04 February 2011

Winners from the Dallas gourmet show

Dallas Market Center announced the winners of the 2nd annual Dallas Gourmet Gold Awards last month. Participants competed in a variety of categories displaying the art of cooking. Entries were judged based on taste, originality and packaging. This year’s judges were Amy Cavanaugh, associate editor, Fancy Food & Culinary Products; Rick Wells, president, Wells Hospitality Group including Rick’s Chophouse and Sauce; and Sarah Dyer, business development manager for floral, gift baskets, card and party, Central Market.

The Dallas Gourmet Gold winners are:

  • Best Chocolate or Candy – Oh Chocolate Cake Rounds, La Bouchee
  • Best Dessert – Pecan Caramel Dessert, The Caramel Candy Co.
  • Best Snack or Dip – Spinach Artichoke Dip, Carmies Kitchen
  • Best Condiment: Jelly/Jam/Preserves – Scotch Bonnet Pepper Jelly, Suan’s
  • Best Condiment: Salsa/Relish/Sauces – Golden Pecan Pepper Jelly, Liz & Linda’s
  • Best Soup or Chili – Chili Fixins Texas Style, Truly Texas
  • Best Beverage – Yerba Chai Tea, Sterling Tea
  • Best Seasoning/Oil/Vinegar – 20-year-old Aged Balsamic Vinegar, Galli Gourmet
  • Most Innovative Kitchen Accessory/Kitchen Gadget – Slow Cooker Mate
  • Best of the Rising Stars – Margarita, Slim Ritas

The Gourmet Market
is a 25,000-square-foot shared showroom in the Dallas Market Center. It features unique gourmet gifts and specialty food and beverage lines, as well as housewares, cookware, tabletop, kitchen gadgets and wine accessories from more than 150 companies. As the only gourmet showroom open daily in the United States, The Gourmet Market serves as an excellent resource to showcase the newest products from leading gourmet companies.

03 February 2011

Best of Show winners from the Dallas gift market

Dallas Market Center announced the winners of the January 2011 Total Home & Gift Market Best of Show Awards. Recipients were recognized during the recent market and were judged by leading industry and visual/design experts. Best of Show judging takes place twice a year during the January and June Dallas Total Home & Gift Markets. Winners feature booth or showroom displays that are creative, fresh and innovative. The January 2011 Best of Show winners are:

World Trade Center
2nd floor – K & K Interiors, Inc.
3rd floor – Katherine’s Collection At Silver Lake
4th floor – McManemin Companies
5th floor – CODARUS
6th floor – Studio A
8th floor – The Coffs
9th floor – Lam Lee Home
10th floor – Stylecraft Home Collection
11th floor – Ambari, Inc.

Trade Mart
1st floor – Innovative Packaging Group
2nd floor – Western Reps
3rd floor – Maxim Group Companies
4th floor – American Fluorescent

International Trade Plaza
1st floor – Craig Bachman
2nd floor – Allstate Floral & Craft

Shared Showrooms

The Gourmet Market – Wimberley Valley Gourmet Specialties
Hemisphere Design Gallery – Doug Frates Glass
KidsWorld Studio – Dandelion
Outdoor Living – Orlandi Statuary, Inc.

Bath & Body--Poo-Pourri
Cash & Carry--The Tiara Fits

Christmas & Floral--Ornaments to Remember

Collegiate--Enmon Accessories

Design--Everyday Art

Fashion--Kimaya USA


Gift--Couronne Company

Garden & Outdoor--Rosso’s International

Hill Country--New Rustics Furniture Company

Home--Peacock Park Design

Kids--Apple Park

Outdoor Furniture--Western Imports

Paper & Party--Peru Paper Co.

Red Haute--Gypsy Junkies

Souvenir--Jolin & Associates

The next Dallas Total Home & Gift Markets are March 24 to 27 and June 22-28, 2011. Contact the Dallas Market Center’s in-house travel agency, Market Travel, for substantial travel and hotel discounts by calling 1-800-DAL-MKTS. The Dallas Market Center website ist www.dallasmarketcenter.com.

