DALLAS— The summer market season started off promising as retailers and vendors alike told GOURMET INSIDER® the traffic was good and the buyers were serious at the Dallas Market Center’s Total Home + Gift Market, held here from June 20 to June 26.
“As retailers diversify their merchandise mix we offer better options for independent stores to source top housewares and gourmet and gift lines as they create a community destination. Along with a successful Gourmet Gold Awards event, we also heard from several housewares showrooms that had record shows,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center.
The market had several new initiatives at the 2018 summer edition, including the launch of CUR8’s Innovation Petting Zoo as well as the addition of a panel of Tastemaker trend scouts who kept tabs on products they saw at the market using #DallasStyleEyes. The show also welcomed several new vendors to the mix, including Worksharp Cutlery, TB Groupe and Ferrum.
HTI Buying Group, which held its summer member meeting at the show, also saw a healthy retail attendance at the first show of the summer. Becky Moore, store manager of Murphy’s Department Store in Stillwater, OK, noted that the show sent her back with a refreshed energy going into the third and fourth quarters.
“The Dallas show was a successful show for us. We found trendy new products and forged relationships with new and established vendors that will greatly impact our holiday season this year,” she said.
Vendors, too, felt the impact of the increase in traffic as they were able to spend quality time with key account holders.
“It was exciting to see so many gourmet stores as well as several key account buyers in attendance,” said Melissa Ledbetter, sales manager of specialty and gourmet, The Legacy Companies Consumer Group.
Brad Pile, national sales manager for USA Pan, also said the show was solid for the company and that he was able to get ample face time with customers.
Additionally, Jura announced its plans to open a new showroom in the Housewares Neighborhood on the second floor of the Trade Mart this January.