The summer market season got off to a strong start with the June 18-24 edition of the International Lighting Market, running concurrently with exhibitors in the decorative accessories, home decor, gifts, and gourmet food industry under the Total Home & Gift Market umbrella. The June show offered buyers 75 new and expanded showroom resources as well as a comprehensive Temporaries section on the ground floor of the Trade Mart’s Atrium in addition to several floors of the World Trade Center. Furthermore, a roster of special celebrity guests were in attendance at market. Trista Sutter, star of ABC’s first edition of The Bachelorette, signed copies of her book “Happily Ever After” and featured speaker Jason Dorsey presented a targeted seminar on how Gen Y employees and customers can grow your business.
When it came to product presentation, all of the exhibitors across the categories served by the Dallas Market Center (DMC) went all out to create head-turning, conversation-starting displays to inspire customers. For their efforts, the DMC appoints a panel of visual merchandisers to select the most outstanding efforts. The exhibitors chosen receive special recognition and are given a Best Visual Presentation Award. This competition takes place twice a year during the January and June Total Home & Gift Markets and the names are released within days of the market’s end.
The DMC has just announced the winners of the June Total Home & Gift Market Best Visual Presentation Awards, comprised of those exhibitors recognized by the panel of visual design experts as offering fresh, innovative, and creative displays. Several of the winning exhibitors are well-known within lighting showroom community, such as Feiss-Monte Carlo, Global Views, Aidan Gray Home, Maxim Group Companies, and CODARUS.
The complete list of the winners in the Best Visual Presentations is as follows:
World Trade Center (WTC)
2nd floor – Donald McEvoy Ltd.
3rd floor – Park Hill Collections, LLC
4th floor – McManemin Companies
5th floor – CODARUS
6th floor – Global Views
7th floor – Primrose Collections
8th floor – Button Up!
9th floor – J. Mackie & Associates
10th floor – Aidan Gray Home
11th floor – Contempo Designs
Trade Mart (TM)
1st floor – DEMDACO
2nd floor – Western Reps, Inc.
3rd floor – Maxim Group Companies
4th floor – Feiss-Monte Carlo, A Generation Brands Company
International Trade Plaza (The Plaza)
1st floor – Seasons Direct Imports
2nd floor – Accent Decor
Elements (WTC 9th floor) – Pacific Green
Gourmet Market (WTC 1st floor) – Molly & Drew The Beer Bread Co.
KidsWorld Studio (WTC 8th floor) – Lucy Darling
Outdoor Living (The Plaza 1 st floor) – POLYWOOD
Dallas Temp Show
American Made by Hand – Ruby Jean
Bath & Body – Rinse Bath & Body, INC
Boutique 2Go – Gypsy Junkies
Cash & Carry – Lucky Lou Designs
Christmas & Floral – Alexander Taron Inc.
Design – Rewined Candles
Fashion – Bling-a-gogo, LLC
Foodie – Big Little Fudge
Furniture – Cross Eyed Moose
Garden & Outdoor – Furn Effect
Gift – Southern Firefly Showroom
Handmade Fashion & Accessories – Loll-Le Gaggin
Handmade Gift – My Saint My Hero
Home – Old World Antieks
Kids – Jazzy Toes
Luxury Home – Authentic Models
Paper & Gift – Faux Designs
Red Haute – SSd Jewelry
Table & Housewares – Montes Doggett
Team Spirit – LivyLu
Vintage Fashion & Gift – Rodeo Royalty
Vintage Home – The Seed Box Antiques
Western Home – Sofia’s Rustic Furniture