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9 Jan

7 Things to Know

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The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market

1. Where New Product Destinations Are 

The Building 1 Lobby looks a little different with a new Nourison showroom and a reconfigured HD HOME.

Find high-end spa products at the new Body & Soul LUXE on Building 3, Floor 3.

Explore the National Oriental Rug Market on Building 1, Floor 5.


2. Who Will Be at Market

Attending Market this year are some of the top influencers in the interior design industry such as Sherry E. Calhoun, owner of Gracious Me!, and James Merida, owner of Bountiful, discussing the advantages and disadvantages of doing business via e-commerce; Gen Cusic, lead fragrance evaluator at ILLUME, sharing the ins and outs of selecting the perfect fragrances for candles; Laurie Pressman, VP of the Pantone Color Institute, examining the 2018 palettes, Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year and their roles in home furnishings; and Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors, Paloma Contreras of La Dolce Vita blog, and Erin Gates of Elements of Style blog reviewing trend-driven designs across the U.S. with moderator Dennis Scully, The Editor At Large contributing editor.

The Fiesta Dinnerware Demonstration Kitchen is also front and center with eight classes scheduled during the weeklong Market extravaganza. Celebrity chefs give amazing and inspiring presentations and include famous author and chef Paula Deen preparing her famous cornbread; pit master extraordinaire Chef Stephen Franklin of DAS BBQ sharing tips for smoking meats and using bourbon with brisket; Chef Luca Varuni of Varuni Napoli with secrets straight from Italy on how to create the perfect pizza; chef, author, restaurateur, and Food Network television host Chef Geoffrey Zakarian with a delicious beef and barley bisque recipe; Chef Damon Wise & Pastry Chef Jen Yee of C. Ellet's Steak House giving pointers on preparing fish and puff pastries respectively; Jim Tselikis of Cousins Maine Lobster cooking the perfect lobster roll; and Chef EJ Hodgkinson of King + Duke presenting on responsible butchering and direct-heat cooking.

AmericasMart’s business educational programming known as The Education Center again offers various workshops and seminars during the Market. Crystal Vilkaitis, retail social media expert, speaker and founder of Social Edge™ gives tips on how to strengthen the use of social media. Andrew Tucker, manager of new partner development at Google, discusses how to improve digital footprints with Google. Carolyn Whalen, community success manager at Imagine Media Consulting, and Devyn Lamon, digital media coordinator at Imagine Media Consulting, explain how to get audiences to consume content successfully. Shantel Khleif, CEO and co-founder of Imagine Media Consulting, and Margot Eddy, COO and co-founder of Imagine Media Consulting, perform social media audits to build a strategic online presence.

Check out the whole events schedule. 


3. Where to Find Food

Dining options can be found throughout the AmericasMart campus. Visit for the full list of offerings and check out the new Food Truck experience on Building 3, Floor 2. 


4. Where to Relax

Market can take it out of the best of us. New lounges will help you relax whether your zen comes from a message or a cocktail .

Wellness and Rejuvenation Lounge: Indulge in massages, wellness services, and beverages in a serene and relaxing environment throughout the week. Building 2, Floor 12, Room 1227

Creative Commons: Enjoy a relaxing space with skyline views, cocktails and hospitality throughout the week of Market. Building 2, Floor 10, Room 1090,

Headshot & Glam Studio: Smile and get a headshot for your business needs! Package includes styling, a 20-minute portrait session, a selection of proofs and one retouched image. Complimentary for buyers. Appointment required at Building 1, Floor 8, DÉCOR | Light & Lifestyles.

Modern Luxury Lounge: Put up your feet, charge your phone and enjoy an afternoon cocktail in the Modern Luxury Lounge, conveniently located at Market's newest design-led temporary collection. Complimentary signature cocktail and DJ each afternoon. Building 1, Floor 8, DÉCOR | Light & Lifestyles.

