Spark Magazine Issue Number Two: Retail Mavericks, Feel-Good Gifts, Entrepreneurs and Artists

—Summer issue delivers inspiring stories to Dallas Market Center customers—

DALLAS – May 21, 2019 – Dallas Market Center, the leading lifestyle marketplace for retailers and interior designers, announces issue number two of its new magazine, Spark. The colorful pages of the publication feature leading entrepreneurs in retail, the latest new products and trends, and insights from artists and style experts.

The cover story, The Retail Game Changers, profiles three merchants from across the country who are reimagining retail and driving its renaissance. CAMP in New York City, Neighborhood Goods in Plano, Texas, and Pigment in San Diego, share their stories of innovation and business success.

Other articles include a Q & A with the one and only Carson Kressley, insights from the legendary denim expert and designer Maurizio Donadi followed by a denim photo shoot, an alluring outdoor living photo spread with commentary by Mad Cap Cottage’s Jason Oliver Nixon, playful words and sketches from artist Donald Robertson, a conversation on gifts from Glitterville’s Stephen Brown and interior designer/author Shayla Copas, a photo shoot for pillows on location in New York City, a profile of sculptors Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin, product inspiration from India and the International Folk Art|Collection, trending color combinations in lighting, floral thoughts from Botanical Mix’s Shane Friesenhahn, a recipe and profile of Dallas chef and community activist Chad Houser accompanied by culinary products, pet products as captured by innovative Minneapolis photographer Cory Mahlke, plus Instagram accounts to follow, local restaurants to enjoy, and more.

Spark magazine will be delivered to 50,000 readers in May. A digital version of the magazine is available now on the Dallas Market Center website, and highlights including exclusive video extras will be on social media each week prior to June Markets.

The publication is directed by Dallas Market Center’s executive vice president of marketing, Penni Barton, and creative director Guillermo Tragant, who collaborate with an internal team, external agency, and an international group of designers and writers to produce the twice-annual publication.

“The second issue of Spark presents 200 pages of timely, motivating and stylish information,” said Penni Barton. “Creatively supporting our customers is the heartbeat of our magazine and our company, and we proudly present an issue full of insightful content. We understand the business challenges faced by our customers, and the magazine serves as an important part of our marketing strategy to ignite conversations, connections and commerce.”

Added Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center: “The community we help create and sustain deserves a quality magazine that balances fresh ideas with practical content and curated product highlights across all lifestyle categories. From the cover story on retail mavericks to the exhibitor highlights, no other marketplace is delivering such a unique point of view on entrepreneurs, business tips and trends. I’m confident that readers will enjoy this issue immediately but will return to it again and again as they plan their visit to our marketplace.”

Spark magazine is part of a comprehensive, multi-stage strategy to lead with purpose during a period of dramatic change in retail and wholesale. This evolution presents businesses the opportunity to serve their customers with new products and experiences.

As more buyers seek products across all lifestyle categories, Dallas Market Center continues to be the most complete marketplace of best-selling and one-of-a-kind products including gift, home décor, lighting, holiday and floral, gourmet and housewares, and fashion. Among Dallas Market Center’s leadership positions: the largest residential lighting marketplace 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. Centrally located within a short travel time from any location in the U.S. and Latin America, the marketplace is also situated in the strongest economic zone in the U.S.

About Dallas Market Center

Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America for lifestyle products including western apparel and accessories, home décor, furniture, gifts, lighting and fashion for women, men, and children. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus near downtown Dallas, nearly 200,000 customers, including retailers and interior designers 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