Grand Central Terminal’s Holiday Fair, sponsored by Shaw Floors, is the only holiday market in the city to operate indoors. The Fair runs through Dec. 24 in Vanderbilt Hall, which was once the waiting-room for long-distance travelers.
The 76 vendors, who are primarily from the Greater New York area, each offer a wide variety of holiday gifts, including art, clothing, home goods, collectible toys, jewelry and gifts for pets.
Shaw Floors selected each piece of flooring they installed throughout Vanderbilt Hall and at Terminal entrances to complement the iconic architecture of the historic building. One million people pass through Grand Central Terminal each day during the holiday season.
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Shaw Floors is restoring the Grand Central Terminal tradition of rolling out the red carpet, this time for the holidays. Shaw recently unveiled more than 14,000 square feet of its carpet, hardwood and resilient floors during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair in Vanderbilt Hall. One million people pass through Grand Central Terminal each day of the holiday season, totaling tens of millions of steps on flooring from presenting sponsor Shaw Floors during the six-week fair.
Randy Merritt with the Rockettes. Photo Courtesy: Shaw Floors
“Just like our homes, the floors of Grand Central Terminal are put to the test each day with kids, messes and weather,” said Randy Merritt, president of Shaw Floors. “Design and durability have been at the core of Shaw Floors and Grand Central Terminal for decades, setting a strong foundation for this year’s partnership in one of the busiest rooms in the world.”
Dean Howell, president of MODA Floors & Interiors and a member of the Shaw Dealers’ Advisory Council, was on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Each piece of flooring installed throughout Vanderbilt Hall and at Terminal entrances was carefully selected to complement the iconic architecture of the historic building. Shaw’s Design Details in Grand Central Red lines the Holiday Fair aisleways to welcome guests in the same way celebrities were greeted at Grand Central Terminal dating back to the late 1920s. Park Avenue resilient in color Grand Central is underfoot throughout Vanderbilt Hall for a realistic hardwood look made for high traffic areas. Hudson Bay Hardwood in Copperidge is an eco-friendly floor that leads guests through the hall from the main Terminal into the fair. Shaw’s red all-weather carpets will invite visitors to the fair at each entrance.