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The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market July 2019

The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market presents nearly 30 events and seminars, gourmet demonstrations, lounges and celebrations this July. Connect with tastemakers, trendsetters and thought leaders from the design, entertaining, retail, business and publishing realms in programming throughout the market week. (NOTE: A complete listing of programming with descriptions, dates, times and locations is available here).

“The July Market programming is all about inspiration,” said Dorothy Belshaw, executive vice president, chief marketing and digital officer for International Market Centers. “Whether it’s a new business venture, a new way to connect with customers or a new recipe to prepare for family and friends, buyers will find it in Atlanta this summer.”

sts-logo-fullcolor-s19-bright-1SHOP THE SHOW
Shop the Show returns for its third season with a new group of design and lifestyle influencers who will shop the Market, present trend-focused seminars, meet buyers and share their experiences. Visiting Atlanta this July are Monika Hibbs, Landyn Hutchinson of Living with Landyn; Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth; and Anissa and Brian Zajac of House Seven Design + Build. The Shop the Show influencers share their expertise in a series of events throughout the market. Rose prepares attendees to celebrate at any time with Summer Entertaining: 5-Minute Bruschetta & Skinny Jalapeño Margaritas…Olé! on Thursday, July 11 at 11 a.m. and afterwards, meets her fans and followers in the Bodrum showroom. The Zajacs discuss power of Instagram and how demand from that community helped propel the stay-at-home-and-constantlyredecorating mom and her handy husband-turned-general contractor to form their own design and build firm in Inside Instagram: Learn How to Take Your Social Community & Content to an Entirely New Level of Business Success on Thursday, July 11 at 2 p.m. and afterwards at a meet and greet in the MVP Group International showroom. Hutchinson prepares attendees for an unplanned pop-in party with girlfriends in a lively presentation Girls Night In! Easy Entertaining & Cocktails with Lifestyle Expert Landyn Hutchinson featuring quick recipes and hostess tips on Friday, July 12 at 11 a.m. followed by a meet and greet in the Just Got 2 Have It! showroom. Hibbs shares how she has become one of the most sought-after voices in the online lifestyle sphere in Beyond the Blog! Evolving Your Design Firm & Reinventing a Multi-Faceted Brand on Friday, July 12 at 2 p.m. and later hosts a meet and greet in the Lowcountry Originals showroom. The influencers come together on Friday, July 12 at 4 p.m. for the floor-wide Bohemian Escape | A Shop the Show Soirée hosted by Creative Co-Op and select Building 2, Floor 10 exhibitors HomArt, Kalalou, Park Hill, Tango and UMA, featuring hands-on entertainment, giveaways, show specials, music and much more.

Panel discussion at The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market

The market’s tastemaker programming highlights successful retailers, top lifestyle brand creators and inspiring interior designers. Stargazing: Retail's Best & Brightest features Home Accents Today’s Retail Stars past and present discussing how they are continuing to outshine the competition on Wednesday, July 10 at 2 p.m. Buyers learn how to enhance retail spaces, interiors and exteriors with floral design in Flowering Your World: Using Blooms to Enhance Your Space,” a panel discussion lead by Margot Shaw of Flower Magazine on Thursday, July 11 at 10 a.m. Nora Fleming and her business partner/brother Jon Neidlinger discuss the secret to growing a brand steadily and deliberately, all while maintaining a commitment to family, their team and their customers in “Celebrate with nora fleming: Elevating Everyday Entertaining” on Friday, July 12 at 10 a.m. Traditional design icons Bunny Williams, Annie Selke and Mark D. Sikes discuss their timeless aesthetics in “A New Kind of Traditional” on Friday, July 12 at noon, followed by book signings in CODARUS. Stationery Trends editor Sarah Schwartz leads “Stationery Shop Talk” with a panel of top paper retailers on Saturday, July 13 at 12 p.m. where they will cover bestselling brands, trends and where to find them at market. Luxe Interiors + Design Southeast Homes Editor Kate Abney delves into the bravado and courage it takes to design fearlessly in a designer panel discussion “Audacious, Adventurous and Awe-Inspiring Design” with Michel Boyd, Michelle Workman and Justin Shaulis on Saturday, July 13 at 2 p.m.

Business-building programming touches on new ventures, creating in-store experiences and developing a successful email marketing plan. “How to Strategically and Successfully Add Home Staging to Your Design Business” teaches how home staging and design are similar yet different with a discussion of how the business works, success strategies and income potential on Tuesday, July 9 at 10 a.m. “Fair Trade – Setting a Legitimate Ethical Standard for Businesses” provides an overview of fair trade principles, code of practice, issues in the fair trade movement and the future direction of the overarching values of fair trade on Tuesday, July 9 at 2 p.m. “Boost Your On-Premise Sales With Events That Create an Experience” teaches how to create a shopping experience through intimate gatherings and large-scale events on Wednesday, July 10 at 10 a.m. “Email Marketing Strategy for All Phases of the Small Business Journey” covers the basics of email marketing with actionable tips to increase subscribers, improve click rates and optimize conversion metrics on Saturday, July 13 at 10 a.m.

Demo Kitchen at The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market

Cocktail demonstration in the Fiesta Dinnerware Demonstration Kitchen at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market The Fiesta Dinnerware Demonstration Kitchen features retailer tips and a demonstration from a Southern lifestyle expert. “Kids in the Kitchen with Cooper” teaches how to bring customers in the door by branding as a family-friendly venue with a series of kid-friendly recipes on Wednesday, July 10 at 11 a.m. In “Seersucker Social: Entertaining Tips, Cocktails and Recipes with the Author of Four Seasons of Entertaining: Shayla Copas,” the interior designer and tastemaker shares entertaining tips, cocktails and recipes as seen in her new book on Saturday, July 13 at 11 a.m. The Kitchen also hosts the Cocktails and Conversations series featuring mixologists from local restaurants sharing favorite recipes and tips. Buyers will enjoy a modern take on punches on Wednesday, July 10; Prohibition-era cocktails on Thursday, July 11; cocktails with local ingredients and fresh produce on Friday, July 12; and travel-inspired modern cocktails on Saturday, July 13. All Cocktails and Conversation events are held at 1:30 p.m.


Eco Lounge at the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market
Buyers’ lounges throughout campus including The Southern Couture Lounge, the Creative Commons and the DEMDACO Crossroads feature daily hospitality. In the ECO Lounge, sponsored by The Sustainable Furnishing’s Council, Furniture Lighting & Décor Magazine, Tervis, 4Ocean, Pura Vida and Sand Straw buyers can rest, recharge and learn about products and partners that abide by sustainable practices. The Headshot & Glam Studio provides buyers with a complimentary 20-minute portrait session including hair and make-up touch up. The Wellness and Rejuvenation Lounge features complimentary massages, wellness services, and beverages in a serene and relaxing environment.

A complete listing of programming with descriptions, dates, times and locations follows and is available online here. See you soon!

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