Gourmet Catalog Membership Expanding

The buying group has welcomed a total of 32 new additions in 2015
October 22, 2015Allison Zisko

Gourmet Catalog and Buying Group DALLAS-Gourmet Catalog and Buying Group said its membership is growing, with 19 new members since the International Home + Housewares Show in March. The group has welcomed a total of 32 new additions thus far in 2015.

“Although the number of stores represented by Gourmet Catalog has increased each year since 1981, I have been most moved by the growing strength of existing relationships among members,” said Janis Johnson, president and founder of Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group. “We have built a professional community that feels more like family and I am genuinely proud to welcome new members to be a part of it.”

New store members include Ace Hardware Big Sky, Big Sky, Mont.; Archestratus Books and Food, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Bazaar, Collierville, Tenn.; BiFoli Home, Naperville, Ill.; Broad Street Market, Camden, S.C.; Chef’s Arsenal, Bethpage, N.Y.; Conwell Ace Home Center, Provincetown, Mass.; Cookshop Plus, West Hartford, Conn.; Davis Ace Hardware, Davis, Calif.; ER Energy, Fort Bragg, Calif.; The Homery, Brooklyn, N.Y.; The Kitchen Outlet, Palm Springs, Calif.; Kitchen Snap, Austin, Texas; Monet’s Kitchen, Taos, N.M.; Northern Home Essentials, Havre, Mont.; Now Cooking, Upland, Calif.; Pampered Home, Spoiled Family, Lake Havasu, Ariz.; Sterling Electronics and Kitchenware, Cedar Hursti, N.Y.; and Tablesettings, Deal, N.Y.

“Gourmet Catalog was a group we talked about joining for a couple of years and finally decided to go for it in 2015. We went over what I am sure is the most common reason for questioning it, will we recoup our costs? Without a doubt we have,” said Kati Purkett, manager of Northern Home Essentials, in a statement issued by Gourmet Catalog. “We have learned of many products that are out there that we did not know about before, taken advantage of discounts and dating, as well as found completely new lines to bring in that keep our store fresh and exciting. We are proud to be a Gourmet Catalog member and look forward to our partnership in 2016.”

Gourmet Catalog membership benefits include exclusive member meetings taking place in January in Atlanta, Chicago in March and July in Atlanta, allowing members to network with vendors and similar industry professionals across the country. Members value this educational opportunity to share success stories and fresh ideas. In addition to meetings, members also receive negotiated discounts and dating, giving independent retailers eligibility for best prices.

Allison ZiskoAllison Zisko | Managing Editor/Tabletop Editor
azisko@hfnmag.com

After 15 years of covering the tabletop industry, Allison Zisko is still as enthusiastic as ever about the dinnerware, glassware and flatware categories. An in-depth analysis of how the category works intrigues her just as much as the latest fashion trends. As managing editor, Allison oversees the daily e-newsletter and works behind the scenes to help produce the print issue each month. She also directs HFN’s housewares coverage and covers the cutlery category. An avid reader, Allison is eager to talk to anyone and everyone about the latest book they are reading.

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