Summer 2021 Atlanta Market Beats Expectations

Atlanta Market confirmed its place as the top Summer 2021 buying destination for the national retail and design industry with better than projected attendance and reports of record-breaking shows across its home and gift collections at the closing of its seven-day run, July 13-19, 2021 at AmericasMart Atlanta. “Atlanta Market was exactly what buyers and sellers needed right now,” said Bob Maricich, International Market Centers (IMC) CEO. “The buzz about market quickly traveled through the industry, and the brands and buyers who did not attend were really feeling like they missed out. We’re confident that their need to be a part of Atlanta Market will accelerate the growth of the Winter Market in 2022.” Pent-up demand for inventory led to aggressive buying by retailers and designers. Upticks in Key Account attendance – with nearly 100 top retailers including Anthropologie, Ballard Designs, Barnes & Noble, Bath & Body Works/White Barn, Bealls, Belk, Buc-ees, Cracker Barrel, Dillard’s, Francesca’s, Food 52, Hallmark Cards, Hamricks, Hobby Lobby, The Home Depot, Joann Stores, Macy’s, Michael’s Arts & Crafts, Nordstrom, Old Time Pottery, Paper Source, Plow & Hearth, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Sharper Image, Swoozies, Tuesday Morning, Urban Outfitters, Von Maur and more – also sparked high-volume orders. Buyers from all market verticals – Gift, Home Décor and Apparel – were well represented with growth in all three categories over the Winter 2021 staging. Attendees hailed from all 50 states, with notable growth from the Midwest and continued recovery of international traffic with buyers from some 36 countries. Overall, the Summer 2021 Atlanta Market well outpaced the Winter 2021 staging, growing by nearly 55% in attendance and ultimately beating IMC’s pre-market projections with more than 85% of the Summer 2019 turnout. Buyers Choose Atlanta Market to Get to Business Many retailers and designers chose Atlanta Market as their first market after a pandemic hiatus or as their first market ever. “Coming back to the Atlanta Mart has felt like a homecoming,” said Jorge Gonzalez, buyer and general merchandising manager for Draeger’s HOME & Market with four stores in California. “The safety measures and the graciousness of the Atlanta Market staff has left me with a smile on my face an incredible hope for the future of our business and brick and mortar stores!” “This is our very first market as buyers and it’s been a great experience!” said Madison Clayborn, founder of new online retailer Clayborn Collection. “We found a lot of what we were looking for to start our company by coming to Atlanta Market. We’ll definitely be coming back in the future.” Tammy Lopez and Maddie Morden of Personify Shop in Duluth, GA...

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Adding to the excitement surrounding the summer Atlanta Market, International Market Centers (IMC) announced the much anticipated return of in-person events and celebrations with a schedule of industry parties, culinary demonstrations and expanded amenities set for the July 13-19, 2021 staging at AmericasMart Atlanta. “With market attendance and activity returning to more ‘normal’ conditions, we are delighted to resume the live education, networking and industry celebrations that are a hallmark of the market experience,” said Dorothy Belshaw, IMC executive vice president, chief marketing and customer officer. “We will celebrate industry reconnection in Atlanta Market style with an opening night party, daily networking events and the relaunch of our one-of-a-kind Demonstration Kitchen. We also will introduce a new series of free buyer amenities to address current market transportation needs.” Kick-Off Party and Demonstration Kitchen Reopening The Market Kick-Off Party on Wednesday, July 14 offers a long-awaited opportunity for the industry to gather again. Open to all market attendees, the Kick-Off party will feature entertainment and complimentary light bites and drinks beginning at 3 p.m. in the Building 3, Floor 2 atrium. The celebration continues Thursday through Saturday with free daily happy hours from 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the atrium. Atlanta Market’s popular Demonstration Kitchen in Building 2, Floor 8 reopens with a live demonstration and book signing by tastemaker and author Danny Seo, publisher and co- principal of Rue magazine and editor-in-chief of Naturally Danny Seo who will prepare a new dessert recipe from his Naturally Delicious Desserts cookbook on Thursday, July 15 at 11 a.m. Also playing in the Demonstration Kitchen are a series of videos featuring all-star Atlanta chef, restaurateur and “Top Chef” fan favorite Kevin Gillespie preparing his char sui pork dish and a classic mai tai cocktail. Additional in-person experiences include at-market installations featuring a tribute to the 2021 Greeting Card Association LOUIE Award finalists in Building 2, Floor 2; a vignette of Market Snapshot finalists in Building 1, Floor 1; and instagrammable moments throughout Buildings 1, 2 and 3. A Welcoming Experience from the Market and the City A new free shuttle to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and expanded free buyer parking make it easier for attendees to come to-and-from market. The airport shuttle leaves AmericasMart from the new bus terminal at Building 1 every hour on the hour from 1 – 7 p.m., July 14-17. Free buyer parking is available close to the AmericasMart campus in the Peachtree Center Garage (0.2 miles from Building 1 at 161 Peachtree Center Ave.) and American Cancer Society Building (connected by bridge to Building 3 at 112 Baker St NW) July 13-19 on a first-come first served basis until...

