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AmericasMart seminars designed to educate, inspire

AmericasMart will offer a lineup of seminars, networking events and celebrity demonstrations at The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market, Jan. 11-18.

AmericasMart's The Education Center offers an extensive menu of practical, insightful seminars. Topics range from social media, outdoor living and gardening, interior design and ideologies, expanding customer service and more.

All AmericasMart seminars are free of charge to retailer and exhibitor customers.

January 2012 events and seminars:

Thursday, Jan. 12

10-11 a.m.
The Garden's Education Center: Herb Delights & Container Gardening presented by Callaway Gardens.
Building 2 WestWing, Floor 10 Seminar Room

11 a.m. - noon
The Garden's Education Center: Organic Vegetable Gardening
presented by Callaway Gardens
Learn all about home vegetable growing to take advantage of the organic craze and share with your customers and target market.
Building 2 WestWing, Floor 10 Seminar Room

11 a.m. - noon
Styling, The Final Layer
Presented by Interior Stylist Emily Henderson
The season five champion of HGTV's "Design Star" and current host of HGTV's "Secrets From A Stylist" demonstrates her styling secrets in three looks. Add the final layer to any room using a fabulous rug or build up the look of your room with home accessories.
Building 1, Floor 4

11 a.m. - noon
Just in time . . . Delicious soups!
Presented by Chef Dave Prows
Sponsored by L'Equip
What better way to start the season change than knowing how to prepare the perfect soups for family and friends. Chef Dave Prows, executive chef for nationwide Costa Vida chain of restaurants, will present and demonstrate recipes on heartwarming soups.
Building 2 WestWing, Floor 8, Demonstration Kitchen

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Better Living Through Sandwich Artistry
Cooking demonstration presented by Food Network's Jeff Mauro, the Sandwich King. It's not just deli meat and bread anymore. Meet & Greet session to immediately follow at 1:30 p.m.
Building 2 WestWing, Floor 8, Demonstration Kitchen

1:30-2:30 p.m.
The Garden's Education Center: Topiary Gardening: The Next Hot Hobby
Presented by Callaway Gardens
Customers are always looking for the next big thing and Callaway Gardens has it. Hear all about topiary gardening, one of the most enjoyable and low cost hobbies in gardening today.
Building 2 WestWing, Floor 10 Seminar Room

2-6 p.m.
HD HOME Preview Party
Review the most anticipated and exciting addition to AmericasMart representing the crème de la crème
of home furnishings. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, drinks and live music at this exclusive preview party. Get the first look at the nation's greatest design-driven home furnishings and décor manufacturers.
Building 1, Floor 1, Center Hall

3-4 p.m.
Enjoying Wine... Simply All You Need To Know
Presented by Schott Zwielsel
Sponsored by Fortessa and Synergy Sales
Wine education can be fun without the mystery and snobbery often associated with wines. This seminar, led by Marianne Frantz, the Sommelier, president of American Wine School and wine director for the Fabulous Food Show, will teach the audience a basic understanding of wines using Schott Zwielsel Stemware, proper food pairings and which glass to use for the best wine experience. The first 50 buyers in attendance at this wine tasting seminar will receive a gift, compliments
of Fortessa, Schott Zwielsel and Synergy Sales.
Building 2 WestWing, Floor 8, Demonstration Kitchen

3-5 p.m.
Lulu Powers: Food to Flowers Holiday Party
Presented by Lulu Powers, author of "Lulu Powers: Food to Flowers"
Join lifestyle-living expert Lulu Powers as she kicks off the January Market with a holiday-themed party full of fabulous refreshments and tons of decorating ideas. During this presentation and party, Powers will use tips from her latest book along with holiday and floral home decor products to guide you to make your next festive party an unforgettable event. Decorating presentation to be immediately followed by cocktail party, book sale and signing hour.
Building 1, Floor 19, Seminar Room 19-A-23

