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Retail and design intersect with sophisticated style in AmericasMart® Atlanta’s celebrated vignette design exhibition, “It’s All Here – Where Retail Meets Design” at The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® this July. The exhibition features vignettes curated by the Southeast’s top design-led retailers with merchandise sourced at AmericasMart.

The exhibition, presented by AmericasMart Atlanta in collaboration with “Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles” magazine and REstyleSOURCE, showcases excellence in visual merchandising as designed and executed by leading retailers. REstyleSOURCE also presents trend vignettes in the lobbies of AmericasMart Buildings 1 and 2.

“Retailers from across the globe turn to AmericasMart and The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market for inspiration,” said Dave Savula, executive vice president, AmericasMart Home, Gift and Apparel Showroom Leasing. “Our newest vignette gallery is the ultimate expression of that inspiration by showcasing how products from across our vast Marketplace can come together to create a profitable lifestyle shopping experience.”

The July Market’s new favorite tradition, the White Party, is again the signature event of the Market, taking place in the Vignette Gallery on Friday, July 15, 2016, at 7 p.m.

“It’s All Here – Where Retail Meets Design” is located in Building 1, Floor 14. It will be open for viewing throughout Market, and will continue to be on display in the months thereafter.

This trendsetting Market also presents a robust schedule of educational presentations, networking events and industry celebrations.

Interior design influencers will appear, as will entertaining expert and award-winning event architect Tara Guérard who will share the secrets to mastering the desirable indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Additionally, the AmericasMart Demonstration Kitchen is more interactive than ever with four participation classes held throughout the Market. And The Education Center, AmericasMart’s celebrated business educational programming, again presents a series of mini workshops throughout the Market.

AmericasMart also celebrates the home, gift and rug industries through a series of at-Market events.

The much-anticipated launch of the DÉCOR Light & Lifestyles collection at the Market expands AmericasMartAtlanta’s design-driven product resources yet again with a juried trade show presentation of home furnishings and accessories encompassing lighting, furniture, fine linens and textiles. The new category showcases a select assemblage of fresh lines and designs built on the success of the celebrated HIGH DESIGN, HD Home and LUXE temporaries.

If you need additional information about the July 2016 Market, please contact Strategic Relations and Media Relations Manager Chelsea Peabody at 404.220.2141 or

In other news, Michelle Barton has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer of AmericasMart® Atlanta and its AMC, Inc. parent entity by action of the AMC Board of Directors, according to Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., vice chairman, president and chief operating officer. 

Her advancement affirms Barton’s sustaining contributions to AmericasMart’s continuing growth over her 18-year AMC, Inc. tenure during which she most recently served as senior vice president and chief financial officer.

“Michelle’s impeccable financial stewardship is a singular hallmark of our corporate governance,” Portman said. “As AmericasMart’s global franchise and influence continues to expand, her deep experience, expertise and world view play a huge role in helping to accelerate that growth,” Portman added.

Barton is responsible for all AmericasMart registration services and assists in the implementation of strategic technology enhancements supporting various AMC assets and operations. During her tenure she has overseen the construction cost accounting for AmericasMart’s one-million-square foot expansion opened in 2008, and has worked closely with lenders on various AMC financings.  

Before joining AMC, Inc. in 2003 as vice president and controller, Barton served as corporate controller of New World Communications Group before its acquisition by News Corporation. She began her career at Ernst & Young and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Emerald Expositions

NY NOW®, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, has announced that registration for its popular seminar series at the summer market is now open. In addition, NY NOW also announced that tickets are on sale for the always-fun A Night on Broadway event. The show returns to the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City August 20 through August 24. “NY NOW’s seminars provide attendees the opportunity to gain new insights into our industry on an array of topics that matter most to them,” said Randi Mohr, Emerald vice president and co-director of NY NOW. “This August, we’re thrilled to continue that tradition while also adding new sessions to the agenda to ensure that attendees leave with fresh perspective and feel invigorated to succeed.”

