Trade Shows

EXHIBITORS HAIL NEW ATLANTA SHOW VENUE The Southern Jewelry Travelers Association's Atlanta Jewelry Show attracted a larger-than-usual group of buyers to its new venue in the Galleria Center in Cobb County. But many came only to look -- their inventories remain bloated from a slower-than-expected summer. The show's first outing north of the city won raves on several counts, including better security and the cleaner and larger location. The Galleria is a large convention area attached to a shopping mall and hotel complex. Many of the watch companies that were formerly tucked away in suites on a lower floor were especially pleased with the new one-floor layout. "This is the first time we've actually been in the middle of the action here," said David Strousse of Seiko Corp. "This has helped us a lot because buyers no longer have to hunt for us." Myra Medintz, SJTA executive secretary,

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