Atlanta Market introduces new temporary exhibit categories, locations
“The industry’s most comprehensive temporary exhibits are growing again in winter 2023,” said Scott Eckman, executive vice president and chief revenue officer of IMC. “Two new luxury categories, relocation of key collections and expanded showcases by top industry organizations create a dynamic marketplace primed for discovery.”
Cross-category luxury offerings
Atlanta Market aims to highlight high-end, fine products in winter 2023 with the addition of two new categories — LUXE and General Gift LUXE — expanding its luxury neighborhoods to nine. LUXE is a juried collection of high-end artisan handmade, global and museum goods. General Gift LUXE is a juried collection of high-end resort, stationery, collegiate merchandise, pet products and more.
Additionally, two more LUXE categories have their Winter Market debuts: Boutique LUXE, a juried collection of luxury accessories and apparel products, and Cash & Carry LUXE, a juried collection of high-quality jewelry and fashion accessories for immediate delivery. Five more LUXE categories are: Body & Soul LUXE, Gourmet LUXE, HIGH DESIGN LUXE, Tabletop LUXE and Outdoor Living LUXE.
“Atlanta Market’s luxury offerings are a differentiator,” Eckman said. “LUXE and General Gift LUXE round out our high-end offerings allow us to offer a full spectrum of product to discerning retailers.”
Relocations designed for easier sourcing
New category locations optimize the shopability of Atlanta Market’s temporary exhibits, according to IMC.
Two home décor temporary categories — Fine Linens & Home Textiles and Home Accents & Home Furnishings — relocate to Building 1, Floor 8, placing them directly below AmericasMart’s six floors of home showrooms. The 60-plus temporary exhibitors join 300-plus showrooms to present a comprehensive collection of accent furniture, accessories, linens, lighting, pillows, textiles, wall art and more.
Relocation of the Cash & Carry Jewelry and Cash & Carry LUXE categories to Building 2, Floor 3, is designed to create a cohesive buying experience for fashion accessories allowing buyers to place orders and source immediate goods from nearly 300 exhibitors on one level. The trade show hall in Building 3, Floor 4, housing Boutique, Boutique LUXE, Gentleman’s Boutique, Jewelry, Fashion Accessories & Apparel is connected by sky bridge to the new location of the Cash & Carry offerings.
Expansion of GC Buying Group’s GCX Expo necessitates a relocation to a larger space in Building 2, Floor 4. This showcase of nearly 100 gourmet foods and tool brands offers more resources to GC Buying Group members (including retailers who join on-site) at its second staging at Atlanta Market. The GCX Expo shares the floor with three categories: Outdoor Living, Outdoor Living LUXE and Seasonal/Gift.
“The expansive nature of the Atlanta Market temporary exhibits is simultaneously exhilarating and daunting,” said Eckman. “Updating category locations and layouts make our extensive offerings even easier to shop and navigate to encourage exploration.”
Expanded industry partnerships
In addition to the GC Buying Group expansion, Fair Trade Federation launches a new pavilion of 12 brands that are committed holistic fair trade, IMC says.
Additional organizations return to Atlanta Market to connect their member brands with the market’s buyer universe. Greeting Card Association’s *Noted at Atlanta Market Village presents 10 brands showing greeting cards, custom invitations and imprintables, gift wrap, journals, planners, notebooks and more. Museum Store Association’s The Gallery Collection presents 30 members with apparel and jewelry, books, educational products, games, garden, home décor, paper, reproductions, toys, souvenir/ promotional merchandise and more. Additionally Georgia Grown presents food products made in Georgia in a pavilion of nearly 20 brands in Gourmet.
Booth design awards
A new award programming celebrating visual display ingenuity launches at the Winter 2023 Atlanta Market, according to IMC. All temporary exhibitors are eligible to win a “Best Booth” award, which recognizes the most creatively and effectively merchandised booths at the market. All booths will be judged with winners identified on the opening day of the Atlanta Market temporaries, Jan. 11.
Atlanta Market’s 39 temporary neighborhoods and pavilions are organized in 10 exhibit halls:
- Building 1
- Floor 8: Fine Linens & Home Textiles; Home Accents & Home Furnishings
- Building 2:
- Floor 1: HIGH DESIGN; HIGH DESIGN LUXE
- Floor 2: Gourmet; Gourmet LUXE; Housewares; Tabletop & Entertaining; Tabletop LUXE + Georgia Grown Pavilion
- Floor 3: Cash & Carry Jewelry; Cash & Carry LUXE
- Floor 4: Outdoor Living; Outdoor Living LUXE; Seasonal/Gift + GCX: Expo & Education
- Building 3
- Floor 1: ANTIQUES
- Floor 2: Emerging Artists; The Gallery Collection; Global Designs; Handmade Designs; Handmade Jewelry; LUXE; Made in America; Museum Gifts/ Fine Gifts + Fair Trade Federation Pavilion
- Floor 3: Body & Soul, Spa Products; Body & Soul LUXE; Children’s World; Modern Child
- Floor 4: Boutique; Boutique LUXE; Gentleman’s Boutique; Jewelry, Fashion Accessories & Apparel
- Floor 5: General Gift; General Gift LUXE; On Trend Gifts + *Noted Village