Gourmet and tabletop offerings continue to grow at The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market with 29 brands opening new showrooms, expanding their spaces or renewing their commitments to the show in preparation for its July 2019 staging, July 9 to 15, at AmericasMart Atlanta. The updates add more than 14,000 square feet of occupied showroom space to the permanent showroom collection.
“Entertaining and dining products are a key component of the lifestyle offerings of The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market,” said Dave Savula, International Market Centers executive vice president, president of Gift and Apparel leasing. “The breadth and depth of our gourmet and tabletop collections – with more than 900 brands showcased in more than 150 showrooms and nearly 300 temporaries – establishes Atlanta as the east coast’s premier destination for these categories.”
In the Tabletop & Gift collection, four new showrooms include Annieglass (handcrafted glassware), Maple Leaf at Home (personalized cutting boards, serveware and decor), Michael Wainwright (high-end artisan tableware and giftware) and William Yeoward Crystal (handmade crystal pieces inspired by designs from the 18th and 19th centuries). Three expanded showrooms include Bluesky Clayworks (ceramic tabletop products), Mila Brown (European art glass) and Mariposa (handmade tabletop and gift items). Six showrooms have renewed their leases: Caskata (hand-decorated bone china and porcelain tableware and gifts), Dartington Crystal (handcrafted crystal from the United Kingdom), Jay Import Company (tabletop and home décor), Mary Jurek Design, Inc. (luxury tableware and home accessories created by an award-winning California-based designer), Three Star (fine Italian gifts and home décor) and Tizo Design (photo frames and other home decor products).
In Gourmet & Housewares, four new showrooms are Mills Gourmet (gourmet soup mixes and more), La Crema Coffee (packaged flavored Colombian coffee), Spokandy (gourmet candy) and Trudeau Corporation (Canadian kitchenware and housewares). Five expanded showrooms are Ala Carte Alice (gourmet food gifts), Blue Cattle Truck (authentic Mexican vanilla), Delectable Samplings (specialty food, drinks and gifts), Jura (premium coffee equipment) and Kasperzack & Associates (housewares). Seven renewed showroom leases include Bradshaw International (bakeware, cookware, barware, food storage and tabletop), Harold Import (representing HIC, Harold Import Co., Mrs. Anderson's Baking, Elizabeth Karmel’s Grill Friends, Helen Chen's Asian Kitchen, Fante's Italian Home Cooking and The World's Greatest Gadgets), Le Creuset (cast iron cookware, bakeware, dinnerware and more from France), Leadingware Group (high-end plastic housewares), Silver Buffalo (trend-setting housewares and home décor), Supreme Marketing (kitchenware and whimsical products) and Wine.A.Rita (award-winning powder drink mixes to blend with wine).
Beyond exhibits, the Fiesta Dinnerware Demonstration Kitchen features presentations “Kids in the Kitchen with Cooper” by retailer Cooper Boone of Foundry42 on Wednesday, July 10 at 11 a.m.; “Summer Entertaining: 5-Minute Bruschetta & Skinny Jalapeño Margaritas…Olé!” by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth on Thursday, July 11 at 11 a.m.; and “Girls Night In! Easy Entertaining & Cocktails with Lifestyle Expert Landyn Hutchinson” on Friday, July 12 at 11 a.m. The Kitchen also hosts the Cocktails and Conversations series featuring mixologists from local restaurants sharing favorite recipes and tips. Buyers will enjoy a modern take on punches on Wednesday, July 10; Prohibition-era cocktails on Thursday, July 11; cocktails with local ingredients and fresh produce on Friday, July 12; and travel-inspired modern cocktails on Saturday, July 13. All Cocktails and Conversation events are held at 1:30 p.m.
Additional market programming includes tabletop tastemaker Nora Fleming and her business partner / brother Jon Neidlinger sharing the secrets of growing their brand steadily and deliberately, all while maintaining a commitment to family, their team and their customers in conversation Gift Shop magazine's editor-in-chief Julie McCallum in “Celebrate with nora fleming: Elevating Everyday Entertaining” on Friday, July 12 at 10 a.m. in the Building 1, Floor 14 seminar space.
The gourmet and tabletop showroom collections are complemented by five temporary collections – Gourmet Foods, Gourmet LUXE, Housewares, Tabletop & Entertaining and Tabletop LUXE – running July 10-14, 2019. The Market’s 150+ gourmet exhibitors present beverage products, cookbooks and specialty food items, highlighted by the Georgia Grown, Virginia’s Finest and West Virginia Grown product showcases. The nearly 150 tabletop and entertaining exhibitors showcase acrylic ware, dinnerware, flatware, glassware, hollowware crystal, metalware, pewter, stemware, silver, wine accessories, woodenware and more.