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Souvenir Source to Exhibit at the IGES/SSS Show

Souvenir Source (formally the souvenir/retail division of Nanco-Nancy Sales) welcomes customers to the new IGES Pigeon Forge location. The company’s booth numbers are 6318-6321; 6418-6421.

Visitors will be greeted by the same team that has provided professional customer service for over 30 years. Take a look at the company’s red-hot overseas custom line, its short run domestic print offerings and its trendy, nautical giftware and pirate novelties.

The company thanks it customers for their support in 2013 and looks forward to a great 2014!

Avid Life™ Unveils The Eternal Life® Christian Line at the CBA and IGES

Avid Life is a fashion apparel decorator that focuses on unique screen print, embroidery and appliqué techniques. In June, the company débuted the Eternal Life Christian line at the CBA, St. Louis show. As with the other lines Avid has to offer, Eternal Life was a hit.

The owners of Avid Life have over 34 years of experience and have partnered with more than 75,000 organizations nationwide to produce quality apparel and accessories. With embroidery, laser etching and appliqué being part of its in-house operations, Avid has been able to expand product availability and maintain quality control while successfully meeting the demands of the customers.

“It’s not just a look, it’s a way of life™,” is both the company’s slogan and how it operates every day. Visit the company at IGES Booth 7907 at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Quality Goods to Exhibit at the IGES/SSS Show

Company Has a Proud Past with a Strong Future
Quality Goods, which commemorates a half century of excellence this year, promises to keep changing, expanding and improving to meet the needs of their customers over the next 50 years. Pictured is President Harold Rosen and his son and Vice President Jeffrey Rosen.

Quality Goods, Canada’s leading resort wear company, turns 50 this year. The company has gone through many changes since its beginnings a half a century ago but the one thing that remains the same┬áis that they have always been firmly committed to being their customers most valued supplier.

The company was founded in 1964 by Harold Rosen. The company grew quickly and was always expanding and setting trends.

Ten years ago, Rosen partnered with his youngest son Jeff Rosen to develop the most complete tourist apparel line to ever be under one roof. “What we care about is customers’ performance and value,” Jeff said. “The growth in national park, zoos and cruise ship business has been a big part of our success. There are a lot of ups and downs in the market today but we must have done a few things right as we've managed to stay in business this long.”

Quality Goods has built a reputation of making the most profits per square foot for their retailers. The company consists of four distinctive parts, which are listed below and complement one another for year-round sales.

Northern Lifestyles - Fun Knits, which consist of free trade, hand-knitted sweaters, hats and accessories for the entire family.

The Moose Company by Quality Goods, a full line of novelty and comical T-shirts that includes a specialty in collegiate-style, Canadian-made sweatshirts.

And, now introducing the new and exciting brand, Crazy Cottons. A hot-selling pajama program that is expanding every day, as well as a line of hand-made, exclusive cotton hoodies and handbags all done with the company's exclusive patterns.

Quality Goods promises to keep changing, expanding and improving to meet the needs of their customers over the next 50 years.

Come visit Quality Goods at the IGES/SSS show in booth PF8104 and see what all the hype is about!

Award-winning Original Toy Company Reveals New Website

The Original Toy Company has a new website at A recent “Fabulous Awards” winner after being nominated by specialty retailers from across the United States, the company continues to gain popularity within the specialty retail toy market.

Known for product excellence along with exceptional customer service, the company offers impulse, musical instrument, first years, active play, sand and water and role play toys along with puzzles, games and more. The company has built a reputation as an exclusive specialty retailer manufacturer and distributor within the specialty toy market.

North West Laser Design Is Purchased by A.T. Storrs Ltd.

Ian Storrs of A.T. Storrs Ltd. has announced that the company has purchased North West Laser Design Inc. as of September 1, 2013. North West Laser Design is based in British Columbia, Canada, and specializes in custom name-dropped wooden souvenirs and gifts. Top-selling products include journals, picture frames, games and ornaments. Please drop by the North West Laser Design booth at the IGES trade show to see what is new for 2014.

