The Accessories Resource Team (also known as A.R.T.) is an association for the decorative accessory segment of the home furnishings industry. A.R.T. is a community of creative companies and individuals working together to excite and motivate consumers to accessorize their homes.
Nominees and finalists for the awards are not required to exhibit in Dallas or belong to ART. Finalists are announced in August. Finalists' entries are due shortly before judging takes place in November at the Dallas Market Center.
Elegant and larger than life, many compare the Awards event with the Academy Awards, the winners are kept in suspense until that special evening. The 23rd gala was held at a new venue; at the Hilton Anatole Ballroom. To see a complete list of winners, visit: accessoriesresourceteam.org
President Obama meets Mei Xu, creator of Chesapeake Bay Candle and Blissliving Home, at the "Insourcing American Jobs" Forum hosted by the president on January 11. She was invited as one of the executives from companies that have chosen to build factories in the U.S. instead of abroad.
Ward Peterson (left) and Brad Peterson welcomed retailers to their party as Peterson Associates Inc. celebrated its 50th Anniversary, Saturday, January 21, during the recent Chicago Market. Founded by their father, Robert Peterson, the Midwest based manufacturer's rep organization serves retailers in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana from their Merchandise Mart showroom and field sales.
Music was part of the celebration as a Blues-Brothers inspired group entertained the crowd at the Peterson Associates Inc.'s anniversary celebration.