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Las Vegas Gift+Home market to include Gift for Life party

Las Vegas - World Market Center Las Vegas' Gift+Home show at the summer Market, Aug. 1-5, will feature a variety of special events, including the show's inaugural Gift for Life charity reception "Up on the Roof."

Sponsored by World Market Center Las Vegas, Gift+Home and the Gift & Home Trade Association, "Up on the Roof" will take place on Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. in the SkyView Terrace on the 16th floor of Building B. Tickets are $20 each and are available for purchase here.

Gift for Life is a partnership between the gift and home industries to raise funds in support of AIDS research and education. All funds raised benefit DIFFA. The charity event will bring together industry leaders and gift attendees for an evening of cocktails, appetizers, live music and prizes.

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 in her 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"
Monday, Aug. 1 at 2 p.m., World Forum, 16th Floor, Building B
Presented by Cinda Baxter, Always Upwards.

Visual merchandising for the independent retailer

Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m.

Presented by Linda Cahan.

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. Cahan will also explore easy and inexpensive display ideas from her book, "100 Displays Under $100."

The Lifestyle Report: What fashion comes home to
Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 11 a.m.
Presented by Fran Sude and Arnie Sude of Design Options, Inc.

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. Six trends are analyzed and supported with 35-40 images. Attendees will receive hand outs and the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session.

Lamb On Light: Home furnishings trends through a category
Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 2:30 p.m.
Presented by Michelle Lamb, The Trend Curve.

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. Residential Lighting and Home Fashion Forecast, in partnership with World Market Center Las Vegas and sponsored by Ellington, bring Lamb to focus on lighting and digest how broader trends are defined within that segment. Sponsored by Residential Lighting magazine.

First time buyers orientation
Monday, Aug. 1 and Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m.

Use this special orientation to help maximize buying time and inform yourself about the resources, destinations, seminars and events that Las Vegas Market offers.

First look
Monday, Aug. 1 at 10 a.m., World Forum, 16th Floor, Building B
Presented by HGTV's Monica Pedersen and editor Julie Smith Vincenti.

This presentation will highlight 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
Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m., SkyView Terrace, 16th Floor, Building B

Complimentary buyer breakfast
Daily on all Gift+Home Floors, Building A, Floors 3, 4; Building B, Floors 3, 5; Building C, Floors 5-9

High tea
Monday, Aug. 1, through Wednesday, Aug. 3, 3-5 p.m., Suite C-512

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

Gift+Home buyer's lounge
Daily during Market in Suite C-965.

Buyers are welcome to enjoy a 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.

Stop by to meet with experts who can get you tweeting and updating your fans and followers. Get tips and techniques into this ever-changing medium that will leave you fully connected to your consumer.

Design & Living brunch
Monday, Aug. 1 through Thursday, Aug. 4, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Daily brunch served on the newly-expanded Design & Living floor, Building C, 4th floor.

Design & Living wine bar
Monday, Aug. 1 through Thursday, 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.

Daily during Market, Building B, 3rd Floor.
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.

Other amenities that will be available to attendees include free Wi-Fi on campus, complimentary shuttle to and from host hotels, free parking in multi-level onsite parking garage, fully-equipped Internet lounges and 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, visit


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