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AmericasMart announces market events, showroom expansions

ATLANTA - The world of wholesale buying and selling will come together at one time and in one place in July at AmericasMart for The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and The Atlanta International Area Rug Market.

The world's single-largest home, gift, rug and apparel product collection - plus all the advantages of a unique global marketplace designed for business and built for buying - attract retailers from every U.S. state and more than 90 countries.

The Living. Indoor/Outdoor. The Gardens. product center on Floors 9 and 10 of Building 2, WestWing continues to provide myriad opportunities to source product ranging from casual furnishings to outdoor accessories and garden decor. As outdoor rooms grow in popularity, retailers can capitalize by supplementing traditional outdoor for the holidays with outdoor decor and accent pieces. More than nine new exhibitors and several prominent expansions add to the already robust mix.

Leading the line-up for the July 11-18 (Temporaries open July 13-17) home and gift market and the July 12-15 rug market are these AmericasMart signature exclusives:

Greatly expanded HOME product resources, continuing the category's rapid growth, including:

o Global Views' new 13,000-sq.-ft. flagship corporate showroom housing its complete line of decorative accessories, lighting, furnishings, wall art, rugs and more on Floor 14 of Building 1.

o HD Home featuring its celebrated juried collection of furniture and accessories on Floor 1 of Building 1, with a special preview on Thursday, July 12 from 2-6 p.m.

Expanding GIFT category resources, including:
o The expanded WWRD (Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton) showroom, now featuring a broader and deeper selection of its classic china, crystal and other tableware lines on Floor 9 of Building 2.

o 42 new showrooms in Building 2 and Building 2 WestWing.

o The newly configured corridor on Floor 7 of Building 2 and Building 2 WestWing, giving buyers added ease and convenience for navigating the campus and finding new product resources.

o The inaugural showing of Lovelinks America, a Denmark-based gift and accessories company, in its first-ever showroom on Floor 16 of Building 2.

GOURMET collection in Building 2 WestWing, Floor 8 continues growing to meet the building consumer demand for housewares and home entertaining options. It includes eight new exhibitors a la carte, Art & Cuisine, Bormioli Rocco Glass, Café D Amore, Design Imports, KAF, Nusteel and Sherry Matthews.

The TEMPORARIES are located throughout the campus in designated, easily shopped collections. Among the highlights for July:
o The Made in America collection expands to meet the growing consumer demand for products produced in the United States.
o A reinvigorated Pampered Pets category helps buyers capitalize on the on the multi-billion dollar pet industry.

A full list of new, expanded and relocated showrooms is available online at www.AmericasMart.com.

As always, AmericasMart delivers a comprehensive experience of product, education and entertainment during the July market. Among the business building, informational seminars offered to help educate and inspire:

• Interiors Forecast, Fall and Winter, 2013, Friday, July 13
Jamie Thomas, trend forecaster, provides a projection of the design considerations influencing interior décor for both commercial and residential spaces for Fall and Winter, 2013. Thomas keys on consumer behaviors and key drivers like color, materials, hardlines, softlines and lighting. Building 1, Floor 14, Seminar Room, 1-2 p.m.

• Design with Personality, with Jillian Harris, Friday, July 13
Join Designer Jillian Harris of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" as she discusses how design trends and experiences relate to creating an interior with personality.
Building 1, Floor 14, Seminar Room, 3-4 p.m.

• What to Buy in July: Gift Edition, Saturday, July 14
Julie Kenney of The Gifting Experts presents her Top 10 Gift Lists in consumer categories featured at AmericasMart. She'll help prepare buyers' businesses for a profitable season. Building 2 WestWing, Floor 6, Escalator Lobby, 11 a.m.-noon

• Chef Curtis Stone, Cook - Create - Celebrate, Saturday, July 14
Curtis Stone, Chef and Host of Bravo's "Top Chef Masters," shows how to whip up some of his favorite dishes. He emphasizes keeping the process simple. Book sale and signing will follow. Building 2 WestWing, Floor 8, Demonstration Kitchen, 2-3 p.m.

A full list of seminars, events, classes and demonstrations is available online at www.AmericasMart.com.

The ICON HONORS 2012 celebration is scheduled for Saturday, July 14 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Cocktails will be served at 7 p.m., and the dinner and 2012 Honors Presentation begin at 7:30 p.m. Honors will be presented to home and gift retailers, manufacturers, sales agents and service providers from across the industry as the premier event of The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market celebrating global innovation. Celebrated American comedian, television and radio personality and author Jeff Foxworthy will take the stage, and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter guitarist Kenny Loggins will step into the AmericasMart spotlight at ICON HONORS 2012 as featured musical entertainer. Purchase tickets and tables at www.americasmarticonhonors.com.

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