Author Archives: Allison Zisko

Allison Zisko

About Allison Zisko

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Blog: Small + Small = Big for The Grommet

Articulate Frames

There’s been a bit of a love fest going on during the winter gift show circuit, I’m told, between small, independent retailers and the small manufacturers represented on The Grommet’s new wholesale platform. The Grommet is a web-based product launch hub that enables small or just-getting-started entrepreneurs (often called “makers”) to sell their goods directlyMore »

Last updated: January 26, 2015

NY Now Offers New App, Help for First-Time Buyers

NY Now

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.- A new buyer promotion and a revamped mobile application will be offered at NY Now, which kicks off at the end of this month. Pre-Market, a free NY Now orientation webinar is available, on-demand, to help first-time attendees make efficient and effective use of their time at market. Subjects will include planning,More »

Last updated: January 23, 2015

Atlanta’s Visual Display Winners Honored


ATLANTA-Several of AmericasMart’s permanent and temporary collections were honored with Visual Display Awards at the recent International Gift and Home Furnishings Market and International Area Rug Market here. The at-market adjudication yielded the following winners for outstanding visual presentation in permanent showrooms, temporary exhibits and showcase window displays.   SHOWROOMS BUILDING 1 Floor 20: BethanyMore »

Last updated: January 22, 2015

New Napa Holiday Line Boosts Bottom Line

Napa Home & Garden

DULUTH, Ga.-Napa Home & Garden’s recent entry into the holiday category helped drive significant sales at recent winter markets, the company said. The Atlanta-based home decor wholesaler introduced more than 700 products organized in six curated themes, including hand-blown glass ornaments, magnolia wreaths and garlands, lush holiday greens and tabletop decor. “The response to NapaMore »

Last updated: January 22, 2015

Gourmet Catalog: Year Off to a Good Start

Gourmet Catalog

DALLAS-Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group said its annual Start the Year Member Conference, held earlier this month during the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, was one of its best so far. “We have heard such encouraging feedback from both store members and vendors on what a great event it was. Seeing everyone withMore »

Last updated: January 21, 2015

Gift for Life Offers Auction Preview

Gift For Life

NEW YORK-More than $65,000 worth of goods will be up for auction during Gift for Life’s big fundraiser next month, including Fashion Week tickets, a one-year ski club membership and a “Marilyn” painting by Paul Gerben. Those items, as well as gift and home decor products donated by more than 30 suppliers, will be offeredMore »

Last updated: January 21, 2015

New Temp Layout for Dallas

Temps On 12

DALLAS-Buyers will be greeted with a new layout for Temps on 12 at the Total Home & Gift Market here in June, as the American Made Show debuts on World Trade Center 13th floor. Dallas Temps on 12 have been reinvented to merge multiple categories on one floor, creating a pinwheel layout with displays, eventsMore »

Last updated: January 20, 2015

Nominees Announced for NAHFA Retailer of Year Award


ROSEVILLE, Calif.-The North American Home Furnishings Association has announced 15 nominees for its 2015 Retailer of the Year award, which celebrates the outstanding achievements and progressive leadership of the nation’s home furnishings retailers. NAHFA members in good standing were nominated by members of the home furnishings industry based on their exemplary service to the industryMore »

Last updated: January 19, 2015