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Dallas Market Center increases free Wi-Fi access, announces market events

AT&T boosts wireless coverage for better voice and data access

Prior to the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, Jan. 18-24, Dallas Market Center announced an increase in free Wi-Fi access throughout the common areas of its 5 million-sq.-ft. campus with a more than 65% increase in bandwidth, allowing faster download speeds. In addition, AT&T has boosted its wireless network throughout the buildings to enhance wireless coverage and capacity.

"We are pleased to offer market attendees more extensive free Wi-Fi and better cell service," said Bill Winsor, DMC President and CEO. "Each year we continue to expand the complimentary coverage and this past year have more than doubled the bandwidth. We are committed to investing in free Internet access as we grow our online and digital resources."

Free Wi-Fi service is available throughout DMC common areas including: the atrium walkway areas on all World Trade Center and Trade Mart floors, hallways in the International Trade Plaza, the Internet Lounge (WTC 1-147), WTC Cafeteria, the runway area on the WTC 14th floor, and the District One Five Lounge (WTC 15th floor).

Users can connect to the free Wi-Fi service by selecting the wireless network "1 Free HotSpot from DMC" on their wireless device.

"AT&T continues to increase wireless network coverage throughout campus," said Cindy Morris, COO, Dallas Market Center. "With the newly-completed upgrades, buyers are expected to see better wireless coverage than ever before during January Markets."

"More than 400,000 people visit Dallas Market Center every year, and we know that by keeping them connected, we are helping them conduct more business faster," said Holly Reed, regional vice president, AT&T. "Our local network engineers have been hard at work enhancing network connections to increase mobile broadband speeds and provide our customers a great network experience while at market."


ART announces Dallas ART Card vendor specials and market events

Accessories Resource Team, the association for the decorative accessory segment of the home furnishings industry, has announced the 16 vendors participating in the organization's ART Card Program during the 2012 Dallas Total Home & Gift Market. In addition, ART will host various events during the Dallas-based market, including a mini-seminar series.

The ART Card Program, which launched in the summer of 2011, is exclusive to ART members. Annual membership to ART is open to home accents retailers, manufacturers, reps, designers and industry professionals ($250/year). The ART Card program provides each retailer member with a personalized ART Card, which can be presented to participating vendors, upon placing an order, to receive exclusive specials. Savings realized by the retail member often exceed the yearly membership dues cost.

A complete list of the Dallas vendor specials is located below and also on ART's website.

In addition, ART will be hosting a mini-seminar series throughout market. Each topic features a short, 15-20 minute presentation:

+ Thursday, Jan. 19 - "Branding Basics" - Randal Weeks, Aidan Gray.
Time: 1 p.m.; Location: Codarus Showroom (WTC, Suite 531)

+ Friday, Jan. 20 - "Telling Your Story with Display" - Mike Sandel, GuildMaster.
Time: 10 a.m.; Location: In-Detail Showroom (WTC, Suite 500)

+ Saturday, Jan. 21 - "Bridal Registry" - Beatriz Ball, Beatriz Ball.
Time: 8:30 a.m.; Location: HomeStyle Showroom (WTC, Suite 236)

+ Sunday, Jan. 22 - "Lighting for Profit in Home Accents Stores" - Charles Neal, Visual Comfort.
Time: 3:30 p.m.; Location: Taylors on Ten Showroom (WTC, Suite 10010)

Other Dallas Market ART events are as follows:

Thursday, Jan. 19

+ Student Mentoring Day. Students from UNT and the GroovyStuff Design Challenge will meet with ART member representatives of manufacturing, retail, sales, design and market centers to discuss the state of the industry and then tour select ART member showrooms.
Time: 9 a.m.; Location: WTC, Suite 9065

+ Idea Share - Lighting Showroom Peer Forum with ART & Residential Lighting.
Time: 3 p.m.; Location: WTC, Suite 166

Friday, Jan. 20

+ Home Accent Retailer Peer Forum. Any category with ART & Home Accents Today.
Time: 2 p.m.; WTC, Suite 166

+ Pre-party and exhibit. Featuring product from the manufacturing categories sent for judging. Time: 6 p.m.; Location: WTC, Suite 554

Saturday, Jan. 21

The 23rd Annual ARTS Awards Gala
Time: 6 p.m.; Location: Hilton Anatole, Khmer Ballroom. Reservations required.

