Ehibitors, manufacturers, sales reps, and buyers expressed optimism and had a fresh outlook for 2015. According to the Dallas Market Center, numbers from the January Market showed significant increases in attendance from the Southeast, noting a 50-percent increase from Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina combined. The number of buyers also increased by 20 percent for Nevada, Utah, and California.

One of the newest services to debut was a DART transportation line that brought buyers to the Dallas Market Center directly from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Among the highlighted events were presentations by singer/performer Donny Osmond, who recently launched a lighting collection with Capital Lighting Fixture Co.; gardening and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith; Bravo TV’s Jeff Lewis in partnership with rep firm CODARUS; and designer & TV personality Libby Langdon, who unveiled a lighting line at Crystorama.

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