DALLAS–Dallas Market Center has begun to renovate the Housewares and the Expo areas of the Trade Mart to meet the needs of the growing luxury gift, lifestyle design and gourmet housewares categories in Dallas, the DMC said. The initial phase will overhaul and modernize these two sections on the second floor of the Trade Mart and will both cater to manufacturers’ permanent space needs as well as offer an expo area to service buying groups and gourmet vendor showcase events.
“The Trade Mart renovations are part of a strategic plan to further establish Dallas as a leader in fine gifts and lifestyle brands,” said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. “We launched our dedicated Total Housewares & Gourmet Market in January 2013 and have seen a surge across gourmet products and luxury gifts via our professional sales agencies and temporaries. This first phase will showcase smaller showrooms for vendors who want corporate space in addition to their independent sales talent or as part of a direct sales force.”
These new vendors will join such existing brands such as Vagabond House, Mottahedeh, Vietri, Roost, Match, Jan Barboglio, Devine Corporation Fine Lines, Rosenthal Group, Reed & Barton, Towle, Lifetime Brands, Riedel, Nambe, Arte Italica and Rigaud.
The first tenant to debut in the Housewares neighborhood, anchored by HTI Housewares Training & Information group, is Leland Associates (Trade Mart 2517), which is relocating from the Gourmet Market and doubling its space. Leland will open for this summer’s markets and feature B.I.A. Cordon Bleu, Breville and Scanpan. The remainder of new showrooms is scheduled to debut at Dallas Total Housewares & Gourmet Market, January 14-20, 2015.