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MMPI Acquires The California Gift Show

The L. A. Mart's owners have aquired the California Gift Show.

MMPI, owner of the L.A. Mart has acquired the California Gift Show (CGS) from dmg world media, creating a unified market experience anchoring the gift and home industry for the West Coast. The newly integrated California Gift Show, scheduled to take place July 14-20, will run under MMPI's single ownership and management at two venues.

"No show producer has demonstrated a larger commitment to Los Angeles than MMPI," said Mark Furlet, vice president and general manager, L.A. Mart. "We have a combined dedicated team of more than 30 people on the ground in L.A. today, as we work to unify the California Gift Show and the L.A. Mart Gift & Home market offering the retailers even more reasons to shop in L.A. We intend to provide the stability and platform for success our customers and the industry deserve."

MMPI manages The Merchandise Mart and 350 West Mart Center in Chicago; Market Square, the Suites at Market Square, Hamilton Market, Plaza Suites, Furniture Plaza and the National Furniture Mart in High Point, N.C.; the Architects & Designers Building and 7 W New York in New York; the Boston Design Center in Boston; the L.A. Mart in Los Angeles; and the Washington Design Center in Washington D.C.

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Aspen Bay Candles: The best candles on the market--a result of our continual and diligent application of superior candle science. Take a moment to visit our unique high quality line of candles. Once you have experienced the superb fragrances and long burn times, we are sure you will be back again and again.

Brownlow Gifts: Brownlow produces a full line of inspirational gifts for every occasion. You will find useful and attractive home decor gifts for the kitchen, bedrooms, study and all other rooms in the house. Brownlow is well known for gourmet products, journals, gifted paper items, photo albums, photo frames, decorative sentiment plaques, a variety of stationery, many different ceramic gifts as well as a large assortment of inspirational gift books. Most products are in coordinating themes that retailers can purchase in eye-catching countertop display collections.

Don Mark Lifelike puppies & kittens that actually breathe. These adorable pets offer a real pet ownership experience without the work or expense. Perfect petzzz -------the ultimate pet. We now offer 30 breeds of puppies and kittens to choose from. Visit our web site to see our entire line of petzzz plus over 180 other unique gifts and gadgets.

Gina B. Designs is an award-winning greeting card, stationery and gift company featuring exceptional art and design. With an array of styles, variety of products and outstanding customer service, Gina B. Designs has “something for everyone.” Online ordering is now available!

Mud Pie: Mud Pie products are now featured in three catalogs: Mud Pie Baby, Mud Pie Gift, and Mud Pie Pet. It has always been our goal to offer innovative giftware that's affordably priced and adorably packaged.

Natural Life: Fashionable and fun treasures to share or keep! Whether you’re shopping for friends, family, baby or yourself, Natural Life has the perfect gift for you.

Peking Handicraft, Inc. is a global manufacturer and wholesaler specializing in home textiles decorative accessories and gift items. The company expertise in sourcing, manufacturing and brand development are second to none. Peking’s variety of products consists of renowned designer collections as well as exciting designs from their in-house design studio. Both are trend right and of exceptional quality and value. With over three decades in the home textiles and gift arena, Peking is proven to be a company that you can trust today and in the future.

Regal Art & Gift: Offering unique & colorful Metal Garden Décor, Home Décor and Gifts. Garden items include: 3-D Garden Décor, Garden Stakes, Wind Chimes and Welcome Signs. Home items include: Wall Art, Wall Hooks, Candleholders, Ornaments, Boxes and Photo Frames. Popular themes include: Garden Bugs, Birds, Frogs, Tropical, Coastal, Fish, Suns & Celestial, Southwest, Western, Crosses, Americana, Country, Halloween, Harvest & Holiday

Sample House Take a look at our unique collection of original design gift bags, tissue paper and home to the 2-second wrap. We have a complete selection of Take-Out-Cartons solids and prints, tissue, bags, wraphia and more.

Snuggle World Bring some magic to night and day, rest and play with a little help from the creators of the Original Snuggle Sac New to the USA this award winning British collection is going to become a talking point, so get ahead of the crowd and enter the world of Snuggle Ideas.

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.

