First Casual Market Atlanta debuts in July
The inaugural Casual Market Atlanta will be staged July 10-13 at AmericasMart Atlanta in an all-new outdoor furnishings destination featuring over 50 showrooms and 100 temporary exhibits. Hallmarks of the Casual Market experience include the International Casual Furnishings Association’s (ICFA) annual Awards Gala and charitable giving opportunities, plus new educational and networking opportunities to enhance the market experience for buyers and sellers.
“After years of envisioning, planning and building, Casual Market Atlanta is coming to fruition,” says Bob Maricich, International Market Centers (IMC) CEO. “We look forward to welcoming Casual Market exhibitors and attendees to Atlanta as we embark together on a new era for the industry.”
“All attendees should take the time now to quickly pre-register for what promises to be an exceptional presentation of outstanding products for outdoor living,” says Jackie Hirschhaut, executive director of the ICFA. “I think that casual furnishings buyers will be very impressed by this sparkling new showcase of outdoor furniture and accessories.”
All-New Sourcing Experience
Casual Market Atlanta buyers will discover the latest in outdoor furnishings, accessories, fabrics and more in a purpose-built destination in AmericasMart Building 1. Showrooms on Floors 2 to 5 feature industry leaders and innovative newcomers including Alfresco Home (casual furniture, garden planters and patio accents), Bambrella USA (aluminum and bamboo market and patio umbrellas), Casual Cushion Corp. (outdoor cushions and umbrellas), Ebel Inc. (outdoor furniture and fire tables), Elaine Smith Inc. (indoor/outdoor pillows), Homecrest Outdoor Living (commercial and residential outdoor furniture and fire tables), Illuminated Trees Inc. (pre-lit faux botanical trees), Inspired Visions by Peak Season (patio furniture, outdoor pillows and outdoor accents), Treasure Gardens (handcrafted umbrellas) and Winston (outdoor furniture and fire pits).
Notable among the temporary exhibitors on Floors 6 and 7 are: Carolina Casual Furniture (handcrafted outdoor furniture), Domiziani America (volcanic rock and lava stone indoor/outdoor tables), Floating Luxuries (pool floats and pillows), FlowerHouse (pop-up storage sheds, pop-up greenhouses and Butterfly Furniture), Kaemingk Intl. (garden furniture, outdoor lighting and planters), Koverroos/Goldencare (eco-friendly outdoor furniture covers), Ocean Rock USA Inc. (custom fire pits and burners), Prism Hardscapes (fire and water features), Real Flame (electric fireplaces, outdoor fire pits and patio furniture), Trans-Oceans Imports (indoor/outdoor rugs, pillows and mats) and West of the Wind LLC (indoor/outdoor canvas art).
The overlap with Atlanta Market, also staged at AmericasMart, offers new opportunities for Casual Market Atlanta participants. Buyers have easy access to some 6,000 complementary furnishings, gift, lifestyle, seasonal, housewares and gourmet lines. Brands can connect with tens of thousands of retailers from across the U.S. and around the world visiting the buying event.
“The co-location of Casual Market Atlanta and Atlanta Market offer unmatched, business-building opportunities for buyers and sellers,” Maricich says. “Easy access to synergistic product categories fosters exploration, new connections and new possibilities.”
For Casual Market Atlanta, showrooms are open Monday, July 10, through Thursday, July 13; permanent showrooms will remain open through Monday, July 17, for the duration of Atlanta Market.
Longtime ICFA events are set to continue in Atlanta. The ICFA Awards Gala and Pink Out fundraising for City of Hope are Tuesday, July 11, and ICFA Annual Meeting is on July 12. The industry will celebrate the 65th anniversary of the ICFA at the ICFA 65th Birthday Bash on July 10, the first night of Casual Market Atlanta.
New events include an hour-long New Buyer Welcome and Tour to acclimate buyers to the AmericasMart campus in sessions on July 10 and 11; Outdoor Living with Vern Yip features the celebrity interior designer discussing trends and new products on July 11.
Special benefits, including guaranteed lowest hotel rates, airline discounts and free shuttles, are offered by Casual Market Atlanta. Visit www.casualmarketatlanta.com for information and registration.