As Dallas Market Center continues to expand its presence in the world of gourmet housewares, several leading suppliers have taken notice and used the winter Total Home & Gift Market to open new permanent showrooms.
Formerly in a small space in Dallas, Le Creuset officials said the company felt the timing was right to invest in a permanent showroom.
“Dallas is becoming more and more popular and we thought that this was the right time to invest,” said Jarrod Daughtry, senior sales and trade marketing manager, Le Creuset. “It’s great to be in the new showroom, it’s a great space and it allows us to show off everything that’s new. More than that, we continue to invest in the independent gourmet channel.”
Core Home is also showing off a new space in Dallas. “People have loved the space and we are getting a very positive response from retailers,” said Rebecca Prentice, Core’s senior account manager.
In addition to the new showroom openings, the winter Dallas Market also hosted HTI Buying Group’s first vendor showcase.
Melissa Ledbetter of KitchenIQ said the event created a new opportunity to meet with retailers.
“We were excited to be a part of the first vendor showcase in Dallas,” she said. “It was great to be able to see all of the accounts and spend some one-on-one time with them and show them the new products.”
Paul Ayo, owner of E’s Kitchen in Lafayette, LA, felt the vendor showcase was an overall success.
“We saw a lot of movement with vendors and I was able to see some exciting new products,” he said. “I enjoy coming to the market because it’s so much easier for me to see lots of options for things that I need instead of just flipping through a catalog.”