June Dallas Total Home & Gift Market:

Delivering the Lifestyle Brands and Empowering Business Success

—New Exhibitors and Makers, Exclusive Product Launches,

Thought Leaders and Trend Intelligence Only in Dallas—

DALLAS – May 17, 2019 – Dallas Market Center, the most complete lifestyle marketplace in North America, announces details for the summer edition of Dallas Total Home & Gift Market (June 19-25), including an inspiring combination of the key elements for business success available only in Dallas: new exhibitors, one-of-a-kind products, thought leaders, and trend intelligence.

The first market of the summer season takes place concurrently with Lightovation: Dallas International Lighting Show (June 19-22), as well as the Temps at Total Home and Gift Market (June 20-23) and KidsWorld (June 19-25). Only Dallas Market Center presents the most complete collection of new and best-selling products across lifestyle categories including gift, home décor, lighting, holiday and floral, housewares, gourmet, apparel & accessories, artisan products, and more.

“Buyers want an in-person market experience that is inspiring and fulfills their business objectives. So we proudly present a summer show delivering big on products and purpose. Only in Dallas can buyers easily survey the trends and interact directly with new products from leading brands and new companies across all categories. From global artisans to smart home technology to the hottest gifts, we offer retailers and designers the best selection matched by the important opportunity to build relationships and receive immediate insights from colleagues and thought leaders.”

New and Expanded Showrooms

The Dallas debut of dozens of new showrooms plus significant expansions and renewals total more than 325,000 square feet for June including start-ups and globally recognized leaders.

Highlights include the grand opening of the first smart home showroom in North America, Smarter Living by Design. The open-daily showroom. anchored by Samsung, will be located in Light + Design on Ten (WTC 10085) and will include a selection of best-in-class brands spanning home technology categories from premier lighting, sound and appliances to artificial intelligence. Additional showrooms premiering in the World Trade Center include El Paso Import Company (WTC 518), Texas Leather Goods (WTC 6670), Ania Haie (WTC 7537), Designs by Ansley (WTC 7331), and DISTRICT 7 (WTC 7028). Instyle Gallery expands in Light + Design on Ten (WTC 10085-2A, 2B) and Karen Didion expands on the fourth floor (WTC 450).

In the Trade Mart, CTW Home Collection opens new space at TM 1315, and on the second floor BIDK Home will debut in TM 2602. KBD Sales/Western Reps expands their showroom space in TM 2810, J Brandes has doubled their showroom in TM 1610, and Mario & Associates nearly triples their showroom size in TM 1761.

On the lighting floors of the Trade Mart, the largest residential lighting marketplace in North America, there will be debuts of hundreds of new products focused on ever-changing lighting trends and technology advances. Asfour Crystal will join the Lightovation family with a new space in the Spectrum Shared Showroom (TM 4432), and Xanlite North America will also debut new space on the fourth floor of the Trade Mart (TM 4733). Acclaim Lighting (TM 4432) will expand their showroom in advance of June Lightovation.

In the Interior Home + Design Center, Vickerman Company expands with its second showroom featuring quality seasonal décor in IHDC 2F115 while Wendover ART opens new space in IHDC 1D427.

New exhibitors in the Gourmet Market at WTC 180 include All About Dips (E16), Ben Jack Larado Gourmet Foods (A20), Blingy Sips (A40), Funky Chunky (C30), Hammond's Candies (E19), Lazy Bee Honey Co. (C24), Salsa El Gallo (B2), Smokin' Mary (A9), Texas Sweet Heat (E5), The Nutty Bavarian (G3), Susie’s South Forty (A46), Davis & Davis (B34), Sugarox (C12) and Three Lumps of Sugar (A2). Expanded exhibitors will include Gourmet Gardens/Cherith Valley (A28), Mike Berin & Associates (D32), Mills Gourmet (E07), Oh Sugar! (E20) and Spokandy (D19).

The Studio at KidsWorld on the 8th floor will introduce Baby Bling (WTC 8701-63), Fiveloaves Twofish (WTC 8701-42), ilyLily (WTC 8701-29), JenniferAnn (WTC 8701-07), Texas Toy Distribution (8701-58), Ivy Rose (8701-35) and Smiling Button (WTC 8701-34). Mila & Rose has added additional space in The Studio at KidsWorld (WTC 8701-21) for more trendy and affordable children’s clothing.

