July 26, 2017
LA Mart celebrates a successful 2017 summer market
Marking its 59th summer in business, LA Mart stepped up to provide a strong Market with outstanding customer service, thousands of square feet of new showrooms and exciting energy everywhere. Buyer traffic was slightly up with a single digit percentage increase in Market attendance. Enthusiasm and vivacity were palpable as vibrant shopping, networking, and energetic exchanges occurred throughout the building.
Retail buyers were elated with the Summer Market and relayed the following quotes:
“The LA Mart has been absolutely wonderful. We loved the show and your service has been first rate. Everyone at the LA Mart is just so nice!” Helen, Alligator Soup
“This has been a great show! Can we take the LA Mart Staff home with us? Everyone here is so accommodating!” Buyer, Haberdasherie
“Your show is always great because we get to see great new items and to touch base with our reps, plus the LA Mart staff makes everything so seamless!” Cyndi- Kim’s Home Center
New showrooms were seen on every floor of the 95 percent occupied gift & home floors of LA Mart during the 2017 Summer Market. Outstanding new showrooms included additions such as Bozatli, Culturas, Dale Tiffany , F.T. Renner, K & K Table Tops, Lumily, Moosepablos, Mo’s Antiques, Pillows and Beyond , Popobe, Teresa’s Room, and 2-2 Hot. In addition, joining together to create beautiful new spaces, were great lines like, Creativeego, Four Points Trading, katzpajamas, KingRay Textiles, and Rit Z Rags all of which encompassed nearly 23,000 square feet of fresh and new showroom offerings.
“The theme for LA Mart’s Summer Market was American patriotism and support for our incredible state of California,” states Frank Joens, Sr. Vice President, General Manager, LA Mart. “It feels like the country needs a strong dose of good old fashioned pride, so we decided to celebrate The United States of America with a micro-focus on California’s National Parks. We created giant park photographs with coordinating gift products which were seen throughout the elevator lobbies, along with main lobby column wraps that were printed with callouts for pride, freedom, unity, and inclusion. In addition to the lobby’s patriotic aide memoire, was a red, white and blue USA-themed product display that supplied 100 square feet with selected items curated from the nearly 150 showrooms throughout the LA Mart building.
Along with a focused patriotic atmosphere, complimentary All-American food was served throughout, including, red & blue snow cones, fresh popcorn, homemade ice cream and hand-made fruit bars. Friday evening, the main lobby of the LA Mart, festooned in red, white and blue patriotic décor, welcomed hundreds of buyers, manufacturers and showroom staff to a cocktail party. Accompanying great networking and party chatter was the inclusion of delicious gourmet bites, a great selection of wine and beer as well as live musicians playing and singing favorite tunes from great American artists. Other LA Mart celebrations included the 35th anniversary of Sales Producers showroom and 50th anniversary for Roger Gruen as part of Kurt S. Adler Inc.
LA Mart Showroom Owners and Manufactures were elated with the Summer Market and relayed the following quotes:
“Good Market! The building is so friendly as there is no other building in the industry that is as united and works so well together to produce a really great show!” HS Seashells, LA Mart Showroom
“The quality of accounts is exceptional here at the LA Mart. I sold every line that I represent. It was awesome to see my loyal repeat customers plus I opened some really great new accounts too!” – Alan & Leigh, LA Mart Showroom
“I opened a lot of new accounts this show and customers were elated with the friendly experience of attending this Market. The building had tons of energy!” Gus Dallas, LA Mart Showroom