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AmericasMart Building 1 marked its 50th anniversary as the nation’s destination for HOME with the premiere of 28 new exhibitors, plus the introduction of 22 expanded showrooms, all presenting more than 120,000 square feet of new furniture and home furnishings product.
Set to open with the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market in January, the new and newly expanded showrooms gave January Market buyers the largest single collection of home merchandise since Building 1’s 1961 opening as the Atlanta Merchandise Mart.
“For 50 years, Building 1, first known as the Merchandise Mart, has stood strong as a destination for retailers from around the globe,” said Dave Savula, executive vice president of leasing for AmericasMart. “Today, it stands as the destination for the world’s leading HOME product, enhanced by our new and existing exhibitor partners. Our exhibitors continue to help reinforce AmericasMart as the home for a comprehensive and complete collection of HOME product.”
Eleven new home furnishings and accents companies, and eight new holiday/floral and home décor businesses, debuted in January. All 50 new and newly expanded exhibitors celebrated the New Year and their new showrooms with ribbon cutting ceremonies.
Dallas Market Center
Dallas Market Center, a complete wholesale marketplace, recently announced that the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) rail now stops at its campus and was available for use during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market in January.
“Quick and convenient rail access to Dallas Market Center is a big customer service win,” said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. “Whether market attendees are arriving at the market center from the airport or seeking entertainment destinations around town, DART provides tremendous advantages for them.”
Market attendees will now have access to Dallas Love Field Airport and downtown Dallas for dining, shopping and entertainment with a short ride from the Market Center Station on DART’s Green Line, located directly behind the International Trade Plaza at Dallas Market Center.
Restaurants, museums, bars and nightclubs are within a quick ride. The DART rail station is located across Harry Hines Boulevard (the street that runs behind the Dallas Market Center campus) and can be accessed from the campus by exiting the back of the International Trade Plaza and following signs to the crossover bridge. The trains run approximately every 20 minutes and the schedule varies from weekday to weekend. An exact schedule and complete listing of stops is available on DART’s Web site. Ticket vending machines are located at every DART station and accept cash, credit and debit cards.
George Little Management
Combining expertise in jewelry making, handcrafting, and knitting with a detailed knowledge of modern consumer tastes, Ireland is constantly innovating with new products, concepts and designs that bring a modern energetic perspective to its array of Irish-owned family companies.
At this year’s New York International Gift Fair, Ireland was expected to have a strong representation from Mullingar Pewter, John Molloy Ltd. and Solvar Ltd. With success in Ireland, each company has become recognized as a leader in their markets and look to prosper into the North American market.
Mullingar Pewter specially trains its employees in old casting methods, meticulous assembly and delicate hand finishing to create beautiful ancient craft pieces of pewter.
John Molloy Ltd. is located on Ireland's North West Atlantic Coast, a region famous for its tradition in knitting, weaving, sheep farming and fishing. This collection embraces both traditional Irish Aran Fisherman’s sweaters and contemporary fashion knitwear, including hats, caps, scarves, capes, mittens and gloves.
Lastly, Solvar Ltd. has become a leader in the design and manufacture of jewelry and gift products for visitor destination and heritage retailers worldwide.