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.”
SHOP 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.
TASTEMAKER PROGRAMMING AND EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS 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.
HOSPITALITY AND PAMPERING IN MARKET LOUNGES 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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