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June Total Home & Gift Market in Dallas:

First Event of the Summer Means First Opportunity for Inspiration and New Products

—June market experience to include new showrooms, expanded Temps, new pop-up destinations for product discovery, and limited special events inside a marketplace emphasizing health & safety —

DALLAS – May 13, 2021 – Dallas Market Center, the marketplace welcoming a record number of new buyers from across the country, is preparing for record-setting attendance ahead of the summer edition of Total Home & Gift Market, June 23-29, 2021. New buyer applications are up by 50% in anticipation of first market of the summer. Across the marketplace, new destinations for discovery include dozens of new showrooms, expanded Temps, new pop-up exhibitions, online platform options, a limited number of special events, and inspiring displays all supporting retail decision makers.

“This summer we are proudly first on the calendar and the first opportunity for buyers to review new products and place orders from manufacturers working hard to meet supply chain challenges,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “We are expecting record attendance as more buyers choose Dallas as their exclusive market destination and as more brands join the most active marketplace in the U.S. Hope is high. Confidence is back. And Dallas will continue to be the center of inspiration and big business in June.”

Pre-registration, which is the exclusive method to receive the FastPass for contactless entry, is now available at dallasmarketcenter.com.

Record Number of New Buyer Applications and Registration

New buyer applications and registration is up more than 50% over previous years, with the strongest gains coming from businesses located outside of the market center’s immediate geographic region. To support new buyers arriving for the summer shows, the market center is enhancing its pre-market communication and education for new buyers via digital tools and a dedicated team of retail ambassadors. During the show, new buyers will be welcomed to market with special tours, a welcome desk, and a buyers’ lounge. New buyers are encouraged to review market announcements, the website and to download the app for pre-market planning.


New and Expanding Showrooms

Among the dozens of new and expanding showrooms are legendary brands and hot new companies across gift and home, housewares and gourmet, holiday and floral to lighting and fashion. A complete list of additions will be printed in the upcoming summer edition of Spark magazine, the official pre-market publication. Among the highlights in Gift, Holiday, Floral, Housewares and Gourmet:

· American Made Collective, debuting in Trade Mart 2901 with original art from four creative companies whose products are all made in the U.S. including Dock 6 Pottery, Printed Canvas, Prairie Dance/Spunky Fluff, and Spooner Creek.

· Lazy One (WTC 332) debuts with cute and funny pajamas for the whole family.

· We welcome Modern Burlap (TM 1335) with gifts, apparel, bedding and home accents.

· CTW Home Collection (WTC 325) has expanded and relocated to feature even more vintage farmhouse, retro, French country, and primitive decor.

· Expanded and relocated are De Leon Collections (TM 1501) and R.S. Covenant (TM 2214); expanded are Fortune Silks (IHDC 2F115), Vickerman Company (IHDC 2F101), and Roman (TM 1509).

· Numerous new companies, expansions and relocations in Gourmet Market on the first floor of the World Trade Center including new space for Nashville Wraps.

Highlights in Home Décor:

· Unique Loom, which is almost doubling its square footage in the Interior Home + Design Center (IHDC 1D114).

· Studio Sri (TM 2301-01) will offer gorgeous kitchen and table linens.

· Synergistic Furniture Designs (WTC 512-G) will showcase handmade, custom furniture.

· Hinges (WTC 6262) presents an extensive range of fresh and elegant solid wood furniture.

· India Handicrafts (TM 1030-A) returns with incredible handmade items including home accents.

· New in The Gallery (1D202): Benjamin Moore, Couture Lamps, and Shona African Sculptures.

· Expansions from PA Home (WTC 523-525), and C Maddox (WTC 9016); plus De Leon Collections has expanded and relocated (TM 1501).

Highlights in Lighting:

· Abra Lighting (TM 3531) has its own dedicated showroom after being a part of the Spectrum shared showroom.

· A new, atrium location for Hubbardton Forge (TM 3725) means ample opportunity to showcase iconic award-winning lighting designs that combine artistry and technology.

· Minka Group’s massive new showroom on the fourth floor of the Trade Mart (4103) features all of its brands in a single location.

· Savoy House (TM 4901) has expanded its space by more than 70% to make room for a tremendous number of new collections. Additional expansions include Z-Lite (TM 4600) Matthews Fan Company (TM 4737), and Elegant Furniture & Lighting (expanded to WTC 10080 while keeping TM 3060).