Winning Moves Games Adds More Classic Games to its Selection

Winning Moves Games, a leading maker of board games, card games and puzzles, offers a comprehensive roster of American classic games. Specializing in family fun, the company has added Classic Trouble® and Classic Ouija® to their suite of time-honored favorites.

Specialty toy and game stores nationwide can stock-up on the full line of Winning Moves classics including: Classic Yahtzee┬«, Classic Sorry®, PayDay®, Classic Monopoly®, Classic Clue®, The Game of Life® Classic Edition, Risk® 1959, Parcheesi® Royal Edition, Rack-O®, Go To The Head Of The Class®, Pit®, Uncle Wiggily®, Rook®, Pass The Pigs® and more.

“Winning Moves is proud to bring back cherished classic board games and we are thrilled to continue that tradition in 2013. Game-loving families can enjoy the classic games all over again with our affordable new titles,” said Philip C. Orbanes Jr., the company’s president.

Iris Impressions Multiwear Is On the Right “Trek”

For information about wholesale opportunities and to see some of the company’s one-of-a kind convertible skirts, dresses and tops, visit Iris Impressions' retail site at

Just like fashion, sometimes brands needs to change it up. No one knows how important the ability to “transform” is better than a company that specializes in transformation. So the “new” Iris Impressions is approaching the brand with a fresh approach that is reflected in a new logo and focuses on creating products for its core customer - the jet setting woman.

Based on feedback from retail customers, Iris Impressions has discovered that what end users are really looking for is something that is easy, multifunctional and ideal for travel. As we know, when women travel, they need to be prepared for anything, and Iris Impressions’ unique convertible clothing is designed to address that need. Every item in the collection can be worn a ton of ways and is designed to address a woman's needs seven days a week for any occasion and situation.

With this focus in mind, Iris Impressions’ website will now feature a blog that offers styling/ fashion tips and travel inspiration as well as a “Dream Vacation” section. The site will also have an updated wholesale section as well with more content and information for prospective buyers.

Amusemints Acquires an Interest in Lucy Lu Design

Amusemints has acquired an interest in Lucy Lu Designs for a partnership to foster a continued focus on high-quality products.

The owners of Amusemints and Lucy Lu Designs have announced that Amusemints has acquired an interest in Lucy Lu Design. Cheryl Morano will continue overseeing the design and product development of Lucy Lu Designs, and will also be adding her talents to the Amusemints' product line.

Effective October 1. 2013, the marketing and sales team of Amusemints will oversee all of the marketing, sales and customer service roles for Lucy Lu Designs. The production facility will remain as is, with Lucy Lu’s production facility in Santa Cruz and Amusemints' production facility in Denver, Colo.

This joining of forces will continue to focus on high quality, creative products for the gift, souvenir and corporate promotion industries. In addition to expanding domestically, it is the intent of Lucy Lu Designs and Amusemints to increase its market share internationally.

For more information, contact Amusemints LLC at 800-779-8985 or visit

Ideaman, Inc. Expands into Multiple Souvenir Products

Ideaman, Inc. is expanding its product mix to offer high-quality alternatives to traditional inexpensive souvenirs.

Ideaman, Inc., an industry-leading manufacturer of souvenir refrigerator magnets over the last 20 years, has announced an expansion into a broader souvenir product offering. The company is utilizing their talented art staff to create original, high-quality artwork on a product mix that includes magnets, coffee mugs, travel mugs, tin signs, tin thermometers, acrylic tumblers and many others.

“We have selected what we feel to be high-quality, unique products that will stand out in an industry where a lot of product is generated to meet a lower-end of the consumer market,” said Rick Stokes, creative manager of Ideaman, Inc. “By virtue of our design work, as well as the manufacturing quality of the products, our items have a higher perceived-value than conventional souvenirs. This satisfies a tremendous niche for the more demanding souvenir and gift consumers.”

Ideaman specializes in custom design and has structured their souvenir program to allow for free artwork on their custom programs. “We are incredibly excited to open up our company’s offerings to include these great new items,” said Stokes. “Give us an opportunity to put some ideas together for your attraction or location, and the sky is the limit!”

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