4:15-4:45 p.m
Corridor Grand Opening
Ribbon cutting and grand opening of the 2 WestWing, 8th Floor Corridor. Now it's easier than ever to find what you're looking for with direct access between product centers.
Building 2 and 2 WestWing, Floor 8

Friday, Jan. 13

8 a.m.
Go crazy on 8 with free breakfast and coffee
Join the Floor 8 exhibitors for a complimentary breakfast and a chance to win prizes while you browse the Living and Entertaining: Gifts, Tabletop and Accessories products. Supplies limited.
Building 2, Floor 8

9-11 a.m.
Start on 6 for free breakfast & early-bird specials
Start your day with a complimentary breakfast provided by AmericasMart and the Floor 6 exhibitors. Complimentary coffee, juice and breakfast bites provided throughout the floor and in participating exhibitors' showrooms.
Building 2 and Building 2 WestWing, Floor 6

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Museum of Introductions Gallery
The rug and home industry's exclusive showing of new product introductions in a sophisticated museum setting.
Building 1, Floor 4, Room 4-B-1

9-11a.m.
HD Home Complimentary Cappuccino
Need a pick-me-up? Stop by for a complimentary espresso, latte or cappuccino.
Building 1, Floor 1, Center Hall

10-11 a.m.
Gift Picks for Profits
Presented by Julie Kenney, president and founder of TheGiftingExperts.com and Jewels and Pinstripes, Celebrity Gifting Company. Celebrity industry gifting expert Julie Kenney presents her Top 10 Gift Lists in multiple gift categories featured at AmericasMart Atlanta.
Building 2 WestWing, Floor 6, Elevator Lobby

10-11 a.m.
Celebrate with a Twist! Tasty Ideas to Stir New Traditions and Create Memories
Presented by Laura Johnson & Susie Murray
Sponsored by Coton Colors
Coton Colors Founder Laura Johnson and cookbook co-author Susie Murray share tidbits from the new "Happy Everything Cookbook" as they present fun twists on classic celebrations. Learn how to take your next dinner party up a notch with surprising fare and fresh décor as the two present a taste of cheer to make everyday moments memorable. To celebrate, Coton Colors will be raffling Happy Everything collection pieces and copies of the "Happy Everything Cookbook" throughout the demonstration. Be prepared to feast on something fabulous!
Building 2 WestWing, Floor 8 Demonstration Kitchen

11 a.m. - noon
Windsor Smith Lifestyles
Presented by interior designer Windsor Smith
Building 1, Floor 4, Room 4-A-1

11 a.m. - noon
Trends of the Season
Sponsored by The Creative Connection
Take a look at some of the hottest "must haves" from decorating your tree to setting your dining room for that perfect holiday gathering, all geared to motivate and incorporate into your buying strategies.
Building 1, Floor 19, Seminar Room 19-A-23

11 a.m. - noon
Herban Gardening: From Garden to Gourmet with James Farmer
Join local author, cook and farm-to-table lifestyle expert James Farmer as he shares his passion for Herban Gardening. Hear how growing, cooking and decorating with herbs can be used in your everyday life or to create the perfect event in your store.
Building 2 WestWing, Floor 10 Seminar Room

Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Flavor Your Table: From Garden to Gourmet with James Farmer
Join us in the kitchen with James Farmer, local author and farm-to-table lifestyle expert, as he whips up delicious recipes from his book "A Time to Plant: Southern-Style Garden Living," using fresh organic ingredients and herbs. This Farmer will have you living the farm to table lifestyle in
no time. Book sale and signing to follow.
Building 2 WestWing, Floor 8 Demonstration Kitchen

1-3 p.m.
Tiki Time
Aloha! Join the tropical resort party complete with live hula dancers, Ukulele musicians, tropical drinks and resort-style snacks while you shop on 7.
Building 2 and Building 2 WestWing, Floor 7

