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February, 2012

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March 2012
2-6 Minnetonka, MN
3-5 Portland
4-6 Billerica, MA
4-6 Lansing
5-11 New York
10-13 Chicago
16-19 Overland Park, KS
16-20 Columbus
17-19 Atlanta
18-20 Los Angeles
24-27 Boston
26 Billerica, MA
31-Apr. 2 Miami

April 2012
2-3 Dallas
4 Atlanta
7-9 Salt Lake City
14-16 Honolulu
16-18 Atlanta
17-20 New York
18 Gettysburg, PA
22 Marlborough, MA
21-23 Petroskey, MI
21-26 High Point
22-24 Harbor Springs, MI
22-24 Minnetonka, MN
30 Billerica, MA

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TheShoppePlace.Com (Retail) Helps Stores Increase Profits During Down Economy with Print-on-Demand Capabilities is a break-through internet distribution system that gives custom framers, gift shop retailers, and mall kiosk operators access to hundreds of professionally designed and personalized photos. The system allows the store owner to generate “Live” previews of personalized photos, print the photos on demand in their store, and frame the photos all within minutes. The system provides instant gratification for store customers and big profits to the store owner! With, there are little or no start up costs and no inventory to carry. The store owner simply clicks, prints, and frames.

“ is the answer to store owners looking to increase store profits without taking on additional risk during these challenging economic times,” says Tom Nore, owner of “For as little as $200 in up-front costs, which is the cost of a large-format photo printer, a retail store owner can generate instant profits with our system without carrying any inventory!”

The advantages to the store owner and their customers are many and include the following: Advantages to Store Owner:

  • New and unique product offering
  • Little merchandising space requirements
  • No inventory requirements
  • Never obsolete inventory
  • Little or no start-up costs (Photo printer is around $200)
  • High margins
  • Instant profits
  • “Live Preview” function allows store customers to see exactly what he or she will be buying

Benefits to Store Customer:

  • Instant gratification - customers don’t have to wait on shipping.
  • Wide selection of professionally designed and personalized photos to choose from.
  • Unique gift options for men, women, and children… and for every gifting occasion.
  • "Live Preview" function to see the actual personalized print prior to purchase.

“With our personalization technology and design expertise, our system can authentically personalize almost any image! Our library of photos has something for every customer and every gift occasion which in turn maximizes sales for the store owner,” says Nore.

The Photo Gallery includes personalized alphabet photography, personalized prints for children, and other cool personalized prints that can be sold as gifts for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, bachelor parties and other special occasions. The company has entered into several licensing agreements including one with world-renowned photographer Keith Kimberlin whose images capture the unique personalities of kittens and puppies. has pre-qualified, tested, and carefully selected several printer, ink, frame, and matting vendors whose products have proven to deliver the highest quality personalized prints. The company also provides an array of merchandising materials, vendor information, and marketing support so that the store can properly advertise the unique personalization feature of their products, showcase the personalized photos in the retail store environment, and ultimately, drive purchase.

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Featured Vendors
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Badash Crystal: Our broad selection of mouth blown tabletop and decorative accessories from around the world will surely meet your needs. Every piece is individually and safely boxed. We offer superb quality and value for all your gift giving, bridal and/or personal pleasure. CAMEO EZ© member stores can now log into a site one time and place orders from several manufacturers. Check back often to see more lines. One Login - Multiple Shopping Carts - Easy Checkout.

Camille Beckman is known worldwide for the quality of their fine creams and lotions. For the past 18 years, this 'Made in America' product has been rated #1 in the personal care industry and continues to offer formulas based on rich and wholesome ingredients, blending small batches and using hand-crafted, old-fashioned methods that create a difference you can feel! Being that personal care products are an indispensable item for many gift shops, Camille Beckman is a natural choice because of their 27 years of service to the locally owned gift industry.

Coast Lamp Manufacturing Coast Lamp Mfg., was established and incorporated in the state of Florida in 1955. Now, a North Carolina Corporation since 1975, located in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. We are a family owned and operated company. Our product is UL/ULC listed and approved and made in the USA. Customer satisfaction and a long lasting relationship are our goals.

The Cookbook Company: Any Bitch ("Babe In Total Control Of Herself") Cookbooks is a complete and humorous line of boutique cookbooks that are not only amusing but useful as well.

Divinity Boutique is a gift company that is focused on trendy and fun gifts that feature inspirational verse and themes.

Dr D's for Dogs: Dr. Joseph Demichael is a veterinarian who is devoted to caring for dogs but also raising and breeding dogs. He photographs his dogs and creates clever greeting cards using the photographs. The picture at left is for a birthday card with the caption "May your day be twice as nice! Happy Birthday!

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 decorincluding glass, candleholders and candles for garden, lodge, awards, gourmet food, sale items and more.

Fifth Avenue Manufacturers fills the void for a better looking souvenir at a reasonable price. The company consistently stands out from the competition due to a winning combination of a strong sales vehicle, an attractive product at a fair price, and the bond of family. Products include state souvenirs and general gifts.

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 topselling 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.

Just Toilet Paper: Monogrammed toilet paper and coasters - The perfect gift for the person who has everything.

Leslie Handpainted Glass: Leslie Hand Painted Glass is Proudly Painting in Portland Oregon USA Specializing in Custom & Regionally Specific Designs - Personalized Wedding & Bridal Parties - Corporate Gifts & Events.

