As the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market kicks off the winter show season this year, housewares suppliers and retailers alike are converging at AmericasMart to see new products and build on what was a solid end to 2015 for some.
Jessi Kerner, director of retail for Vermont-based J.K. Adams, said warmer than normal temperatures across New England kept snow levels low and drove shoppers to her store.
“People were really out shopping since the weather was so great,” she said. “And we have a lot of second home owners in our area and because there was no skiing, they were shopping, too. We hope 2016 will be another good year for us.”
In addition, J.K. Adams will be rolling out several new customization options and font selections for its personalized cutting board program, which, Kerner said, continues to be popular with customers.
Also at the Atlanta market, Le Creuset featured its new Oasis collection, a line of mid-century inspired colorways that are intended to fit in with the still-growing retro trend, which can be seen heavily in home design. The line, dubbed “A Bright New Paradise” by the company, contains the colors Palm, Soleil, Caribbean, and limited-edition Hibiscus.
British company Zeal introduced its new Reflecting Nature high-grade, non-stick heat resistant silicone collection of kitchenware. Each of the designs is inspired by flora and fauna, such as the Rose Cooks spoon, Leaf soft grip tongs, Crocuses balloon whisk, Lotus Cooks baster and more, the company said.
In addition, several companies opened new showrooms at AmericasMart, including Hammer Stahl, which attended Atlanta for the first time in 2015 as part of the Gourmet Catalog vendor showcase. Now, the company has taken up permanent residence on the eighth floor of building two.
“It’s exciting to have a showroom this year,” said Bobby Griggs, vp/Hammer Stahl. “It allows people to know what we are here and that we are here to fill a void for the independent gourmet channel, which is what we are best-suited for. It allows them to know that we are here, we aren’t going anywhere and that we want to earn their business,” he said.
Harvey Pearle, also of Hammer Stahl, agreed. “Having a showroom makes a statement of seriousness and commitment to the relationship,” he said.