HD Home Opened Thursday

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The newest destination for the best in high-end home furnishings and accessories debuted on Thursday at AmericasMart Atlanta. HD Home invited the the most dynamic, sought-after manufacturers in the industry to be part of this exciting juried temporary collection. Make it a premier destination during your time at Market – you’ll be glad you did!

HD Home Collection is in the Center Hall on Floor 1 of Building 1. It’s open January 14-17 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and January 18 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

AmericasMart Recognizes Visual Excellence and Grand Opening, Expansion and Relocation of Showrooms this July

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This past week at the July 2010 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and Atlanta International Area Rug Market, AmericasMart celebrated the opening, expansion and relocation of 84 permanent showrooms with ribbon cutting ceremonies. Additionally, 33 individual showrooms and 18 temporary booths—including one spectacular Best of Show Booth—were honored with AmericasMart’s coveted Visual Display Award for outstanding visual creativity, use of space, product placement, signage, flooring and lighting.

Congratulations to all of our winners and new showrooms!

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To find out more about the Visual Display Award Winners and showrooms that were acknowledged for their grand opening, expansion or relocation of space please click here.

6th Annual Designers Luncheon: Exclusively Here this July

Luncheon2AmericasMart Atlanta is teaming up with ASID, IFDA, IDS and Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles to host “Tools for Making Money in a Rising Economy” during the July Market.

Meet top designer associations, connect with professional contacts and peers and establish new relationships all in one day. Throughout the day experts will be discussing enlightening strategies to increase your clientele, including:
*Ways to increase online visibility through social media;
*Marketing with precision color visuals;
*Capitalizing on the design industry’s booming new business.

Also at Market, IDS National President, Margi Kyle, will be speaking on ways to wow clients.Luncheon1

The 6th Annual Designers Summer Luncheon is full of inspiring tools for making money and building business.  Lunch will be provided by AmericasMart, and guests will be able to shop the Buildings throughout Market.

Friday, July 16
Building 1, Floor 14
9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

RSVP is preferred, please contact Tasha Robinson, 404.220.2435 or trobinson@americasmart.com.

ACME Studio Celebrates 25th Anniversary at July Market

ACMEStudio22010 marks ACME Studio’s 25th year in business, and they are celebrating here at Market this July. From the start, ACME has been completely immersed in providing products of the highest quality and integrity with the aesthetics of the world’s most recognized designers, architects and artists.

Each year, ACME continues to add to their already impressive roster of designers and celebrates their anniversary with the debut of a new collection: “STILETTO,” For Women by Women. For this collection, ACME took a new feminine approach to filling a void in the market place that no other pen manufacturer has yet considered. They will be debuting this collection and other product in the High Design juried category within the Market Temporaries.ACMEStudio1

Having worked with names such as Karim Rashid, Campana Brothers, Eames and Michael Graves, owners Adrian Olabuenaga and Lesley Bailey are highly recognized and valued. When asked about his feelings towards ACME and their accomplishment of 25 years, architect Michael Graves says, “For nearly 25 years we’ve enjoyed a spirited collaboration with ACME Studios as a design partner for numerous products. As design leaders, Lesley Bailey and Adrian Olabuenaga are extraordinarily tuned into the popular culture and have provided the design team with countless opportunities to stretch their design vocabulary.  We congratulate ACME on their 25 years of inspiring design leadership.”

Even after 25 years, Adrian mentions, “No matter how long we do this, it always feels like we’re just getting started.”

Lesley Bailey is coming in from Hawaii for Market. You can catch her and her dynamic product Thursday – Monday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in booth W1-0211.

Find more details about celebrated events like ACME here.

Upbeat and Positive Vibe

tempssunSo 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 tempsun2out 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.

From Top to Bottom, Accessories Sell

It’s no secret that accessories are one of the best options in a tough sales market. They turn quickly with higher margins. Shoes sell in any season – especially trendy looks. Look for interesting options to complement your apparel lines or add new lines to drive impulse buys. Options abound to suit every customer profile in October in the Temporaries on Floor 5.