For more information on the ART Card, events in Dallas or to join ART, visit accessoriesresourceteam.org or call 704.376.4278.


FINDS Dallas Temp Show breaks record for new lines

Dallas Market Center announced that the FINDS Dallas Temp Show will present hundreds of new lines as well as Made in the USA products. The show will be held Jan. 20-23 and take place during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, Jan. 18-24.

"The upcoming FINDS Temp Show will offer more new lines than ever before," said Cindy Morris, COO, Dallas Market Center. "Fresh products are so important to buyers; they will be pleased to find them in each category throughout campus."

Made in the USA products will be shown in FINDS and be identified with a bold logo on exhibitors' booth signs. The designation will allow buyers to find domestically made products in a more efficient way.

New lines in Handmade & Vintage FINDS, World Trade Center (WTC) 13th floor, include: A Wing and a Prayer, Bygone Beads, Frankie Slaughter, Ornamental Things and Simply Pretty.

Other vintage products can be found in Market Hall. Debuting in Vintage Home/Furniture FINDS (North Hall) are: Display, JRNE Vintage, Rustic Gardens, Stash {vintage finds}, Uncommon Market and Your Home. Also, in Market Hall are new lines in Cash & Carry FINDS (Main Hall): Seven Hearts, Elegant Industries, Hi Fashions, Hoach & Hollys, Moore Galore, The Hangup and Truly Blessed.

For the first time in January, buyers will find Design FINDS located on the Trade Mart 1st floor. New lines include: Blissliving Home, Be Home, Evoluxe, Lauren LaChance Collection, Neves, Pisu, Shannon Koszyk and Vonny.

The WTC 12th floor will offer a range of new lines including: Collins Painting and Design, East of India, Faux Designs, Forest Creations, Jacki Designs, JDS Marketing and Sales, Kathleen Designs, Lillian Rose and Petting Zoo in Gift FINDS; Creative Card Design, Heavenly Designs, Holst-Bowen and Misumara in Paper & Party FINDS; Bobbo Inc., Cactus Imports and Pottery, Fairy Gardening, Kami's Creations, Lone Wolf, River Root Gardens, Sun Flower Shades in Garden & Outdoor FINDS; Artiflor, Ragon House, Tass Designs and Christopher Radko (returning with new line) in Christmas & Floral FINDS; Luv Ur Locker, Nakajima, Pockos, Sara Kety and The Fig Orchard in Kids FINDS; and Faux Hawk, Gameday Boots, Imprint Studios, Ketch the Spirit and Signature Engraving Systems in Collegiate & Souvenir FINDS.

Other new lines will join the show on the WTC 13th floor including: California Hat Company, Gilbert's, M Rena, Texas Leathers, Veggies and Ziva in Fashion FINDS; Boot Tapas, Dimacci, Grace George, J. Suzette, Skagen and Zia Couture in Red Haute FINDS; and Capistrano Soaps, Tbox and Twist and Pout (returning exhibitor introducing a new product) in Bath & Body FINDS.

Home & Hill Country FINDS located on the WTC 6th floor will introduce the following new lines: Brazilian Home Collection, Floor Redford Tate Designs, Go Jump in the Lake, Mastour Galleries, NBR Home, Teresa Alecrim and Vintage Sign Co. as well as expanded lines Gaucho Sheep & Leather and Moon Rein by Christi Proctor.

Throughout the FINDS Dallas Temp Show buyers are invited to participate in the "On the Road to FINDS Giveaway." Participants can pick up FINDS "Road Maps" at information booths, Red Rooms and registrations areas to start on their journey though the Temp Show. To qualify, buyers must visit three different FINDS locations (one must be FINDS in Market Hall) and drop their completed forms at a FINDS information booth for a chance to win great prizes.

Highlights of prizes include: a Stella Scooter; Kindle Fire Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display with Wi-Fi; Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones; Garmin 4.3" Portable GPS Navigator with lifetime map & traffic updates; Flip Video Camera; Sofia Cashmere Travel Set; Gift Certificate towards a luxury luggage set; Agloves, mobile device friendly gloves; and a "Build Your Own Road trip" including rental car, gas, restaurant gift certificates, and hotel expenses.

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