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Gift+Home at Las Vegas Market Offers Attendees Wide Range of Special Events and Programming

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World Market Center Las Vegas’ Gift+Home show announced that it continues to build momentum with a variety of special events planned for the Summer 2011 Las Vegas Market, Aug. 1-5, including its inaugural Gift for Life charity reception “Up on the Roof.”

Taking place on Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. in the SkyView Terrace on the 16th floor of Building B, the “Up on the Roof” charity event will bring together industry leaders and gift attendees for an evening of cocktails, appetizers, live music and prizes, all set against a breathtaking view of the glittering Las Vegas skyline. Gift for Life is a partnership between the gift and home industries to raise funds in support of AIDS research and education.  All monies raised benefit DIFFA.  This debut event is sponsored by World Market Center Las Vegas, Gift+Home and the Gift & Home Trade Association. Tickets are only $20 each and are available for purchase at https://www.diffa.org/buy_tickets.asp?id=76.

Also new to the August Gift+Home show will be keynote speaker Cinda Baxter, a self-proclaimed “retail enabler” who will discuss the  3/50 Project – a movement born out of a blog post before exploding internationally – in her exclusive seminar “It Takes a Village.” The project aims to reconnect local merchants and consumers with its positive, effective messaging by encouraging patronage of locally owned, independent retailers. The seminar will be Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. in World Forum on the 16th floor of Building B.

“World Market Center Las Vegas’ Gift+Home show has quickly become the West’s premier destination for the industry and we are pleased to once again offer an expanded line-up of special events, seminars and features for attendees,” said Robert Maricich, chief executive officer of International Market Centers, parent company of World Market Center Las Vegas. “Offering this type of exclusive programming adds just one more incentive for gift buyers to attend the Summer 2011 Las Vegas Market.”

In addition to the centerpiece events, Gift+Home attendees will be encouraged to take part in a variety of other special events and programs throughout the week, all of which are complimentary.

COMPLIMENTARY SEMINARS:

THE 3/50 PROJECT: “It Takes a Village”
Mon., Aug. 1 at 2 p.m., World Forum, 16th Floor of Building B
Presented by Cinda Baxter, Always Upwards

Today’s economic climate is challenging for independent business owners, regardless of type or size. As a result, they have a choice: look backward and dwell on what got us here, or look ahead, forging new paths. Born in a blog post, then exploding as a viral, international movement, The 3/50 Project reunites local merchants and consumers with its positive, effective message, strengthening their communities at the same time. Learn how the 3/50 Project came to be, what it’s grown into today, and how you can use it to strengthen your own business.

VISUAL MERCHANDISING FOR THE INDEPENDENT RETAILER
Tues., Aug. 2 at 10 a.m.
Presented by Linda Cahan

Are you looking for ways to better merchandise your retail displays? Featuring Linda Cahan, an internationally known retail design expert specializing in visual merchandising and store design, the presentation focuses on basic design elements for excellent displays and how to use color spotting, angles, geometry, repetitive images, balance and display to maximize in-store displays. Attendees will learn how emotional and sensory merchandising creates a memorable bond between a store and its customers and how to use color to influence patrons and create more sales. Cahan will also explore easy and inexpensive display ideas from her book, “100 Displays Under $100” and will discuss what’s new and fun in the area of lighting and signage while offering tips that will enhance a store’s image and brand.

THE LIFESTYLE REPORT: What Fashion Comes Home To
Wed., Aug. 3 at 11 a.m.
Presented by Fran Sude and Arnie Sude of Design Options, Inc.

Design Options applies years of insight and experience into forecasting inter-industry fused trends. The Lifestyle Report is a bi-yearly report that bridges the gap between the apparel and home fashion worlds. Published for Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter, this forecast is predicted on the premise that the trends one sees in the fashion industry find their way into the home and vice versa. In each issue of the Lifestyle Report, six trends are analyzed and supported with 35-40 beautiful images. Attendees will receive hand outs and the opportunity to participate in a lively Q&A.

LAMB ON LIGHT: Home Furnishings Trends Through a Category
Wed., Aug. 3 at 2:30 p.m.
Presented by Michelle Lamb

Michelle Lamb is a leading trend resource in the home furnishings industry. Through her publication, The Trend Curve, and a variety of targeted palettes and materials provided by her company, Marketing Directions Inc., Lamb helps manufacturers, retailers and designers stay ahead of emerging looks. There’s no question that trends shape the home fashion landscape. But how do the overarching themes in the marketplace translate into the individual products on the sales floor? Residential Lighting and Home Fashion Forecast, in partnership with World Market Center Las Vegas and sponsored by Ellington, bring a premier forecaster to focus on one product category - lighting - and digest how broader trends are defined within that segment.  Sponsored by Residential Lighting magazine.

