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Greensboro Gift & Jewelry Show

New vendor Refunked Junk had a great opening at the Greensboro Gift & Jewelry Show in Greensboro, N.C.

“It’s All About the Product” was the theme last August 13-15 at the Greensboro Gift & Jewelry Show in Greensboro, N.C. Buyers from dozens of states made the event a huge success, said Show Director Bob Siddiqui. “Buyers attend us because they get cutting edge merchandise and the latest trends and fashions. [There is] No need to travel to New York, Atlanta or Vegas, we bring the market to them,” he said.

At the Greensboro Gift &Jewelry Show, business was booming at LTX Sportswear.

The Greensboro market offers an expansive selection with multiple aisles of jewelry product of all types; apparel and gift dealers from across the nation exhibit. Many new vendors choose to launch their products at the show so buyers can find the latest merchandise.

The Greensboro show is located in the Greensboro Coliseum Complex and is easily accessible from all parts of the Southeast.

Registration is open for the December markets.

Urban Expositions and Development
P3 Pet Trade Show

Bill Rancic, the 2016 P3 keynote speaker.

The Pet Trade Show’s inaugural edition was held August 24-25, 2016 at Navy Pier, in Chicago, Ill. During the event, with 190 companies represented on the show floor, P3 offered Midwestern pet retailers and service-related businesses an opportunity to find new products, visit with existing suppliers and attend free educational programs and networking events. 

“Based on feedback we’ve received for retailers and vendors, we think the debut edition of P3 has definitely laid the groundwork to become a strong and viable resource for the Midwest market,” said Stacey Barrett-Brooks, P3 show director. “And we’re already working on plans to fine-tune and enhance our offerings for our 2017 edition. We are using the valuable input we’ve received from our customers to secure the best possible date pattern and will announce our plans in upcoming weeks.”

Pictured, from left to right: Steve Dale, winner of the Industry Excellence Award; Barton O’Brien, Your Perfect Puppy, Best Incubator Exhibitor; Cara Holland, Ono, Best New Product; and Jason Riccardi, Pura Naturals Pet, Best Booth.

Attracting 1,000-plus retailers throughout the Midwestern states with strong concentration in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana as well as other areas of the country, the launch event received positive reviews from attendees. “P3 is off to a great start for its first year,” said Lisa Senafe, Bentley’s Pet Stuff, Chicago, Ill. “I love having a local show in Chicago to shop for unique items as well as new products that are also on trend. Finding unique regional resources at a local show is a benefit for us because we get to be one of the first to carry it in our store and introduce it to our customers.”

“I made some nice connections at the show and discovered product and visited with booths I had not seen at other events,” said Billy Dellipoali, Choice Pet, Danbury, Conn. “I also took some time to sit in on a few of the seminars and found the sessions helpful. P3 was a productive event for its first year, and I look forward to returning in 2017.”

P3 Pet Trade Show gave retailers the opportunity to balance buying and learning with complimentary educational sessions including keynote speakers as well as the pop up conference sessions on the show floor offered by the Independent Retailer Conference. Chicago entrepreneur, best-selling author and season one winner of NBC’s The Apprentice Bill Rancic kicked off the show on Wednesday morning with proven advice and winning business strategies to inspire independent and specialty pet retail businesses identify opportunities and position their business for future growth. On Thursday, Jeff Fromm, the Millennial Marketing Guy™, president of FutureCast, and contributing writer for Forbes, attuned pet business owners to the customer service levels and expectations of the millennial pet parent.

To conclude the first day of the show and celebrate the launch of P3, Urban Expositions, owners and producers of P3 | Progressive Pet Products, co-hosted a show social along with co-sponsors American Pet Professionals and Women in the Pet Industry Network at the Navy Pier Beer Garden, where they awarded its first Industry Excellence Award to Steve Dale. Dale is a Chicago nationally syndicated radio and TV host, published author, columnist, editor, founder of the CATalyst Council and recipient of the AVMA Humane Award.

Pura Natural Pet won the Best Booth Award.

Urban Expositions and the P3 show team also recognized show exhibitors in the categories of Best Booth, Best Incubator Feature Area Exhibitor and Best New Product Showcase winner. The exhibitor awards of Best Booth and Best Incubator Feature Area Exhibitor were juried awards decided by the editors of Pet Age, Pet Business and Pet Product News magazines. The editors awarded Best Booth to Pura Natural Pet, and Best Incubator Exhibitor to Your Perfect Puppy. The New Product Showcase award, which was voted on by attending retailers, was presented to ONO, manufacturers of The Good Bowl, an all-in-one placemat and bowls made from high quality silicone that suction directly to the surface, making it difficult to tip over.

For information on the 2017 edition of P3 | Progressive Pet Products, visit

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