New and Noteworthy Temps

The Temps at Total Home & Gift Market will present hundreds of new and returning exhibitors. Buyers can explore five distinct Temp neighborhoods to expand their retail mix and discover new products and brands:

· Trade Mart 1, Luxe Gift

A diverse collection of premium, high-end product. Featuring Crown Linen Designs, MOVA International, Julie Vos, S’well Bottle, LoweCo. and many more.

· World Trade Center 6, Home and Design

Stylish furniture and home décor for any room, featuring exhibitors such as Canterbury Lane, Great Scrape, Manual Woodworkers, Park Madison Lights, VHC Brands and more.

· World Trade Center 12, Gift

The hottest and most expansive gift selection from general gift to bath & body and paper/card/party. Featuring Dry Wit Goods, rockdoodles, EtchLife, Boymom, Lakewood Candle Company, TINte Cosmetics and more.

· World Trade Center 13, Accessories and Apparel

The latest, on-trend women’s apparel and fashion accessories, featuring brands like Katie Loxton, Pura Vida Bracelets and many more.

· Market Hall, Cash & Carry, Artisan Cash & Carry, Vintage Home & Décor

The only neighborhood for both order writing and Cash & Carry including gifts, vintage, furniture, home décor, apparel and accessories. Featuring Bora, Save the Girls, Vintage Addiction and more.

International Folk Art Market|Collection Returns

Exclusive to Dallas, the International Folk Art Market|Collection returns to present dozens of artisans from around the world showcasing their wares and sharing stories through their art. The exhibit will be held in the World Trade Center Atrium where buyers can peruse hand crafted jewelry, gifts, and home décor and get to know the artisans representing Mexico, Uzbekistan, India, and other countries.

IFAM's goal is to foster economic and cultural sustainability for folk artists worldwide and to create intercultural opportunities that unite the peoples of the world. The wholesale connections made in Dallas provide year-round income for the artists, creating a lasting economic impact on their communities. For complete information visit www.dallasmarketcenter.com/ifam.

Gourmet Gold Specialty Food Awards

The Gourmet Gold Specialty Food Awards, sponsored by Gourmet Insider magazine, celebrates exceptional manufacturers in the gourmet products industry exhibiting at Dallas Market Center. Food entries are judged based on taste, originality and packaging. Judging will take place Thursday, June 20 and winners will be revealed during an awards ceremony and cocktail reception on Friday, June 21, in the World Trade Center Atrium at 6 PM. For complete information visit www.dallasmarketcenter.com/gourmetgold.

Insights and Inspiration From Events and Seminars

A full schedule of events will include the following:

· The cast of HDTV’s “Best in Show” Barrie Livingstone, Donna Moss, Dann Foley and Danny Russo host an exciting discussion at Botanical Mix (IHDC 1D110) on Wednesday at 3:30 PM on how they are able to balance their television careers with their design businesses.

· Join the American Lighting Association Young Executives and the ART Under 40 Group at Progress Lighting (TM 3840) for Beers with Peers. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and next-generation networking encompassing all areas of the lighting and home accessories industries on Thursday at 5PM.

· Daily seminars on WTC 12 will offer valuable insights for growing retail businesses. The schedule includes:

o Cris Willis: Creating a Service Culture that Sells, Thursday at 9:15AM

o Ashley Morrow: Generational Marketing, Thursday at 12PM

o Roxie Campbell: Hospital Gift Shop Forum – Planning for Success in 2019, Friday at 10:30AM

o Terry Sullivan: The Art of Getting New Clients with LinkedIn, Friday at 12PM

o Ashley Morrow: You Like Me, You Really Like Me, Friday at 1:30PM

o Terry Sullivan: Master the Power of Social Selling with LinkedIn, Saturday at 11:30AM

· Retail expert Rawlins Gilliland offer popular discovery tours including Trending Gift and Décor Items on Thursday at 10AM, Hottest Temp Picks on Thursday at 3PM, Unexpected Gift and Décor Items on Friday at 11AM, Small Gifts Guaranteed to Sell on Friday at 2PM, and Top Cash & Carry Picks on Saturday at 1:30PM.

