Issue Date: 2018 MAY, Posted On: 5/31/2018

05312018 Americasmart Live To Headline Martha Stewart & More Lifestyle Powerhouses for July Market

ATLANTA -- AmericasMart LIVE returns in July 2018 with an all-new roster of cultural icons and globally celebrated lifestyle experts, among them Martha Stewart, Bethenny Frankel, Trisha Yearwood, and Arianna Huffington.

The July 2018 staging builds on the successful launch of LIVE programming last year when AmericasMart transformed the conventional U.S. summer Market experience with a new show aesthetic, linking product sourcing and selling, digital engagement and high-profile thought leader interaction.

The Main Stage in Building 3 will be headlined by lifestyle legend Martha Stewart, business mogul Bethenny Frankel, and celebrity Trisha Yearwood, to deliver a rare opportunity for Marketgoers to be inspired by stories and strategies.

The industry's most anticipated and important night, 2018 ICON HONORS, now takes place as part of AmericasMart LIVE. In an exclusive presentation, Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post and founder and Chief Executive Officer of Thrive Global, imprints a new mark of contemporary cultural thought leadership upon ICON HONORS, which from its founding has championed the role of independent business in the global economy.

Main Stage seminars will be streamed on AmericasMart's social media channels as well as throughout the campus as they happen, ensuring that buyers and exhibitors have real-time access to these major influencers and as reference points throughout the year.

The must-see coterie Main Stage programs begins on Wednesday, July 11 with Crystal Vilkaitis, retail social media expert, speaker and founder of Social Edge leading "6 Steps to a Profitable Social Media Strategy," followed by beloved American icon Stewart in conversation with Margot Shaw, editor-in-chief of sponsor Flower Magazine, sharing the most pivotal experiences building her multi-million-dollar lifestyle brand along with gardening wisdom from her new book, "Martha's Flowers."

On Thursday, July 12, TV host and interior designer Jeremiah Brent leads a panel "Eye on the Guy: Ultimate Home Décor & Fashion Trends for the Style Savvy Man" sponsored by The Atlantan, followed by a Q&A with TV star and business mogul Frankel, whose hustle built the Skinnygirl Cocktails empire and led her to be named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities by Forbes magazine.

Friday, July 13, brings lifestyle gurus and authors India Hicks and Nathan Turner who share advice into tapping into creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit, moderated by Brittany Chevalier McIntyre of Luxe Interiors + Design and sponsored by the magazine and Caracole. That afternoon, Grammy award-winning artist and Food Network star Yearwood discusses a life of true southern hospitality, from the stage to the studio to the kitchen with Robert Leleux of Southern Style Now, sponsored by IMAX.

The Shop the Show influencers Joanna Teplin and Clea Shearer of The Home Edit, Julia and Chris Marcum of Chris Loves Julia, Hommemaker founder, interior designer and writer Orlando Soria, and Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House that Lars Built share what they see coming next and the inside scoop on how they have created big brands in a lively panel discussion moderated by Dennis Scully, contributing editor of sponsor Business of Home by Editor At Large on Saturday, July 14. Later, Tom Mirabile, SVP of Global Trend and Design for Lifetime Brands shares "Top Trends 2018: Survival and Success in the Retail Renaissance."

The Fiesta Dinnerware Demonstration Kitchen in Building 2, Floor 8 celebrates the diverse flavors of the south with the Savor the South series presented by Atlanta Magazine. Chef Craig Richards of St. Cecilia opens the series on Wednesday, July 11, with "Heirloom Tomatoes 101" followed by James Beard Award-winning Chef Steven Satterfield of Miller Union sharing his signature panzanella. Local Three's Chef Chris Hall shares a "Summer Party Starter" on Thursday, July 12, with Chef Megan Brent of White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails taking over the kitchen that afternoon. Chef Nick Leahy of Saltyard teaches how to craft a simple and delicious summer cocktail perfect for the back patio in "Georgia Summertime Soirée" with tips for preparing a delightfully light lunch by Chef Ian Winslade of Mission + Market in "Fresh, Sunny Days Ahead" on Friday, July 13. The final demo kitchen day, Saturday, July 14, opens on a sweet note with entrepreneur Gigi Butler of Gigi's Cupcakes sharing "The Secret Ingredient" followed by Dr. Seung Hee Lee, food influencer and cookbook author of "Everyday Korean," adapting traditional Korean recipes for modern kitchens everywhere.

AmericasMart LIVE kicks off with The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market on July 10, 2018. The Market runs Tuesday, July 10 - Monday, July 16, 2018 (Temporaries Wednesday, July 11 - Sunday, July 15). The Atlanta International Area Rug Market is Wednesday, July 11 - Sunday, July 15, 2018. For more information, visit www.AmericasMart.com/July.

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