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IMC April Market Insights To Explore Health & Wellness Trends In Home Furnishings

With signs pointing to increased consumer interest in and spending for all things health and wellness in 2021, International Market Centers (IMC) presents a one-hour panel discussion “2021 – The Year of Wellness: Healthy Home Products & Trends That Can Drive Sales” as its April 7, 2021 Market Insights webinar. “Many industry experts think health and wellness will be a significant influence in the home furnishings and gift industries for years to come,” said Dorothy Belshaw, IMC chief marketing and customer officer. “The relevant trend information in this webinar is a perfect primer for retailers and designers attending IMC’s upcoming markets in Atlanta, High Point and Las Vegas.” “2021 – The Year of Wellness: Healthy Home Products & Trends that Can Drive Sales” explores opportunities for retailers and designers in wellness, and the products that help consumers achieve a sense of well-being. Presented in partnership with Gifts & Decorative Accessories, the panel discussion features Patti Biro, spa, personal product and wellness brand consultant; Angela Harris, CEO and principal of design and visual merchandising firm TRIO, Inc.; designer Lisa Kahn, founder and creator of the “Finding Sanctuary” wellness network; and Allan Share, president of Spa Industry Association. Lenise Willis, Gifts & Decorative Accessories editor in chief is the panel moderator. The webinar is Wednesday, April 7 at 10 am PDT/1 pm EDT.  Attendees will earn 1.0 CEU credit. IMC’s “Market Insights” webinars present high-level conversations about issues that are currently impacting business and allows buyers and suppliers to prepare for market throughout the year. With timely, exclusive and actionable content, the series is an extension of the programming presented by Atlanta Market, IMC High Point Market and Las Vegas Market. The next Market Insights session is “Back to Business: Attracting Buyers to In-person Visits” on May 12. IMC’s upcoming markets are Las Vegas Market (April 11-15, 2021), Spring Cash & Carry at AmericasMart Atlanta (May 4-6, 2021), High Point Market (June 5-9, 2021) and Atlanta Market (July 13-19, 2021). The Open Year Round showroom resources are open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at AmericasMart and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Las Vegas Design Center. Buyers also can source and shop – anytime and everywhere – via JuniperMarket, a new digital marketplace powered by IMC, which launches in summer...

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IMC Announced Revised Market Schedule For 2021

