Nourison To Open New Showroom In AmericasMart Atlanta

Nourison will be opening a new showroom during The Atlanta International Area Rug Market, located at 1L1,2 at the Atlanta Merchandise Mart. The custom-built 6,000 square foot space is in a prime location on the first floor lobby level and will be easily accessible to customers visiting Atlanta Market. This new showroom space is the third 1st floor location for Nourison. Nourison also has ground floor lobby areas at both Las Vegas and High Point Market. “Atlanta is the longest running market that we have had a presence in. We hope our new location will encourage new customers to visit Nourison in Atlanta. Markets and shows are a significant investment for us and we want to make sure we are maximizing our opportunities to engage with our customers as well as gain new business,” said Alex Peykar, principal at Nourison. A selection of popular area rugs, Mina Victory pillows, and licensed brands, including Calvin Klein and Christopher Guy will be on display in the new showroom. One-of-a-kind and custom pieces will also been on display in the new space. Nourison’s existing space at 3F2 will continue to remain open through Atlanta Market in...

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Capel Offers Incentives For Winter Markets

Capel Rugs is offering a special incentive for retailers and designers who make advance appointments to visit its showroom during the winter markets in Atlanta and Las Vegas. If customers call their sales representative to make an appointment and mention the code PR DEC, they will receive four 18″ x 18″ rug swatches free of charge. Similar codes also are appearing in Capel Rugs’ trade magazine advertisements heading into the winter markets. “By making an appointment prior to market, customers ensure that they will be able to spend all the quality time they need with our sales reps in reviewing our latest introductions and setting their plans for 2018,” said Cameron Capel, president — sales and marketing for Capel Rugs. “Markets are always so busy for everybody, and we want to make sure that our customers get the most value from their showroom visits with us.” This market, Capel’s product introductions include the Breccan collection, a space-dyed, 100% wool design in three solid colorways. In addition, Capel Rugs will be showing a wide variety of new rugs from the October High Point Market that are being shown for the first time in Atlanta and Las Vegas, including the new Anthony Baratta line. Other featured products include additions to the Genevieve Gorder line and four new hand tufted collections in Capel’s flagship line. Throughout the winter markets, Capel Rugs will be serving fresh-roasted Starbucks coffee to its showroom visitors. At the Atlanta International Area Rug Market being held Jan. 10 to 14, Capel Rugs will be exhibiting in AmericasMart Building 1, space 3-D-1. At the Las Vegas Market taking place Jan. 28 to Feb. 1, Capel Rugs will exhibit in the World Market Center’s Building A, Space A-133....

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Feizy Partners With Child Welfare Organizations

As a family business, Feizy prioritizes their commitment to help children and families around the globe receive resources that will improve their standard of life. This year, Feizy has partnered with two organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children everywhere. The Global Fund for Children is an organization that Feizy has been committed to for many years. Through their partners, The Global Fund for Children is able to empower children and youth living in the most difficult of circumstances– refugees, orphans, trafficked children, young people living with HIV, and many more – and bring dignity and opportunity to their lives. Since 1997, The Global Fund for Children has improved the lives of more than 10 million children and youth worldwide. This year Feizy increased their annual charitable contribution and is donating $25,000 to aid in their efforts to help the world’s most marginalized children. “The Global Fund for Children is thrilled to have Feizy Rugs’ continued commitment to supporting our work with locally-led organizations around the globe. With their help, we are finding incredible innovators and equipping them to create a world where children and youth thrive,” said GFC President and CEO John Hecklinger. “We appreciate Feizy’s ongoing efforts to join us in making sure all children have a bright future.” Feizy is also partnering with Buckner Family Hope Centers to make the Holiday wishes of seven children at one of their local centers come true. Family Hope Centers seek to keep families together by providing them with critical services, aid, and coaching to decrease the likelihood of abuse, neglect and removal of children. “Once a single orphans home in Dallas, Buckner now serves half a million people each year through programs designed to transform the whole person – physically, mentally and spiritually. Buckner was able to partner with Feizy this year to ensure that seven kiddos will have a great Christmas! These kiddos have already gone through so much in their little lives … something like a new toy or even a stuffed animal can give them just a little bit more hope. It is something that they can call their own. Many of them leave their homes with only what they are wearing so to have something that is their own and that they can take with them is huge,” said Lead Ministry Engagement Coordinator Laura Bryant. “We want to extend our thanks to Feizy for partnering with us this year and making the Christmas wishes of these kiddos come true!” The key to the Family Hope Center’s success is found in combining effective programs and passionate people to help families that are experiencing poverty, family issues, and a...

