The Top 10 List: The B-52s

Legendary party band, The B-52’s, began its musical career in the mid-70’s following drinks at a Chinese restaurant in Athens, GA.  After spending the beginning of its career road tripping for multiple gigs, the band’s music soon became a list of chart-topping hits.  Although the lively band has been around for over 34 years, its unique tunes are still favorites around the world.

Fred Schneider, frontman and founding member of the B-52’s, will be paying a visit to Atlanta, GA this July during The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market.  On Friday, July 10, AmericasMart will be hosting “An Evening of Fun with  Fred Schneider of the B-52’s and DJ Vicky” on the Portman Blvd Patio. This must-see event is brought to Market by Monster Coffee.  

With the event just three short weeks away, we thought you’d want to start preparing for Fred’s visit now, so we put together a list of The B-52’s top ten hits.  Each song ranked in as follows:

1. “Love Shack” from album Cosmic Thing, released in 1989

2. “Rock Lobster” from album The B-52’s, released in 1979

3. “Roam” from album Cosmic Thing, released in 1989

4. “Private Idaho” from album Wild Planet, released in 1980

5. “52 Girls” from album Time Capsule, released in 1998

6. “Devil In My Car” from album Nude On The Moon: The B-52’s Anthology, released in 2002

7. “Mesopotamia” from the album Party Mix, released in 1991

8. “Meet The Flintstones”

9. “Planet Claire” from the album The B-52’s, released in 1979

10. “Wig” from the album Bouncing Off The Satellites, released in 1986

The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market will take place Tuesday, July 7 – Tuesday, July 14.

The Top 10 List: Hall & Oates

Hall and Oates 1Hall & Oates made history in the mid 70’s to the mid 80’s, from hit-songs to groundbreaking tunes that are still popular today.  They have sold more albums than any other musical duo in history and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.  In this day and age, popular musical artists and modern day civilians repeatedly “jam out” to Hall & Oates hits through their radios and iTunes library.  The iconic band is set to hit the stage at this year’s ICON HONORS, an event hosted by AmericasMart to honor outstanding members in the gift and home furnishings industry.  ICON Honors will take place in conjunction with The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® on Thursday, July 9.

Hall & Oates’ top ten hits have been showcased for decades, and we can’t help but wonder, which ones will be on their set list this July?  We’ll start with their list of top ten hits!

1.  “Say It Isn’t So,” released in 1981 from their album Rock and Soul Part 1, steals the number one spot.

2.  “Out Of Touch,” Hall & Oates’ last big hit, comes in at number two.

3.  The all-time favorite, “You Make My Dreams (Come True),” from album Voices, slips in as number three.

4.  “Sara Smile,” the groups first top ten hit released in 1976, takes number four.

5.  The second hit single from their album Private Eyes, “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do),” comes in at number five.

6.  “Every Time You Go Away,” from Voices in 1980, takes number six.

7.  Coming in at number seven and released in 1982, from their album H2O, is “Maneater.”

8.  “Kiss On My List” was Hall & Oates’ second Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, released in 1980.

9.  “Rich Girl,” from the album Bigger Than Both Of Us, ranks in at number nine.

10.  Lastly, “Private Eyes,” released in 1981, is the last hit on Hall & Oates top ten list.

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Secrets to Shopping AmericasMart’s HOME Category

STopolI will always remember when I first met the celebrated interior designer Stan Topol. It was during our July 2009 Gift and Home Furnishings Market, and I was brand new to AmericasMart assisting with our b.inspired home design showcase (pictures here: Within moments of our introduction I instantly felt his legendary presence. A legendary presence stemming from a highly successful interior design career beginning in New York assisting Bill Baldwin to becoming the founder of award winning Stan Topol & Associates ( based in Atlanta, Georgia. His signature work can be seen throughout America with many different avante garde individuals, companies and industries. With a solid love for Atlanta, the interior design industry, AmericasMart and ADAC, Stan is quick to share his passions and extensive knowledge of the Interior Design industry. Since our b.inspired home design showcase, Stan has brought many of his clients to our HOME showrooms (Building 1, Floors 9-14) and I have had the privilege of working with him on our upcoming exclusive event. I know that the same legendary presence that I first felt will be evident as he brings his passion and secrets to shopping AmericasMart to our January Market Walk and Talk event.

This is a “can’t miss” event if you are interested in learning how you can better use AmericasMart as an interior design resource. First, hear Stan’s tips, strategies, design solutions and inspirations. Then, he will take you on a guided tour throughout the Home floors and showrooms where he will point out some of the best designer showrooms, products and lines. You are sure to leave this event with a better understanding of the reasons why many interior designers, including the legendary Stan Topol, consider AmericasMart one of the most valuable resources in the Nation.

Friday, January 14, 2011
2:30 p.m.
All About Home: Talk and Walk with Stan Topol
Building 1, Floor 14, Seminar Room 14-D-9

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AmericasMart Unveils HD HOME This January

bed1With the success that HIGH DESIGN has established within the Market Temporaries, AmericasMart will launch HD Home (High Design Home) at the January 2011 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. HD Home will feature an exclusive juried lifestyles collection of the nation’s most inspired and design-driven home furnishings and home décor manufacturers.

