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February, 2011

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March 2010
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Urban Centers Revitalized by Changing Times

Whether it's a logical swing of the pendulum or a surpising reversal of trends, there is evidence of a resurgence of urban retail. After decades of decline of city centers and explosive growth in exurban and suburban areas, intown living and shopping is seeing a rebound.

At the Westfield Culver City mall in California, crowds of lunchtime diners fill scores of booths and tables while others line up to order meals at one of the many counters. You can still find the mall culinary standard Hot Dog on a Stick tucked discreetly off to one side. But more urbane fare such as sushi, Vietnamese noodles and Korean chicken is the norm in the area once known as the food court. Now, what Westfield calls a dining terrace exemplifies the recent transformation of the mall from a place many considered downscale and dangerous to a choice destination for more than 10 million visitors last year — a nearly 90% increase from 2009. (source)

"In our transforming economy, more and more exchanges of goods and services take place in channels unimaginable a quarter of a century ago," says Center for Clean Air Policy(CCAP) Transportation Analyst Chuck Kooshian. "While transportation is still vital to economic activity, people and goods in motion are only a part of a much greater whole." The CCAP report titled "Growing Wealthier: Smart Growth, Climate Change and Prosperity", reveals how reduced driving and efficient land use planning are strongly interconnected with economic growth and better quality of life (source).

Growing Wealthier reports that pent-up demand for walkable communities is reshaping the real estate market. Cities investing in public transportation and downtown development are experiencing cost savings, growing tax revenues, increased property values and booming retail sales.

Walkable communities is a relatively new idea that echoes earlier, simpler times. Add to that the predicted rise in gasoline prices and you have a formula for increased desire for urban living and shopping. Downtown Miami is becoming the new hot place to live and play, with the population increasing and new businesses and entertainment spots popping up all over. Ten years ago, less than 40,000 people lived in the downtown area, but now, more than 70,000 people call downtown Miami home (source).

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Aspen Bay Candles: It’s not hard to see why Aspen Bay Candles are simply better. Our candles are poured with a clean burning soy wax blend and use recycled materials wherever possible. We hand-pour all of our products in our factory in Mississippi. The result is a line of premium candles with quality you can see and most importantly smell.

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.

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.

Calypso Studios is a Fashion Accessory & Gift Company that creates products that encompass a relaxed and vibrant lifestyle. We are constantly moving forward and challenging ourselves with new designs and accessories, creating beautiful pieces that everyone can enjoy. We are excited to bring more color and sparkle to any wardrobe in an array of new designs for the gift industry, including our new and extremely popular Comfort Crosses and Wrap Bracelets. Visit us online today at to explore all of our new 2011 product! CAMEO EZ© member stores can now log into a site one time and place orders from several manufacturers. This is a newly introduced site, so check back often to see more lines. One Login – Multiple Shopping Carts – Easy Checkout. - For companies wanting to liquidate discontinued items, possibly through a third party, OmegaNet offers new closeout services. Get special deals!

Don Mark Mi Pet Dancing Speaker - “THE HIT OF THE PARTY” These adorable Puppies and Kittens have a built-in speaker that plays music from your iPod / MP3 player or most any other music source. Our soft synthetic fur pets will dance to your music or press the left paw and just use the Mi Pet in speaker mode only. The arms are posable and the dance feature will automatically turn off after an hour or so to conserve battery life. Comes with one audio connection cable and uses 3 “AA” batteries (not included) plus features a 4.5v DC power jack for use without batteries (Adapter plug not included). MiPets come in four breeds and are beautifully gift boxed. Each pet measures approximately 12” tall.

Elegant Baby recognizes that today’s babies are stylish, and is committed to providing baby gifts featuring the very best design, quality, craftsmanship and tradition anywhere.

Europa Home decor including glass, candleholders and candles for garden, lodge, awards, gourmet food, sale items and more.

Gina B. Designs is an award-winning greeting card, gift and stationery products 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.”  All products are proudly made in the U.S.A.

The Heeney Company is a wholesale manufacturer and importer of floral and Christmas products. The company distributes, imports and or manufactures floral and Christmas arrangements, silk flowers, foliages and plants, dried materials, ribbons, candles and decorative accessories.

Hook Line Greetings offers the world's first patent-pending "Gift-in-Greet" Fishing Lure Cards. The company's unique and clever greeting cards contain an authentic hand-tied fishing lure as the "gift" that can be taken out for immediate fun and enjoyment. Just "release" the fishing lure from the card, tie on a line and go fish!

Highland Graphics: A leader in functional gift with decorative items for gift giving and kitchen. From our top selling Absorbastone coasters, to our decorative bamboo cutting boards, everything we manufacture is made in the USA. Our high quality plus competitive pricing lets our customers make higher margins. We feature licensed art, official collegiate products and have a full range of custom capabilities with low minimums.

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.

Nicole Brayden Gifts A bright and trendy collection of stationary and home decor products. Lots of fun colors and designs offered. Introducing new and exciting "Purse Pad" stationary assortments as well as the trendy Cheeky Chic collection.

