High Point Market  will seek to build on momentum from a strong market last fall  and upbeat shows from earlier this year at the Spring 2012 High Point Market April 21-26. New for this month’s market – an expanded Made in America pavilion featuring several lighting companies, larger showrooms from a few lighting manufacturers and the return of the popular Style Spotters  program.
Expanded Made in America Pavilion
The Made in America pavilion at Market Square and Suites  had such a successful debut at October’s market that it has doubled in size for this spring’s market, including the addition of several lighting exhibitors.
“This area was a huge hit at the October market, generating a true ‘buzz’ among retailers, designers, exhibitors and the media,” Julie Messner, Vice President of Leasing for International Market Centers  (IMC), which owns Market Square and several other buildings in High Point, said in a statement. “There was more interest than we could have imagined, so this market we’ve doubled the pavilion’s space to provide an opportunity for buyers to see an even greater range of great made-in-the-USA product.”
The expanded Made in America pavilion will feature nearly 50 exhibitors, including several lighting manufacturers – Cord Coverup by A&M Designs Inc. , LT Moses Willard Inc. , Rustics , Shiner/Home Source Intl.  and Summit Lamp Corp .
New or Expanded Lighting Showrooms
Four lighting manufacturers will be unveiling new or expanded showrooms in High Point. Four Hands  has moved to a new 36,000-square-foot showroom on the fourth floor of Showplace , more than double the size of their old Union Square  location.
“We’ve hired the well-known design firm of Barbour Spangle in High Point to give us a completely new look,” Bob Cooper, Cal Lighting’s National Sales Manager said in a statement. “The expanded space will be much more open, with unique shelving and other display treatments that will really spotlight our products.”
BeeLine Home , a line from interior designer Bunny Williams that features furniture, lighting and accessories, also has a new showroom. In addition to the company’s original location at 310 N. Hamilton, the expanded collection will also be housed in a new space in the Commerce and Design Building  (fourth floor, #4G). Williams will be introducing 30 new SKUs, including new lighting pieces.
Flambeau Lighting  has also re-located to the Salon in the Suites at Market Square, space G7008.
Decor Mentor  Founder Lisa Ferguson has put together a new interactive installation called “Elevate ,” where design professionals can exchange expertise by taking or leaving business cards. The “Elevate” wall, located in the third floor lobby of 220 Elm , will kick off with a cocktail party on April 21 at 4 p.m.
The High Point Market will once again offer a bevy of seminars on a wide array of topics during April’s market, including several focused on lighting:
The Power of Color & Light Working Together
Margi Kyle of The Designing Doctor LLC will talk about how to properly illuminate a space by using different levels of light as well as choosing the right bulb. Part of the National Home Furnishings Assn. (NHFA) Market Seminar Series. April 21, 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Plaza Suites, NHFA Retailer Resource Center, 1st Floor.
Styles Evolve… So Should Your Lighting
Terry Cline from Philips Lighting will discuss how LED lighting can enhance the look of furniture and home décor showrooms. Hosted by Service Lamp as part of the NHFA Market Seminar Series. April 22, 1-2 p.m. at Plaza Suites, NHFA Retailer Resource Center, 1st Floor.
Turning Inspiration Into Attractions
Designer Laura Kirar, who has designed lighting and accessories for Arteriors Home , will share the inspiration behind some of her most popular products and interiors. April 22, 2-2:30 p.m. in Arteriors Home IHFC showroom H320.
Lighting Your Store Correctly Will Bring in Customers
Tom Borga from Regency Lighting will discuss the pros and cons of LED, fluorescent and halogen lighting. Part of the NHFA Market Seminar Series. April 23, 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. in Plaza Suites, NHFA Retailer Resource Center, 1st Floor.
Branding and the Importance of Differentiation in a World of Sameness
Mark Phillips, CEO of Phillips Collection , will share his experiences navigating the world of home furnishings marketing. April 23, 3-3:30 p.m. in Phillips Collection IHFC showroom C202.
For a full list of seminars, see the High Point Market website .
The High Point Market Authority is bringing back its popular Style Spotters program following a successful launch at last fall’s market. Once again, eight bloggers and designers will post photos of their favorite product finds to Pinterest and present exhibitors with signs with the Style Spotter’s name and a QR code and URL linking to High Point Market’s Pinterest board . Attendees can vote for their favorites by liking or re-pinning the photos, and the Style Spotter with the most votes will win a free trip to October’s market.
This year’s Style Spotters are:
• Tobi Fairley, the winner from last fall’s market
• Crystal Gentilello from Rue Magazine
• Patricia Shackelford from Mrs. Blandings
• Jamie Meares from I Suwanee
• Jennifer Mehditash from Dec-A-Porter
• Traci Zeller, blogger
• Shay Geyer from Designer Detective
• Mat Sanders from Domino’s Quick Fixes
Stars Under the Stars
This year’s Stars Under the Stars  concert series will kick off April 21 with North Carolina native Lacy Green featuring four-time Banjo Player of the Year Sammy Shelor and continue April 22 with Lou Gramm of Foreigner. Both concerts will take place at Center Stage, between the transportation terminal and Showplace, at 7:30 p.m.
The Accessories Resource Team  will host its annual bowling event on April 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the High Point Bowling Center. The event is co-sponsored by IMC. Registration is $40 in advance and $50 at the door, and can be completed by mail or on the ART website .
To keep up with High Point happenings while at the show, be sure to follow the #HPmkt  hash tag on Twitter. Residential Lighting will also be posting live updates on our Facebook  and Twitter  pages. You can also preview some of the market’s new lighting introductions in our High Point Market preview slideshow .