Jackson stone UPemCheck out all the lines for Accessories and Shoes: Abel Trading, Aerosols, Alegria, Amo by Amanda, Anthony Alexander, Artistic Expressions, Athena Alexander, Bamboo Style, Bass Lakota blackemFootwear, Barrett House, Bed Stu, Bonnie Leigh Accessories, Bronx & Diba, Brown Shoe Company, Fergie, Caro’s Jewelry, Ken’s Handcrafted Jewelry, Cheng’s Boutique, Clay Cox and Assoc., Consolidated, Crown Pearls, Cugly, Dia Lynn Jewelry, Ethel & Myrtle, Eye Design, Fashionatia, Frye, Honey Bee Ftwear, Italian Shoe Makers, Izabella, Jack Roger Shoes, Jamie Lynn Designs, Jazzd, Jim Luckie, Jimmy Crystal, Josephine in Vegas, Kelsi Dagger footwear, Koolaburra, Lalo Treasures by African Express, Lynn Davis Designs, Magic Scarf Co, Major Fashion, Marc Joseph, Meda Import Export, Mukluk,Queenieem Nakamol Designs, Naughty Monkey, Nikita Lynn Designs, Nima Accessories, Oka B, Olem, Oro Bonito, Peacock International, Poetic License, Poo Pouri, Pretty Persuasions, Rampage footwear, Report footwear, Restricted, S & J International, Sam Edelman, Seasons Jewelry, Seychelles, Sisi Amber, Sue Cox, Sugar, Susan Shaw, Suzy Shaw Berardo, Volatile, VSA Accessories, Yellow Box and Zigi NY.

We also have a new cash & carry temporary area on Floor 5. A few of our cash and carry exhibitors are Rant & Rave, L& B Creations, Jack E Ohs, Luxury Eyewear, Harrison Scott, Dia Lynn Designs, Buddha Happy, Golden Triangle and Abel Trading. Great finds in great lines to take with you to fill in inventories until your orders arrive.

True Grits: One Woman’s AmericasMart Success Story

For 22 years, Diane Pfeifer, creator of popular Grits Bits,  has  called AmericasMart Atlanta her Market home. Her story begins the day after her honeymoon in 1988, at a January Atlanta Apparel grits bits 1rMarket. While she was helping her sister-in-law with ajewelry line, she was introduced to the place where she’d bring her own company, Strawberry Patch.

Over more than two decades, Pfeifer has some incredible memories at AmericasMart. Her first daughter Jennica came to a show at only 9 days old and even took her first steps down an apparel aisle. Now 20 years old, Jennica works Markets when she’s home from college.

Professionally, Pfeifer debuted her all-grits cookbook, “Gone with the Grits” at AmericasMart in 1992,  in the Stationery Temps using only a crayon colored mock-up. On a whim, she displayed it in Gourmet Temps and after booming results, she’s maintained a booth there ever since.

grits bits 2Pfeifer’s story started back in St. Louis, where she was born and raised. She credits not being southern as the reason she  thinks of so many different grits recipes. The book was inspired after she joked in a Hollywood sushi bar that southerners made their sushi with grits instead of rice, which sparked the idea of creating a fun, all-grits cookbook. The next morning in an L.A. cafe, she was writing recipe ideas when she heard someone trying to order grits. She laughingly told the customer what she was working on, and he asked if he could sit with her. The patron turned out to be Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band, and they shared a two-hour breakfast, which ultimately led to the creation of her cookbook. That book recently topped a million copies sold.

On the advice of some AmericasMart buyers 10 years ago, she invented Grits Bits, bite-size cheese snacks and cookies baked with grits. The four flavors are a big hit in southern gourmet and bridal baskets, airport and hotel shops, and gourmet/gift shops.

Thanks to her inspiration, consumers who can’t buy grits just anywhere can at least cook them or enjoy a quick grits snack no matter where they live. Check out http://www.GritsBits.com for more information.

Thanks to her inspiration, consumers who can’t buy grits just anywhere can at least cook them or enjoy a quick grits snack no matter where they live.