Show promoter acquires Florida West Coast shows

JMK Shows has had an eventful year. The Shows announced that Allison Kohler, daughter of show founders Jesse and Rona Kohler, is now the sole owner and administrator of the shows and has assumed the title of director. In August 2008 Kohler then revealed that JMK Shows had acquired the three long running, well established Sarasota Antiques Shows & Sales formerly promoted by Dolphin Promotions of Chicago and Ft. Lauderdale.

Kohler has ambitious plans for the three shows scheduled for Dec., 27-29, 2008, Jan. 30-31, 2009 and Feb.20-22, 2009.

The December Show will feature a four-piece string quartet for visitors’ enjoyment. All three shows will feature approximately 50 quality dealers. Kohler will strive to present a diversified quality show.

Rosemary Kreiger of Dolphin promotions emphasized that this is a very amicable transfer of ownership of the Shows. Kreiger noted that the Dolphin schedule had become so crowded that she felt as president of Dolphin promotions she could not give the Sarasota Shows the dedicated attention they deserve for such a great market. They were hard to let go, she said, but she plans to lead Dolphin in other directions. She is confident Kohler will serve the shows, the customers and the dealers well.

Among the eclectic dealers already signed for the show is John Forster, a Sarasota dealer who specializes in antique scientific instruments with a focus on 18th and 19th century barometers.

Veteran smalls dealers Arlene and Barry Gillman of New York are also on board for the three shows. They will offer a wide variety of smaller dressing accessories such as tortoise shell boxes, game boxes, powder jars, English perfume bottles and compacts.

JMK Shows & Events runs home shows and antique shows in New Jersey and New York as well as the newly acquired Florida events. JMK will have eleven shows this season beginning in October at the Morristown Armory in Morristown, NJ and ending at Birchwood Manor in Whippany, N.J., in July. Visit for the complete schedule and details.

All of the Florida shows will be held at the 10,000- square-foot Sarasota Municipal Auditorium located at 801 N. Tamiami Trail three miles south of the Sarasota-Bradenton airport. Parking is free. Admission to the Shows is $6.

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