Thursday, May 31, 2012

Joy To The World Collectibles Establishes West Coast Presence at CMC

The California Market Center (CMC) has announced the addition of premier glass ornament company, Joy To The World Collectibles, to its growing array of GIFT & HOME showrooms. This new addition to the CMC's GIFT & HOME showcase reinforces the building's growing reputation as the strongest resource for holiday, seasonal, and collectibles on the West Coast, joining Melrose International, Katherine's Collection, TJ's Christmas, Vickerman Trees & Lights, RAZ Imports, and many others.

Established in 1998, Joy To The World Collectibles pride themselves on offering a wide range of designer handcrafted glass ornaments that are 100 percent sourced and made in Europe. Exclusive collections include: The Pet Set, the largest and most comprehensive dog breed ornament line on the market; Collegiate lines, including USC, UCLA and Cal Berkeley; Officially licensed ornaments for Diva Dog, Glitterazzi, and Metzler Bros by Joy To The World; as well as a custom division that caters to all budgets. Their new CMC showroom will also double as a design studio where they will meet with clients to create custom ornaments or private label collections.

“The CMC is offering a fresh approach to the wholesale trade industry, which is why we chose the building” said Lisa Kelechava, President and Founder. “We have clients in the Western US that prefer to do their buying closer to home and we hope that this new showroom will service customers that we have not been able to reach otherwise.”

Gerry Seibel, Vice President of New Business Development for Gift and Home shared in Lisa’s excitement, saying: “We are ecstatic that Joy To The World Collectibles has made the CMC their new West Coast home. Their handmade ornaments are unmatched in quality and design, and no where else in the Western US are there similar products.”

The next CMC Gift & Home Market will begin on Tuesday, July 24 at the CMC, and will run through Tuesday, July 31.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Urban Expositions Launches Facebook Contest for Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show

As part of an expanded buyer relations campaign for its 2012 Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show, Urban Expositions is launching a Facebook social media contest. Running in tandem with Buyer Relations Director Briana Mackey's visits to retail stores in the months leading up to the show, the contest invites buyers to "like" the show's Facebook page for a chance to win a two-night hotel stay during the 2012 edition. 

To enter, buyers can simply "like" the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show Facebook page and write a brief post about why Mackey should visit their store during her travel schedule from June 1- August 31, 2012. If their store is selected, they will receive a special visit and prize package, including a free two-night hotel stay in Las Vegas during the show. 

"We find that the visits our buyer relations team makes to retail stores are among the best building tools we have for a show. In addition to bringing show information and news directly to our customers, when Briana calls on stores she's able to gather wonderful information and feedback that helps us continue to fine-tune and strengthen our show to meet retail needs," said Doug Miller, president, Urban Expositions. "Since Facebook is all about conversation, we thought this contest could be a fun way to continue gathering feedback while building our online community too." 

The 2012 edition will provide retailers with thousands of lines of souvenir and resort product in a wide range of categories, including destination, resort and tourist merchandise, souvenirs, green products, t-shirts, beach items, made in America, coastal and nautical, lake, mountain and lodge, ski-themed products, destination, logo products, shell items, giftware, jewelry/fashion accessories, toys/games and more.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

National Stationery Show Held May 20–23, 2012

National Stationery Show Renews Partnership With BizBash To Cultivate Special Event Planner Audience 

Building off the successful 2011 launch of a new relationship between the National Stationery Show (NSS) and BizBash, this year the Show will welcome hundreds of corporate marketers, wedding and special event planners to the May 20-23 event, taking place at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The NSS serves as an ideal venue for event professionals to source the latest in personalized accessories and customized invitations. 

"Last year we made great strides in attracting this new category of buyer to the National Stationery Show, further diversifying attending the BtoC audience and creating new opportunities for the 800 companies exhibiting," said Patti Stracher, NSS General Manager. "Now in our second year, we'll continue to combine strategies with BizBash to introduce these professionals to the vast product resources and services available at the NSS that are relevant to their businesses." 

Founded in 2000, BizBash is the leading trade media for the event industry. BizBash publishes magazines and e-newsletters, hosts websites, and produces tradeshows and award shows for corporate event and meeting professionals, event marketers, and sales, public relations, fund-raising, and human resource executives. The company is committed to assisting its readers and show attendees in uncovering ideas, gathering resources, finding inspiration, enhancing their careers, and creating effective meetings, events, promotions, and other face-to-face opportunities. complements the print magazines by offering the latest event news and information. BizBash serves event planners in Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami/South Florida, New York, Orlando, Toronto and Washington. 

