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Dallas Total Home & Gift Market Sneak Peek: First Event of the Summer Inside The Marketplace Welcoming More New Buyers To Fill Retail Inventories

—June market experience to include new showrooms, expanded Temps—

DALLAS – April 14, 2021 – The marketplace welcoming a record number of new buyers from across the country, Dallas Market Center, has announced preliminary details for the summer edition of Total Home & Gift Market, June 23-29, 2021. The first market of the summer will present dozens of new showrooms across all major product categories and an expanded marketplace of Temps as well as inspiring displays and events to help retail decision makers fill depleted inventories.

“Only in Dallas this summer will retailers have the first opportunity to review new products and the latest trends then place orders first,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “Confidence is high as the number of buyers choosing Dallas as their exclusive market destination continues to climb and as more brands join the most dynamic marketplace in the U.S. We are confident that the June show will help buyers easily, efficiently, and safely discover what they need to help their business thrive.”

Pre-registration, which is the exclusive method to receive the FastPass for contactless entry, is now available at dallasmarketcenter.com.

New Buyer Applications and Registration Continue Record-Setting Pace

From all 50 states, the number of buyers applying to visit Dallas Market Center continues to reach new heights. New buyer applications and registration is up more than 50% over previous years, with the strongest gains coming from businesses located outside of the market center’s immediate geographic region. This surge in new customers is driven by one main factor: retailers are seeking a single destination to accomplish their complete in-person buying needs. After 19 years attending other markets, Molly Egbert of the Tin Roof in Princeton, Kentucky recently became a Dallas buyer: “This was not the year that you would typically take a risk, but … it was majorly beneficial.”

New and Expanding Showrooms

Dozens of new and expanding showrooms will cut the ribbon and welcome customers during the show. A complete list is forthcoming. Among more than 1,000 permanent showrooms, from gift and home, housewares and gourmet, holiday and floral to lighting and fashion, the marketplace is making final arrangements for new brands to join and long-time partners to expand. Among the new showrooms meeting the demand for artisan and one-of-a-kind items is American Made Collective, debuting in Trade Mart 2901 with original art from four creative companies whose products are all made in the U.S. Among the expanding showrooms is Unique Loom, which is almost doubling its square footage in the Interior Home + Design Center (IHDC 1D114). Said a company representative: “Due to the increased demand for the presence of our one-of-a-kind rugs in Dallas, we are thrilled to reveal our expansion with DMC.”

A Full Marketplace of Temps With Key Expansions

The Temps at Total Home & Gift Market, which runs June 23-26, will present hundreds of new and returning exhibitors. A full list of highlights will be shared in the coming weeks. Buyers will explore a full marketplace of Temps with four distinct neighborhoods to discover hot new products and brands.

· Trade Mart 1: Luxe Gift Temps, expanded for June

· World Trade Center 12: Gift, Home & Design Temps including an expanded section of wellness and personal care

· World Trade Center 13: Apparel & Fashion Accessories including many new exhibitors

· Market Hall: Cash & Carry, Artisan Cash & Carry, Vintage Home Décor, including expanded resources in vintage

Gourmet and Housewares News

During the June show, GC Buying Group will hold its Member Conference at Dallas Market Center. The annual event draws retailers from across the country to review new products from leading vendors with the company principals, network among peers, and experience presentations from business and industry experts. The Vendor Showcase will return with a broad range of products for the home—from gadgets to fine cookware to the latest in kitchen electrics. Also returning for June is the Gourmet Gold Specialty Food Awards, the program recognizing exceptional makers in the gourmet products industry who exhibit in Dallas. Details to be announced in the coming weeks.

Special Events: The HEARTS Awards

For this year only, Dallas Market Center and ART, the creative home furnishings network, have replaced the annual ARTS Awards with The HEARTS Awards, an event celebrating and honoring those who showed outstanding leadership during the pandemic. Uniting multiple industries for the first time, the invitation-only event on June 25 hosted by Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia will pay homage to 13 “hearts and heroes” of 2020-2021.

Health & Safety Guidelines Supporting Buyer Comfort

Supporting the comfort, health and safety of all attendees, the market center continues measures that include mandatory face covering and temperature screening for every person entering the marketplace every day. Other efforts include enhanced cleaning with hospital grade products, hundreds of hand sanitizing stations and signage for social distancing. Along with these new steps, there are safety measures that are part of the design of the marketplace: open parking, large entryways, quick registration in multiple areas, wide hallways, multiple escalators to each floor, and showrooms with controlled access to allow for the appropriate distance between customers.

Special Hotel Offers

Dallas Market Center partner hotels are offering new, lower rates to support buyer travel budgets. Dozens of hotels, many within walking distance of the campus, are offering updated rates as low as $115. Rates valid until 2 weeks prior to Market, based on availability and are subject to change at any time so please reach out to Market Travel online or by calling 214-744-7444.

Additional June Trade Events

In addition to the Total Home and Gift Market, other trade events this summer offer buyers a safe and welcoming marketplace. Events include Apparel & Accessories Market (June 15-18); Lightovation: Dallas International Lighting Show (June 23-26); and KidsWorld (June 23-29).

For upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center mobile app. 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 gourmet and housewares, home décor, holiday/floral, gifts, lighting and apparel. 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 from exhibitors throughout the year via dominant trade events for gift, home décor, holiday and floral; the nation’s most comprehensive apparel and accessories markets featuring the latest styles from East Coast and West Coast designers; the largest residential lighting trade event in North America; and the largest and most successful open-daily design center. The marketplace is located in the strongest economic zone in the country. In addition, more than 80% of Dallas Market Center buyers report that they do not shop other market centers. To make plans for upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center App. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the Dallas Market Center blog.

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