Summer 2016 Seminar Series
NY NOW will offer a jam-packed agenda of insightful industry seminars beginning Saturday, August 20, and concluding Tuesday, August 23. These seminars - each led by a leading trade or consumer publication, or industry association - will address compelling industry topics ranging from color and design trends, to sustainability, digital media, retail strategies and more.

A full list of seminars can be found at, and attendees can add seminars to their registration by signing into the online registration system.

Only in New York - A Night on Broadway!
NY NOW’s exciting A Night on Broadway event returns for the summer market with Something Rotten, a mash-up of 16th Century Shakespeare and 21st Century Broadway that tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world’s very first musical.

“If you’re looking for non-stop fun, then look no further than Something Rotten,” said Scott Kramer, Emerald vice president and co-director of NY NOW. “What a hilarious journey from beginning to end. I still can’t get the opening song out of my head!”

A Night on Broadway will take place on Monday, August 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for an early-bird rate of $99 through August 9, which represents a discount of more than 30 percent exclusively for NY NOW Market participants. To purchase tickets, visit

For more information or to register for the show, visit

WESA in Denver Provides An Authentic Trade Event For Retailers and Wholesalers

Presenting the USA’s largest fall Market for equestrian-related goods; from working saddles, cowgirl bling, exotic western and steel-toed boots to T-shirts, 100X felts, home décor, crossover gifts, show clothes, designer jeans and leathers, WESA provides the most authentic trade event for retailers and wholesalers. The event is scheduled for September 9 through September 11.

There is a reason why the Denver September Market continues to thrive for over 25 years. It is time for everyone to Discover the Denver Difference!

There are over 350 exhibitors displaying over 1,100 new and traditional products including 40 new exhibitors featuring unique and exciting first-time products in over 24,000 square feet of exhibit space at the event.

Five hundred retail stores shopped the laid back atmosphere of the September Market in 2015, representing 37 states and seven foreign countries.

Urban Expositions and Development

Halloween & Party Expo is pleased to announce a new partnership and co-location of events with Party Club of America (PCA), the party and Halloween industry’s largest and most innovative buying group for independently-owned party, costume, and Halloween retailers. Beginning in 2017, Party Club of America will hold its annual event in conjunction with Halloween & Party Expo in New Orleans, further aligning the industry and providing a singular platform for both retailers and suppliers.

“Organizations like PCA are an important part of the party and Halloween industries, and we are pleased to be joining forces with them,” said Doug Miller, partner of Urban Expositions, a Clarion Events Company. “We look forward to working with PCA and its membership as we focus on growing the Halloween & Party Expo event and providing a comprehensive business-to-business platform for our customers.”

Party Club of America has rapidly grown into the largest, most influential, and most entrepreneurial buying group in the party industry. Walter Erwin founded Party Club in March 2002 with the goal of supporting independent retailers and helping them successfully compete in a complicated marketplace. Today, PCA continues to thrive, representing over 300 retail outlets (including brick-and-mortar, pop-up and ecommerce shops) and cultivating a growing preferred supplier program.

“We’re excited to join Halloween & Party Expo and co-locating our events,” said Andy Richman, executive director of Party Club of America. “As the industry changes and evolves, it’s important for us to align with strong partners who share the same goals: to help our members flourish.”

Marc Beige, chairman of the Halloween Industry Association, commented: “Our members are delighted that PCA will be co-locating with Halloween & Party Expo. We look forward to working alongside PCA and welcoming their members to the event.”

Halloween & Party Expo will take place January 14-17, 2017, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. For complete event details visit

The nation’s largest trade show for the souvenir industry returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center with an expanded selection and a new Sunday-Wednesday date pattern. Held September 18-21, 2016, in South Hall 3-4, the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show grows by more than 10 percent to bring retailers 1,300-plus booths filled with the latest introductions from every major and new souvenir/resort supplier. Special spotlights on Made in America resources, the Hawaii Pavilion, education and networking events round out the extensive offerings.

