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Archive for 2017

February 2017

February 1, 2017 No Comments

Toy Fair Special Section A Profile of Play – Rochester, N.Y.’s Strong National Museum of Play A look at Everything for Play!, the gift store at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y. Bonus Sidebar: Toys that Sell Handily – A Puppet Sales Snapshot  Chasing Down Toy Sales –  Selling More Playthings at […]

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Urban Expositions

February 1, 2017 No Comments

Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show  Despite snow and chilly winter temps, retail confectioners and other industry members from throughout the Tri-State/ Mid-Atlantic region and beyond headed to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center to see the newest product innovations, trends and educational programming at the January 7-9, 2017 Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show. […]

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Emerald Expositions

February 1, 2017 No Comments

Emerald Expositions Acquires American Craft Retailers Expo (ACRE)  Emerald Expositions, LLC, announced late last year that it has acquired the American Craft Retailers Expo from IndieMe, Inc. Founded in 2006, ACRE is a premier wholesale craft exposition in North America, consisting of two shows that take place annually in Las Vegas, Nev., and Philadelphia, Pa. […]

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ToyFest West 2017

February 1, 2017 No Comments

ToyFest West 2017 offers the biggest toy show west of the Mississippi on March 5-7, 2017, at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas, Nev., South Point Exhibit Hall, Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  For buyers, this is a great opportunity to spend time […]

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Retailers Imported More Than Expected During the 2016 Holidays

February 1, 2017 No Comments

 Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports saw an unexpected increase during the industry’s busy 2016 holiday season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates. “We won’t see final sales numbers for a few more days, but import volume suggests that retailers had […]

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Sales Tales for February and All Year <br> February 2017

Sales Tales for February and All Year
February 2017

February 1, 2017 No Comments

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), holiday retail sales in 2016 increased 4 percent over 2015 to $658.3 billion. The number exceeded the NRF’s forecast of $655.8 billion, and includes non-store sales of $122.9 billion that were up 12.6 percent. For the retail industry, this positive end to 2016 could be a great foundation […]

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Home Decor <br> Selling More Gifts and Home Décor Items at  Gift and Hallmark Stores

Home Decor
Selling More Gifts and Home Décor Items at Gift and Hallmark Stores

January 3, 2017 No Comments

By Jen Heller Meservey Selling more gifts starts with stocking the right items, according to A Suraphong Liengboonlertchai, owner of Simplicity Décor in Kirkland, