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Dallas delivers expanded marketplace

Inspiring new exhibitors, debut of new home décor marketplace, 60th anniversary celebration, and interactive market experience are all highlights of the June Total Home & Gift Market

Dallas Market Center has announced exclusive details for its upcoming June Total Home & Gift Market (June 21-27, 2017) including new exhibitors, the grand opening of the Interior Home + Design Center, a 60th anniversary celebration, educational seminars, and innovative digital experiences. Total Home & Gift Market takes place concurrently with Lightovatio — Dallas International Lighting Show (June 21-24).

Across the 5 million square foot marketplace new products and new exhibitors will inspire buyers with on-trend and best-selling gifts, home décor, holiday and floral, housewares, gourmet, women’s apparel, fashion accessories, artisan products, and more. More than 50 new and expanding showrooms will debut during the seven-day trade event.

The Interior Home + Design Center debuts with the grand opening of phase one and the largest expansion of home décor showrooms in Dallas in more than forty years. The redesigned building will include many of the most respected home décor companies in the US. The official grand opening will take place on Wednesday, June 21 with a private reception, while individual showrooms inside will also hold special events. On Thursday, June 22, there will be a day of education featuring insights and inspiration here. 

In the Temps, hundreds of new companies will join the marketplace across six locations. The Temps are now easier than ever to navigate thanks to updated and simplified categories and enhanced signage. Temps on 12 are now merchandised into four main categories making sections even easier for buyers to locate exhibitors. Ninety percent of Dallas buyers report that they visit the temps.

Returning as a temporary showcase will be the International Folk Art Market | Collection, featuring more than twenty global artisans. Countries represented this year include Uzbekistan, Uganda, Ghana, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Italy, Mexico, Peru, and Haiti. Handcrafted products will include home décor, gifts, paper products, clothing, and fashion accessories.

In Gift temps on 12, Freaker USA returns along with PooPourri, Jon Hart Designs, and Roman as well as fashion accessories from Southern Grace, Natural Life, Bed Stu, and America & Beyond. In Home temps on 6, dozens of companies will include Viz Glass, joined by Cloud 9 and K&K Tabletop. In Market Hall, the Furniture, Vintage, and Cash & Carry resources will be better than ever.

To share information and heighten digital engagement among attendees, Dallas Market Center recently announced Market 360, the interactive market experience connecting attendees via new and existing media platforms and providing custom content. Market 360 programming will be available via Dallas Market Center’s existing social media channels as well as courtesy of on-site monitors and will include streaming content of market events and exclusive reports including DMC TV, a new live broadcast including a morning show taking place Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 9:00 a.m. in the atrium of the World Trade Center. 

In addition, dynamic special events that will educate, motivate and celebrate are on the calendar every day of the busy show. Highlights include:

• The Dallas Market Center 60th anniversary celebration. Join the diamond anniversary event with live entertainment, food and drink in the atrium of the World Trade Center on Thursday evening. 

• International Folk Art Market | Collection Preview Night will take place on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. and will feature a celebration of global design and special shopping opportunity among the collection of artisans from around the world.

• On Thursday at 2:00 p.m. design expert James Swan will moderate a special panel of celebrity interior design experts. “Three Divas of Design” will include globally recognised style tastemakers Michelle Nussbaumer, Nancy Price, and Robin Baron. 
• The 9, 10, & 11 Cocktail Party on Thursday afternoon, June 22, at 2 p.m., will move through floors 9, 10, and 11 in 45 minute increments as attendees enjoy decade-themed music, unique cocktails and treats, and exciting giveaways as they discover top home accents, furniture, and lighting products on each floor. 

• The Gourmet Gold Specialty Food Awards celebrates exceptional manufacturers in the gourmet products industry exhibiting at Dallas Market Center. The awards ceremony and cocktail party take place on Friday, June 23 in the World Trade Center atrium at 6:00 p.m.

• The Collection & Housewares Block Party will take place on the Trade Mart 2300 and 2500 aisles on Friday afternoon, June 23, at 4:00 p.m. with music, refreshments and a progressive party from room to room.

Special displays created exclusively for June Total Home & Gift Market will provide both trend intelligence as well as a glimpse into the technology options for the home. Product displays placed throughout the 5 million square foot marketplace, with inspiration by trend reports from Dallas Market Center’s pre-market magazine Source will focus on key gift and home trends for 2017 and beyond.

Available for review throughout market will be a pop-up, interactive exhibit of innovative products and home technology courtesy of Cur8. The exhibit in 1F446 will showcase tomorrow’s design — smart, healthy, socially responsible products brought together by Cur8 for retailers and interior designers. The marketplace will debut online this summer as a comprehensive destination for “what’s next” in design.

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