“Now entering its 11th year, the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Show kicks off the industry’s buying season,” explained Donna Guess, vice president, Souvenir, Urban Expositions. “From a relaxed, fun atmosphere conducive to the relationship-building that is so important in this sector to an unrivaled selection developed with the unique needs of the resort/destination buyer in mind, this has truly become the can’t miss event for anyone in the business.”

Moving to a Friday- Monday date pattern this summer, the August 19-22, 2016, Seattle Gift Show continues to build upon its reputation as a destination resource for retailers seeking fresh, new designs custom-tailored to their Pacific Northwest customer base.  Promotional alliances with the new Seattle Mart permanent showroom building (formerly the Pacific Market Center) and Seattle’s indie craft show, Urban Craft Uprising pavilion, come together with a show floor filled with artisan crafts, regional specialties and top name brands to offer retailers everything they need, so close to home.

“We’re always searching for emerging companies, artisans, product categories and new partnerships that keep the Seattle Gift Show’s offerings fresh, exciting and most important, integral to the future growth and success of our Pacific Northwest retailers,” said Lisa Glosson, group show director, Urban Expositions. “We’re excited to be joining forces with the new permanent showroom building to continue our unified Seattle Market Week event. And, the overwhelmingly positive response we received from participating artisans and buyers alike to the Urban Craft Uprising Pavilion debut in January points to an even stronger showing this summer.”

Moving to a Friday - Sunday date pattern, the August 12-14, 2016, Windy City Gift Show continues to build upon its product offerings and industry partnerships as it enters its 6th Edition. From promotional alliances with the Market Xchange permanent showroom building, Fair Trade Federation, Urban Craft Uprising, The Grommet and RangeMe to special spotlights on local artisans, the show offers a one-stop resource for Midwest retailers.

“Our summer show campaign ‘Shop Local. Stand Out’ captures the essence of what this show is all about,” said Stacey Barrett-Brooks, show director, Windy City Gift Show. “We know retailers have a choice when it comes to attending trade shows. We’ve worked to create a show that is truly custom-tailored to the Midwest retailer’s customer base. From those staple lines and best-sellers to local makers and other regional specialties, we’re bringing together resources they just won’t find at other shows. And it’s all right here, close to home, easy to get to and cost-effective to visit.”

Returning to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center from July 24-27, 2016, the Philadelphia Gift Show offers its Mid-Atlantic and Tri-State retail audience a one-stop source to restock and refresh their store shelves. Together with a full lineup of money saving buyer services, educational offerings, giveaways and show hospitality, the show’s expansive selection of new introductions and best-selling designs across all categories gives retailers the perfect opportunity to discover fresh new resources without breaking the bank.

“The Philadelphia Gift Show has built a strong reputation for offering a cost-effective and convenient choice for our Mid-Atlantic and Tri-State retailers seeking fresh new designs to appeal to current and new customers,” explained Dean Russo, group show director, Urban Expositions. “Close to home and much less expensive to attend than shows like New York or Atlanta, the Philadelphia Gift Show’s amenities like free parking, discounted hotel rates, free breakfast, lunch specials and others let our buyers focus on shopping for best-selling brands and up-and-coming new products rather than travel budgets.”


The OFFPRICE Show is coming to Las Vegas in August.

The OFFPRICE Show, an order-writing trade show, is held at the Sands Expo at the Venetian in Las Vegas, August 13-16. The show connects retail professionals with over 500 exhibitors who offer all categories at up to 70 percent below wholesale prices. It is said that just one deal at the OFFPRICE Show can add more excitement and more profit to your stores. Sourcing discussions, complimentary shuttles and an opening night party will be available to attendees during the show. The OFFPRICE show is closed to the public and free to retail professionals.

Golden Triangle Show

Joy Accessories recently exhibited at the Spring/Summer Market, Greensboro Gift & Jewelry Show, and the company highlighted its unique leather bags.

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