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On tap are an appearance by Paula Deen; designer Nathan Turner shooting and live streaming his popular new Design Network “Snack Chat” series with food and lifestyle expert, Julia Reed; Annette Joseph, author of “Picture Perfect Parties” presenting “The Ultimate Party Pantry & Food Styling Workshop;” and a designer panel discussion “Home for the Holidays: Setting the Trends in Tabletop & Seasonal Décor” with Reed, Joseph, Bonnie Mackay and Steve Mc Kenzie, with more events to come.
Highlights include Architec Brands, Coast and Cotton and Talisman Designs in Housewares; Ben & Lael, Inc., Britten Couture Home, Gitter Gallery, LLC, Libbey, Inc., Nora Fleming, LLC, Mahogany Home, Le Cluney, Magenta, Sobremesa by Greenheart and French Studio Imports in Tabletop and Entertaining; and Georgia Grown, Cherry Republic, Jelly Belly Candy Company, Louis Sherry Chocolates, Owl’s Brew, Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn, The Resident Chef, Savannah Bee Company, Verdant Kitchen, Beautiful Briny Sea, and De Brand Fine Chocolates in Gourmet Foods, plus many, many more.® Atlanta advances our long-standing role as the center of global entertaining trends with our January 2017 presentation of the largest-to-date permanent Gourmet Housewares, Gourmet Foods and Tabletop and Entertaining collection at The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market®.The multi-floor showroom collection showcases more than 800 lines housed in nearly 150,000 square feet of exhibition space.Many of the walk leaders were present along with many participants, well-wishers, businessmen and city-planners.Denise Pinto from Jane’s Walk, Toronto, Canada joined us via Skype and enlightened us all on the works and efforts of Jane Jacobs, the great American urbanist.“From the pantry to the kitchen to the table, the must-have product is all here,” says Kristi Forbes, Americas Mart vice president of Gift Leasing.
“Not only do we have the most comprehensive collection of housewares, gourmet and tabletop product, Americas Mart sets the trends and the standards for the industry.” Exhibitors are reporting a wide range of buyers at the Markets.
The collection’s growth is fueled by top lines and designs enhanced by the accessibility and connectivity of tabletop and gourmet product strategically located and aligned to ensure natural shopping synergy.
Buyers from both categories can easily source complementary merchandise on contiguous floors, and can access adjacent Building 1 home furnishings offerings, which encourage interior designers and furnishings retailers to explore new categories.
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