11 July 2009

Lighting fixture

Crystorama chandelierCrystorama introduced its new Luxo Collection at the Dallas market in June. This series is noted for its clean lines, transitional finishes and affordable price points.

Retailers and designers: Contact the company for prices, minimum orders and other styles.
Shoppers: Ask your favorite retailer or designer to order this product for you.

10 July 2009

Outdoor furniture preview

Whitecraft introduce new outdoor furniture at the Casual Show premarket in Chicago. This chair is from the Woolrich River Run collection.At the just-ended Summer & Casual Show pre-market in Chicago, Whitecraft introduced its Woolrich River Run all-weather collection, which includes this butterfly chair with the faux bent-birch frame.
The chair measures 40 inches wide, 39 inches deep and 40 inches tall. The finish is weather-resistant resin over aluminum frames. The woven components are Viro. All the fabrics in this collection (solids, plaids and a hound’s-tooth check) are fully-weather resistant.

Retailers: Contact the manufacturer for prices and miniums.

Shoppers: Ask your favorite retailer to order this product for you. Or, find a dealer on the Whitecraft website.

09 July 2009

Smith & Hawken chain is closing

Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. announced July 8, 2009 it will close all  its Smith and  Hawken retail stores by the end of the year.from a press release:
MARYSVILLE, Ohio, July 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE: SMG), the world's leading marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products, announced today it will cease operating its Smith & Hawken business by the end of the calendar year and has hired a third-party firm to manage the closure process.
"We would have preferred to sell the Smith & Hawken business in order to protect jobs and keep the retail franchise intact. However, after discussions with several potential investors over the past 12 months, it became obvious that shutting down the business was the best option available," said Jim Hagedorn, chairman and chief executive officer of ScottsMiracle-Gro.
"It is with regret for the associates of Smith & Hawken and our many loyal customers that we have reached this conclusion. I want to acknowledge our associates who have been intensely loyal and worked tirelessly to make Smith & Hawken a viable enterprise. Unfortunately, the combination of a weak economy and the lack of scale proved too great to overcome.

Read the entire release from the Scotts Miracle-Gro Co

Money in the bank

Moolah the money bank from gift wholesaler Global Views.
Moolah, the money bank, is the newest farm-friendly animal from Global Views. (Money not included.)

Retailers: Contact the company for wholesale prices and minimum orders
Shoppers: Ask your favorite retailer to order this product for you. Or, find a Global Views retailer here.

Affluents Are Investing More on Outdoor Living Areas

from a press release:

New study from Unity Marketing reports on trend toward garden and outdoor interests among affluent consumers

Stevens, PA July 7, 2009 -- Affluents are spending more on their outdoor living spaces, giving a much needed boost to category retailers and marketers during this recession. Spending by affluents on outdoor living 'luxuries' rose 22.6 percent from 2007 to 2008. Continued strong demand for home improvements to outdoor living areas in the first quarter 2009 boosted affluent's spending by 33 percent from the same period last year. This makes outdoor living a particularly strong category in an otherwise dismal consumer market.

As the summer season heats up, prospects are good for continued growth in the outdoor living market, says Pam Danziger president of Unity Marketing and author of a new trend report on the outdoor living market, entitled Reaping the Fruits of the Recession -- A Trend Report on the Market for Outdoor Living Luxuries, and based upon quarterly surveys among 1,000-1,200 affluent consumers (incomes $100,000 and above) conducted throughout 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Read more at the Unity Marketing website.

08 July 2009

ATL gift show: Thursday events

The Atlanta gift market kicks off with seminars and demonstrations. Check out these Thursday events:

Make Your Bride Feel like a Celebrity: High-End Trends Made Affordable.
July 9, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Building 2, West Wing Floor 4, Room 204J.
Event planner and lifestyle expert Mindy Weiss shows you new trends and creative ways to make the most out of your bridal sales.

Increase Your Sales by Effective In-Store Demonstrations with Clay Pot Cooking.
 July 9, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Building 2, West Wing Floor 8, Gourmet Kitchen.
Atlanta chef Mary Moore (owner of The Cook’s Warehouse) talks about the benefits of cooking with clay pot cookers, then shares some delicious recipes.

Bon App├ętit, Y’all: Simple Summer Suppers Cooking. July 9, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 In the Gourmet Kitchen.
Atlanta chef Virginia Willis
 shares tips, techniques and recipes of simple, satisfying dishes for summer. Chef Willis will sign books following her presentation.

If the Wine Matters, So Does the Glass. 
July 9, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.)In the Gourmet Kitchen
Bottega del Vino Crystal conducts a wine-tasting seminar to demonstrate the difference between a handmade and a machine-made stem.

The Inspired Home Design Showcase opens July 8 and runs the duration of the show. View interior rooms created by six of America’s most celebrated designers. The rooms feature home product exclusively from the showrooms of the Atlanta Decorative Art Center (ADAC) and AmericasMart. Find it on the first floor of Building 1.

