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May, 2012

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May 2012
1-3 Atlanta
6-7 Long Beach, CA
7-8 Dallas
15 Ft. Wayne, IN
17 Medina, OH
17-20 New Orleans
19-20 Columbus
20-23 New York
21-24 Seattle
28 Billerica, MA
31-June 3 Dallas

June 2012
1-4 Overland Park, KS
2-4 Gatlinburg, TN
3-5 Minnetonka, MN
4-6 New York
6 Atlanta
7-8 Los Angeles
10-11 Irving, TX
10-12 Oaks, PA
19-26 Dallas
24-26 Columbus
25 Billerica, MA
25 Madison, WI

July 2012
11 & 12 Honolulu
11-18 Atlanta
19-25 Chicago
22-24 Columbus
22-25 Billerica, MA
27-30 Los Angeles
30 Billerica, MA
30-Aug. 3 Las Vegas

August 2012
3-6 Overland Park, KS
3-7 Minneapolis
4-6 Biloxi
6-7 Dallas
10-16 Seattle
16-19 Dallas
16-20 Atlanta
17 Canton, OH
17-21 Columbus
18-23 New York
19-21 New Jersey
23-26 New Orleans
23-29 Denver
25-28 Ft. Lauderdale
25-29 Denver
27 Billerica, MA

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Chef Curtis StoneSummer Trade Shows Heating Up

The stove will be hot with a focus on food at the Dallas Total Gift and Home Market June 20-26 with the debut of "Foodie FINDS" on the 12th floor of the World Trade Center, and Celebrity chefs on hand for The Gourmet Market.

FOOD: A Demo kitchen will feature a line up of more than a dozen celebrity chefs, led by Australian chef Curtis Stone, who will prepare signature dishes and sign copies of his cookbook "Relaxed Cooking With Curtis Stone". "Foodie FINDS" for food and housewares, part of the Dallas Temp show, will feature specialty gourmet food and beverages.

A brand new feature at this summer's New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®) - the NYIGF Bookstore, sponsored by Artisan, a division of Workman Publishing, and Gourmet Insider - will highlight more than 25 cooking and design titles, including daily author appearances and book signings"The NYIGF Bookstore, and participation by cooking, dining and entertaining authors, is a great complement to the return of the Gourmet Housewares Show® at NYIGF this summer," said Christian Falkenberg, NYIGF director and GLM vice president. "We're excited to host author appearances, book signings and educational seminars at NYIGF in connection with this special feature."

As famous for its restaurants and food trends as it is for its Golden Gate Bridge and cable cars, San Francisco is the perfect trade show city to focus on this exciting sector. From kitchen gadgets and small electrics to specialty food, tabletop and dinnerware, buyers at the International Gift Fair will benefit from an expanded presence of cutting edge designs and innovations from many of the industry's top lines.

Entrance to 225 Unlimited Showroom in Atlanta CLOTHING: If you've got food, the next thing you need is clothing. July 11-18 in Atlanta's AmericasMart will debut a 40,000-square-foot expansion of its Social Occasion Collection and Prom Market, part of the Apparel Industry Marketplace. Later this year, the Atlanta mart will launch "VOW - New World of Bridal" with collections from the largest, most sought-after names in the bridal industry.

"Social occasion continues to be among the most robust segments in the apparel industry as indicated by the strength of our past few August Markets," says Lori Kisner, senior vice president of Leasing for Atlanta Apparel. "Our showrooms need adequate space to show their extensive line selection on runways, so we are expanding our social occasion collection to an additional floor - 90 percent of the atrium space already is committed."

Bluewater Display from Sailor Bags225 Unlimited, Inc.(AmericasMart Bldg. 2 Showroom #1718) will be featuring many Show specials from your favorite lines, plus some new surprises. Don't be the last to know. Come see what's going on. And don't forget to join us for the 17th Floor Party Friday evening , July 13th

SailorBags will be showing at the Atlanta Gift market July 13-17 in the same location as January (bldg. 2, WW 4-216). Featured will be products from Bluewater Books & Charts in Ft. Lauderdale, FL (display pictured). Neal Popper says, "Look for us and stop in for a free gift and take advantage of our show special!"

SHELTER: Continuing the theme of "Food, Clothing and Shelter", Stanley Furniture Company has announced that it will consolidate its High Point, N.C. showroom and corporate offices into a newly remodeled 60,000 square foot space at 200 North Hamilton Street in downtown High Point early next year. A $4 million investment in the new space, to be completed by High Point's Spring 2013 Market, will be partially funded by both the City of High Point and Guilford County, as well as the State of North Carolina. The investment is also a joint effort in partnership with International Market Centers (IMC), owners of the 200 North Hamilton Street building.

Also in cooperation with IMC, Stanley announces the opening of its new showroom in the Las Vegas Design Center in Building A at World Market Center Las Vegas. The new space gives Stanley its first showroom serving western markets and allows the brand to display its products beginning in January with the 2013 Las Vegas Winter Market. The Las Vegas Market brings 50,000 retailers and interior design professionals to the city twice each year.

The Columbus MarketPlace June Market, June 24-26, is going to highlight all of the lines that are Made in the USA and sold at the MarketPlace. The lobby will be full of products made in Ohio. Columbus has markets in June, July and August.

In Seattle, "Green" is paramount, with the Seattle Gift Show's Earth Conscience Option (ECO) List. Buyers can find a full list of exhibitors with products that fall under the green, sustainable, organic and recycled categories highlighted on the show website and in the official show directory to help retailers quickly and easily identify green companies.

