As High Point prepares for the start of its fall market, there are several new faces and programs ready to greet attendees. According to the High Point Market Authority (HPMA), pre-market registration is tracking at a very good pace for the fall market, which runs Oct. 22-27.
High Point has undergone several noteworthy changes since last April’s market, including a major deal that united several of the market’s major buildings, including the International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC) (pictured), with the Las Vegas Market under the newly formed International Market Centers, as well as a new CEO for HPMA, Tom Conley. Although the effects of these two recent events may not be fully apparent yet, there are plenty of new showrooms, tools and promotions at this month’s market.
New Lighting Showrooms: There are quite a few new lighting showrooms at the fall market, including lighting companies making their High Point debut, as well as exhibitors that have moved to a new space:
• Art Glass Gallery, Showplace 1004
• Bridges Over Time, Antique & Design Center at Market Square G44
• Cake Vintage & Knobstoppers, Salon at Market Square & Suites G-7043
• Control Brand, IHFC W254
• Crystorama, the Miles Talbott and Michael Thomas Furniture showroom, 1690 English Rd.
• Festoni, Salon at Market Square & Suites G-7012
• Flambeau Lighting, Showplace 1310
• Jeff Jones Home, Salon at Market Square & Suites G-7055
Made in America Pavilion: Market Square and Suites will host a special exhibit called the Made in America Pavilion in response to growing interest in domestically made products. The pavilion will include 30 exhibitors, as well as a showcase of American-made products from over 50 existing Market Square & Suites exhibitors. For a full list of participants, click here.
Style Spotters: High Point Market has recruited eight bloggers and interior designers to serve as this market’s Style Spotters. They will take photos of their favorite market finds and post them to Pinterest, a virtual pinboard website. Exhibitors who have been posted to the pinboard by a Style Spotter will receive a sign with the Style Spotter’s name and a QR code and URL for the Pinterest board. Other market attendees can also vote on their favorite pinboards or products by clicking “like” or by re-pinning the photo to their own Pinterest board. At the end of market, the Style Spotter with the most popular pinboard will win a free trip to the April High Point Market. Attendees can also post their own favorite product or trends to a live-streaming pinboard using the market’s official Twitter hashtag, #hpmkt. For more information, or to view the Market pinboard, click here.
MyMarket Tool: MyMarket, a mobile-enabled website that was introduced at last fall’s market, has several new features to help attendees plan their time at market using their computers, smart phones or tablets. In addition to being able to keep track of events and appointments and message friends and colleagues, users can now keep track of the latest market news using MyMarket Zine, a publishing platform that provides an ongoing news reel of High Point information, which is available via RSS, Google Reader and Flipboard. A more advanced Exhibitor section also allows companies to create virtual booths with logos, contacts and videos. In addition, MyMarket pulls all tweets off of Twitter with the official market hash tag (#hpmkt) and puts them into a live scroll on the MyMarket home page. To access the MyMarket tool, go to www.highpointmarket.org/mymarket.
Six Causes that Matter: Playing off the market’s tagline, “The Next Six Days that Matter,” High Point Market is sponsoring Six Causes that Matter, which will highlight one charity during each day of the market and encourage exhibitors and attendees to make a donation. The six charities that will be featured, which were chosen due to their strong ties to the home furnishings industry, are:
• Oct. 22 – City of Hope, a foundation for medical research and patient care
• Oct. 23 – Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which raises money to fight breast cancer
• Oct. 24 – Habitat for Humanity, a housing ministry
• Oct. 25 – American Red Cross, which helps victims of natural disasters
• Oct. 26 – National Furniture Bank Association, which provides free furniture to families in poverty
• Oct. 27 – Open Door Ministries, a High Point-based organization that provides food, housing and financial assistance for the low-income and homeless
Attendees can donate by participating in manufacturer promotions or by contacting the charity directly. Charity contact info is listed on the Six Causes that Matter website, and manufacturer promotions will also be listed online and on social media each day of the market. To get the latest updates on each day’s cause, follow the #hpmkt6causes hash tag on Twitter.
Stars Under the Stars: This year’s Stars Under the Stars concert series will kick off on Oct. 22 with a celebration of IMC’s High Point debut, featuring a live performance by The B-52s. The Stars Under the Stars line-up continues with The Starship starring Mickey Thomas on Oct. 23 and The Fabulous Swingin’ Richards on Oct. 24. All concerts are located on the Center Stage between the Transportation Terminal and Showplace, with doors opening at 7 p.m.
ART Bowling: The Accessories Resource Team will host its annual bowling event on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the High Point Bowling Center. The event is co-sponsored by IHFC and IMC. The event costs $40 per person in advance and $50 at the door. Online registration is available here.