1-5 p.m.
Florida Retail Federation/Georgia Retail Association Business Center
Stop by the Florida Retail Federation/Georgia Retail Association showroom to drop off your business
card to enter to win a daily door prize. Florida and Georgia retailers only.
Building 2 WestWing, Floor 6, Room 677B

2-3 p.m.
Bread . . . and now Pizza In Five Minutes A Day
Presented by Jeff Hertzberg & Zoe Francois
Sponsored by Kasperzak & Assoc. and Emile Henry
Best-selling cookbook authors Jeff Hertzberg & Zoe Francois as seen and heard on the "Today Show" and NPR's "The Splendid Table" will prepare recipes from their newly released book "Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day." They will demonstrate their revolutionary method by creating healthy recipes using ingredients of grains, fruits and vegetables for pizzas, flatbreads and loaves using the Emile Henry Baking Stone. Jeff & Zoe continue the quest to educate on the necessities of eating natural and healthier ingredients. Cookbook signing to follow immediately
after kitchen demonstration.
Building 2 WestWing, Floor 8 Demonstration Kitchen

2:30-4:30 p.m.
Free Krispy Kreme & Cozy Café Bar
Enjoy a quick pick-me-up of the famous donuts, Chai-Tea Latte, Choco-latte and hot apple cider while browsing our Gift floor.
Building 2, Floor 14

3 p.m.
Walk and Talk the Market
Starting in January 2012, the ORRA featured market walk with Phil Menendian will narrow its focus on one or two showrooms. In select showrooms there will be a more specific and lengthy examination of the rugs. This new emphasis will add to the educational features of our programs. To register please
send your contact information to orra@orrainc.com. Group to meet at the ORRA booth where the tour will depart.
Building 1, Floor 2 at the ORRA booth

3-4 p.m.
Our Life in Design
Presented by Interior Designers Mary McDonald and Nathan Turner
Join two of Bravo's Million Dollar Decorators as they share their stories on how they became the best in the business. Listen as these famed decorators discuss interiors, entertaining, party planning and the highs and lows of television celebrity. Book sale and signing to immediately follow.
Building 1, Floor 14, Seminar Room

3-5 p.m.
HD Home Complimentary Cappuccino
Need a pick-me-up? Stop by for a complimentary espresso, latte, or cappuccino.
Building 1, Floor 1, Center Hall

3-4 p.m.
Ribbons 101: The How-Tos From Basics to Over the Top
Sponsored by Lion Ribbon
Learn how to add holiday flair to products that are sure to catch your customer's attention.
From traditional bows to glamorous presentations, this seminar will leave a lasting impression.
Building 1, Floor 19, Seminar Room 19-A-23

4-8 p.m.
START at the Top: 2012 Holiday Artisans Showcase
Celebrate the seasons and see how your favorite products are made. View the best of the best holiday designers as they demonstrate an up-close view on how they create their handmade products. See live artisan demonstrations of sculptors, wood carvers, painters and more visiting from their studios throughout Europe and the U.S. Plus enjoy festive foods such as brats, pretzels, cold beer and delicious desserts.
Building 1, Floor 20

5-7 p.m.
A Flight of the Birding Best: Progressive Dinner Party
Sponsored by Birding Business
New to the birding trend or looking to enhance your product line with even better birding products? This Birding Flight complimentary progressive dinner party is for you. Start in the Birding Temporaries from 5-6 p.m. to see the collections, toast with the temporaries and enjoy a complimentary delicious dinner. Then move upstairs from 6-7 p.m. to party in the permanents, see their birding collections, sip on cocktails and enjoy decadent desserts. Plus, don't miss the Birding Business Bar with their specialty complimentary cocktail.
Building 2 WestWing, Floor 4 then Building 2 WestWing, Floors 9 & 10

6 p.m.
Sparkle and Bubbly
Diamonds are a girl's best friend, and so is a wine spritzer! Come grab some bubbly and enjoy all the sparkle on our fine jewelry floor. If you're in the mood for some free diamonds, then look no further because you could be a lucky winner of our Diamond Jewelry Giveaway.
Building 3, Floor 6

