The Dallas Market Center reported that last month’s summer Dallas Total Home & Gift Market included a record number of new buyers and exhibitors.
Matching an increase in retail buyers was a number of new exhibitors including more than 50 new and expanded showrooms, as well as more than 150 new temporary exhibitors. The show also saw the grand opening of the first phase of the Interior Home + Design Center, which DMC said boosted interior designer attendance.
Cindy Morris, president and CEO of DMC, offered the following assessment: “We were very pleased with our 60th anniversary summer market, which was filled with positive reports of steady order writing and significant new accounts opened by many exhibitors. We also welcomed more new and expanding showrooms than in over a decade.”
Final registration tallies show that buyers from all 50 states, as well as 40 countries were in attendance. Growth categories included home accents stores, Christmas stores, garden centers, interior designers, e-commerce and apparel stores.
Kay Hatterman of housewares showroom space Source One Marketing added: “Our buyers loved our new expanded space and it definitely brought more customers to our showroom. Our order writing was up over last year.”