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Blog from the Houseware Show

Blog from the Houseware Show

CHICAGO—Chicago mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel spoke at the International Housewares Show this morning, thanking it for committing to another five years at McCormick Place. Emanuel also expressed support for Walmart’s entry to the city, saying that many urban dwellers do not have access to fresh fruit and vegetables. Also from the show—in its last day today—tabletopMore »

World Market Center Announces Market Dates

World Market Center Announces Market Dates

LAS VEGAS—Las Vegas Market will be held Jan. 30 through Feb. 3, 2012 for Winter Las Vegas Market, and July 30 through Aug. 3, 2012, for Summer Las Vegas Market. Hours will be consistent with the Winter 2011 Market, with permanent exhibitors open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday fromMore »

Pfaltzgraff and Mikasa to License for Textiles

Pfaltzgraff and Mikasa to License for Textiles

NEW YORK—Excell/Glenoit has just obtained the license for  Pflatzgraff for the categories of table linens, shower curtains and bath accessories, bedding, kitchen accessories, indoor and outdoor rugs and window treatments. Concurrently, Mikasa has  teamed with Croscill Home for a line of products including placemats, table cloths, napkins and bedding and bath ensembles. Both Mikasa andMore »

Reeve Named Mariposa CEO

Reeve Named Mariposa CEO

MANCHESTER, Mass.—Stanley Reeve is the new chief executive officer of tabletop manufacturer Mariposa. Reeve was previously the vice president of finance and operations for Rare, an environmental non-profit organization that helps protect biodiversity. Reeve’s career history also includes 14 years with Illinois Tool Works, a specialty industrial products company. Mariposa’s handmade  aluminum tableware, glassware andMore »

Meyer Enters Tabletop with Paula and Rachael

Meyer Enters Tabletop with Paula and Rachael

Meyer Corporation, known for its cookware and kitchenware expertise, enters the tabletop category at the International Home + Housewares Show this month with an extensive launch of dinnerware by celebrity chefs Paula Deen and Rachael Ray. “Introducing tabletop represents a natural progression for both brands, and we’re proud of the collaborative work we’ve accomplished withMore »

Epilady Marks 25 Years with New Categories

Epilady Marks 25 Years with New  Categories

By David Gill Epilady, the marketer of epilators, is celebrating its silver anniversary in business this year—and has chosen to mark the occasion by launching new product categories in the U.S. market. The new products will be spotlighted at the International Home + Housewares Show this month. The company will offer a line of Epilady-brandedMore »

Braun Turns 90

Braun Turns 90

By David Gill On Feb. 1, 1921, engineer Max Braun opened an equipment-manufacturing workshop in Frankfurt, Germany, to produce components for a new product called the radio. From that beginning, the Braun workshop has morphed into one of the housewares industry’s international powerhouses, a force in product categories such as men’s foil shavers, hair-care productsMore »

Target Goes Urban with Smaller Format

Target Goes Urban with Smaller Format

By David GillIn yet another move intended to expand the retailer’s market presence, Target has scheduled the opening of its first smaller-format store, to be called CityTarget, for 2012 in Chicago. The store will be sited in Sullivan Center, a historic landmark that was once the Carson Pirie Scott building, at the corner of SouthMore »