Celebrity Guests, Expanded Resources Brought Excitement to Dallas Winter Market

Founded in 1957, Dallas Market Center is the world’s most complete wholesale marketplace and the winter show was a fine example of why this show is so important and beloved. Within its marketplace of more than five million square feet, retailers from around the globe source products ranging from home furnishings, gifts, decorative accessories and lighting to textiles, fashion accessories and men’s, western, women’s and children’s apparel. With more than 50 markets each year attended by more than 200,000 retail buyers from all 50 states and 78 countries, Dallas Market Center offers hundreds of events and seminars geared toward helping retailers expand business and increase profits. As a result, more than $8 billion in estimated wholesale transactions are conducted annually within the Dallas Market Center complex.

The market was alive with traffic, and several celebrity seminars including a cooking demonstration from Curtis Stone, and guest speaker John Gidding. Gidding talked about using accessories to boost a home’s perceived value, and how to add to curb appeal. Chef Curtis Stone cooked up some goodies for the crowd using his own line of practical and professional-grade cookware.

There were also a plethora of new showrooms, expansions and the accompanying ribbon cuttings. Some of the new and exciting showroom additions include: At Home, Blue Crab Bay Co., Avenue B, Attraction Design, Viking Log Furniture, MadPax, Linguistic Designs, Zeugma, Willow Creek Designs Jewelry, Road Runners, Van Teal and many others. There were also groundbreaking expansions from Roman, Inc., CODARUS, Cyan Design and many others.

Giftware News was there and here’s a sample of what we saw.

Chef Curtis Stone demonstrates his line of cookware

Oak Street cuts the ribbon on its showroom

Northern Lights Candles displays new selections

An example of the striking furniture designs that could be seen