Atlanta Apparel Bustling With Engergy on Day 1

Feb11_LogoThe February 2011 Atlanta Apparel Market is officially open and is already bustling with energy! With giveaways, fast-paced daily fashion shows and thousands of retail buyers eager to stock up for spring, Atlanta Apparel is off to a great start.  Buyers are being welcomed by a dynamic mix of fresh, trendy spring looks in apparel, accessories and shoes this Market.

Offering up the best of the best in glittering jewelry, fresh colors and exclusive styles, exhibitors are glowing as they buyers shop in their unique showroom and temporary booth environments.

Plus, the events started today! The Daily Strut jumpstarted Market with its trendy hightlights, and the Light-Up Lip Gloss Giveaway generated thousands of smiles that illuminated Building 3.

There’s more to come tomorrow! Don’t miss The Style Runway Fashion Show tomorrow evening–preceding the cocktail party at 5:45 on Floor 2. You don’t want to miss this exclusive showcase of next season’s hottest trends, headlined by Judith March.

Skye Showroom Celebrates Grand Opening with a Blowout Party at Market

agaveSkye showroom is opening a new showroom on floor 9—a part of the contemporary permanent showroom collection. It’s new location is 9S335.

To celebrate, the showroom is hosting a grand opening party on Friday at Market this week. The bash will feature live music form Rare Form DJs and a special Herradura Bar. Everyone is invited so be sure to stop by the party on Friday between 5-7 p.m.7diamondjeans

Skye showcases designs and contemporary men’s and women’s styles from Agave Denim and 7 Diamonds.

Stop by Skye to party and discover fabulous contemporary trends!

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.

Changa Named ‘Best of Show’ at September Markets

IMG_8764The Atlanta Fall Gift & Home Furnishings Market together with The Atlanta Gourmet Market closed yesterday, ending the three-day Market run. At Market, one spectacular company was recognized as the Best of Show for outstanding visual display in the gift and gourmet temporaries. Out of all the temporary booths, this company stood out above the rest. The Best of Atlanta winner demonstrated excellence in visual display above all others across the entire temporary gift and gourmet categories-staged on floor 7 in Building 1.

A first-time exhibitor at AmericasMart, the winner took its booth to a new level, using only handmade product IMG_8767created by friends and family. Featured product included handcrafted bark wood frames, flowers in a beautiful arrangement from a friend’s yard, rod-iron displays, handsewn drapery and table linens and custom clipboards. The 2010 Best of Show award was presented to the Changa, a new line of changeable jewelry headquartered in Hendersonville, NC.

More information about Changa can be found on their website:

Fall for It All This September at AmericasMart’s Two-In-One Market

chaironbluewall_100In just two weeks, exclusively at AmericasMart, retailers will experience the magnitude of two Markets together in the premier destination for everything new in fall home furnishings, gift and gourmet. Four buildings, three days of buying and two Markets—all in one location, all taking place at The Atlanta Fall Gift & Home Furnishings Market together with The Atlanta Gourmet Market, September 11-13, 2010.

While each Market individually offers a unique showcase, together they create an unrivaled collaboration of debuts, top lines and dynamic product. Only here, will retailers discover new product launched within the last month and be able to take advantage of the last order-writing Markets of the year. The Markets present gourmet, home furnishings and gift in four buildings of permanent product centers, supported by temporary categories staged in Building 1, floor 7.Oh_Sugar_booth_detail_100

Plus, discover the creme de la creme of gourmet with the Best of Atlanta awards, learn how to build baskets and merchandise in today’s economy and find out more about social media and best business practices.

It’s all here this September!

For more information, click here.

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.

HIGH DESIGN: The Destination for All Things New and Trendy

blablakidsHIGH DESIGN always showcases the latest and most design-driven luxury products, and this July is no exception. Discover unique, fashion-forward gift and home product throughout this Market Temporary category, staged on Floor 1 in Building 2 WestWing. As a juried collection, HIGH DESIGN has only the crème-de-la-crème of merchandise for gift home and specialty buyers as well as interior designs. Several exhibitors will debut new product including bla bla kids—set to launch its new collection of paper goods in HIGH DESIGN this week. This latest line includes a range of sweet cards, invitations, birthday cards, notebooks, stickers and gift notes. Additionally, this product features bla bla’s dolls in lively, graphic illustrations. You’ll find bla bla’s new collection July 15-21 while the Temporaries are open in Building 2 WestWing, booth 1-814 in HIGH DESIGN.

 This is just one the many fabulous finds in HIGH DESIGN. Make it a point to visit and explore.