The Washington State Floor Covering Association sponsors a well attended trade show, the Market 2013. The fourth annual show, held at the Lynnwood Convention Center in Lynnwood, WA was February 26th. This is one of the top regional shows featuring floor/interior finishes in the country.
Over 80 spaces were filled by a variety of exhibitors. Dealers, designers and installers enjoyed the opportunity to have quality time with suppliers and to see a large assortment of fresh, upcoming products that are accessible to them. The low key atmosphere as well as the convenience factor are a big draw for many. Many reported that they were energized by the enthusiasm of vendors and excited about the release of new products.
Creative displays were a refreshing change from the usual trade show. The "Gourmet Line-Up" that Victoria Haugen designed for the Wanke Cascade booth ate up the competition. Dealers, designers, installers and other attendees selected Wanke Cascade as the best booth at the Market 2013, based on creativity, layout and design. Oriana Herrington of Décor Carpet One Floor & Home was the lucky winner of the iPad sponsored by USG Durock.
Ceramic Tile Installation Certification added a new element to the show this year. Scott Carothers and Michael Whistler with the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation traveled from South Carolina to proctor this challenging certification. For the first time ever, CTEF was able to bring this certification to the Northwest. All spaces were filled with additional installers on a waiting list. Colormix 2013 was offered by The Sherwin Williams Company.
During the past four years this show has grown and become more productive each year. It is an invaluable resource for dealers, designers and installers. Vendors were so pleased this year that they are already purchasing their spaces for the Market 2014.