Capitalizing on a recent shift in timing of home furnishings industry markets, and in concert with ongoing travel and government restrictions in the western United States, International Market Centers (IMC) has rescheduled the winter and summer editions of the Las Vegas Market — originally planned in January and July — to run April 11-15, 2021, and August 22-26, 2021. IMC’s 2021 markets in Atlanta for Gift & Home and Apparel will run as scheduled.“We have opted to postpone the winter Las Vegas Market in connection with Governor Sisolak’s recent extension of Nevada’s ‘statewide pause’ and in consideration of stay-at-home orders currently impacting travel for key western states,” said Bob Maricich, IMC CEO. “HPMA’s decision to change High Point Market from April to June further affirms our decision and allows us to shift the winter Las Vegas Market into April. We also will alter our summer Las Vegas Market dates from July to August to allow enough time between the April Las Vegas Market, new June High Point Market dates and our summer market in Las Vegas. Our Las Vegas Showrooms including the Las Vegas Design Center remain open for business by appointment for buyers.”IMC will contact all buyers pre-registered for winter Las Vegas Market to communicate the change and to assist with adjustment of their plans. As an added benefit, the summer Las Vegas Market runs concurrently with HD Expo (August 24-25, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas) and ASD (August 22-25, 2021, at the Las Vegas Convention Center), giving buyers and exhibitors additional cross-market opportunities.According to Maricich, IMC’s gift and home furnishings events in Atlanta – as well as IMC’s Atlanta Apparel Markets in February, April, June, August, September and October – remain unchanged by the High Point and Las Vegas date shifts. “Our decision to maintain current timing and format of the events in Atlanta was informed by feedback from buyers and tenants as well as recent experience safely and successfully hosting eight markets for the Southeastern region at AmericasMart.”IMC’s revised 2021 calendar of markets is: Atlanta Market: January 12-19, 2021, at AmericasMart Atlanta February Atlanta Apparel: February 2 – 6, 2021, at AmericasMart Atlanta Spring Mini Market: March 3-5, 2021 at AmericasMart Atlanta Las Vegas Market: April 11-15, 2021, at World Market Center Las Vegas April Atlanta Apparel: April 13-17, 2021 at AmericasMart Atlanta Spring VOW | New World of Bridal: April 13-15, 2021, at AmericasMart Atlanta Design ADAC: April 27-29, 2021 at Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) Spring Cash & Carry: May 3-6, 2021, at AmericasMart Atlanta Spring Sample Sale: May 19-21, 2021, at World Market Center Las Vegas Spring High Point Market: June 5-9,...

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IMC Announces Virtual Programming And Expanded Resources For Designers

International Market Centers (IMC) announced that Las Vegas Design Center (LVDC) will debut a new showroom at Summer Las Vegas Market, Aug. 30 – Sep. 3, 2020 and present two virtual programs in August including its monthly First Friday webinar and the 2020 ANDYZ Awards presentation. “LVDC continues to grow as the premier designer resource in Southern Nevada and the Southwest,” said Cain Brodie, general manager of LVDC. “We remain committed to providing the trade with a unique, well-rounded selection of key manufacturers and products. And like everyone else, are learning how to adapt to this new business environment.” New Showroom Debuts in LVDC Las Vegas Design Center is home to nearly 30 to-the-trade showrooms showcasing 120+ product lines. This summer, lighting leader Visual Comfort & Co. will debut a new 2,656-square-foot showroom (A109). The new space will serve as a western hub for the bellwether company and feature its Visual Comfort, Tech Lighting, Generation Lighting and Monte Carlo Fans lines. Other key LVDC resources include manufacturer’s representative Area West; Capel Rugs; Eastern Accents; European Bath, Kitchen, Tile & Stone; Four Hands; Global Views; Leftbank Art; Phillips Collection and Vanguard Furniture, among others. Design-Driven Programming Takes Center Stage this August LVDC’s “First Friday” seminars are free to designers and feature a wide range of speakers and educational content geared toward the interior design community. The August webinar, titled Design Triage 2020: Pivot Your Business for Today’s Challenges, is presented by Terri Taylor, founder of Interior Design Business Academy, and gives insight into overcoming uncertainty to discover new design business opportunities. The session is from 10 to 11:30 (PT) on Friday, Aug. 7. For more information and registration, go to https://interiordesignbusinessacademy.com/design-triage-2020-las-vegas/. Las Vegas Design Center and the California Central/Nevada Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) also will present the 2020 ANDYZ Awards from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (PT) on Wednesday, Aug. 12. During the virtual celebration, 10 winners will be recognized for their design savvy. The 2020 ANDYZ awards winners are: Best Residential Bathroom Design: Wendy Glaister of Wendy Glaister Interiors in Modesto, California Best Commercial Design: Jamie Stringham of Interior Dynamics and Laura Fullow of Laura Fullow Designs in Las Vegas Best Custom Furnishings Design: Emily Roose of Emily Roose Interiors in Truckee, California Best Hospitality Design: Karen Buttrum and Casey Clark of MBA Architecture + Interior Design in Reno, Nevada Best Residential Interior Design: Marcio Decker of Aspen Leaf Interiors in Reno, Nevada Best Kitchen Design: Christopher Grubb of Interiors Design Group in Los Angeles Best Multiple Residential Design: Lori Brazier of House of Brazier in Sacramento Best Showroom Design: Michele Youell of Natural...

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