October 7, 2009
Contact:                                                              Jayne Skeff, Publicist
Allison Kohler, Director                                              JSLA Media
JMK Shows & Events                                                    (626) 296-6642
(973) 927-2794                                              


Atlantic City, NJ — It was a dark day in September that sent shockwaves coast to coast
throughout the antiques industry when F&W announced the cancellation of the long-
running Atlantique City Antiques Show. While the show had been in a downward spiral
for the past several years, ultimately becoming not much more than a table-top
collectibles show, many remembered it as the “grand-daddy” of this country’s antiques
shows. Anybody who was anybody in the business had at one time or another, “set up” at
Atlantique City, and, in its prime, had all exhibition halls filled with thousands of fine
dealers and even more buyers. While the show became much less than that in the past
few years, Atlantic City still remains in our minds as the destination for the finest and
largest of antique events.

Behind the scenes, since F & W’s announcement, the Atlantic City Convention Center
had been interviewing and evaluating a number of promoters who could bring a show
representative of the caliber it once was, back to that venue. On Friday, October 2, 2009,
Allison Kohler (PHOTO), owner, JMK Events, received the call that she had been chosen
to bring a new antique show to Atlantic City. Within hours, the new Atlantic City
Antiques and Collectors Show was born and, in true Allison Kohler style, by the end of
the day, the JMKShows website already had a new entry in their event listings: “March
27 & 28, 2010, The Atlantic City Antiques and Collectors Show!”
JMK Shows, under the leadership of Kohler, has earned the reputation of producing
events of exceptional quality with a keen eye to ensuring and maintaining the integrity of
the event, the dealers and the merchandise. JMK’s Sarasota Shows, their Doll Shows and
their flagship Morristown Shows speak for themselves in the level of quality events they
produce and we can expect nothing less for the new Atlantic City show.

At this writing and on the phone with Allison, multi-tasking as always, she was finalizing
contracts, booking flights to various cities to begin the task of visiting all the major
antique shows across the country, her attitude was pure excitement. The infectious sort of
excitement that is part of her “get it done” determination. She is thrilled at the
opportunity to bring Atlantic City back even better and stronger than it was before. Re-
branded, re-invented and highly vetted, on March 27, 2010, the doors will swing wide to
250,000 square feet filled with the finest antiques and collectibles in the country.

Kohler will create an antiques shopping experience not to be missed. The two-day event
will combine all the genres of antiques and collectibles in one spectacular location yet
they will be separated within the venue. Antique furniture and furnishings in one area,
toys and ephemera in another, vintage clothing will have its own designated section, as
will fine art and dolls, etc. For one admission, attendees will be able to visit and shop
from several specialty shows under one roof. For dealers, this means attractive booth
pricing structures depending on their specialty. For the antiques industry in this county,
this means the injection of energy and integrity that is long overdue.

“I am honored and welcome the opportunity to create, re-invent and re-brand an event of
this caliber in Atlantic City,” said Kohler. Within days of the announcement, she was
already working with decorators to create the look of the show, floor plans are being set
and contracts are ready to roll.

Dealers interested in obtaining information about exhibiting at the new and exciting
Atlantic City Antiques and Collectors Show should visit the JMK website at, email Allison Kohler directly at or call the
offices of JMK at (973) 927-2794.

PHOTO: Allison Kohler, owner of JMK Events, producer of the new Atlantic City
Antiques and Collectors Show.

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