June 13, 2013 Volume 7, Number 25


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Designer Amy Howard to Present at Dallas Summer Market

Dallas Market Center has announced that designer Amy Howard will present on Friday, June 21 at 4 p.m. in the World Trade Center Hall of Nations during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market (June 19-25, 2013). Amy will offer insight into her newest mission – Rescue Restore Redecorate – an environmentally-friendly approach to furniture refurbishment.

She is the creative genius behind Amy Howard at Home, which solely focuses on updating and refreshing tired furniture that would otherwise be discarded. The line, which is shown in CODARUS, WTC 5-546, features finishes that range from one-step paints to Venetian plasters, and mirror antiquing kits to watermark specking. Her innovative techniques and easy-to-use products have changed the way designers and DIY professionals look at existing furniture and cast-offs.

The passion Amy has for vintage pieces and fine antiques is also evident in the Amy Howard Collection, which features more than 300 artisan-crafted pieces. Custom pieces, down to the renowned Amy Howard finish, set the Collection apart. The Amy Howard Collection is sold by retailers nationwide, numerous interior designers and displayed in design showrooms in upscale markets across the United States. Amy currently owns and manages Artisan Studios, in Memphis, TN, where the Amy Howard Collection is produced.

Thom Petrouski Joins Creative Co-Op As Vice President of Sales

Thom Petrouski has joined Creative Co-Op as its new Vice President of Sales. Thom is an industry veteran, having worked his way up from customer service all the way through national account management. In his new role at Creative Co-Op, Thom will be responsible for the continued growth of the independent retailer segment.

“We are thrilled to have Thom on board to help guide us through the next evolution of our company”, said Garry Schermann, Senior Vice President of Sales. “Although we have grown tremendously over the last several years, we have never been more excited about our future prospects as we enter what will be an extremely transformational period for our industry. Thom brings a great depth of experience and intelligence that only strengthens our ability to adapt and grow.”

Creative Co-Op designs, imports, and distributes home decorative accessories, gift, and seasonal categories for retailers around the world. The company was founded in 2001 and has extensive experience in offshore sourcing focused on design, workmanship, finishing and timely delivery.

Creative Co-Op is based in Memphis, TN and has permanent showrooms in Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Memphis. Additional information may be found at creativecoop.com.

AmericasMart Presents An Engaging Permanent Gift Collection Across All Categories

Ever responsive to retailers’ desires to present an integrated merchandise mix with items from multiple product categories, AmericasMart presents a diverse and innovative GIFT product collection highlighted by new and expanded showrooms at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market (July 10 – 17, 2013) and The Atlanta International Area Rug Market (July 11 – 14, 2013) this July. AmericasMart’s expansive, easy-to-navigate campus allows national and global gift retailers to conveniently cross between product categories to source top product that will engage and impress their customers.

July Market attendees will notice that AmericasMart has retired the Building 2 WestWing name. This change makes navigating the campus even easier for buyers and recognizes that the two buildings are essentially one destination providing a seamless shopping environment. The fully integrated space invites gift buyers to explore the popular LIVING. OUTDOOR/INDOOR. THE GARDENS and GOURMET & HOUSEWARES collections that are located in the former WestWing.

Adding to AmericasMart’s exciting assortment of new showrooms at the July Market is a series of engaging and educational gift industry-focused seminars featuring tastemakers including Ted Allen of Food Network’s Chopped, Emily Henderson of HGTV’s Design Star, and John Gidding, host of HGTV’s Curb Appeal: The Block. A full list of events is available online at americasmart.com/gift/july-2013/events.

The centerpiece of the July Market, AmericasMart celebrates professional achievements at the most important and anticipated night in the gift industry, ICON HONORS 2013.The ICON HONORS 2013 celebration will be Thursday, July 11 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, just blocks from AmericasMart. Cocktails will be served at 7 p.m., and the dinner and 2013 Honors Presentation begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and tables can be purchased at americasmarticonhonors.com.

With more than 12 floors of general gift product, AmericasMart continuously presents the most comprehensive gift collection in the industry. Notable new and expanded showrooms in the GENERAL GIFT category include: Reisenthel opens its first US showroom featuring its classic and ingeniously designed bags as well as other European gift lines; Cody Foster & Co., Inc. offers holiday ornaments and many lines of handmade home décor in a new showroom; and longtime AmericasMart exhibitor C&F Enterprises moves its line of quality fabric and home décor items to two showrooms on Floor 14 of Building 2.

In addition to new showrooms, gift-related Market programming provides buyers with fresh and creative retailing ideas. Gift-related events at the July 2013 Market include: Lindsay Roberts of The Gift Insider presents “Top Picks in Gift.” Thursday, July 11. Roberts presents an all new top 10 list of her favorite gift items found in the permanent showrooms at AmericasMart.