Surviving the Recession

Consumer Spending Reductions Being Felt at Malls

Malls have been American gathering places since the 1950s but the recession is starting to take its toll as consumers shop less. One industry measure says that any large, enclosed mall generating sales per square foot of $250 or less -- the U.S. average is $381 -- is in danger of failure. The number of so-called "dead malls" -- centers debilitated by anemic sales and high vacancy rates -- will swell to more than 100 nationwide by the end of this year, according to some analysts. (source)

Between April 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009, U.S. malls averaged a 6.5% decline in tenants' same-store sales, according to Green Street Advisors Inc., a real-estate research firm. The recent slump was led by an average 7.3% sales drop at Simon Property Group Inc., the operator with the largest number of mall locations. (source)

In this climate a new trend is developing toward discounted, short-term leases. Landlords seeking to fill vacant space are relaxing minimum requirements in many places. "It's absolutely a win-win," said Don Wood, chief executive of Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRT.N). "In this kind of market there's more space, there's more activity, so you'll see more of it." (source)

"For years landlords would look at their rents and it was all about adding value. The more rent they got the more it added value," says Rodney Barstein, president of Simply Fashion.

But now, landlords are less worried about undermining the value of their shopping mall by leasing a space at a lower rent and more concerned with having a steady revenue stream to appease the banks, who have been tight with lending.

Quick Industry News

Anna Maria Horner's Holiday Designs include Folk Needlepoint Pillow I (left), Folk Needlepoint Stocking, Folk Needlepoint Pillow II, Ornament Hook Tree Skirt, Ornament Needlepoint Pillow
Peking Handicraft Introduces New Holiday Designs by Anna Maria Horner
Bright and colorful designs to debut at Summer 2009 Markets

San Francisco, Calif. -- Peking Handicraft, Inc., an international manufacturer and wholesaler of high quality home decor, tabletop and giftware items, introduces two new holiday collections designed by Anna Maria Horner: Folk and Ornament. These charming, new must-have textiles combine Anna Maria's signature palette and feminine trimming with whimsical holiday designs to make any home cheerful this holiday season. Some pieces can even be used to accent home décor beyond just the holidays! The chic Folk and Ornament collections offered exclusively by Peking Handicraft can be viewed at the July 2009 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market in Building 1, Suite 10A4. (more)

Birthday The Happy Birthday Collection includes Cupcake Party Tub (left), Cupcake Tray with Handles, Party Paper Birthday Frame, Birthday Bottle Bag, Birthday Round Tray with Handles, and Milestone Birthday Cozy
Mud Pie Introduces New Ideas to Make a "Happy Birthday"
New birthday-themed party and giftware are perfect to celebrate the day!

Tucker, Ga. -- Mud Pie, an award-winning international gift company offering products reflecting current trends and popular design, makes growing another year older more fun with Happy Birthday, a new collection of birthday-themed entertaining and gift items featuring polka dot and cupcake designs. In fun shades of pink, green, blue and brown, each gift item features a unique embellishment, including ribbon bows and metallic icon party hats. Happy Birthday is sure to make every birthday special!

"Despite the current economic condition, Happy Birthday is a top seller at our company," says Fred Pannek, Vice President of Product Development. "We believe this is due to the fact that everyone is still going to have a birthday this year and customers are confident in investing ssome financial resources to assure that friends and family enjoy their day." (more)

GPR, Inc. to Debut New Seasonal DecoGLOW Collections at Summer Markets
New themed fashion wax candles are a must-have for the fall and winter seasons!

The Seasonal DecoGLOW Collections include Winter Tree Candle (left), Holiday Ornament Candle, Holiday Glass Tea Light Set, Autumn Leaf Pillar Candle, Pumpkin Candle, and Slime Ghost Candle.

San Diego, Ca. - Global Product Resources, Inc. (GPR), the manufacturer of the popular decorative floor and table top fans known as Deco Breeze®, announces four new collections of seasonal candles to be introduced to the popular DecoGLOW line of fashion wax: Winter Wonderland, Holiday Sparkle, Holiday Cheer and Harvest Market. The DecoGLOW line was recently introduced at the 2008 winter markets and sales have already far exceeded the company's launch expectations. The new collections can be viewed at the Darrah & Company showroom at the upcoming Atlanta Market, Building 2, Suite 1818.

"We are anticipating a great response from customers at the summer markets," said Jeffrey Amon, vice president of marketing for GPR. "The new highly detailed, themed candles are virtually unlike any other candles on the market, and are perfect for fall and winter decorating." (more)