BLAZIN' TRAILS DEALER MARKET • APRIL 6-8, 2016
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
This famous quote sums up nicely our philosophy here at Wallace Hardware. We celebrated trailblazers with the theme for our spring dealer market, “Blazin’ Trails,” and I feel this could not have been more appropriate. Wallace Hardware has been a trailblazer for the retail hardware industry since our creation in 1922. We continuously endeavor to bring you, the independent retailer, new ideas, new concepts, new and better merchandise, and new and better techniques with everything we do. This dealer market blazed forward with that legacy in mind.
Stanley Price was a trailblazer back in the early `80s when he devised the idea to develop plumbing, electrical, paint sundries, hardware, and tool concepts for Wallace hardware and lumber dealers. Now, these concepts are everywhere from the big box stores to the local independents. His ideas revolutionized the hardware industry and are still extremely relevant to this day. Our PRO Builder Supply concept store during our show highlighted these concepts that continue to revolutionize your business.
Berry Gordy was a trailblazer back in 1959 when he founded Motown Records. With an $800 loan from his family, Gordy turned Motown into one of the most successful record companies of all time. With more than 180 No. 1 hit songs worldwide and
counting, the influence of Motown is still being felt today! In the Greenbriar Room on Wednesday, April 6, at 2:00 p.m., the “Blazin’ Trails” Dealer Market Trailhead Kick-Off Program opened the show with a taste of “Motown” as the cast of the dinner show, “Soul of Motown,” helped us all relive the soul music of the `60s and `70s. Additionally, many of us enjoyed their full show with dinner on Thursday evening at the Grand Majestic Dinner Theatre. Two complimentary tickets were given to dealers on a first come, first served basis.
We say thank you to those of you who took the opportunity to blaze your own trail with us in Pigeon Forge. We are confident you and your family had a fabulous time while taking advantage of hundreds of show specials. You witnessed first-hand the value of a Wallace Hardware dealer market and if you were one of the 31 lucky winners, you took home an extraordinary prize as well.