6 p.m.
America's Magnificent Carpets Awards
The rug and home industry's signature event, recognizing the newest area rug introductions in a night of dreams, magination and artistry.
Georgia Aquarium

Saturday, Jan. 14

9-11 a.m.
Start on 6 for Free Breakfast & Early-Bird Specials
Start your day with a complimentary breakfast provided by AmericasMart and the Floor 6 Exhibitors. Complimentary coffee, juice and breakfast bites provided throughout the floor and in participating exhibitor's showrooms.
Building 2 and Building 2 WestWing, Floor 6

9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Museum of Introductions Gallery
The rug and home industry's exclusive showing of new product introductions in a sophisticated museum setting.
Building 1, Floor 4, Room 4-B-1

9-11a.m.
HD Home Complimentary Cappuccino
Need a pick-me-up? Stop by for a complimentary espresso, latte or cappuccino.
Building 1, Floor 1, Center Hall

10-11 a.m.
Breakfast by Design
Join us for a breakfast recognizing the winners of America's Magnificent Carpets Awards and take a look at the winning rugs in full detail.
Building 1, Floor 4, Room 4-B-1

10-11 a.m.
Glory B Hats for Free!
Back by popular demand. Come by to claim your very own original hat from Glory B Hats and meet the artist behind these fabulous paper creations. Supplies are limited. Buyers only please.
Building 1, Floor 7

10-11:30 a.m.
Knot To Be Missed III
Presented by Phil Menendian and a panel of rug appraisers
In our ongoing efforts at educating our members, ORRA continues this program that is geared toward helping our members pass the CRA exam. Menendian will focus on a specific group of rugs with which many test takers have had difficulty. Numerous pieces will be examined and discussed.
To register please send your contact information to orraarnold@verizon.net.
Building 1, Floor 4 Room 4-G-7

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Garden Up! With Susan Morrison, a Lesson in Vertical Gardening
Presented by Susan Morrison, of Creative Exteriors Landscape Design
Join Susan Morrison, landscape designer and co-author of "Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces" as she shares her passion for living wall projects and vertical gardening. Learn to create beautiful, sustainable vertical garden designs which can be used in
your own life as well as your customers' lives. Book sale and signing to follow.
Building 2 WestWing, Floor 10, 10-A-7

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Life is Short . . . Eat Dessert!
Presented by Chef Lacey Berry
Sponsored by L'Equip
Learn how to follow your heart with just enough to satisfy your dessert cravings. Chef Lacey Berry with L'Equip will teach you how to master the new dessert craze, "Mini Pies" and bake the perfect tarts and cheesecake.
Building 2 WestWing, Floor 8 Demonstration Kitchen

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Patina Style: Experiencing Design in Person and Online
Presented by Steve and Brooke Giannetti of Velvet & Linen
Sponsored by VERANDA
Join this husband and wife design duo for a conversation about the evolution
of their design philosophy, the process of translating decor for readers, and a discussion of new technology -- including their popular blog and distinct photographic work -- as a way to share a design experience. Book sale and signing to follow.
Building 1, Floor 14, Seminar Room

11 a.m. - noon
Designs to Inspire
Presented by Sullivans Showroom
Join us for a morning of educational inspiration featuring the latest trends in color, product and design techniques from Marc Bass, AIFD. Designs will be sure to capture your imagination and promote your holiday sales. Light lunch to follow seminar.
Building 1, Floor 19, Seminar Room 19-A-23

Noon - 1 p.m.
Dishin' with the Deens
Presented by Jamie and Bobby Deen
Jamie and Bobby, sons of legendary celebrity cook Paula Deen, have taken their mother's passion in the kitchen and launched their own career by putting a spin on traditional Southern food. Join this cooking duo as they prepare their favorite dishes, paired with Southern style and flair, that are sure to inspire you in the kitchen. Book sale and signing to follow.
Building 2 WestWing, Floor 8, Demonstration Kitchen

