Las Vegas Market Press Release

Las Vegas Design Center "First Friday" Session Focuses on Natural Stone

Monthly Series Continues In Person and Virtually on June 4



LAS VEGAS, N.V. – (May 28, 2021) – International Market Centers (IMC) announced today that Las Vegas Design Center's (LVDC) monthly "First Friday" series, held next on June 4 both in person and virtually, will focus on natural stone. Participants in the free session will receive 0.1 CEU credits.


"Natural stone applications can add beauty, character and value to any living space," said LVDC General Manager Cain Brodie. “By communicating the proper expectations for performance and maintenance requirements, the consumer will gain a better understanding and appreciation for using natural stone in their kitchens and bathrooms."


The June session, titled, Natural Stone Countertops: Considerations for Kitchen and Bath Applications, explores the physical characteristics and properties of different types of natural stone and how to set proper expectations for their performance as a residential countertop material. Participants will gain an understanding of the fabrication, installation, care and maintenance of granite, marble, quartzite and soapstone to ensure longevity and consumer satisfaction. They will learn what design aesthetics can be achieved with natural stone and why many of today’s trends favor this incredibly versatile, durable and beautiful material. Participants also will discover the value achieved by selecting natural stone over artificial materials for a countertop surface and leave with innovative design ideas for future projects.


The session will be presented by Lelia Freidlander, president and owner of the Las Vegas-based TuffSkin Surface Protection, a proprietary stone sealer that guarantees stone countertops, like marble, are etch- and stain-proof. Freidlander is a 2020 graduate of the MGM Supplier Diversity Leadership Program and a 2017 graduate of the WBENC Platinum Supplier Program. She received the 2018 Women of Distinction Award - Construction, and was the recipient of Congressional recognition in 2016 from the House of Representatives for being a finalist in the Nevada Business Magazine's Family Owned Business Award.


The session is from 10 to 11 a.m. (PT) on Friday, June 4, and will be held in person in LVDC Seminar Room A240 and simulcast live via Zoom. To register to attend in person, please email To register to attend the Zoom presentation, go to:


LVDC's next "First Friday" session will be on Friday, August 6.


Las Vegas Design Center is located at World Market Center Las Vegas on the first two floors of Building A and offers interior designers and other members of the trade year-round access to a comprehensive selection of the industry's finest product lines. To learn more, go to


About International Market Centers: International Market Centers (IMC) serves as the center of commerce for the wholesale furniture, gift, home decor and apparel industries. With more than 20 million square feet of premium wholesale showroom space in High Point, N.C., Las Vegas and Atlanta, IMC has more than 60 years of relationships and experience creating scalable business platforms for wholesale commerce. With the launch of Juniper, a fully integrated omnichannel B2B commerce solution and multiline B2B e-commerce marketplace empowering buyers and sellers to better manage and grow their business at markets and year-round, IMC now provides the only omnichannel sales and marketing platform that seamlessly connects physical and digital wholesale commerce. For more information, visit



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