· On the second floor of the Interior Home + Design Center, in the center of the holiday and floral neighborhood, a Design Bar will feature holiday and floral live demos.

o Rock the Boat with a Modern, Natural Centerpiece by Edward Sajovic, Wednesday at 10:30AM

o Decorating Garlands with Farrisilk Ribbon and Ornaments by Edward Sajovic, Wednesday at 2PM

o Everything’s Coming Up Natural with J Schwanke, Thursday at 10:30AM

o Decorating Christmas Trees with Farrisilk Ribbon by Edward Sajovic, Thursday at 2PM

o Fabulous Foliage Features with J Schwanke, Friday at 10:30AM

o DIY Bows and Wreaths with Farrisilk Ribbon by Edward Sajovic, Friday at 2PM

o Design Bar with J Schwanke: Is it Real or Permanent?, Saturday at 10:30AM

o Homecoming Wows with Craig Bachman and Cecelia Valudos, Saturday at 2PM

Spark Magazine Highlights

The latest issue of Dallas Market Centers’ Spark magazine will debut ahead of the June show. The 200-page publication will be packed full of inspiration and business advice including give-back brands, the allure of India, lighting trends, a photoshoot on denim, gourmet and housewares must-haves, plus a cover story on retail mavericks from across the U.S. Copies are available online and at market.

31st Annual Arts Awards Nominations Open

The annual ARTS Awards is the premier international awards program dedicated to home industry excellence and achievement. Nominations are now open through June 26. Home industry professionals may nominate worthy retailers, sales representatives, manufacturers, interior designers, and product designers at dallasmarketcenter.com/ArtsAwards/nominations.

Inspiring Market Trends and Displays

Dallas Market Center’s forward-thinking visual merchandising team is designing a trend story for Dallas Total Home & Gift Market with buyers in mind, including endless opportunities for discovery and inspiration through products, visuals and interactive experiences. For June, the trend is Raw Power, which will focus on organic materials, bold colorways and mixed textures and patterns.

StyleEyes Trend Scouts

The knowledge and taste-making skills of leading industry influencers will be gathered together for the return of StyleEyes. The soon-to-be-announced group of trend scouts will identify must-see and unique products and trends across the marketplace including gifts, home décor, lighting, holiday/floral and fashion. Each day of the show members of the StyleEyes team will offer Instagram posts highlighting their discoveries. Market guests and fans are invited to participate by following individual team members as well as Dallas Market Center on Instagram and by using #DallasStyleEyes. Products identified by the StyleEyes will also be called out with special signage inside exhibitor showrooms and booths.

New Advertising Campaign

In support of Total Home & Gift Markets a new lifestyle advertising campaign has launched. The bold, fashion-forward and artistic campaign communicates the vibrant Dallas Market Center brand and its position as the only true lifestyle marketplace. The campaign’s debut is supported by Dallas Market Center’s new tagline: Inspiration Starts Here. The ad campaign is launching across leading trade publications and websites, owned media, and other corporate channels. An exclusive behind-the-scenes video preview is available now via http://blog.dallasmarketcenter.com/dallas-market-center-the-lifestyle-marketplace. For more information on the new campaign, look for print and digital ads in leading publications and a roll-out in Dallas Market Center’s marketing channels including its website, Spark magazine, Facebook and Instagram, where a special preview video and campaign debut are taking place.

Dallas Market Center offers buyers from around the world a complete lifestyle marketplace of best-selling and unique products in temporary and permanent showrooms, including the largest residential lighting trade event in North America; the largest and most successful open-daily design center; dominant trade events for gift, home décor, holiday and floral; and the nation’s most comprehensive apparel and accessories marketplace featuring the latest styles from East Coast and West Coast designers.

To make plans for upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center and Lightovation Apps. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the DMC Daily Dose.

About Dallas Market Center

Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in home décor, furniture, gifts, lighting and apparel & accessories for women, men, and children. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products via open-daily showrooms and from exhibitors participating in trade events held throughout the year. The Dallas Market Center website is available at www.dallasmarketcenter.com.