Industry Partners

Levy Restaurants is the Dallas Market Center's food and hospitality partner including management and operations of all food services and catering across the five million square foot campus.  Chicago-based Levy Restaurants is a James Beard and Ivy Award-winning restaurant company that has transformed dining and hospitality at major sporting and entertainment venues across the country. Dallas Market Center is the company’s first wholesale marketplace partner. Levy’s diverse portfolio includes award-winning restaurants such as Spiaggia and Bistro 110 in Chicago and Wolfgang Puck Grand Café at Walt Disney World Resort; renowned sports and entertainment venues like STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and the American Airlines Center and Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas; as well as events including the Super Bowl, US Open, World Series, Kentucky Derby and the Grammy Awards.
View the Levy website.

Holiday & Decorative Association (H&DA)

The Holiday and Decorative Association (H&DA, formerly known as AFIA) is the nation’s only organization representing importers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, manufacturers’ representatives and others involved in the permanent botanical, gift and decorative accessories industry.
View the H&DA Web site.


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The American Lighting Association (ALA) is a trade association representing the lighting industry. Members include lighting and ceiling fan manufacturers, retail showrooms, sales representatives and professional residential lighting designers.
View the ALA Web site.

Founded in 1988, ART is the creative home furnishings network comprised of manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives and other professionals who are dedicated to promoting the industry.
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Based at Texas A&M University, the Center for Retailing Studies (CRS)  bridges the gap between the academic and business communities. The Center promotes and supports retailing through student and executive programs, resources and service.
View the CRS Web site.

The Texas Retailers Association is a trade association representing retail outlets across the state. The mission of the TRA is to be a strong advocate for the retail industry and to provide value-added services and programs pertinent to members.
View the TRA Web site.
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Fashion Group International (FGI) is a global, non-profit, professional organization comprised of members in the fashion industry including apparel, accessories, beauty and home. The FGI mission is to be the pre-eminent authority on the business of fashion and design and to help its members become more effective in their careers.
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Founded in 1923 as a Texas state organization, the Home Furnishings Independents Association (HFIA) is a group of independent retail stores committed to helping members increase profits by sharing information and resources.
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Gift for Life is the gift and home decor industry’s volunteer group raising funds for AIDS assistance and research through DIFFA: Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS, Since 1992, Gift for Life has raised nearly $4 million through special events, cause-related marketing, promotions, and from corporate and individual donations. 
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Dwell with Dignity is a non-profit group of Interior Designers and volunteers whose Mission is to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design. The Goal is to bring good design to those less fortunate, inspiring them to maintain a standard of living they can be proud of and thrive in, with donated and installed home interiors that include furnishings and art, bedding and kitchen supplies, and food in the pantry.
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Fashion Snoops is an innovative trend forecasting service and consulting agency that inspires clients to create with confidence. The company’s team of 50 experts and 100 international analysts helps brands and companies identify and act on the trends and cultural movements that impact their business.

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The Gift and Home Trade Association (GHTA) was formed in 2000, as the gift and home industry’s non-profit professional trade association. The Association was designed to help and encourage vendors, sales agencies, industry affiliates and retailers to work together, improving relationships and making business better by providing members with the opportunity to exchange ideas and network with industry leaders. Essentially, the GHTA is a place for members to connect, to learn, and to contribute.

Visit the Gift and Home Trade Association website