A select group, made up of the industry’s most dynamic and sought-after manufacturers, have been invited to be a part of the debut of HD Home. This new juried temporary collection will be staged in the “Center Hall,” which is located in the center of floor 1 in Building 1—long recognized as the destination for HOME products. Each of the hand-selected inaugural companies will have approximately 900 sq. ft. of space to design and showcase their product offerings. The chosen designers are:chaironbluewall

  • Julian Chichester
  • Bourgeoisie 3D
  • Design Legacy by Kelly O’Neal
  • Ann Gish
  • French Laundry Home
  • Tara Shaw
  • Modern History
  • Camilla House

Each HD Home exhibitor has its own unique approach to product design, but they all share the same enthusiasm for innovation and collaboration. The collections together create a unique destination for retailers and interior designers unlike any other product center in AmericasMart’s four-building campus.

The HD Home showcase supports and enhances the design-driven home furnishings and accessories offered throughout the permanent showrooms in AmericasMart’s HOME building.

Don’t miss out on the chance to be the first to see this collection at the January Gift & Home Furnishings Market. Plus, AmericasMart is hosting an exclusive preview party co-hosted by media sponsor Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. To learn more about this event, click here. To read the entire release, click here.

January Market Jump Starts the New Year!

Fine Linens_Gerry_NicholThe  Market Temporaries—at the heart of the January 2011 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market—will start the New Year with a bang, highlighting the newest trends, latest styles, and rising stars in gift, home and apparel/accessories. With more than 31 temporary product categories and nearly 4000 booths spanning AmericasMart’s four buildings, the Temporaries is a unique buying destination for retailers and interior designers.

The New Year will bring new categories and new companies to Atlanta, including the launch of four new and newly re-branded product centers and the introduction of more than 500 new names of the 2500 companies in the Market Temporaries. Making their category debut at AmericasMart this January are HD Home, Birding & Backyard Nature, Global Designs, and Homemade Designs & Handmade Jewelry.Home_Accents_ateliers C&S_3

The Market Temporaries support and enhance the product showcased in AmericasMart’s 13 permanent product centers that also extend across its four-building campus. Together, the permanent showrooms and temporary booths produce a powerhouse for buying and selling.

Experience the first market of the year and discover what’s in store for 2011! For more information about the January Market, click here.

To read the entire release, click here.

AmericasMart Celebrates 50 Years

18273-01_smallAmericasMart Building 1, which originally opened its doors as the Atlanta Merchandise Mart in 1961, will ring in the New Year by celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2011. This anniversary marks its five-decade position as the premier destination for home furnishings, décor and accents, highlighted by the January 2011 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and Atlanta International Area Rug Market.

This landmark anniversary affirms AmericasMart’s strength and longevity and elevates Building 1 as the epicenter for an expansive HOME furnishings product mix. With the most complete product collections, the HOME building is the primary resource for retailers to discover the latest and greatest products—all in one strategically designed location.

New to the HOME collection is HD Home, making its highly anticipated debut in the Market Temporaries this January. HD Home is a juried collection of exclusive high-design home furnishings and décor, and will be showcased on the first floor in the “center hall” of the HOME building.18273-09

The comprehensive collections in the HOME center continue to attract home and gift retailers and interior designers from around the world. This January, retailers and interior designers can expect to once again discover an international HOME destination supported by 50 years of commitment and evolution.

Be part of history at the January 2011 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and Atlanta International Area Rug Market. For more information about the January Market, click here.

 To read the entire release, click here.

Holiday/Floral & Home Decor Center Blooms as January Nears

holiday.floralAs the January 2011 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market nears, AmericasMart is poised to welcome new companies and celebrate the expansion of existing showrooms throughout the 13 permanent product centers staged in its four-building campus. One major product center spanning five floors in Building 1—the Holiday/Floral & Home Décor center—is currently experiencing this growth with recent expansions, renewals and additions.

Two new companies have secured space and are set to open their first Atlanta showrooms in the Holiday/Floral & Home Décor center, enhancing the already rich product offered within the half-million sq. ft. of this category. Egyptian Museum will be staged in a showroom on floor 20 (20-D-3) in Building 1, and d. Stevens will be located on floor 18 (18-A-10).ornament

Further adding to the category momentum is the recent recommitment of two anchor showrooms in the Holiday/Floral & Home Décor product center: Accent Décor and Hill’s Imports. Accent Décor will relocate from floor 20 to 18 (18-A-23), enabling the company to more than double its current space. Hill’s Imports will now be housed on floor 17 (17-a-15)—moving from floor 19—in nearly 7,000 sq. ft of space.

ornament2The Holiday/Floral & Home Décor products, special offerings and events can be discovered on floors 16-20 of Building 1—the destination for everything HOME—this January.

To view the entire release, click here.