Housewares Industry Convenes in Chicago

       

       

CHICAGO—The exhibitor booths at McCormick Place are buzzing with activity and popping with color at the International Home + Housewares Show which started yesterday.
Vendors are explaining the workings of new gadgets, small appliances and describing health benefits of new items. Celebrity chefs such as Mario Batali, Ming Tsai and Guy Fieri signed books and attracted crowds.
Some lucky industry members may have showed up at the show a little late this morning following a raucous party hosted last night by Homedics at the House of Blues as it announced its licensing partnership with the House of Marley. The Ron Ferber-led company is introducing numerous Bob Marley-inspired items such as iPod accessories and portable music players.
The show runs through Tuesday.