Gifts Today magazine

Las Vegas Markets expands by 50 per cent

Increasing vendor demand and rising buyer interest fuel temporary exhibit space for Winter Market

Las Vegas Market announced today that momentum is fueling its expansion of temporary exhibition space—known as The Pavilions at Las Vegas Market—with the addition of a second location allowing for a 50 per cent gain in exhibit space for the Winter 2016 Las Vegas Market, January 24-28, at World Market Center Las Vegas.

“Last August’s repositioning and reimagining of temporary exhibits to The Pavilions at Las Vegas Market was met with an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from buyers, which has fueled record rates of exhibitor renewals,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers. “The Pavilions at Las Vegas Market are an important component of our overall strategic reorganization of the Las Vegas Market, which has become the leading buying platform for furniture, home décor and gifts in the western United States.”

The expansion of the Pavilions into two locations allows for significant growth of the GIFT, HOME, HANDMADE and DESIGN categories, which will be presented in Pavilion #1, as well as for considerable expansion of DISCOVERIES: The Antique Vintage Marketplace, which will be featured in Pavilion #2. In total, a record 430+ exhibitors are expected to be featured in the two venues this winter.

In Pavilion #1, key changes to the exhibit floor will include the launch of a new, 5,500-square-foot juried luxury section within HOME; double-digit growth within GIFT, specifically in tabletop, gourmet housewares, stationery, publishing and souvenir categories; significant expansion of HANDMADE; and continued curated growth in DESIGN. Other changes in Pavilion #1 include the creation of dedicated seminar space within the exhibit hall, with plans for daily presentations; and the addition of a bar within DESIGN, to allow buyers to relax and enjoy refreshments while shopping the expanded temporary offerings.

Demand for temporary exhibit space in Pavilion #1 has been highest in the GIFT segment, with more than 160 companies expected to participate at Winter Market, including anchor exhibitors Adams & Co.; Colonial Candle; Gratitude LLC; The Grommet; The Naked Bee; PaperSalt; Primal Elements; True Brands and Ulster Weavers. Newcomers include: AvoSeedo; Baby Bazaar; Bear Bottom Candles; Caroline Walker; Coelacanth; Erimish; Ethics Supply Co.; Fresh Frances Inc.; The Home T; J. Johnson & Company; Jodi Bombardier Jewelry; Lightmark Press; Lovin' Summer; The Napkins US; Paperwings Studio; The Rare Orchid; Santoro; Sedona Spirit; Vinotive; Wendy’s Closet and Zutano. Returning from a hiatus, are Abbey Press; Cardthartic; Creative Gifts; Down to Earth Distributors; Elizabethan Productions; Karen Luu - Home Couture; LPG Greetings; Mierco and Willow Creek Press.

More than 100 companies are expected to participate in HOME, with a new 5,500-square-foot juried HOME segment uniting all of the home décor temporary exhibitors in one area. This new area will feature leading home décor, textiles, and accent furniture suppliers, including anchors Eangee; Creative Art & Mirror; Modelli Creations and Royola Pacific Designs. Expanding resources include A&M Home Décor; FabFunky; IICART and Rustic Arrow. Newcomers include Alkhayat Inc.; Busatti; Infinite Trend; Kevin O’Brien Studio; Little Living Shop; and Steve Vigar Design.

Based on increased demand, the HANDMADE area also is expanding, with category growth expected in jewelry and accessories, candles and stationery, as well as home décor, home textiles, tabletop and wall art. More than 50 companies are expected to participate in HANDMADE, including anchor exhibitors 12 Small Things; All Across Africa; BarrelWerks; Dunitz & Co.; Erin Smith Art; Hamamlique; KOZAKH; Maurice Milleur; Mine Design Mine Design, Sweet Gumball and Vital Industries. Expanding resources include Dana Herbert Accessories, and Lizzy James Designs. Newcomers include Alice Sturzinger LLC; Brilliant Imports LLC; Objects With Purpose; O.D.A.A.T. LLC/One Day At A Time; Pilgrim Imports; Sarah Cavender Metalworks; Silk Road Bazaar, Slow Burn Glass and Thumbprint Artifacts. Returning after an absence from the Market are Language Arts; The Porcelain Garden; Sawdust City and Southwest Inspirations.

