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Standout 3-D printed nylon neckring by Chicago designer Melanie Feerst.

Jewelry 2015: Jewelry NOW!

All bets are off when it comes to what kinds of jewelry shoppers are buying these days. But they are buying it, and taking their cues from artists, designers, actors, metrosexuals, even the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times.

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The Dallas skyline at dusk, with the microphone-shaped Reunion Tower at the left. PHOTO CREDIT: DOLLARPHOTOCLUB.COM

American Made Show Debuts in the Big D

Get out your 10-gallon hats, everybody, and polish up your most comfortable cowboy boots: in June, the American Made Show is heading to Dallas and we want you to come along!

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Impulse Buy

Mary Kearns made her first aromatic bath and body goods using a DIY kit she’d ordered for her daughter from a children’s catalog.

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Market Calendar

A comprehensive listing of wholesale trade shows—happening now through late February 2015.

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Kids splash around in the wading pool at Klyde Warren Park, Dallas’s open-air community center. PHOTO CREDIT: DALLAS CVB

7 Great Reasons to Love Dallas

J.R. Ewing was never shy in boasting about the city he loved, and neither are the good citizens of Dallas who live there now. The city’s got a new slogan (“Big Things Happen Here”), great stats (located in the strongest economic region in the U.S., just for starters), and lots of reasons to love the place.

The main entrance to the Dallas Museum of Art, located in the heart of the Arts District in downtown Dallas.

Checking Out the Dallas Arts Scene

One of the added pleasures of being a gallery retailer on visits to other cities is the chance to check out the competition. Extend your stay on either side of the June American Made Show, and you can see all kinds of art in museums, guild shops and retail stores, get into conversations about business with owners, and come away filled with fresh ideas to take back home.

Since the early 1990s, downtown DC has undergone a transformation that newly arrived apartment dwellers and independent retailers are doing much to fuel. Streets bustle with traffic, sidewalks are filled with shoppers, and small businesses are pulling out all the stops to accommodate their needs.

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Overnight Sensation

Let’s get one thing straight: Washington DC has never not been a beautiful city. Over the years, however, and contrary to the visionary plan laid out centuries ago by Pierre L’Enfant for grand boulevards angled like rays of the sun to showcase exquisite views of towering monuments in every direction, the capital’s architecturally rich city blocks fell into disrepair. By the 1960s, great swaths of its downtown looked tired and neglected, as did their potential as commercial and residential city centers.

Cast cement sun faces from Elizabeth Keith Designs.

What’s New: Garden Brighteners

Some people just don’t have green thumbs. Others in harsher climates face long winter months where nothing grows. Still others look for garden brighteners they won’t have to water—ever. How to help? If you’re a savvy retailer, you’ll consider stocking up on works like these from eight American design studios:

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