes Back Concepts International to the Area Rug Market

conceptsintlThis July AmericasMart welcomes back Concepts International in a permanent showroom located at 3-D-1 Floor 3 in Building 1. With this, Concepts International becomes part of the world’s largest collection of area rugs in one unified location.

 Concepts International will be among several others debuting  fall lines at Market. The company offers unique and innovative rugs and carpet manufactured in such places as China, India, Nepal and Europe. Concepts International has spent nearly 40 years bringing together the finest constructions and designs in order to create its area rugs.

More details can be found here.

To find out more about Concepts International click here.