Simply Southern Hospitality Lounge: Take a break with the brand that’s sweeping the south one t-shirt at a time. Building 2, Floor 6, Escalator Lobby


5. Where to Find Inspiration

One of the most powerful elements in design language comes to life in our newest vignette gallery presentation In Living Color. Six interior designers and six floral designers are collaborating on all new vignette presentations that boldly portray what’s ahead in design as they explore the PANTONEVIEW® home + interiors color forecast and the Color of the Year for 2018. Check it out on Building 1, Floor 14.

Like what you see? We’ll be giving away all of the products showcased in Floor 9 vignette to five lucky winners. Learn more at 


6. When the Parties Are

Thursday, January 11




America’s Magnificent Carpets® Awards Reception

5 p.m.

MOI Gallery, Building 1, Floor 4, MOI Gallery, 4-B-1

Join us for a festive cocktail reception as we toast the winners of America’s Magnificent Carpets® Awards and celebrate the latest in rug design.

Escape the Ordinary

6 p.m.

Building 3, Floor 2, Atrium

As we kick off the opening of the temporaries, cover band The A-Town A-List will shake up Market with its red-hot mix of timeless classics to modern hits.


Friday, January 12




Color of the Year Party

Building 1, Floor 14, Vignette Gallery, 14-D-9

Put on your best Color of the Year ensemble and join as we usher in Ultra Violet, the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year. Enjoy fun, food, and festivities! Learn more and RSVP to attend at


Saturday, January 13




Bloom Bash on 9

4 p.m.

Building 1, Floor 9

Indulge in delicious light bites, refreshing libations, and entertainment while shopping the Floor 9 showrooms. While you're sipping you'll have the chance to win some of the product featured in the Floor 9 In Living Color vignette. Visit at least three participating Floor 9 showrooms, snap a photo in each of the showrooms, and post the images to your Instagram account using the official hashtags – including the hashtag for the collection you want to win.


7. Where to Park



A variety of affordable parking options at designated downtown lots is available for buyers attending Market. Electric vehicles sponsored by Simply Southern, Yankee Candle, Compendium and Ty, Inc. will run between designated lots and AmericasMart from 8 a.m. – noon and from 4 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, January 9 – Tuesday, January 16. Evening shuttles will run 4 – 10 p.m. on Friday, January 12 and Saturday, January 13.

Look for AmericasMart signs at each lot. Spaces are limited. This opportunity is available only on a per day basis during designated hours; there is no overnight parking allowed.



Free parking is available at an off-site facility located at 4361 International Parkway in Hapeville (30354) for AmericasMart Atlanta customers on a first-come, first-served basis. The lot is open during the following times:

Friday, January12 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday, January 13 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday, January 14 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Monday, January 15 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Parking is allowed only during designated hours; no overnight parking allowed. Vehicles are subject to be towed at owners’ expense. There is no after-hours security on site.

Complimentary shuttles to the AmericasMart Atlanta campus are available Friday – Monday with service running approximately every 30 minutes.



Free parking is available in the Gold Lot at Turner Field for AmericasMart Atlanta customers on a first-come, first-served basis. The lot is open Tuesday, January 9 – Monday, January 15, 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Shuttle service will run from 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. with the exception that Friday and Saturday evening service is extended until 9 p.m. Please look for the AmericasMart flag for pick up points.



AmericasMart Atlanta will provide free parking in the garage at the corner of Peachtree Center Avenue and Andrew Young International Boulevard (161 Peachtree Center Avenue) on Saturday, January 13 and Sunday, January 14 with an AmericasMart Atlanta badge.

Spaces are limited. This opportunity is available only on a per day basis during designated hours; there is no overnight parking allowed.



Parking at Market can be easy, convenient and flexible. Before you arrive, plan and pay for your Market parking with Parking Panda. You can ensure a guaranteed parking spot with multiple date and lot options. For information, go to

Chelsea Peabody Bohannon
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