The 66th annual National Stationery Show, the comprehensive source for greeting cards, social stationery and related lifestyle products, will run Sunday, May 20, through Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The Show features nearly 800 exhibiting companies and attracts some 11,000 buyers worldwide. The Show also presents educational programming, industry events, and networking opportunities throughout the market week. For more information, visit

Gift For Life & National Stationery Show Team-Up For 2012 AIDS Walk New York

Gift for Life, the gift, stationery and home decor industries' leading charitable organization, has partnered with the National Stationery Show to participate in AIDS Walk New York, a charity fundraiser in New York City's Central Park on Sunday, May 20 (opening day of the Show). The Gift For Life/National Stationery Show team will recruit walkers and raise funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS. 

The Gift For Life/National Stationery Show team will walk 10 kilometers (6.2miles) through Central Park and across New York City's Upper West Side. At the conclusion of the official route, the Gift For Life/National Stationery Show team will "go the extra mile," finishing the walk at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, where the National Stationery Show runs through Wednesday, May 23. 

"The National Stationery Show is delighted to partner with Gift For Life to support AIDS Walk New York," said Patti Stracher, General Manager of the National Stationery Show "The event's overlap with the National Stationery Show's opening day offers members of the social stationery industry a unique opportunity to support this important cause — whether as walkers along the course or as donors from the exhibit floor." 

Industry members and friends are invited to join the Gift For Life/National Stationery team as both walkers and as donors. AIDS Walk New York begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 20. To join the team as a walker, or to make donations to AIDS Walk New York, visit the following URL:

For questions, contact Cathy Steel, team organizer, HERE or call (203) 340-9251.

Design Design To Debut New Brand and New Retail Opportunities at the 2012 National Stationery Show
Design Design, Inc. will debut their new brand, Destination Department for retailers, at the National Stationery Show May 20-23, at the Javits Center in New York City. Attendees will experience a totally new brand from the company including a new logo, brand messaging and visual presentation including a redesigned booth. 

The new merchandising concept, the "Destination Department" creates a customizable, one-stop, full-service celebration destination featuring the company's hottest product lines including greeting cards, paper tableware, gift packaging, cocktailing accents and stationery gifts. Its goal is to transform any space based on a retailer's individual needs, and create a single shopping destination for their customers. NSS attendees will have the opportunity to preview the customizable installation firsthand at Design Design's booth - 2320. 

The company has also announced new additions to its product lines including over 40 new handmade card selections for Christmas, Autumn and Everyday. Designed and produced with the latest foils, glitter treatments and three- dimensional attachments, these artful treasures add an extra special touch to any occasion.

Already known for whimsical and graphic paper tableware, the company adds more sophisticated choices to dress the table. With new collections such as Estella, Linen and Grandflora, the focus is bright, beautiful color with refined prints to complement any occasion or get together.
"It's a brand new day at Design Design," says Colin Littler, Marketing Director. "We've redefined our brand, expanded our already diverse product line and launched our sensational Destination Department to offer even more choices to our customers. For our retail partners, we can transform any space and turn it into a stunning profit center of personal expression products. And what better venue to debut this experience then at the National Stationery Show," says Littler. 

Design Design Inc. is a wholesale provider of greeting cards, paper tableware, gift packaging, cocktailing accents and stationery gifts. Family owned for 25 years, for more information, visit

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Special Quarterly Edition of GWN's Insider Digital Magazine is Now Available

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Kameleon's Mascot Heads to JCK

Kameleon Jewelry has adopted a chameleon puppet as its mascot who has been appropriately dubbed "Princess Pops-a-lot" by its Facebook fans. Due to an overwhelming response and demand for more from "the Princess", the Kameleon marketing team decided to send Princess Pops-a-lot on a virtual road trip which will eventually lead her from Kameleon's home in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to the JCK show in Las Vegas. 

As Princess Pops-a-lot travels from the east coast of Canada to Vegas, Kameleon will be posting travel photos from her trip on their Facebook page. Fans are required to guess the puppets location in each photo as well as identify the closest Kameleon retailer to that location. Each correct answer will give Fans an entry into a draw to win a Kameleon prize package. Princess Pops-a-lot has already posted photos from Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick, and the L.L. Bean Boot in Freeport, Maine. The photos have already received an overwhelming response and attention is expected to grow as she visits more famous and some not so famous sites across the U.S..

Kameleon President Robert Smith is very excited about this "new addition" to the team, "Our line has always had an element of fun; it is something that we encourage in our marketing especially on our Facebook page. We love that Facebook allows us to interact so closely with our fans. Having the Fans suggest names for the mascot really gave them the feeling of being a part of the fun. With a name like Princess Pops-a-lot how can you not smile! She is a great addition to the Kameleon Jewelry team and we look forward to sending her on more adventures in the future!" 

Retailers can look forward to seeing, and having their photos taken with Princess Pops-a-lot and the rest of the Kameleon team at the upcoming JCK Jewelry Show.