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Las Vegas Market forges retail partnership

To support the launch of the new Gourmet Housewares showroom floor, Las Vegas Market creates partnership with Gourmet Catalog Buying Group

Las Vegas Market announced today that a first-ever partnership with Gourmet Catalog Buying Group has been forged to support the launch of the new C11 showroom floor dedicated to gourmet housewares, tabletop and specialty food lines, at the Summer 2015 Las Vegas Market, August 2 to August 6, 2015.

“Las Vegas Market is delighted to be working with Gourmet Catalog to develop exclusive and individualized at-Market activities for its Western members.” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers.

“Janis Johnson is a thought leader in the gourmet housewares industry, and we anticipate that her early advocacy for Las Vegas Market’s gourmet category extension will help us to exponentially develop our overall specialty gourmet retailer attendance. This pioneering partnership is a win-win for buyers and suppliers, further establishing Las Vegas Market as the leading furniture, home decor and gift destination in the western United States.”

Since its launch in 1981, Gourmet Catalog Buying Group has existed to serve the needs of independent retailers. Today, the organisation represents some 344 retail locations nationwide and partners with more than 200 vendors to offer merchandise discounts, freight allowances and special dating for its members. Gourmet Catalog’s leadership is working with Las Vegas Market to develop specialised programs – involving a mix of networking and social events, customized market tours, personalized concierge services, buyer scholarships and dynamic educational opportunities – for its members attending the August 2015 market.

“We’re excited to partner with Las Vegas Market to further extend the exclusive networking and shopping opportunities offered to our retail members,” said Johnson, president and founder of Gourmet Catalog. “Las Vegas Market’s plans to develop a robust resource for Western gourmet kitchenware retailers fills a void in the housewares industry calendar, and offers our members – from the western states in particular – a relevant and useful additional resource.”

To date, more than 25 gourmet and specialty housewares brands have confirmed their intention to participate in the launch of a C11 at Summer Market, showcasing a well-rounded concentration of gift-oriented housewares and tabletop items, including melamine tableware, gadgets and serveware, as well as specialty food. Other categories represented on C11 will include cookware, bakeware, woodenware, glassware and bar accessories, hydration products, kitchen tools, kitchen textiles, casual tabletop, home and health items, and publishing/cookbooks.

The confirmed, and growing, roster of C11 launch participants includes: Chukar Cherries, Columbia Empire Farms, Iveta Gourmet, Knack3, New Canaan Farms, Pacific NW Gourmet, Spokandy and Top Shelf Glasses. The C11 gourmet collection enhances the high-end and gift-driven housewares suppliers already in the Las Vegas Market, including Alessi, Certified International, Charles Viancin, Chilewich, Couleur Nature, Corksicle, Govino, Hester & Cook, Home Essentials, JURA, La Cafetiere, Lamson & Goodnow, Lotta Jansdotter Tabletop, Mary Lake Thompson, Menu, Picnic Time, Savora, S’well, TAG, Thomas Paul Melamine and Umbra, among others.

The launch of C11 marks the third and final phase of Las Vegas Market’s strategic growth plan to position itself as the leading buying platform for furniture, home décor and gifts in the western United States. In addition to the C11 opening, highlights of the upcoming Summer Market include a celebration of the Market’s 10-year anniversary, as well as the continuing growth of C5, another new permanent showroom floor for boutique home décor, high-end home textiles and accessories, and the repositioning and reimagining of the Market’s temporary exhibits as The Pavilions at Las Vegas Market, a dramatic, freestanding, climate controlled temporary tradeshow space showcasing some 90,000 net square feet of innovative and emerging gift and home décor resources. Summer Market also will mark the premiere of a casual furniture market in Las Vegas, with 250,000 square feet of permanent showrooms and temporary exhibit space on the 12th and 13th floors in Building C devoted to the casual/outdoor category.

Las Vegas Market is the leading furniture, home decor and gift marketplace in the western U.S., presenting 2,200+ 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 Summer 2015 Las Vegas Market runs August 2 to August 6, 2015, at World Market Center Las Vegas. For more information, visit

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