HIGH POINT, North Carolina – The High Point Market Authority (HPMA) will inaugurate its new venue, The Point with a robust lineup of personalities and programming for the upcoming spring edition of the semi-annual High Point Market (HPM).
A ribbon cutting event will be held on Friday, April 13 at 12pm (just prior to opening day) with a special welcome by comedian and television personality Jeff Foxworthy, who is also launching a licensed line of furnishings with upholstery producer Man Wah U.S.A. during the five-day furniture trade event.
The spring market will run from April 14 to 18.
The Point – located on Commerce Ave, between S. Main and Wrenn streets – is the first freestanding, High Point Market-branded venue conceived to enhance the buyer experience.
“Survey results indicate that networking and access to actionable information for building their businesses are top factors in the buyer’s decision to attend market, in addition to sourcing new products,” HPMA president and chief executive officer Tom Conley said in a statement. “We invite attendees to maximise their travel investment by visiting The Point to learn and to make valuable connections.”
The Point is open daily to all market attendees with a valid pass. Hours are 8am to 6pm from Saturday through Tuesday with an early closing on Wednesday. During the hours of operation, a team of Market Advisors will be on hand to offer one-on-one consultations to attendees in need of information or support. Attendees are encouraged to drop in throughout market dates for specific events, or to utilise the lounge area.
Each morning, a gourmet coffee and organic juice bar opens from 8 to 10:30am. The schedule of events and programming changes daily, beginning at 10am with roundtable discussions focused on industry-relevant topics by well-known experts.
The Point will host nine roundtables, led by The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines, and designer Chad James; Julia Noran Johnston and the Editor at Large team; interior design business expert Kimberley Seldon (the only Canadian on the schedule); trend consultant Jaye Anna Mize of Fashion Snoops; a panel of Dynamic Women in Design, including design stars Stacy Kunstel, Michelle Nussbaumer and Mary McDonald; Consort co-founders Mat Sanders and Brandon Quattrone; a panel of Style Spotters alumni, including Michelle Wiebe, Kati Curtis and Erika Ward; the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) speaking with retailer Peggy Burns and designer Aviva Stanoff; and Todd Nifong, chair of the International Textile Alliance (ITA) Educational Foundation speaking with Caroline Hipple and other textile experts.
The full listing of programs and events for The Point is located in the Tips and Insights section of the High Point Market website: http://www.highpointmarket.org/tips-and-insights/the-point.
From 11:30am to 2pm each day, the Parson’s Table will offer a pop-up version of their homemade lunch service, coinciding with the Fashion Snoops Innovation Square schedule.
Fashion Snoops Innovation Square celebrates innovation in design and will hold demonstrations from Saturday through Tuesday from 11am to 2pm. Technology experts, artists and makers featured include augmented reality specialists Obsess AR, artist and designer Aviva Stanoff, the makers of Norwalk Furniture, and The Trim Queen, Jana Platina Phipps.
The afternoons will feature a mix of programming including celebrity meet and greet events and industry mixers. Visitors may enjoy friendly therapy dogs via Crypton’s Pooch Pop-Up on Saturday and Sunday.
On the networking front, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) welcomes all to their member meet-up on Friday, and the Black Interior Designers Network (BIDN) will host a mixer in The Point on Saturday.
Celebrity licensees Drew and Jonathan Scott of Scott Living, Mark Badgley and James Mischka of Badgley Mischka Home, and Donny Osmond of Donny Osmond Home will all make appearances in The Point to meet and greet with market attendees. The Point will additionally host a book signing event for authors Amy Flurry, Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke on Monday afternoon.
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