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Dallas Market Center to offer new resources in January

Total Home & Gift Market set for Jan. 19-25, 2011

Dallas Market Center announced that its Total Home & Gift Market will offer thousands of new resources throughout its more than 5 million-sq.-ft campus.
Set for Jan. 19-25, 2011, the market will also offer buyers dozens of educational opportunities, walking tours, networking sessions and special events. In addition, Dallas remains one of the most cost-efficient market destinations in the country with hotel rates as low as $78 a night.
"Even more resources are joining our unmatched marketplace this January," said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. "Our Total Home & Gift Market presents more than 25,000 lines and offers inspiration around every corner. All presented in the most cost-efficient marketplace and destination in the country."
The FINDS Dallas Temp Show, to be held Jan. 21-24, 2011, will offer more new products across 500,000 square feet. Categories include: Garden & Outdoor, Design, Furniture, Outdoor Furniture, Gift, Paper & Party, Kids, Collegiate, Souvenir, Christmas & Floral (in two locations), Home, Bath & Body, Hill Country, Red Haute, Fashion, Cash & Carry. Home FINDS and Hill Country FINDS are relocating to the 6th floor of the World Trade Center and will showcase 100 booths in more than 20,000 square feet. The area offers excellent visibility in a high-traffic area and complements the home accents showrooms also located on the 6th floor.
The Outdoor Living shared showroom will debut in its new location on the first floor of the International Trade Plaza (formerly the International Floral & Gift Center). The new space offers more room to grow the outdoor product category and a premier first floor location. A ribbon cutting will be held on
Thursday, Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. to welcome Outdoor Living to the International Trade Plaza. Also on Thursday, a party will be held to celebrate the newly named International Trade Plaza from 6 to 7 p.m. on the 1st floor of the building.
The 22nd annual ARTS Awards will be held on Saturday, Jan. 22 in The Grand Pavilion at the Trade Mart. The premier awards program for the home decorative accessories industry honors leaders in the field. This year HGTV will receive the Academy of Achievement Award at the gala. For tickets to the ARTS Awards gala visit,, or contact Shonda Conner at (214) 744-7442 or Ticket prices are $125 for ART members and $150 for non-members. Tables of eight are available for ARTS members for $900 and non-members for $1,080.
The January Total Home & Gift Market will offer dozens of educational opportunities for buyers. Highlights include:
Dallas Market Center will host the second edition of InStore LIVE!, The Workshop for Successful Retailers, on Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 1-6 p.m. in the Seasons Gallery, International Trade Plaza. This half-day seminar series brings the best of InStore, Dallas Market Center's popular magazine, to life with experts who share tactical and practical information in a fun and lively format. A $99 enrollment fee includes all workshop materials and refreshments. Seating is limited; to reserve a spot e-mail or log on to
"Visual Merchandising for the Artistically Challenged and the Financially Deprived" will be presented by Rick Segel on Thursday, Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. in WTC 9065. Segel will discuss some easy-to-understand tricks and tactics on how to make signage the retailer's secret weapon.
The Keynote Address, "The Bigness of Smallness," will be presented by John Moore on Friday, Jan. 21 at noon in WTC 9065. Boxed lunches will be available for  $5. Moore will discuss how the smaller a business is, the bigger it must look and the bigger a business is, the smaller it must get. This contradiction of growth serves as the foundation for Moore's playful and informative presentation on how businesses can get bigger by acting smaller. Using examples of established brands and emerging brands, he will reveal actionable methods for how small businesses can thrive in a crowded marketplace and how big businesses can continue growing when faced with upstart competition.
Moore's background includes a decade working deep inside the marketing departments of Starbucks Coffee and Whole Foods Market. Today he operates Brand Autopsy Marketing Practice, a consultancy helping businesses focus on marketing with authentic passion. He is the author of two business books "Tribal Knowledge" and "Tough Love.
"Understanding the Female Consumer" will be presented by Robin Avni on Friday, Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. in the Seasons Gallery, International Trade Plaza. Women drive more than 85% of lifestyle-related purchasing. Avni will discuss how to gain a deeper understanding on how to successfully grow the share of the lucrative women's market. She is the founder and principal of lifestyle topics, insights & trends, an independent consultancy specializing in consumer
insights, cultural trend analysis and market research for the home and lifestyle marketplace.
"Retailer Idea Swap" will be presented by Mary Liz Curtin on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. in the Seasons Gallery, International Trade Plaza. Retailers will share ideas, war stories and problems as Curtin facilitates a lively session where retailers can share their best practices and ask peers for ideas. Major topics that will be discussed include: best money saving ideas, successful store promotions and much more.
Dallas Market Center will offer a range of special events throughout market including discovery tours, seminars, daily new buyer orientations, hospitalities and networking parties. See a complete list of special events and seminars.
Each January, Dallas Market Center hosts the Total Home & Gift Market, featuring multiple markets held simultaneously so buyers may select from the widest range of product categories: Dallas Holiday & Home Expo (Jan. 19-25), Dallas International Lighting Market (Jan. 20-24), and the FINDS Dallas Temp Show (Jan.
Showrooms will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, with participating showrooms offering extended hours until 8 p.m. on Friday. Please visit for the most up-to-date market information.
Attendees may contact the Dallas Market Center's in-house travel agency Market Travel, for substantial travel and hotel discounts by calling 1-800-DAL-MKTS or visit

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