01 July 2011

ARTS Awards names judges

23rd Annual ARTS Awards Judges Announced

Dallas Market Center and the Accessories Resource Team to host awards gala at Hilton Anatole Hotel

By Dallas Market Center
DALLAS – June 28, 2011 – Dallas Market Center, the world’s most complete wholesale marketplace, and the Accessories Resource Team (ART), the trade association representing the decorative accessory industry, today announced the judges for the 23rd annual ARTS Awards. This distinguished judging panel will select winners in 28 different categories. The awards will be presented during a gala event on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at the ARTS Awards new location, the Hilton Anatole Hotel. The ARTS Awards is the premier awards program for the decorative accessories industry and is held each January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market.

The judges are:
Martha Griffin joined Design Guide 13 years ago and quickly worked her way up from sales to executive editor. She brings more than 16 years of experience to her position and a unique understanding of the design community. Griffin attended the University of Mississippi where she earned a degree in Interior Design.

Donna Moss has earned a reputation for creating unique and timeless interiors in her many years in the design world. She has won numerous awards for her work and has been featured in several magazines since beginning her design business in the early 1980’s. As co-owner of “That’s Haute,” an interior design, home d├ęcor, and women’s fashion store, Moss has been able to keep a high degree of individual attention and personal service with her clients. Most recently she has added reality TV to her resume as one of nine designers on HGTV’s first season of “Design Star.”

Melanie Belew has more than 20 years of experience in both residential and commercial design. She has created a broad spectrum of interiors ranging from classical to contemporary. After working as a designer in Gabbert’s design studio, Belew has been self-employed and practicing interior design for the last 10 years with Belew Design Studio. She attended the University of North Texas, and is licensed with the state of Texas as an interior designer.

Susan Inglis has more than 20 years experience as a producer, importer, sourcing agent and broker in the home furnishings, fashion and gift industries. She has worked in 19 countries on five continents providing services ranging from identifying procedures for ensuring the sustainability of a natural resource base, to market-led product development. This will be her second year as judge of the Manufacturer Green Award which recognizes excellence in sustainable practices and standards.

The ARTS Awards finalists will be announced in August 2011. For additional information regarding the ARTS Awards, please contact Lindsey Villarreal at 214-655-7654 or lvillarreal@mcmcmail.com.

About Dallas Market Center
Founded in 1957, Dallas Market Center is the world’s most complete wholesale marketplace. Within its marketplace of more than five million square feet, retailers from around the globe source products ranging from home furnishings, gifts, decorative accessories and lighting to textiles, fashion accessories and men's, western, women's and children's apparel. With more than 50 markets each year attended by more than 200,000 retail buyers from all 50 states and 78 countries, Dallas Market Center offers hundreds of events and seminars geared toward helping retailers expand business and increase profits. As a result, more than $8 billion in estimated wholesale transactions are conducted annually within the
Dallas Market Center complex. The Dallas Market Center website is available at www.dallasmarketcenter.com.

About the Accessories Resource Team
The Accessories Resource Team (ART) is the association representing accessory manufacturers, retailers, representatives and other industry individuals and companies interested in promoting the decorative home accessories industry. The association’s goal is to enhance the market position of decorative home accessories. Each year ART sponsors programs such as the ART conference, regional educational seminars and the ARTS Awards. The Accessories Resource Team website is available at http://www.accessoriesresourceteam.org/.

About the ARTS Awards
The ARTS Awards is the premier awards program dedicated to the home decorative accessories industry. Twenty-eight categories exist under the headings Manufacturer, Retailer, Product Designer, Sales Representative, Rising Star, Green Design and Academy of Achievement. Anyone in the industry
can nominate including manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives, designers, suppliers, consultants and other industry officials. The Academy of Achievement honoree is selected by the ARTS Awards committee each year. Companies that have won the ARTS Awards five times are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame members are: BJ’s Home Accents, C.S. Wo & Sons, Distinctive Designs International Inc., Feizy Rugs, Fine Art Lamps, Global Views, Montaage, Natural Decorations Inc., Palecek, Paragon, Robb & Stucky and Schonbek Worldwide Lighting.

30 June 2011

IV Pole Pals bring cheer to children in hospitals

IV Pole Pals Wins The Next Big Thing Contest



By Dallas Market Center
DALLAS – June 25, 2011 – Dallas Market Center, the world’s most omplete wholesale marketplace, today announced The Next Big Thing winner, IV Pole Pals. The Next Big Thing is a national search for the best new products from throughout the country.

The winner was announced during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market on Saturday, June 25 and awarded a prize package worth more than $12,500 including $2,500 cash, exhibit space at the January 2012 Total Home & Gift Market, a feature profile in one of Dallas Market Center’s award-winning publications, and consultations from leading industry experts regarding branding, public relations, visual merchandising and much more.

“Congratulations to IV Pole Pals and its founder Deric Salser,” said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. “We’re glad to have had the opportunity to introduce IV Pole Pals to the marketplace and look forward to working with them and celebrating their success.”

IV Pole Pals was selected from three contest finalists including The Feeling Bag and The Pillow Bag. The finalists received airfare, hotel and exhibit space to show their products during Market in front of more than 50,000 attendees. To learn more about this year’s finalists go to www.dallasmarketcenter.com/contests/thing.

The winner was selected based on a combination of judges’ feedback as well as popular vote via a social media poll. This year’s judges were: Lori Eddleman, co-founder of Three Designing Women; Rawlins Gilliland, retail consultant; Caroline Kennedy, editor-in-chief of Gifts & Decorative Accessories; and Myra Prescott and Julie Tobolowsky, last year’s The Next Big Thing winners and founders of Clothes & Go.