1-2 p.m.
Baby & Kids Trends in Design: What's New, What's Next
Presented by Christiane Lemieux of DwellStudio
DwellStudio Creative Director Christiane Lemieux spells out the top trends for baby & kids design. Plus, dive into where today's consumers and tastemakers are getting their inspiration and information. Building 3, Floor 13

2:30-4:30 p.m.
Free Krispy Kreme & Cozy Café Bar
Enjoy a quick pick-me-up of the famous donuts, Chai-Tea Latte, Choco-latte and hot apple cider
while browsing our Gift floor.
Building 2, Floor 11

2:30-5:30 p.m.
Make your look POP with Accessories on 8
Stop by Floor 8 for a popcorn break while you shop for the hottest accessories and jewelry. You may just be lucky enough to snag a few goodies for yourself in our accessory giveaway,
Building 3, Floor 8

3-4 p.m.
Old School . . . Cake School
Presented by Jodi Rhoden
Sponsored by Road Runners
Jodi Rhoden, author of "Cake Ladies: Celebrating a Southern Tradition" and owner of Short Street Cakes in Asheville, N.C., has offered traditional, Southern-style cakes for more than five years from her home kitchen to her sweet little Cake Shop in Asheville. Come see (and taste) why Rhoden's cakes are considered to represent the very best in the classic tradition of Southern cakes as she demonstrates baking one of her specialties in mini cupcakes with icing made from scratch using all-natural ingredients. Stop by the Road Runners showroom 819 after her cooking demonstration for a meet and greet and receive a signed copy of her most recent work "Cake Ladies: Celebrating a Southern Tradition."
Building 2 WestWing, Floor 8 Demonstration Kitchen

3-4 p.m.
Daily Design: How the Everyday Inspirations from Blogs Change the Industry
Presented by Heather Clawson of Habitually Chic, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan of Apartment Therapy and Christiane Lemieux of DwellStudio
Join us as we hear from the nation's most successful and well-known design bloggers. They will bring their thoughts and business ideas on how to harness the sometimes overwhelming amount of inspiration floating around the World Wide Web. Listen as they discuss how you can capitalize on the success of blogs, tips on getting published on a blog and the instant increase it can bring to your design business.
Book sale, signing and cocktail meet & greet party to immediately follow.
Building 1, Floor 14, Seminar Room

3-5 p.m
HD Home Complimentary Cappuccino
Need a pick-me-up? Stop by for a complimentary espresso, latte or cappuccino.
Building 1, Floor 1, Center Hall

3-4 p.m.
In-SPA-ration!
Enjoy a relaxing hand massage and a glass of wine while you take a break from shopping the temps.
Building 3, Floor 4

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Dare to be Different
Sponsored by Winward International
Learn how to make your holiday products stand out among the rest. Winward International will
share tips on how to design floral arrangements, coordinate home décor and provide you with unique
gift-giving ideas.
Building 1, Floor 19, Seminar Room 19-A-23

5-6 p.m.
Stonewall Kitchen Presents...
Presented by Lou Dube
Sponsored by Stonewall Kitchen, LLC
Take a peek, taste and discover what makes Stonewall Kitchen specialty foods a celebration of good taste.
Building 2 WestWing, Floor 8, Demonstration Kitchen

5-7 p.m.
2012 Lawn & Garden Symposium and Al Fresco Dinner
Sponsored by Today's Garden Center
This must-attend, two-fold roundtable event is the place for all independent lawn and garden centers.
Join the array of industry experts and top successful independent lawn and garden center retailers as
they discuss hard-hitting topics that will help your business grow. Topics include Competing with
Mass Merchants, Staff Development and Customer Service, and Understanding the Female Buying Perspective. Roundtable leaders include renowned top garden and lawn retailers, industry experts and garden celebrity ambassadors. Immediately following this event, join AmericasMart and The Gardens® exhibitors at our Al Fresco dinner and cocktail party to mingle and network.
Please RSVP to jpowell@americasmart.com.
Building 2 WestWing, Floors 9 & 10

