Despite the seemingly endless expanse of showrooms, the numbingly long days and the painful “blisties” that inevitably form on my heels, I have to admit that I really look forward to heading off to High Point twice each year. Part of it, I'm sure, is nostalgia. The October 2005 edition of the venerable trade show was my foray into the lighting world, and I'll always remember being awestruck by the sheer volume of home furnishings on display. Plus, I know I'll never forget my first bite of the absolutely fantastic Polish chili at the Parson's Table.
It's always nice to reminisce, but my reverence for High Point Market really comes down to the fact that the entire Vance Publishing team — virtually everyone, from the sales team to my fellow editors — makes the journey en masse. Graphic designer Kate Bauer stays back in Lincolnshire to hold down the fort (read: enjoy a workday free from countless interruptions), but I think even she is a bit curious about what happens when our staff hits the High Point pavement.
The last several months have brought on a number of changes at Residential Lighting, as well as at our sister publications Furniture Style and the brand-new Design & Decor, and while we've said a fond farewell to some familiar faces, we’ve excitedly welcomed several new members to our team. This month, Assistant Editor Patrick W. Rollens and Media Sales Representative Aimee Pomplun will set their soon-to-be-sore feet to High Point's hallowed streets, and I'm looking forward to sharing the experience with them both.
And, as always, I'm looking forward to sharing the experience with you. New product introductions are, without a doubt, a crucial part of the show; they're what feeds our editorial pages and your showroom's shelves. But, market is also about building and solidifying relationships in an industry (and in a time) in which those personal connections are so very important. So, if you see the Residential Lighting team in the hallways of the IHFC, I hope you'll stop us and say "hi." You'll know us by our brimful note pads, hobbly gaits and our insatiable thirst for new friends.