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April, 2007

Trade Shows

22-24, Minnetonka, MN
23-25, Orlando, FL
29-May 1, Columbus, OH

1-3, Atlanta, GA
2-4, Las Vegas, NV
5-7, Myrtle Beach, SC
6-8. Chicago, IL
6-9, New York, NY
7-8, Dallas, TX
8-10, Miami Beach, FL
12-14, Memphis, TN
19-22, New Orleans, LA
20-21, Columbus, OH
20-22, Houston, TX
20-23, New York, NY
22, Fort Wayne, IN
24, Medina, OH

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In this issue:
  • Wellspring® Introduces MiNotes™
  • OmegaNet President Featured in GiftBeat
  • Featured Vendors In GiftsWholesale.Com
  • Trade Shows

OmegaNet President Featured in GIFTBEAT

Toni Ivey, president of OmegaNet Inc., which created GiftsWholesale.Com and is a leader in wholesale website creation, was interviewed for an article by GIFTBEAT, a monthly newsletter for Gift Retailers. The interview was about retail web sites, how to create one, who to turn to, how to get traffic, etc.

Although OmegaNet specializes in wholesale-to-the-trade websites like those featured in GiftsWholesale.Com, the company has done many retail websites as well and expects to do more. Here are some excerpts from the article:

Q. How important is an Internet presence for a gift store?
A. Vital! Experts tell us that 75 percent of consumers will pull up a store's web site prior to going to the store. With a web site, customers can find directions to your store location, easily find your store hours, see the type of products you carry, see the specific brands in your store and order products to be shipped to them.

Q. What are some mistakes that retailers typically make when launching their web sites?
A. Going cheap! Your store's web site is your store's "look," its branding. It is your brochure or catalog, and should be a quality piece of work. Plus, if a web site isn't constructed properly, search engines can't find it, so your site basically gets lost in cyberspace. Also make sure it can easily be modified by you or your staff "in house".

GIFTBEAT is an industry newsletter that has tracked sales of independent gift retailers nationally since 1992.

Featured Vendors in GiftsWholesale.Com
indicates a CAMEO EZ© web site.

Badash Crystal: Our 24% hand-cut lead crystal is produced in the finest factories in Europe by the same artisans that manufacture for Mikasa, Waterford, Lenox, and Sasaki. Every piece is individually and safely gift boxed. We offer superb quality and value for all your gift giving and/or personal pleasure.

Hansen's Christmas Stuff : Everything you will need to make your Christmas season merry and bright as well as Gnomy's Diaries by Annekabouke. Two sites: US and Canadian.

Spring Street is proud to offer the finest assortment of personal, home, and office accessories. Our extensive product lines are all theme oriented, from baby to bride and beyond. All of our gift items are hand epoxy enameled and adorned with faux jewel encrusted motifs. Many of our designs are inspired from the famed Soho district of New York City where the very real Spring Street is located.

Sunset Vista Designs: From the same creative team that brought you Care and Wonder Company; We're back with a fresh new line of the latest in home and garden decor.

Wellspring: Stationery products that help keep you organized by giving you fashion with function--wherever you are in your home, office, or on the go. Includes: Pencil Pads®, Auto Notes™, Flip Notes, Wiggle Pens™, note cards, note pads, and recipe books.

Wellspring® Introduces MiNotes™

York, PA: Wellspring, the company that brings art and organization to every day life, introduces MiNotes™, a handy note pad and pen in a fashion plastic case. Because of their compact size and durability, MiNotes are great for purses, backpacks, briefcases, and pockets. They measure 3" X 4 1/8" X ˝". MiNotes are available in four on trend colors: green, black, white, and pink. Refill pad and pens are available. MiNotes come in a counter display with refill pens and pads.

Approximate Retail: $4.00

Wellspring is a family-owned business based in York, PA since 1980. It creates on trend gifts and stationery that bring art and organization to every day life. Wellspring products are both functional and beautiful and include Flip Notes™, Wiggle Pens™, Wiggle Pads™, Gear Sphere™, magnetic Pencil Pads with matching magnetic pencil, Shopping List Pads, Auto NotesTM, Note Pads, Note Cards, and Recipe Books. Wellspring gifts can be used for all occasions.

For additional information, call Wellspring at 800.533.3561, email, or visit

Wellspring is a member of Gift and Home Trade Association.