5-8 p.m.
CA$H is King on 17!
Join the Floor 17 exhibitors for drinks, food and fun and discover the winners of the Lucky Key
Treasure Hunt Contest. Be sure to pick up your treasure map at any of the participating showrooms
on the 17th floor. To qualify to win, visit each participating showrooms to have your treasure map
stamped. Cash Drawings will be held Wednesday - Saturday. (Must be a registered buyer to win).
Building 2, Floor 17

Sunday, Jan. 15

9 a.m. - noon
Museum of Introductions Gallery
The rug and home industry's exclusive showing of new product introductions in a sophisticated museum setting.
Building 1, Floor 4, Room 4-B-1

9-11 a.m.
HD Home complimentary Cappuccino
Need a pick-me-up? Stop by for a complimentary espresso, latte or cappuccino.
Building 1, Floor 1, Center Hall

10-11 a.m.
Glory B Hats for Free!
Back by popular demand. Come by to claim your own original hat from Glory B Hats and
meet the artist behind these fabulous paper creations. Supplies are limited. Buyers only please.
Building 2 WestWing, Floor 4

11 a.m. - noon
A Local Taste
Presented by Chef Carvel Grant Gould of Canoe
Join one of Atlanta's top chefs, Carvel Grant Gould of Canoe, as she prepares an array of gourmet dishes that are sure to warm your heart.
Building 2 WestWing, Floor 8, Demonstration Kitchen

1-2 p.m.
Lucky 7 on 7!
Enjoy a specialty cocktail while browsing home accents, home furnishings and fine linens products. Plus, receive a scratch-and-win instant Georgia Lotto Game card and claim your chance to win up to $577,000. Supplies are limited, so arrive on time.
Building 1, Floor 7

1-2 p.m.
Modern, Traditional and Homegrown Recipes
Presented by Gena Berry, CPCE
Sponsored by Mercantile International NA
Gena Berry, established food stylist, cook and culinary expert shares her expertise on how to prepare homemade flatbreads with side spreads of delicious of hummas, dips or salsa in a flash for entertaining friends and family meals using ChefPro, USA product lines. ChefPro, USA small appliances ties the Old World values of great home cooking with modern culinary aspirations. Find out how easy it is when you have the right appliances on hand.
Building 2 WestWing, Floor 8, Demonstration Kitchen

2-3 p.m.
Seed and Feed Band
Don't miss the wacky and fun roving band that guarantees to put a smile on your face!
Temporary Exhibit Floors

3-4 p.m.
As American as Apple Pie Cocktail Party
Join us for an all-American party filled with classic treats and a specialty cocktail. You'll be sure to
feel patriotic while you're shopping the Made in America products!
Building 3, Floor 2

3-4 p.m.
Quick, Healthful & Delicious
Presented by Chef Bev Shaffer
Sponsored by Ben Tally & Associates and Vitamix
Join Chef Bev Shaffer as she inspires you to think of early winter foods as nurturing, savory and soulful. Chef Bev Shaffer is a food & travel writer, author and culinary instructor and with her Vitamix by her side as her favorite "sous chef," she will serve up her usual measure of tips, techniques and great tastes. Not to worry, Chef Bev always finishes with something chocolate!
Building 2 WestWing, Floor 8 Demonstration Kitchen

3-5 p.m.
HD Home Complimentary Cappuccino
Need a pick-me-up? Stop by for a complimentary espresso, latte or cappuccino all served from our
elegant cappuccino machine.
Building 1, Floor 1, Center Hall

Monday, Jan. 16

10-11 a.m.
Glory B Hats for Free!
Back by popular demand! Come by to claim your own original hat from "Glory B Hats" and meet
the artist behind these fabulous paper creations. Supplies are limited. Buyers only please.
Building 3, Floor 3

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