Wedding stationery trends

Refined bird themes, rustic textures and metal-gray tones are among this fall’s trends for wedding invitations and save-the-date cards, according to Wedding Paper Divas, the online retailer of premium, personalized wedding stationery. The company analyzed its customer data and found these trends:
Refined Bird Themes. Fall weddings are not just about falling leaves. “Look for elegant details of birds that brings the ethereal touch of nature into your fall wedding,” the company says.
Rustic Charm. “The untouched pure beauty of the rustic look brings together patterns and textures that can make any wedding invitation look luxurious,” according to the retailer. Look for the merging of textured paper with a metallic pattern.
Iron Grays and Metal Tones. Browns and creams might be the first tones that come to mind when discussing autumn weddings. But Wedding Paper Divas says “gray remains the color of choice, as it blends flawlessly with nature motifs.”
Pops of Color. Lipstick red and royal purple offset perfectly with the accent gray text. Burnt orange offers the exact pop of color, bringing out that rustic charm, the retailer states.

Personalized holiday decor

Coton Colors offers frames, plates and ornaments that can be personalized for holidays, birthdays and other occasions. Products are made of pottery, glass, papier-mache and textiles. Aprons and pillows are also available.

Coton-Colors.com is a wholesaler and retailer of hand-painted gifts. Retailers: Contact the company for price and minimum orders. Store display fixtures are available.

Shoppers: Ask your favorite independent retailer to order this product for you.

07 July 2009

Gift boxes in new color

Sapphire blue gift boxes from  Gift Box Corporation of America 800giftbox.comGift Box Corp. of America introduced Sapphire Blue to its line of two-piece expandable gift, apparel and floral boxes. The boxes can be imprinted with a store name. Wrap them with silver, white, gold or pale blue ribbon.
The boxes are made of virtually 100% post-consumer waste, and are recyclable. The company exhibited at the Dallas gift show.

Retailers: Contact the company for prices and minimums.

06 July 2009

Urban Expo buys SF, Seattle gift shows

from a press release:

ATLANTA (July 6, 2009) - Urban Expositions announces its acquisition of the San Francisco International Gift Fair® (SFIGF) and the Seattle Gift Show® from dmg world media. The ownership transition will take place following the August 2009 editions of the semi-annual shows. The acquisition adds a strategic western region presence to Atlanta-based Urban Expositions' growing portfolio of trade shows.

"We have been looking for growth opportunities in the Western US for some time now and felt that the San Francisco and Seattle shows offered the perfect complement to our show roster," explains Doug Miller, president, Urban Expositions. "These shows now join our growing Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show and new LA editions of the Material World & Technology Solutions textile shows to expand and strengthen our position out west. We look forward to building upon the outstanding efforts of dmg world media and GLM® - the shows' current producer - to bring even more new business growth and development opportunities to the region's gift community."

"Urban Expositions is ideally suited to take over the management of the San Francisco and Seattle shows," said Alan Steel, EVP, business-to-retail, dmg world media, which sold its annual Boston Gift Show to Urban Expositions in 2008. "The Urban team has built a solid reputation over the years for its hands-on management style and commitment to customer service. Urban's leadership has a strong understanding of the specialized needs of these events, their buyers and exhibitors, and we know they will bring continued success to the shows in years to come."

Urban Expositions will assume all management duties from dmg world media following completion of the August 8-11 San Francisco and August 22-25, 2009 Seattle events. At that time, the company will take over all sales, marketing, operations and other day-to-day duties for the January 23-26, 2010 Seattle Gift Show, the February 6-10, 2010 SFIGF and all future editions of the two shows.

Whimsical wall decor

Leigh Standley has created a series of artwork for Demdaco, which previewed the collection at the Dallas gift show. Standley's line is called Curly Girl Design, and includes plaques, journals and wall art.

Retailers: Contact the manufacturer for prices and minimums.

Shoppers: Ask your favorite independent retailer to order this product for you.

05 July 2009

Where America shops

Despite the economic news, retail is thriving at some malls in the United States, according to “America's Most Profitable Malls” in a recent issue in U.S. News & World Report. Among the shopping centers are:
Ala Moana, Honolulu (estimated occupancy rate: 95%; sales per square foot: $1,125)
Fashion Valley Mall, San Diego (99%; $810).
Forum Shops at Caesars, Las Vegas (100%; $1,400)
Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus, N.J. (95%; $702)
Mall at Millenia, Orlando, Fla. (94%; $1,000)
Check out the report for other top malls, and see the related article “America's Most Endangered Malls.”

High chair cover for dining out

The Neatnik Saucer is a high chair cover that fits all standard restaurant high chairs. It can be used with some home models, too. Available from Coulson's Crib, the cover comes with a matching 12-inch carrying bag. The company exhibited it at the Dallas gift market.

The saucer comes in four designs: London (blue/white checks), Paris (pink/white polka dots), San Francisco (black/white) and New York (with a chalk cloth for doodling).

Retailers: Contact the company for prices and minimums.

Shoppers: Ask your favorite independent retailer to order this for you.
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