IV Pole Pals are cheerful decorations that attach onto IV poles adding something special for patients needing their spirits lifted. The “pals” come in many shapes, sizes and themes and snap on and off any standard IV pole. They are made of durable plastic and have a convenient clip that wraps around the pole to secure it in place.

Deric Salser of Sunnyvale, Texas, founder of IV Pole Pals, was inspired by his 8-year-old daughter, Alexandra, who was diagnosed with an incurable disease called LCHAD. To take the fear out of needing an IV, Salser’s wife crafted homemade decorations and attached them to Alexandra’s IV pole. The decorations were the inspiration for the product line that now consists of more than 40
different “pals.” Visit www.ivpolepals.com for more information.

Dallas Market Center will continue to host The Next Big Thing, now entering its fifth contest, duringthe June Total Home & Gift Market. Information regarding next year’s contest will be available on its website in early January 2012. For additional information on The Next Big Thing, visit Dallas Market Center’s website at www.dallasmarketcenter.com or email thenextbigthing@mcmcmail.com. Dallas Market Center holds four Total Home & Gift Markets (January, March, June and September) and five Apparel & Accessories Markets (January, March, June, August and October) each year. Retail buyers are offered new lines and products at Dallas Market Center throughout its permanent showrooms and temporary exhibition space.

About Dallas Market Center
Founded in 1957, Dallas Market Center is the world’s most complete wholesale marketplace. Within its marketplace of more than five million square feet, retailers from around the globe source products ranging from home furnishings, gifts, decorative accessories and lighting to textiles, fashion accessories and men's, western, women's and children's apparel. With more than 50 markets each year attended by more than 200,000 retail buyers from all 50 states and 78 countries, Dallas Market Center offers hundreds of events and seminars geared toward helping retailers expand business and increase profits. As a result, more than $8 billion in estimated wholesale transactions are conducted annually within the Dallas Market Center complex. The Dallas Market Center website is available at www.dallasmarketcenter.com.

29 June 2011

A romantic food and cocktail garnish

Wild Hibiscus Flower Co. will introduce an exclusive, limited-edition food at the Atlanta gift show in July. The product is "bursting with joie de vivre," says Lee Etherington, the company founder. Each 12.3-ounce jar contains 15 hand-picked wild hibiscus flowers that are preserved in simple syrup scented with the essence of two dozen Bulgarian roses, sourced from a valley where highly prized rose oil hasbeen produced for centuries. The syrup can be mixed with a dry, sparkling wine. The flowers are edible.

The company says its flowers in rose syrup and the flowers alone are "trendy, edible food and cocktail garnishes" that have a three-year shelf life. They can be used in food dishes and cocktails and served at weddings, engagement parties, birthdays,holidays and themed events.

Qualifying retailers receive free POS materials—recipe brochures, counter and shelf displays,
plus wobblers.

See the company in Atlanta  at Booth 719, Building 2 - West Wing, 2nd Floor

28 June 2011

Greeting Card Assn. to meet in Texas


THE GREETING CARD ASSOCIATION'S 70TH ANNUAL CONVENTION
RUNS SEPT. 14-17 IN HORSESHOE BAY, TX
GCA members and nonmembers are welcome!

By The Greeting Card Association

(June 22, 2011) The 70th Annual Convention of the Greeting Card Association (GCA) will be taking place from Wednesday, September 14, through Saturday, September 17, at the Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. All members of the industry – both GCA members and nonmembers – are welcome to attend.

Located just 45 minutes northwest of Austin, this luxurious – yet affordably priced – resort lies along the panoramic shores of Lake LBJ in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. It features three championship golf courses, four swimming pools, 16 tennis courts, seven dining facilities, a full-service spa, a marina and more.

Horseshoe Bay Resort is the ideal venue for the outstanding roster of dynamic speakers, informative panel sessions, strategic meetings and fun networking activities planned for this year's convention – themed "Staying Relevant." The theme shapes the content of the upcoming convention, which will address the significant consumer and communication shifts affecting the greeting card, invitation and stationery business, according to Convention Co-Chairs Jason Evans of Birchcraft Studios and Christy Kaprosy of American Greetings.

On the roster at this year's GCA Annual Convention is keynote speaker Jim Welch, president and founder of The Growth Leader, Inc. Welch brings more than 25 years of marketing leadership, having previously worked for Hallmark Cards and Procter & Gamble. As the "The Practical Growth Leader," Welch will provide convention attendees with innovative, cutting-edge growth strategies.

Research firm On Your Mark will lead an interactive discussion with a panel of young women to understand how greeting cards and stationery play a part in their lives. Another session will feature top retailers who will share unique sales category insights about the role of social expressions. Additional speakers and panels, including a presentation by GCA Associate members who are suppliers to the industry, will also offer critical industry knowledge to attendees.

Substantial early discounts for the 70th Annual Convention are being offered for those registering by Friday, August 12. To register, please visit www.greetingcard.org.

Single and double rooms at the Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott are available for just $150 per night (plus resort fee and taxes) until Friday, August 12. To book a room, please go to www.greetingcard.org. For more information about Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott, visit www.hsbresort.com.

About the Greeting Card Association
The Greeting Card Association, headquartered in White Plains, NY, is the U.S. trade association of the greeting card industry. Established in 1941, the GCA represents greeting card and stationery publishers, as well as suppliers to the industry. The GCA is managed by George Little Management, LLC, owner and manager of the annual National Stationery Show. For additional information, please visit www.greetingcard.org.
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