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Vegas Market To Host Green Gables Launch

Las Vegas Market announced that longtime exhibitor Green Gables Furniture will launch the Tim McClellan HOME collection during the Winter 2018 Las Vegas Market, January 28-February 1, 2018. McClellan, the popular 25-year veteran designer and host of DIY Network’s new show, Boomtown Builder, will be at Winter Market for two days — Sunday (1pm-5pm) and Monday (9am-11am and 2pm-5pm) — showcasing his furniture designs, pouring Bloody Mary’s at his copper top bar, signing autographs, taking pictures and telling tales. “Las Vegas Market has proven to be the ideal venue for design-driven home furnishings companies to present highly-styled and cutting-edge product options to retailers, including exciting new brands such as Tim McClellan HOME,” said Scott Eckman, President of Furniture and Home Décor Leasing/ Chief Strategy Officer, International Market Centers. “As the leading furniture, home decor and gift destination in the western United States, Las Vegas Market features the top lines in all furniture categories, representing a range of styles from rustic to modern and a range of price points from promotional to high-end.” The Tim McClellan HOME collection, featuring upholstery and casegoods, encompasses both rustic décor as well as a more modernized and sleek industrial style, with pieces that will be equally at home in a Montana cabin or a Manhattan loft. Located on B1, Green Gables’ 3,884- square-foot showroom features complete collections of furniture and accessories for the dining room, bedroom, office and living room. “Tim is a pioneer and legend in the world of refined rustic design, reclaimed barn wood furniture, and mixed media designs using leather, copper, steel, iron, and exotic finishes; his work has been featured on HGTV, the DIY network, ABC, the Ellen Degeneres Show, Arizona Highways TV and CBS,” said Bob Rouse, president of Green Gables, based in Bradford, IL. “His style fits in well with Green Gables’ portfolio of furniture made from reclaimed and sustainable woods, proudly made in America and offering retailers a true slice of American history.” McClellan, of Jerome, AZ, is a popular television personality, founder and former owner of Western Heritage Furniture and hosts an expanding round table video series (https://youtu.be/mEk6wMfEdkw) that has generated nearly 2 million views on YouTube. McClellan said he is going to “break some design rules and knock this one out of the park,” at the Las Vegas Market. “Winter Market is an opportunity for retailers to get onboard and enjoy this ride from the beginning,” he said. “I chose Las Vegas for several reasons: it’s close to home; it has been great to me in the past; the Winter Market weather is always good; and where else do you go to make a gamble on this scale. Only...

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AmericasMart Announces Call For Icon Honors Award Entries

