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Gift Show Guide: Surviving and Thriving at the Winter Markets

Winter Market 2020

The most exciting season of the year is almost upon us . . . Market Season! That’s right–in a few short weeks we will be ready to welcome you into our showrooms in Atlanta, Dallas, and Las Vegas as we debut our exciting, new collections for Autumn and Holiday 2020. We have loads of exciting treats in store, like show discounts, delicious VIP meals, product demonstrations, and live entertainment. (And don’t forget our famous freshly baked cookies!) Be sure to make a show appointment here to guarantee the quickest and most tailored service for your business.

If this is your first time visiting us at one of our showrooms, please review each mart’s website (AmericasMart AtlantaDallas Market Center, and Las Vegas Market) for their wholesale eligibility requirements and registration information.

Take a closer look at what’s happening in each of our showrooms this January:

 

Dallas – January 8–14, 2020 

Dallas Market Center

Trade Mart, Showroom 1121

2100 Stemmons Fwy

Dallas, TX 75207

 

Preview Day – January 7

January 9 – VIP BBQ Lunch

January 10 – VIP Mexican Lunch

January 11 – VIP Italian Lunch


 

Atlanta – January 14–21, 2020 

AmericasMart Atlanta

Building 2, Showroom 728

40 John Portman Blvd NW

Atlanta, GA 30303

 

Preview Day – January 13

January 15 – VIP Mexican Dinner + Live Music

January 16 – VIP Italian Dinner + Live Music

January 17 – VIP BBQ Dinner + Live Music

January 18 – Cocktail Party

 


Las Vegas – January 26–30, 2020 

Las Vegas Market

Building C, Showroom 852

495 S Grand Central Pkwy

Las Vegas, NV 89106

 

As we make last-minute preparations, we thought it would be helpful to feature market advice from our seasoned show sales team. Our team members have spent years perfecting the market experience for our customers and staff and are ready to share their expertise.

Why is it important to attend market?

When you visit us in our showroom, our staff has the opportunity to give you an individualized approach to assist you in building your brand with the best balloon and gift products in the world. Not to mention, nothing beats seeing our products in person and touching them. We have exciting and unique substrates incorporated into our products for the upcoming season and it’s best to put your hands on it all for the full experience!

How do you get the most out of your visit?

Sit down and create an action plan, but don’t stress if the plan falls through. There’s a lot happening at market, and things can change quickly. Also, make an appointment! Your sales representative starts planning for your appointment weeks in advance to guarantee you the best experience catered specifically to your business. We can tell you what has sold well, what items are trending, and what some of best deals are in the showroom. The most successful people at market are the ones who make decisions quickly and ask for help when those decisions aren’t so easy. Trust your gut with products, and if all else fails? Come see us for a glass of wine!

What do you need to pack for the shows?

Speaking from experience, this is the wrong time to break in any new shoes. Between the cold January weather bearing down outside and fluctuating temperatures between floors and showrooms inside the market, it’s important to dress in layers. It never hurts to pack a small backpack with a spare pair of shoes, warm jacket, and umbrella. Above all, wear what makes you comfortable.

What are your favorite places to eat near the markets?

Atlanta: As a Georgia-based company, our team knows a little bit about southern hospitality and delicious comfort food! We recommend Two Urban Licks, Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall, and Venkman’s for great live music!

Dallas: When in Texas, you have to indulge in a little Tex-Mex cuisine! Our team recommends Meddlesome Moth, Rodeo Goat, and El Bolero.

Las Vegas: There is no shortage of fun to be had in Las Vegas. Legendary Freemont Street is just around the corner from the Las Vegas Market and there is an abundance of restaurants a short stroll away. Some of our team’s favorites are: Triple George Grill, Park on Fremont, and Mickie Finnz Fish House & Bar.

Keep in mind, restaurants in close proximity to the markets have large crowds and book up quickly. It’s smart to make reservations in advance and use an app like Open Table to search restaurants nearby for availability. burton + BURTON offers complementary meals for our customers on select days in Dallas and Atlanta. Ditch the stress of finding something to eat and come spend time with us!

When all else fails and you have a question about what to expect at the Winter Markets, give us a call! Our sales team would love to make it an enjoyable experience for you, so you can return home to your business refreshed and full of exciting ideas for the new year! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for gift show updates and information. We hope to see you this January!