· Inside Light + Design on Ten, the first-ever smart home showroom that opened June 2019, Smarter Living by Design was recently updated and expanded with new technologies. Anchored by Samsung and featuring a dozen other leading smart home brands, Smarter Living by Design now also includes the company’s Executive Briefing Center and an innovative new display for its popular Frame TVs. Smarter Living by Design is coordinated by HomeTronics, a local custom electronics integrator.

· The ProSource Lighting and Home Automation showroom is now open (WTC 10040). This new space is an important smart home resource to educate professionals about lighting applications and integration with other technologies.

A Full Marketplace of Temps With Key Expansions

The Temps at Total Home & Gift Market, which runs June 23-26, will present hundreds of new and returning exhibitors. Buyers will explore a full marketplace of Temps with four distinct neighborhoods to discover hot new products and brands including the largest collection of vintage home ever seen in Dallas.

· Trade Mart 1: Luxe Gift Temps, expanded for June

· World Trade Center 12: Gift, Home & Design Temps including an expanded section of bath, body, and spa

· World Trade Center 13: Apparel & Fashion Accessories including many new exhibitors

· Market Hall: Cash & Carry, Artisan Cash & Carry, Vintage Home Décor, including expanded resources in vintage

Hundreds of new and noteworthy exhibitors will showcase hot new products and brands, including: Magnolia Soap and Bath Company (Gift), J. Alexander (Luxe), Kilee Distributing (Gift), Zodica Perfumery (Gift), AMEICO (Luxe), RainCaper (Gift), Talla Imports (Gift), Gracie Fine Luxury Candles (Luxe), Tavvi Necklace Wrangler (Gift), Bati Goods (Luxe), ty (Gift), Mason Jar Label (Gift), Puppie Love (Gift), ShoreBags (Gift), K and K Tabletops (Gift/Home), Little Birdie (Gift/Home), and Uber Chic (Gift/Home). In the Trade Mart Atrium don’t miss the pop-up marketplace from Simply Southern Collection, back on campus with its biggest apparel release yet featuring casual, affordable collections of bright, colorful designs. To meet increasing buyer demand, vintage home décor cash and carry has expanded to Market Hall’s Main Hall, and now holds the largest collection of offerings ever seen in Dallas. Coveted lines include Anatolian Rugs, B.S. Trading, Epic Artware, and Karma Living. Other notable cash and carry lines in Market Hall: Ava Capril USA/Jewelry Outlet (Cash & Carry), Paris Station Estate Jewelry (Artisan Cash & Carry), Dakota West (Cash & Carry), Rant and Rave (Artisan Cash & Carry), Nacre Designs (Cash & Carry).

Gourmet Gold Awards and GC Buying Group Conference

Returning for June is the Gourmet Gold Specialty Food Awards, the program recognizing exceptional makers in the gourmet products industry who exhibit in Dallas. Ten categories of products will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges. The Awards will take place on Saturday, June 26 at 4 p.m. in the World Trade Center Atrium. Also during the June show, GC Buying Group will hold its Member Conference at Dallas Market Center. The annual event draws retailers from across the country to review new products from leading vendors with the company principals, network among peers, and experience presentations from business and industry experts. The Vendor Showcase will return with a broad range of products for the home—from gadgets to fine cookware to the latest in kitchen electrics.

Gourmet Housewares Pop-Up and Showroom News

The marketplace now offers more than 300 housewares lines. The new design of the neighborhood features a bright orange colorway and a modern, open space for a pop-up exhibition of participating companies that now includes the following: Bindle Bottle, C&F Enterprises, Beatriz Ball, Cookcraft, Cutlery Couture, albert L. (punkt) Inc, Drinks on Me Coasters, Steamery, Aarke, Soeder, Six Barrel Soda Co., Printworks, Island Bamboo, Tovolo, Spectrum, E-Cloth, Gourmac, Casaware Tea Products & Bakeware, Messermeister, R & M ( More Than Baking), SCS Direct, Rosle, and others to be announced soon. Two events will be held in the neighborhood: Whisk-y Wednesday from 3-5pm and a Mix-it-up Bloody Mary bar on Friday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Inside the permanent showrooms leading brands include Jura, Le Creuset, Zwilling/JA Henckels, Shun/Kai, Kyocera, Vitamix, OXO, The Cookware Company, and many more. Inside The Lockin Group showroom (TM 1901), Smeg has been added and will debut in June with the full line including the recent Dolce & Gabbana collaboration.

