Thursday, February 28, 2013

Denver Mart Displays Its New Look As It Welcomes Buyers With A Multitude of Resources

A special report from Giftware News’ columnist Marilyn Nason

While Mother Nature kept trying to scuttle a combination of three powerful regional late-February trade shows at the newly refurbished, upgraded Denver Mart, hardy Midwestern buyers and exhibitors proved that finding the proverbial "something new and different" trumps snow, sleet, ice, freezing temperatures every time, especially when the combined shows are the first of the new year. The combination of solid permanent showrooms and multi-line temporary exhibitors for the Denver Gift, Home, Jewelry and Resort Show, coupled with the Western Winter Sports Representatives Association's Rocky Mountain Winter Market (WWSRA) and the Denver Apparel and Accessory Market, offered stronger-than-ever one-stop-shopping opportunities for the buyers who braved whatever the elements had in store to find specific skus to create an optimum inventory mix for coming months for their individual brick-and-mortar stores and or online needs.

Nadine Sage of Sage Atelier’s handmade fine art buckle

Overseeing their first show in the upgraded venerable Denver Mart, new Woodhaven-Hawthorne owners John Doyle, CEO/managing partner, and Ted Herrick welcomed buyers. The new look, coupled with a broader-than-ever selection of merchandise, made including the Denver Mart in that early 2013 show schedule more interesting than in recent years. The new ownership definitely won accolades from long-time Midwest buyers, not only with the exciting assortment of lines and introductions but also with an impressive lineup of constant events each day from the moment the shows opened each morning to well after closing each evening throughout all the main Mart building, as well as in the Pavilion housing the WWSRA Rocky Mountain Winter Market, in Plaza at the Mart, Forum and Expo Building sections, the latter housing hundreds of temporary exhibitors.

The new Western Home & Design Center on the Mart's second floor main building featured some interesting high-end Western decor and home furnishings of special importance to many buyers surveyed during the show. Also drawing interest was not only a specific Made in America section in the Expo Building, but also the Made in America signs prominently displayed in countless showrooms and temporary booths throughout the entire show. To ensure every buyer was aware of the Mart ownership's and countless exhibitors’ commitment to Made in America merchandise, buyers got a handy list of these exhibitors as they registered. Because of the importance of the Denver Mart's location in the Rocky Mountain Midwest, emphasis for many exhibitors was on the rustic/lodge look currently growing in renewed interest nationwide, as well as the quality look of Western styling in everything from home decor to apparel.

Coppertop Tripod

Always a familiar look at Denver Mart shows, unique belt buckles were on display, including fine art ones handmade in Colorado by Nadine Sage of Sage Atelier. Popular designs included unusual oval and rectangular shapes featuring fish and floral patterns. A traditional, yet contemporary blend of styles highlighted willow decorative wood furnishings for both home and garden from Rick and Denise Pratt at highlighted by bright splashes of color, other dominated by solid copper tops. For chocolate lovers, Cowgirl Chocolates are a must. An interesting variety of chocolates are offered in both sweet mild and spicy flavors in fun packaging some including the challenge "o ahead, hotshot, try the spicy." Along the same fun theme, a western trail lunchbox includes quarter pound box of spicy truffles; quarter pound of mild truffles; 8 ounce of spicy hot cocoa.

Jac and Patricia Johnson, Three Points Design Inc. showed a variety of individual white cedar woodcarvings, several featuring their popular two owls in a horseshoe-shaped design. For the golfer, Robin Jacobs, owner, BallTallk, showed a variety of golf balls with humorous sayings, especially focused on golfers. Popular is the "so that was another "practice" swing, right? a perfect fun example for the gift to a struggling golfer.

While most buyers acknowledged they were working on a tight budget, most were not only optimistic but very enthusiastic for the variety of skus available at the show. Judy Montegue of Zellas Kitchen Shelf, Eagles Nest, N.M., set the tone of most buyers noting she was buying a little more than last year so welcomed the combined displays offered among the three shows' exhibitors.

A buyer at the Mart for 25 years, Dan Tribby, general manager, Prairie Edge Trading Co., Rapid City, S.D., commented, "I've never see the Mart look so good" as he viewed the improvements. This was a comment shared by several retailers touring the three shows. Also a regular buyer at the Mart, Jerrie Lodato, Hope & Glory, Gunnison, CO,,noted, "I always find what I want here, so I love coming to the Denver Mart."

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

February's Gift, Gourmet & Decor Digital Issue is Now Available for Viewing

Dear GGD Reader,

Welcome to February's digital issue of Gift, Gourmet & Decor Magazine.

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• Ride Off into the Sunset
• Look Book
• Newsmakers
• Calendar
• And Much More...

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Winter NY NOW Will Overlap with Superbowl in 2014

The rumors have been confirmed and NY NOW does overlap with Superbowl in winter 2014. GLM, however, has done a great job pre-securing hotel room inventory and says it will have plenty of nights available through Travel Planners. Exhibitors/attendees should book as early as possible to lock-in rooms and rates.

More information will be coming soon.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

February's Giftware News Digital Insider Look Book is Now Available

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Gift for Life’s Party for Life Raises Nearly $200,000

Gift for Life's 21st annual "Party for Life" combined fun and fundraising to raise nearly $200,000 for DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. Some 450 partygoers attended this highly anticipated industry event - held on January 27 at The Boathouse in Central Park in New York City - which featured live and silent auctions, photo booths, NYC-centric food, an open bar, and terrific networking.

At the event, Global Views was honored with Gift for Life's "Design for Life Award," and Whereoware was presented with the "Trailblazer Award."
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Global Views was honored at the 2013 Party for Life with Gift for Life's "Design for Life Award." (From left to right) GFL Board Chair Leslie Nathan-Street; GFL Board Incoming Chair Stu Teller; Global Views' David Gebhart, Lois DelNegro and Frederick Rayner; and GFL Founder and Board Member Peter Schauben.

Whereoware was presented with Gift for Life's "Trailblazer Award" at the 2013 Party for Life. (From left to right) Joe Harris of Whereoware, GFL Incoming Chair Stu Teller, GFL Board Member Eric Dean of Whereoware, and Bill Haskitt and Jim Rothey of Whereoware.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Home Run at New York’s Winter Market!

The winter 2013 edition of the New York International Gift Fair wrapped up last week, and by all accounts - strong order-writing, more re-orders, positive feedback from retailer and exhibitors - market week was a home run! Notable trends emerged among the ample design-driven home resources to suit all tastes: mixed materials, “pretty” tech, nautical and tropical themes, Chinoiserie and new sustainable materials.

Giftware News was there. Here’s a sample of what we saw. And then read on for further exciting news about the summer show.

Artist Dlynn Roll says the inspiration for her “You Silly Bird & Friends Collection comes from people in her life. Here she is posed by Olivia the hedgehog (center bottom row) inspired by her granddaughter

Pulvermarcher Designs displays Pastel & Glittery Accessories

Rich, red lacquered pieces from J. Fleet Designs, Ltd.

Owl-themed candle holders from Chesapeake Bay

In New York Newest, Snowmee offers a clever way to present a gift card

Janna Ugone Designs are Made in America