The ICON HONORS Call for Entries opens launching the 2018 competition for the home and gift industry’s most celebrated and recognized mark of achievement. Competition for ICON HONORS recognition is open to the home and gift industry at large across all categories of trade and product and service sectors, including the design community. Retailers, manufacturers, sales agencies and service providers are eligible to compete in a broad field of 16 distinct ICON HONORS categories. The 2018 Call for Entries is offered exclusively online with all submissions and nominations made at ICONHONORS.COM through April 9, 2018. ICON HONORS is produced and staged by AmericasMart® Atlanta in exclusive partnership with the Gift & Home Trade Association (GHTA) and Progressive Business Media, and in affiliation with Gift For Life. With a coterie of more than 78 Honorees named over its first eight years—from every dimension of the home and gift industry—ICON HONORS in 2018 will again recognize superior achievement from a diverse field of submissions and nominations. ICON HONORS are conferred annually in July in conjunction with The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® on what is universally recognized as the most anticipated and important night in the home and gift industry. The four ICON HONORS recognition categories, with their individual subsections, include: INNOVATION Innovation 1: Technology Innovations/Marketing; Technology Innovations/Networking; and Technology Innovations/Selling. Innovation 2: Product Innovations/New Products; Product Innovations/Redesigned Products; and Product Innovations/Licensed Products. Innovation 3: Packaging Innovations/New Designs; Packaging Innovations/New Material; and Packaging Innovations/Eco-Friendly. CONTRIBUTION Contribution 1: Community Influence/Business Development and Community Influence/Outreach. Contribution 2: Industry Influence/Leadership and Industry Influence/Cause-Related Product. BRANDING Branding/Identity: Brand Identity Development/Brand Launch; Brand Identity Development/Brand Continuity; and Brand Identity Development/Rebranding. ACHIEVEMENT Achievement 1: New Achiever. Achievement 2: Career Achiever. Honorees are selected through extensive adjudication by highly qualified experts drawn from the world of design, manufacturing and product development. ICON HONORS additionally confers special recognition through the Lifetime Achievement Honor, AmericasMart Medal of Excellence Honor and The GHTA/Gift For Life Honor of Excellence. These Honors are conferred at the sole discretion of the ICON HONORS governing board representing the partners. Those individuals and entities named as Honorees in this level of recognition include Kurt S. Adler, Inc., Chris Rosse, LEE Industries, Howard Henschel (The Norman Group), RM Innovation, Hallmark, Douglas Self (jdouglas), Barbara Bradley Baekgaard (Vera Bradley), catstudio, Century Furniture, Restoration Hardware, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Retail, Anthropologie, the Williamsburg Brand of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and...

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Vegas Market Announces Design Award Winner

Las Vegas Market announced that leading e- commerce innovator The Grommet will be honored with the second annual “Design Influencer of the Year” award at the 2018 Housewares Design Awards, on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at Las Vegas Market. Joanne Domeniconi, The Grommet’s Co-founder and Chief Discovery Officer, will accept the Award. “Las Vegas Market is pleased and proud to host the 13th Housewares Design Awards and to recognize The Grommet for its leadership position as Design Influencer of the Year,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift Leasing and Chief Marketing Officer, International Market Centers. “We feel that The Grommet, which started as a unique product launch program for inventors and entrepreneurs, has evolved to become a powerful retail and merchandising platform. The Grommet’s community of makers, retailers and consumers represents the spirit of the Housewares Design Awards, which reward design innovation and product function. Additionally, The Grommet’s recent acquisition by Ace Hardware makes the company’s mission– and message – even more influential to the buying and selling process.” Founded in 2008 by Domeniconi and Jules Pieri, co-founder and chief executive officer, The Grommet is a curated, online media platform for launching innovative consumer products created by makers, inventors, and entrepreneurs. The Grommet has helped to discover and launch dozens of products that have become household brand names, including SodaStream, FitBit, IdeaPaint, OtterBox and SimpliSafe. To date, The Grommet has launched more than 2,500 consumer products and has amassed a community of more than 3.5 million early adopters and supporters. More than 200 of these innovative consumer products have been exhibited at the Las Vegas Market since 2014, and the company expects to showcase some 75 products at the winter 2018 edition. The next step in the company’s evolution will be fueled by the relationship with Ace, which acquired a majority stake in The Grommet in October. Ace Hardware and The Grommet first began working together in 2016 as part of a collaboration to bring new, unique and otherwise undiscovered products from independent makers into select Ace stores. The combination of Ace’s expansive supply chain and network of 5,034 stores, along with The Grommet’s innovative product discovery platform, will provide artisans, entrepreneurs, inventors and other innovators a powerful path to meaningful growth. “The Grommet has often been called a ‘general store for innovation,’ and we are delighted and extremely gratified to be recognized with this prestigious award,” said Domeniconi, who currently guides the discovery of emerging consumer products in 16 different industries at The Grommet, including housewares, gifts, consumer electronics, hardware, toys, pet products, beauty, fitness, outdoor and apparel. “Our mission has always been to help local businesses, entrepreneurs and...

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