02 February 2011

Silverplated serveware with rope handles

The Monaco mixed-media serveware line combines silverplate with rope details. Vellum offers a round bar tray, carafe and compote. Follow the company on Twitter, @vellumnewyork.

01 February 2011

Soapstone barware and votives

Teroforma's Ekke stacking votives are made of gray and black soapstone. The stone's polished surface gracefully amplifies a candlelight's flicker. The votives measure from 2 to 3.5 inches tall. Thea Mehl of Oslo designed the product, which is handfinished by Amit Stoneworks, Agra, India.

Mouthblown crystal tumblers and carafes are available in blue, green and charcoal. The non-lead crystal tumblers and carafes are individually mouthblown by master glassblowers at the centuries-old Kvetna Glassworks in Czech Republic. Three tumbler styles are availble: Avva (flares in or flares out), designed by Thea Mehl, Oslo. Ekke (straight up and down), designed by Roman Vrtiska, Prague. Issi (S-curved), designed by Peter Nolan, NYC.

The Ekke Shot Glass is produced from natural soapstone, so it won't absorb flavors or aromas. The sleek cylindrical shape can stack for easy storage. Freeze for four hours before using, and it will keep beverages cold without the need for ice. The 2-ounce shot glass is intended for frozen vodka and other spirits that benefit from the big chill. It was designed for Teroforma by Thea Mehl, Oslo, and handfinished by Amit Stoneworks, Agra, India.

31 January 2011

Two good chairs from Las Vegas

Two chairs were named winners in the third annual “One Good Chair” competition, sponsored by World Market Center Las Vegas and the Sustainable Furnishings Council. An awards ceremony was held Jan. 26 at World Market Center.

Eric Tong and his Zpine chair
Eric Tong’s Zpine chair received the grand prize and Juan Mercado’s RE_Flex chair won in the People’s Choice category.

The grand prize winner, Tong, from London, England, created his chair using a honeycomb core (also known as “cellular structure”). The piece converts seamlessly between a chair and a chaise, collapsing with ease. Tong said he chose honeycomb for its magnificent strength-to-weight ratio and because it’s inexpensive, sustainable and biodegradable. He received a $4,500 cash prize that he says he will apply towards the manufacturing and marketing of the chair.

Juan Mercado and his RE_FLEX chair
Juan Mercado of Jackson, Mich.,  created his chair from a standard 4-by-8-inch wood sheet. The chair can be used as a sleek modern desk chair or a comfortable reading/rocking chair, depending on the owner’s mood. Its design is simple yet sophisticated, and requires minimal packaging and space for shipping.

The goals of the competition revolved around minimizing material, production, shipping and assembly while maximizing comfort, utility, durability and beauty. Sustainable Furnishings Council members, including The Phillips Collection and Handy Living, created prototypes of some of the finalists’ designs. More than 360 participants submitted entries in the competition, representing both professional and amateur designers. Five finalists mastered the seeming paradoxical challenge of celebrating abundance while doing more with less.

The final jury included television host, writer and producer Sarah Backhouse of “Planet 100” on the Discovery Network’s Planet Green, Shashi Caan of Shashi Caan Collective, Kira Gould, director of communications with William McDonough + Partners and Zem Joaquin, founder and CEO of ecofabulous, the online source for the “well-lived eco-life.” The jury selected the grand prize, or “Judges’ Choice” winner, while the public voted for People’s Choice.