Curated growth also is expected in DESIGN for Winter 2016, with some 20 companies exhibiting. Returning resources Alexandra Ferguson, American Design Club and Yamazaki will be joined by newcomers bambu, Devall Design & Home, Martone Cycling and Nuop.

Based on the success of the summer 2015 launch, DISCOVERIES: The Antique Vintage Marketplace is expanding into Pavilion #2, to accommodate a record number of returning vendors as well as a significant number of newcomers. Utilizing some 30,000 net square foot exhibit space, DISCOVERIES, a unique array of immediate delivery exhibitors will offer buyers a quick inventory restocking opportunity during the first quarter of 2016. More than 100 suppliers of vintage and antique merchandise, ethnic handicrafts and cash-and-carry goods are expected to participate in Winter Market, including returning anchors Blue Ocean Traders, Go Home and Silk Route. Growth categories within DISCOVERIES include antiques, with newcomer Charleston Antique Mall bringing 8 to 10 dealers; returning exhibitors Arbor Antiques International expanding to present 12 dealers, including John Lane of Vintage Studios. Growth also is coming from smaller vintage exhibitors, including suppliers of repurposed, recycled and “shabby chic” products, with an estimated 10 to 15% expansion in this area.

DISCOVERIES in Pavilion #2 also will feature a food court on the exhibit floor; and exhibitor demonstrations on Market days. Distinguished Transport, recognized as an industry leader in specialty moving and preferred shipper of antiques shows across the country, will provide onsite shipping services – of one item, partial/full truckloads or containers – to any destination within the continental United States.

Other highlights of Winter Market include continued expansion in the gourmet, housewares and casual/outdoor furniture categories; enrichment of better home décor offerings; and the enhancement of top furniture resources, and leading gift and lifestyle vendors. Beyond exhibits, the Winter Las Vegas Market will present a variety of special events, educational programming and buyer amenities.

The Winter 2016 Las Vegas Market runs Sunday, January 24, through Thursday, January 28, 2016, with staggered show hours. Permanent showrooms and casual temporaries will run Sunday to Wednesday, January 24-27, from 8am to 6pm, and Thursday, January 28, from 8am to 4pm. The Pavilions & DISCOVERIES will run Sunday, January 24, from 9am to 7pm, Monday and Tuesday, January 25-26, from 9am to 6pm, and Wednesday, January 27, from 9am to 4pm (The Pavilions and DISCOVERIES are closed on Thursday, January 28). The B2 Home Furnishings temporaries will run Sunday to Wednesday, January 24-27, from 9am to 6pm, and Thursday, January 28, from 9am to 2pm.

Las Vegas Market is the leading furniture, home decor and gift marketplace in the western U.S., presenting 2,700+ gift, home décor and furniture resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market features thousands of gift, furniture and home décor lines, allowing for cross-category commerce among these industries. The Winter 2016 Las Vegas Market runs January 24-28, 2016, at World Market Center Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com.

About Las Vegas Market and International Market Centers, L.P.
Las Vegas Market is the most comprehensive furniture, home décor and gift market in the United States, presenting a unique cross-section of 2,700+ resources in an unrivaled market destination. With two markets each year, retailers and designers can shop a broad assortment of product from thousands of manufacturers of furniture, mattress, lighting, decorative accessories, floor coverings, home textiles, tabletop, general gift and more – delivering the most complete, cross-category wholesale tradeshow for the furniture, home décor and gift industries in the United States. For more information, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Las Vegas Market is produced by International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC), the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. International Market Centers owns and operates 12.1 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C. and Las Vegas. IMC’s mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. For more information on IMC, visit http://imcenters.com/.



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