MyQuickPrints.Com system allows the store owner to generate “Live” previews of personalized photos, print the photos on demand in their store, and frame the photos all within minutes. The system provides instant gratification for store customers and big profits to the store owner! With, there are little or no start up costs and no inventory to carry. The store owner simply clicks, prints, and frames. When registering on, use CODE "Wholesale" for "Type of Business".

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

O3 USA: Founded on principles of creativity, functionality and a funky spirit, O3 USA strives strive to offer products that are unique, stylish, and, most importantly, cool. From kids' backpacks and luggage with integrated coolers, to fun accessories for the family, we hope you find what you are looking for with us here at O3!

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.

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.

Stupell Industries: one of America's premier suppliers of handcrafted decorative accessories for upscale homes and offices. In business for over 30 years, our line includes a wide variety of baby products, kitchen and bathroom plaques, wall hangings, faux windows, picture frames, and other unique decorative objects. We are constantly enlarging and updating our product offering to keep abreast of the latest trends and styles in the fast-paced home decorative market.

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.

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 decor, inspirational signs, and cookbook stands. We offer quality with style, low minimums and fast shipping.

Wellspring makes functional products with fresh designs for companies that sell gifts. Great fun and cute personal accessories designed for the purse, stationery designed for organization and Flip Notes- the best-selling slim notepad consistently ranked by retailers as a top 10 in sell through. Perfect 4th quarter pick up gifts at under $10 retail- a sweet spot with today's consumer. Now with collegiate logos!

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Quick Industry News

Trade Shows Report Robust Attendence At Winter Markets

Across the nation, industry trade shows report dramatic increases in traffic during January. Exhibitors also report taking more and larger orders.

Dallas Market Center, which had its Winter show Jan. 18-24, says retailers had strong holiday sales and that created demand for new product. "A record number of new and expanded exhibitors were matched by gains in attendance across key buying segments,” said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. "In fact, this part of the U.S. has experienced more than 18 months of retail sales growth, which has stimulated all facets of the retail economy. We anticipate a banner 2012 as exhibitors reinvest in the marketplace and as retailers keep pace with rising consumer demand.” (full news release)

Dallas Market Center On the West Coast, the California Gift Show, also Jan. 18-24, saw similar increased activity. “Showrooms and exhibitors witnessed a phenomenal and sustained attendance of new and returning buyers from across the country and around the globe, proving Los Angeles rules as a must-shop destination for innovative, in-demand California-made products and resources both nationally and internationally revered,” said Mark Furlet, vice president, gift + home, California Gift Show/L.A. Mart. “Many of our permanent showrooms reported exceeding order writing expectations comparing this Market to the healthier times of nearly a decade ago." (full news release)

The Chicago Market is reporting its best January Market (Jan. 19-25) in recent years with a double-digit increase in attendance over last year. “We are way ahead of last year and very optimistic about 2012," said Brad Peterson, owner and market director Peterson Associates. "We were so pleased with the turnout at this Market; our 50th Anniversary celebration on Saturday night was truly a night to remember.” (full news release)

Atlanta's AmericasMart saw similar increases in buyer traffic and non-stop order writing. “This Market will go on record as defining the renewal and recovery of global retailing as buyers and sellers vote with their feet, and their order writing, in an event destined to help restore hope and promise to retailers and manufacturers everywhere,” according to Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., president and chief operating officer. At close of Market business on Saturday, Jan. 18, Atlanta’s January traffic was posting high double-digit growth reflecting surging southeastern traffic gains and large increases in a national buyer population representing top Northeastern, Midwestern, Pacific and Southwestern specialty-store retailers, plus a large and growing international buyer contingent. (full news release)

Calypso Studios Bendi-Bandz Wire Headband Launch Exceeds Expectations

RICHMOND - February 15, 2012 - Calypso Studios introduced their newest product during the January show circuit. While the product was not available to ship until recently, many styles of the new Bendi-Bandz were sold out by the time the product arrived at the warehouse on February 3. To date, Calypso Studios has sold 25,000 Bendi-Bandz.

Bendi Bandz from Calypso Studios Calypso employees demonstrated the benefits of Bendi-Bandz at each show the company attended in January. For buyers who were not able to attend such shows, Calypso Studios uploaded a variety of “how to” videos on YouTube. These videos explain the Bendi-Bandz and demonstrate several ways to wear. While all of the 14 styles are out of stock, Calypso Studios expects to receive their next shipment of Bendi-Bandz before the end of the month. The next shipment will include over 27,000 of the new accessory, almost 1/3 of which are already allocated to retail locations throughout the country. What are Bendi-Bandz?

Calypso Studios’ newest fashion accessory, Bendi-Bandz are flexible and versatile headbands. A bendable wire runs from one end to the other and is sewn inside patterned fabric. The user can simply twist the headband into place, and it will hold all day. The thin inner wire keeps the desired shape and makes it adjustable for any head size. Pain free and fashion forward, Bendi Bandz can also be twisted into a bracelet, arm band, or neck tie.

The Bendi-Bandz are $2.50 wholesale and have a $5.99 suggested retail value. An assortment is available for $140 and includes 42 wire headbands (3 of each of the 14 styles), a metal tree display, and a header card. Each piece comes tagged individually.