The HEARTS Awards

On Friday evening, June 25, Dallas Market Center and ART will present The HEARTS Awards, an event celebrating and honoring those who showed outstanding leadership during the pandemic. Uniting multiple industries for the first time, the invitation-only event in the World Trade Center will be hosted by Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia and will pay homage to 12 “hearts and heroes” of 2020-2021.

Thom Filicia: Design Discussion

The powerhouse interior and product designer, tastemaker and television personality will participate in a Q&A moderated session on Thursday, June 24, from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. on the World Trade Center atrium stage. Filicia is appearing in collaboration with Feizy and celebrating his new collection. The initial Thom Filicia Home Collection for Feizy will represent a variety of constructions at an accessible price point, and planning is already underway to expand the Thom Filicia product offering to Feizy’s Fine Collection as well.

Special Events and Hospitalities

For new buyers, daily new buyer tours will take place at 9 a.m. in the World Trade Center atrium. Also, a limited number of special events and hospitalities will take place during the show including:

Wednesday, June 23

· 8:30AM: Coffee + Donuts, Market Hall Cash & Carry + Vintage Home Decor

· 8:30AM: Tacos + Tunes, TM 1 Luxe Gift Temps

· 9:30AM: Coffee + Cinnamon Buns, WTC 12 Gift + Home Design Temps

· 1PM Champagne Popsicle Drink, WTC 13 Apparel + Fashion Accessories Temps

· 2-4PM: Fiesta on 10, WTC 10th floor. Complimentary Etuk Street Tacos, Mini Chips & Dip, and Margaritas

· 1-3PM: Wine Walk, IHDC Gallery. Complimentary wine bar and small appetizer plates as well as a modern violinist and live painting.

· 3-5PM: Whisk-y Wednesday, Trade Mart 2 Housewares Neighborhood. Complimentary whisky cocktails.

· 4pm Cotton Candy Cocktail, WTC 12 Gift + Home Design Temps

Thursday, June 24

· 8:30AM: Coffee + Donuts, Market Hall Cash & Carry + Vintage Home Decor

· 8:30AM: Tacos + Tunes, TM 1 Luxe Gift Temps

· 10AM: French Toast “Shooters”, WTC 13 Apparel + Fashion Accessories Temps

· 12PM: Celebrate with Sprinkles: Book Signing + Funfetti Cookies, WTC 12 Gift + Home Temps

· 12PM-1PM: Brittany Young, Celebrate with Sprinkles with Brittany Young, WTC 12 Temps. First 25 attendees will receive a free signed copy of her book. Complimentary treats.


· 1PM-2PM: Ginger Curtis, Creating Refreshing Spaces with Ginger Curtis, IHDC Gallery. First 25 attendees will receive a free signed copy of her book. Complimentary cocktails.

Friday, June 25

· 8:30AM: Coffee + Donuts, Market Hall Cash & Carry + Vintage Home Décor

· 11AM-1PM: Mix It Up Bloody Mary Bar, Trade Mart 2 Housewares Neighborhood, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

· 12PM-1PM: Alison Lumbatis, Building Confidence Through Wardrobe, WTC 13, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. First 25 attendees will receive a free signed copy of her book. Complimentary refreshments.

· 1PM: Afternoon Bubbles, TM 1 Luxe Gift Temps

· 2PM: Pour for the Floor: Beer and Wine Bar, WTC 12 Gift + Home Temps

· 3PM: Acoustic Guitarist + Complimentary Drink, Market Hall Cash & Carry + Vintage Home Décor

Saturday, June 26

· 8:30AM: Coffee + Donuts, Market Hall Cash & Carry + Vintage Home Decor

· 9:30AM: Coffee + Cinnamon Buns, WTC 12 Gift + Home Design Temps

· 10:30AM: Morning Mimosas, TM 1 Luxe Gift Temps

· 11AM: Sherbet Mimosas, WTC 13 Apparel + Fashion Accessories Temps

· 2PM-4PM: Treat Trail, IHDC 2nd Floor. Four stations of complimentary treats and refreshments

In addition, all restaurants will be open with full service to ensure that customers have food and drink options while at market. Recently opened is the End Zone Sports Bar, adding a convenient new food outlet to the Trade Mart lighting floors in TM 4925.