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Acacia Creations Since our products debuted in the U.S. in 2007, we've been working overtime to meet demand and we couldn't be happier. That's because at Acacia Creations we operate according to fair trade principles and return a percentage of each sale to our employees in Kenya. That means the more we sell, the more our workers and their families benefit! Also, because our items are made from recycled and reclaimed materials, the more we sell, the more we keep from being thrown away.

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.

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. Check back often to see more lines. One Login - Multiple Shopping Carts - Easy Checkout.

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!

Europa Home decorincluding 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.

Halle Joy is a different type of company, committed not only to designing beautiful products, but to bringing joy to people throughout the world. A portion of the proceeds from every piece we sell goes to support worthy causes around the world.

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.

JTP Wholesale: Monogrammed toilet paper and coasters - The perfect gift for the person who has everything.

Julia Knight: Our artisans in India and Italy breathe life into each individually hand-crafted piece, ready for you to expressively combine them into your own eye-catching-statement-making signature array of bowls and trays, glassware and serving pieces. . . into "Wow!"

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 "Retail" 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!

Scribbles: "We are fashioned by what we love!" Jewelry, handbags, wallets, scarves and other fun stuff. NEW CAMEO EZ© web site.

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

Calypso Studios, Inc. Acquires New East Coast Representation

RICHMOND - May 15, 2012 - Calypso Studios, Inc., seven-year-old fashion accessory and gift company, recently partnered with Gib Carson and Associates, a leading manufacturers' representative in the gift industry. Gib Carson and Associates, and its sister group Van Carson and Company, will be representing Calypso Studios in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and New England regions (see below for detailed list of coverage).

As a result of the partnership, Calypso Studios, Inc. moves to a new location in Atlanta's AmericasMart. The company will debut its new 2012 Mid-Year "Glitz and Glamour" collection in the Gib Carson showroom (Showroom 1319 in Building 2) at the July Atlanta Market.

Calypso Studios, Inc. President Ed Lawrence said he is excited to "join forces" with a longtime family friend. Gib Carson, Jr., president of the rep group, also mentioned the pair's history. "Our family relationship dates back to my father, Gib Sr., selling giftware to Ed's mother's gift shop in Midlothian, VA. In 1992 my father hired me to take over the Virginia sales position, where I continued the relationship until they sold their store," he says.

Both companies are based in Midlothian, VA, which has allowed Carson to witness the birth and growth of Calypso Studios, Inc. over the past seven years. "It's been impressive to watch Ed's transition from a rep principal to the manufacturing/importer side," said Carson. "His selling experience and product background have been the key to the successful growth of Calypso Studios". In addition to Atlanta, the group's 42 sales reps will also be representing Calypso Studios at shows in Philadelphia, Ocean City, Myrtle Beach, and Smoky Mountain.


Backyard's simple luxuries.. all year long!

Cafe Express TowelsPORT HURON, MI -April 25, 2012 - Backyard's Soaps & Candles motto is "Fun never smelled so good!" They offer simple luxuries that put a smile on one's face and can turn a bad day into a great one instantly. Freshly scented, top premium ingredients, creatively designed and packaged are a few characteristics of a company that is a proud manufacturer of 100% American made specialty soaps and candles.

Their product line covers just about every holiday, season and special occasion with their cheerful and colorful glycerin soap slices, creative detailed guest size soap collections and designer mosaic pillar and unique glass candles such as their beer and jammin' java' mugs.

For the summer gift shows their offering retailers assortments that will keep their customers smiling, happy and coming back for more with their friends in tow. Halloween & Holiday ducky toy soaps, mini gift sets , beautiful autumn leaves, snowflakes, candy cane & holiday bulb collection to name a few. Adding a flair of fun they created holiday flip flop soaps and jack-o'-lantern soaps on a stick with a stylish martini candle collection highly scented with "yummy" fragrances such as spiced pumpkin, ginger pear and pomegranate cranberry.

Adding simple luxuries like Backyard's soaps and candles, will make your customers feel right at home every season of the year!

The Grandparent Gift Co. introduces new holiday ornaments for Christmas 2012

Alpharetta, GA - April 30, 2012 - The Grandparent Gift Co. Inc. introduces the addition of 3 new baby holiday ornaments to their collection of holiday keepsakes. The new styles include: Baby's 1st Christmas, Grandchild at Christmas and Twin's Christmas join the existing Grandma's First Christmas and Ultrasound ornament styles. The adorable scalloped ceramic ornaments feature a 2 inch photo opening for a picture or ultrasound. A red satin ribbon for hanging and clear gift box, make these new ornaments a perfect gift to commemorate a first Christmas. Suggested retail: 8.99.

The company is also adding to its current memorial ornaments. Joining the company's current pet memorial and Mother memorial ornaments, are gifts for the loss of a grandma, grandpa and dad. These gift-boxed ornaments with sentiment feature a 2.5 inch diameter pewter ornament designed on both sides. The front of the ornament reads: "our family, a circle of love that never ends.", and is paired with a relief image of hands coming together in a circle. The back of the ornament is engraved with the saying, "as we move throughout our lives, our hands speak our hearts, touching, loving, comforting...They are God's work of art." The ornament hangs from a silver satin ribbon and is personalized with a drop charm. The charms are engraved with each of the titles. Suggested retail: 17.99