Puzzle Pen The Puzzle Pen is the only erasable, retractable and refillable pen on the market. This product is a great, new break-thru for puzzlers. If your store has customers that play Crossword, Sudoku, KenKen, Kakuro, Magic Square, Acrostic, or any other word or number puzzle, this unique new Puzzle Pen will be a great hit in your store.

Saltbox is a Manhattan-based design studio known for its signature creations in canvas. Regularly featured in magazines such as Oprah, Self, People and Brides, the Saltbox collection is renowned for its alluring prints and colors and is well-loved for its sturdy construction and heavy weight, water resistant canvas.

Shade Tree Greetings' "Actual Pictures" are recognized as one of the best-selling greeting card lines in the industry. Nostalgic photographs and clever, funny verses make these cards a success. Go to our website to browse over 300 styles. GREAT introductory programs and free fixtures.

snoozies!® are not socks and they're not slippers - sort of a crossover between the two and that's why we call them "foot coverings"! snoozies!® are made with a brushed fleece exterior in colorful & fun printed patterns and then lined with a soft Sherpa fleece inside.

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.

Sunbelt Marketing Group, Inc. Licensed functional and decorative giftware for the home and tailored for the men's market, i.e. (clocks, signs, coat/key racks, salt and pepper shakers, bottle openers, shelves, picture frames, games key chains and more). Licenses include Coca-Cola, General Motors, Pepsi-Cola, Farmall Tractors, Shelby and the Shelby Ford Mustang and Dodge. Product mediums include wood, polyresin, and glass and mixed mediums.

Sunset Vista Designs Inc.: offers you extra margin opportunities, and sells thru at retail. They offer innovative designs, in proven products, with space saving merchandising solutions, and attractive package deals that all add value to the quality products we offer. Many say this is the “best ever” line of innovative gift, garden, and home décor.

Talkin' Trash Gifts: Harmless Nonsense for Every Occasion. Bring Smiles, Laughter and Sales to your location. Brightly Colored and Artfully Embellished Bar and Guest Towels. Clever Wine Bags, Hilarious and Functional Totes and Cosmetic bags. Humorous Baby Onsies. Fine Quality Gifts that are Priced to sell. The perfect pick-up gift for every occasion. Order yours today and let the fun begin.

Tripar International Inc.: Tripar International is your source for both displays and decorative accessories. Our extensive product line includes a wide assortment of easels, risers, ornament stands, plate racks, mirrors, jewelry displays, and unique display pieces. We are also an excellent source for wine accessories, wall décor, inspirational signs, and cookbook stands. We offer quality with style, low minimums and fast shipping.

Wellspring brings art and organization to everyday life with products in fashion, organization, and home. Check out quick ship items for the holidays that retail under $10- Flip Notes, great lightweight pill boxes and compacts, Auto Notes, lens cleaners and more! Also beautiful curios, scarves, wristlets, and pillows. All great gifts to ship now.

YMC Toys provides a variety of over 5,000 Toys, Novelty, Die Cast Modes, General Merchandise, Home/Gift Items, Licensed Plush, and Party Favors. With the support of over 50 factories all across China, YMC has supported business since 1988, with quality products at the lowest price. Quality is the foundation of our products and all we do and represent. It's reflected in the way we do business. It's demonstrated in the way we treat individuals.

Quick Industry News


Raleigh, NC - snoozies!® footcoverings were featured Feb. 14 on the "My Favorite Things with Sara Haines" segment of TODAY SHOW with Kathie Lee and Hoda. Many retailers have reported a pickup in sales due to this coverage.

snoozies!® were also on the cover of the February 2011 edition of Giftbeat Magazine where snoozies!® was ranked number 3 in apparel sales in gift stores nationwide.

Richard E. Bishop's brightly colored photo albums are also being featured in the March issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.


ST. LOUIS, MO - Magnet Works, a leading provider of home décor accessories, is giving back to members of our military with a decorative flag that pays tribute to those who’ve served our country. According to Magnet Works co-founder Curt Todd, “we are honored to donate all our profit from the sale of our American Heroes BreezeArt® flags to Operation Homefront, an organization devoted to helping military families and wounded warriors in need.”

Magnet Works’ American Heroes flags feature a powerful and moving design by acclaimed artist Bonnie Mohr showing troops as they head bravely into the horizon beneath the flowing stars and stripes. “When we first saw the stirring design, it was just perfect,’” says Magnet Works co-founder Sue Todd. “The artwork was just so inspiring and so was the cause.”

Since its inception in 2002, Operation Homefront has provided more than $92 million dollars of funding to programs that benefit military families. The organization provides direct services to alleviate emergency financial burdens for military families and individuals, as well as counseling and recovery support. Emergency financial assistance is paid directly to mortgage lenders, auto mechanics, contractors, hospitals, doctors, dentists and other providers.



PLYMOUTH, MN: Gina B. Designs introduces New Greeting Card Organizers featuring pockets for each month and 10 best-seller greeting cards.  Available in 3 great new designs.  Proudly made in the U.S.A. SRP $25.00