DALLAS–The recently completed Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, held June 20-26, had a high and positive energy level, the Dallas Market Center said. Buyer attendance included the most new stores attending since 2006, the DMC said, and an increase in buyers from the Southwest, Mid-America and West regions.
Dozens of new and expanded permanent showrooms debuted at market. The FINDS Dallas Temp Show categories doubled in size, and which included the new Foodie FINDS and Table & Houseware FINDS, which complemented the newly renovated and expanded Gourmet Market.
“The energy level was remarkable as we launched the summer show cycle,” said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. “Supported by new tech tools such as our app and improved free Wi-Fi, buyers from across the country arrived ready for business. Reviewing more than 275 new showrooms and temps, foot traffic was heavier on the front-end of market but the serious buyers had a steady presence. Although economic challenges remain, we are seeing evidence of stronger consumer confidence in the middle of the country.”
Buyers participated in more than 140 special events and seminars during the show, including the a product and cooking demonstration from chef Curtis Stone, who had an audience of more than 500 attendees at the new Culinary Stage.