The Dallas Market Center said it welcomed a record number of customers for the opening of its January editions of the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market and Lightovation, the Dallas International Lighting Show. The market took place from January 16 to 22.
According to the market center, entering the third day of the show, the number of businesses attending was ahead by 16% versus the previous year with gains in each of the main buying categories reflecting the expanding Dallas customer base: home/design up 21%, apparel up 21%, lighting up 15%, gift up 13%, and floral & holiday up 12%.
Dallas Market Center debuted more than 50 new and expanding showrooms during the January shows including established brands and emerging companies in home, gift, lighting and holiday/floral. In addition, more than 40 partnerships were announced with retail buying groups, trade groups and associations participating in the January shows.
“This is a historic opening for our winter shows,” said Cindy Morris, Dallas Market Center president and CEO. “Motivated by strong holiday sales and seeking a broader range of inspiring best-sellers across all product types, buyers are choosing Dallas in record numbers. Thank you to our showrooms and sales reps for working together to deliver more customers. We have heard from numerous exhibitors that order writing has been tremendous and many of them have already surpassed their show goals.”