AmericasMart Atlanta and burton+ BURTON present “Hospital Gift Shop Idea Sharing Breakfast.” Friday, July 12. Buyers are invited to network and brainstorm with others in the hospital gift shop field and learn about new and exciting ways to increase sales.

Stylist Emily Henderson, winner of HGTV’s Design Star, presents “Make Your Tabletop Pop.” Saturday, July 13. Henderson shares the latest trends in tabletop accessories and teaches how to incorporate home accents and furnishings to complete the overall look of a room.

The permanent gift showrooms are supplemented by an expansive Temporary collection with more than 30 product categories featuring gift opportunities ranging from accessories to one-of-a-kind pieces. Notable categories for the July Market include Made In America, Gourmet LUXE, and the new TableTop LUXE. Multiple floors of Temporaries can be found alongside the Gift collection in Building 2 as well as and on multiple other floors across the easy-to-navigate AmericasMart campus.

Roman Moves To The 9th Floor in Las Vega Mart

After five months of occupancy and a highly successful January Show at the Las Vegas Mart, Roman has made a strategic move with its showroom location.

Roman is moving from what was a brand new showroom in January 2013 to another new space on the ninth-floor of building C. “Roman was recently presented with an opportunity to move to a key location in the mart,” says Sally Murphy, Roman’s Director of Merchandising. “Our new Suite, C-907, is located in a highly-visible location adjacent to the escalators, allowing current and new customers to easily find Roman, Cottage Garden and Alexa’s Angels,” added Murphy.

“Opening our showroom in Las Vegas this past January was a great move for our family of companies,” states Dan Loughman, President/CEO of Roman. “Moving to what we’d consider an “anchor” location on the ninth-floor allows us to build on what we have already established as a successful market,” added Loughman.

Construction on Roman’s new Las Vegas showroom begins this summer, and will be completed by July 2013. A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place Monday, July 29th at 3:00 pm.

Las Vegas Market Expands Temporary Space to Three Floors

International Market Centers has announced that it is expanding and realigning its temporary gift and home décor exhibition space onto three floors of Building C during the Summer 2013 Las Vegas Market, running July 29-August 2, at World Market Center Las Vegas. Originally planned for just two floors, now more than 95,000 square feet of temporary exhibition space on three floors - C5, C10 and C11 - will house some 325 temporary exhibitors in 10 distinct, themed product sections, including GIFT, GLOBAL, GOURMET, HOME, MADE, STYLE, TEXTILES, TREND, VINTAGE and CARRY!.

"Our primary goal with this strategic realignment is to expand the positive synergies between temporary exhibitors and permanent showrooms," explained Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers. "By emphasizing adjacencies of related categories of temporary and permanent resources, we are creating a dynamic, and seamless, shopping experience for buyers and maximizing the cross-marketing opportunities for vendors."

Four home décor categories of temporary exhibits will be housed on floor C5: HOME, featuring accent décor, accent furniture and other decorative items; TEXTILES, showcasing trend-focused textiles including decorative pillows, throws, draperies, fabric and bedding; STYLE, spotlighting a juried collection of progressive and design-focused home décor, accent furniture, and textiles; and MADE, featuring handmade ceramics, pottery, home décor, letterpress, apparel and jewelry. Temporary exhibitors in these four categories will complement the growing number of better home décor permanent showrooms located on floors C3 and C4.

Cool Gear International President Donna Roth Named Finalist of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 New England

Ernst & Young LLP has announced the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Award in the New England Region. The awards program recognized high-growth entrepreneur Donna Roth, President and CEO of Plymouth-based Cool Gear International for demonstrating excellence and extraordinary success. Finalists have been recognized in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. These finalists were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the Renaissance Waterfront.

“I’m honored not only for me but for my entire company,” said Donna Roth, president/CEO of Cool Gear International. “I am proud of our innovation and it means a great deal to me to know that Cool Gear is being recognized for its success.”

Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded globally to recognize company builders in over 140 cities and in more than 50 countries throughout the world. Regional award winners go on to compete at the national level. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2013. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

ART Vendors Offer Great Deals This Summer for ART Card Holding Retailers

ART, the creative home furnishings network, announces the vendors participating in the organization’s ART Card Program during the 2013 Summer Market Season. Vendors are offering exclusive discounts for ART member retailers at the Dallas, Atlanta and Las Vegas Markets .

Retailers are eligible for the market discounts with their membership with ART, the association. Retail membership dues are $250/ year and is open to home furnishings retailers and interior design studios. The retailer member receives a personalized ART Card, which is presented to participating vendors when placing an order at market in order to receive exclusive specials. Savings realized by the retail member often exceed the yearly membership dues cost at just one market.

For more information on the ART Card, a complete list of vendors, or to join ART, visit accessoriesresourceteam.org or call 704-376-4278.

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