Tundra Partnership

The online marketplace Tundra is an official partner of Dallas Market Center and will be showcased during the market including an on-site activation destination on the 11th floor of the World Trade Center. Tundra is a zero-fee online marketplace empowering buyers to access products they want while enabling sellers to reach a broad selection of buyers. Tundra’s on-site activation will include information about the platform plus several brands from the marketplace. Working together, Tundra and Dallas Market Center aspire to create a best-in-class virtual + physical buying and selling experience saving retailers and brands time and money. For a limited time, Tundra is offering DMC buyers a 25% off incentive. Details are available at the show. Dallas Market Center will continue to highlight platforms and solutions from companies that offer customers an efficient solution for expanding their business. DMC remains a formal business partner with software company MarketTime supporting the company’s total operations.

ARTS Awards Nominations Now Open

Dallas Market Center and ART, the creative home furnishings network, have announced that nominations are officially open for the 32nd ARTS Awards. The Awards will return to their usual schedule during the January 2022 Total Home & Gift Market after a one-year staging of the HEARTS Awards honoring pandemic heroes. The ARTS Awards is the premier international awards program dedicated to home industry excellence and achievement. The ARTS Awards process begins with the nomination of retailers, manufacturers, designers, and sales representatives. Nominations are received online at dallasmarketcenter.com/ArtsAwards/nominations/ through June 28.

Spark Magazine: Summer Issue

Tens of thousands of customers will receive the latest issue of Spark magazine, the stylish pre-market publication highlighting trends, what’s new inside the market center, and insights from makers and influencers. The cover story, a profile of lifestyle expert and home décor celeb Sabrina Soto, includes key business lessons. Inside its pages are other timely topics including notable gifts, sustainable fashion, holiday glam, floral muses, nature-inspired interiors and lighting, and Danish design. We also spend quality time with artist Shima Shanti, western lifestyle guru Shaley Ham, and the founders of gift company Talking Out of Turn. Personal insights are what makes Spark unique: delivering practical business advice and inspiring trends alongside real stories of artists and entrepreneurs.

Health & Safety Guidelines Supporting Buyer Comfort

Supporting the comfort, health and safety of all attendees, the market center continues measures that include mandatory face covering for every person entering the marketplace every day. Other efforts include enhanced cleaning with hospital grade products, hundreds of hand sanitizing stations and signage for social distancing. Along with these new steps, there are safety measures that are part of the design of the marketplace: open parking, large entryways, quick registration in multiple areas, wide hallways, multiple escalators to each floor, and showrooms with controlled access to allow for the appropriate distance between customers.

Shuttles, Transportation, and Hotel Offers

Campus and hotel shuttles return for Total Home & Gift Market, allowing buyers to easily navigate between the marketplace and accommodations. Likewise, exclusive ride share discounts are available via partners Uber and Alto. Details are on the Transportation page of the website. Dallas Market Center partner hotels are offering new, lower rates to support buyer travel budgets. Dozens of hotels, many within walking distance of the campus, are offering updated rates as low as $115. Rates valid until 2 weeks prior to Market, based on availability and are subject to change at any time so please reach out to Market Travel online or by calling 214-744-7444.

Additional June Trade Events

In addition to the Total Home and Gift Market, other trade events this summer offer buyers a safe and welcoming marketplace. Events include Apparel & Accessories Market (June 15-18); Lightovation: Dallas International Lighting Show (June 23-26); and KidsWorld (June 23-29).

For upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center mobile app. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the DMC Daily Dose.

About Dallas Market Center

Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in gourmet and housewares, home décor, holiday/floral, gifts, lighting and apparel. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products from exhibitors throughout the year via dominant trade events for gift, home décor, holiday and floral; the nation’s most comprehensive apparel and accessories markets featuring the latest styles from East Coast and West Coast designers; the largest residential lighting trade event in North America; and the largest and most successful open-daily design center. The marketplace is located in the strongest economic zone in the country. In addition, more than 80% of Dallas Market Center buyers report that they do not shop other market centers. To make plans for upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center App. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the Dallas Market Center blog.

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