Other finalists for the competition include the following:
  • Helena Bueno, Brazil, Broom Chair: This simple yet whimsical chair is made from nine sticks of birch wood that fit easily into a bright plastic seat. It’s playful, yet remarkably efficient to mount and collapse—all of the sticks can be removed and requires no glue, nails, screws or metal components.
  • Tom Fereday, Australia, Allt Chair: This linear-framed chair is reminiscent of classic handcrafted Danish furniture, with a mesh and fastening system that are 100 percent contemporary. Made from recyclable birch plywood and stainless steel components, the chair uses non-permanent fasteners and can easily be disassembled, reducing its environmental footprint on a number of levels, from beginning to end.
  • Klaus Peter Berkemeyer, Germany, ELXE: Elegance meets functionality in the ELXE. The backrest and seat are made of two molded wooden shelves, which merge with two wooden legs that also form the armrests. With two light front legs of stainless steel, ELXE can be dismantled into just four components for easy moving or storage.

30 January 2011

Urban Expo buys Smoky Mountain Gift Show

press release

Urban Expositions announces the acquisition of The Smoky Mountain Gift Show ® held annually at the Gatlinburg Convention Center in Tennessee. Assuming all ownership and management duties from founding management company, The Smoky Mountain Gift Show, Inc., the Urban Expositions team plans to build upon the tradition of success that has defined this souvenir/gift show throughout its 45-plus year history .

"It is an honor and a privilege to take over the reins of an event that has been such an important mainstay in the souvenir industry," says Doug Miller, president, Urban Expositions. "Over the years, the Smoky Mountain Gift Show Inc. management has cultivated a show with a solid reputation not just for the amount of business that is done, but for the networking aspect that takes place in this beautiful mountain setting. We look forward to further strengthening the show's position as the premier souvenir and gift resource in the Eastern United States."

"Sharing many of the same long-term relationships with buyers and vendors in the industry, the transition of The Smoky Mountain Gift Show into the professional hands of Urban Expositions is a natural fit," says Eva Havlicek, president, The Smoky Mountain Gift Show Inc. "As owners who have spent over 35 years building what The Wall Street Journal referred to as 'the crown jewel ' of the souvenir industry, JR and I look forward to enjoying retirement, while taking comfort in that The Smoky Mountain Gift Show will continue to build its legacy of quality under very capable hands."

Held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center complex in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg -- the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park -- the show site is surrounded by hotels, gift shops, popular locally owned restaurants, nightspots and boutiques, not to mention stunning mountain vistas. The ambiance of this convenient, cost-effective setting comes together with an unrivaled product selection from the top names and innovative newcomers in the souvenir/resort industry to attract retailers from throughout the country.

"This acquisition also adds a strategic eastern region presence to our growing souvenir/resort gift show portfolio," adds Miller. "Our Las Vegas show now serves a national buying audience; our Myrtle Beach show caters to the east's coastal and shore retailers; and the Smoky Mountain show is designed for the specialized buying needs of lake, lodge, mountain, souvenir/gift, zoo, aquarium and amusement shop retailers. These events, as well as many of our other regional shows and The Gathering, our invitation-only souvenir buying event, have helped us build strong relationships and a keen understanding of the specialized needs of this industry's buyers and exhibitors alike. We plan to meet with industry leaders to assist us in further strengthening The Smoky Mountain Gift Show. "

The first edition under Urban Expositions management will be the November 4-7, 2011 show. Among the highlights will be a series of upgraded buyer and exhibitor services, as well as new marketing initiatives.

Exhibitor booth sales efforts will be led by Donna Guess, vice president, Urban Expositions (800.318.2238, ext 327 | dguess[at]urban-expo.com ), Lisa Glosson, sales director, Urban Expositions (800.318.2238, ext 334 | lglosson[at]urban-expo.com) and David Gilfoyle, sales manager, Urban Expositions (800.318.2238, ext. 231 | dgilfoyle[at]urban-expo.com)

For exhibitor, buyer or other information on The Smoky Mountain Gift Show, contact Urban Expositions, 1690 Roberts Blvd, Ste 111, Kennesaw, GA 30144, 800.318.2238 or 678.285.3976, www.urban-expo.com or email: info[at]urbanexpositions.com
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