FIRST TIME BUYERS ORIENTATION
Mon., Aug. 1 & Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m.

Take advantage of this special orientation designed to help you maximize your buying time and inform you about the many resources, destinations, seminars and events that Las Vegas Market has to offer.

FIRST LOOK
Mon., Aug. 1 at 10 a.m., World Forum, 16th Floor of Building B
Presented by HGTV’s Monica Pedersen and editor Julie Smith Vincenti

Don’t miss this exciting presentation highlighting the best and brightest new products being introduced this summer at Las Vegas Market in all categories including accessories, home furnishings, gifts and more.  Attendees will also receive a copy of the companion products guide “FIRST LOOK Book” while supplies last.

SPECIAL EVENTS AND AMENITIES:

UP ON THE ROOF
Tues., Aug. 2 at 6 p.m., SkyView Terrace, 16th Floor of Building B

WMCLV presents its inaugural Gift for Life charity event benefitting DIFFA.   Gather with us “at the top of the stairs” to enjoy cocktails, appetizers, live music, prizes and a breathtaking view of the glittering Las Vegas skyline. Join industry leaders and colleagues for a night of entertainment and fun all in support of a tremendous cause.  Tickets are only $20 a person! Gift for Life is the gift and home industries' national charity funding the fight against HIV/AIDS.  All monies raised benefit DIFFA.  Sponsored by World Market Center Las Vegas, GIFT+HOME, and the Gift & Home Trade Association.  Tickets available for purchase at https://www.diffa.org/buy_tickets.asp?id=76.

COMPLIMENTARY BUYER BREAKFAST
Daily on all Gift+Home Floors, Building A, Floors 3 & 4; Building B Floors 3 & 5 and Building C Floors 5-9

Each morning of market, buyers are invited to start the morning off with complimentary breakfast selections on all the Gift+Home floors.

HIGH TEA
Mon., Aug. 1 through Wed., Aug. 3 from 3-5 p.m. in Suite C-512

Complimentary sandwiches, cocktails and a selection of gourmet teas in the beautiful Garden section in Suite C-512.

GIFT+HOME BUYER’S LOUNGE
Daily during Market in Suite C-965

Buyers are welcome to enjoy a dedicated lounge featuring a business center and complimentary refreshments as well as a quiet place to relax and network.

HOT SPOT: SOCIAL MEDIA BAR
Daily during Market in Suite C-301

Looking to increase your Social Media presence? Stop by the Hot Spot: Social Media Bar to meet with experts who can get you tweeting and updating your fans and followers on the latest and greatest in your world. Get the hottest tips and techniques into this ever-changing medium that will leave you fully connected to your consumer. Become part of the conversation, while increasing business at the Hot Spot!

DESIGN & LIVING BRUNCH
Mon., Aug. 1 through Thurs., Aug. 4 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Join us daily for brunch served on the newly-expanded Design & Living floor, Building C, 4th floor.

DESIGN & LIVING WINE BAR
Mon., Aug. 1 through Thurs., Aug. 4 from 4-6 p.m.

Unwind to the sounds of jazz and enjoy a glass of wine to celebrate the new home of Design & Living, Building C, 4th Floor.

B-SCENE
Daily during Market, Building B, 3rd Floor

Building B is the breakout destination for home décor, rugs, lighting and more.  This Summer, FIRST LOOK expands its popular product display series to include this season’s standout patterns, colors and textures showcasing these dynamic categories. The juried B-Scene displays, located on the 3rd floor of World Market Center Building B, present new products in several categories including area rugs, accent furniture, wall decor and more. B-Scene … seen only in Las Vegas.

In addition to the array of events and receptions, other amenities that will be available to attendees include free Wi-Fi on campus, complimentary shuttle to/from host hotels, free parking in multi-level onsite parking garage, fully-equipped Internet lounges and convenient café and food kiosks.

To register for Gift+Home at Las Vegas Market and to book hotels as low as $49 a night, as well as to view a full listing of special events and complimentary seminars, please visit www.giftandhomelv.com.

About World Market Center Las Vegas
World Market Center Las Vegas is an integrated home and hospitality contract furnishings showroom and trade complex. The campus showcases furniture, decorative accessories, gift, lighting, area rugs, home textiles and related segments, as well as the Las Vegas Design Center open daily to consumers and designers. For more information on World Market Center Las Vegas and its trade shows including the bi-annual Las Vegas Market and Gift+Home, visit
www.wmclv.com. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

World Market Center Las Vegas is a property of International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC), the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. International Market Centers owns and operates 11.5 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C. and Las Vegas.  IMC’s mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries.  For more information on IMC, visit imcenters.com.

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