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Spark Magazine Special Edition: Entrepreneurs and Artists, New Products and Retailers on Dealing with Adversity

—Summer edition with “In Good Company” theme delivers inspiring stories for uncertain times to Dallas Market Center customers

DALLAS – July 20, 2020 – Dallas Market Center, the leading lifestyle marketplace for retailers and interior designers, announces the summer 2020 issue of Spark magazine. The colorful pages of the special edition feature entrepreneurs, the latest new products and trends, and insights from artists, designers, and retailers.

The cover story, “Paper Reign,” profiles Anna and Nathan Bond of Rife Paper Co., who have transformed their startup stationery company into a lifestyle brand with more than 900 products in 12 categories available in more than 6000 retailers. Inside tips from the Bonds include how to gain and maintain a fervent fan base and advice for retail resilience.

Other articles include a Q & A with Dallas-based artist Mariell Guzman; a profile of fashion designer Melis Kozan; a feature on lighting trends; retailers and designers discussing dealing with adversity; words from western wear honcho Jack Polizzi; plus marketplace news about new and expanding showrooms and a Temps preview.

The entire issue centers on the theme “In Good Company,” a phrase Dallas Market Center began to use during the pandemic to highlight the generosity, strength and kindness of its customer community of retailers, designers, sales representatives, manufacturers, showroom owners and staff.

“This special edition, produced under challenging circumstances, reflects the resolute spirit and resilience of our customers,” said Penni Barton. “Its timely and insightful content is focused on the creative people who surround us and who ignite conversations, connections and commerce to move business forward.”

Added Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center: “Our community needs one another today more than ever. That support comes from the in-person market experience but also inside the pages of Spark. From the cover story on the entrepreneurs at Rifle Paper Co. to the exhibitor highlights, no other marketplace is delivering such a unique point of view on inspiration and business.”

Spark magazine is being delivered to 50,000 readers in July. A digital version of the magazine is available now via the Dallas Market Center website front page. The publication is directed by Dallas Market Center’s marketing division in collaboration with an external agency and an international group of designers and writers to produce the twice-annual publication.

Dallas Market Center is creating a series of trade events this summer with strict attention to health and safety. Those events include August 1st Monday & Tuesday (August 3-4), Dallas Men’s Show (August 14-17), Dallas Total Home & Gift Market (19-25; Temps August 19-22), Dallas Lighting Expo (August 19-21), Dallas Apparel & Accessories Market (August 25-28), KidsWorld (August 25-28), and Dallas Western and English Market (August 25-28). Masks and temperature checks are required for entry. A complete overview of health & safety protocols is available here:

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