Dallas Market reports strong attendance

Buyers from all 50 states, more than 60 countries visit

Dallas Market CenterDALLAS – Dallas Market Center announced that strong attendance and increased order writing created solid momentum for its recent Total Home & Gift Market, Jan. 18-24. Buyers from all 50 states and more than 60 countries attended the show.

“Buyers came to Dallas in force and placed larger than average orders with renewed confidence,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center.

Increasing consumer confidence and solid retail sales within the strongest economic zone in the U.S., along with steady growth inside the five million square foot Dallas Market Center created favorable buying and selling conditions. The biggest growth category in Dallas for 2017 is home décor, serving both interior designers and retailers and buoyed by the nation’s leading housing market and geographic adjacency to some of the fastest growing cities in the U.S.

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In addition to serving home buyers, the market saw an increase in attendance by registered interior designers and architects seeking resources across furniture, home accents, tabletop and gift. The talk among this creative crowd was the Interior Home + Design Center, the 220,000-square-foot open-daily marketplace to the trade opening in summer 2017. A select number of companies are participating in this opportunity to create their own custom space. It was announced that Phillips Collection and Palecek will join Zuo Modern, Visual Comfort, Ambella Home Collection and many others in the new space.

During the show, Dallas Market Center hosted the 28th Annual ARTS Awards, the premier international awards program dedicated to the home industry. The crowd of more than 650 guests celebrated top manufacturers, retailers, designers and sales representatives, as well as honored two special award recipients: Mark Phillips of Phillips Collection, recipient of the Academy of Achievement Award, and Connie Lineberry, former executive vice president of brand creative services for Progressive Business Media, the parent company of Casual Living, recipient of the Legendary Leadership Award.

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In addition to new resources, January Market delivered dozens of receptions and parties, as well as keynote speakers such as Corey Damen Jenkins and Robin Baron, Libby Langdon, Randall Whitehead, Jim Marvin and Matt Wood.

“Buyers were energetic, optimistic and added a positive spirit to the entire marketplace,” said Morris.