While the title references the sultry Ray Charles song this entry actually needs to be read to The Who’s Pinball Wizard since that was what I blasted on the radio at 4am today driving to the airport. CHS-ATL to be exact; AmericasMart Building 2, Floor 3, Booth 715 to be REALLY exact. That’s right, Rush3 Product Design Studio is representing at the The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market at AmericasMart Atlanta.
Now in its 56th year "Market" has 4 buildings, seven million (million!) square feet of wholesale showrooms including permanent and temporary booths. The temporary part means that folks like us, who had an idea for a product while the recession slowed down the day job, get to meet thousands of buyers for retailers big and small - think Coastal Cupboard to Nordstrom - for the next five days. To help the buyers navigate the show, there are seminars, apps and an old school hardcopy manual to guide buyers to what is new, fun and innovative. This would be an appropriate place to thank the publishers as Chomp Stix made it to print. No really, thanks.
It's my favorite way to connect with the retailers across the nation and let them know the back stories on The Kebo, Chomp Stix and Kebo Light and see if its a good fit for their stores. So, hello Atlanta! Just this old, sweet song...and sweet retailers...keeps Georgia on my mind.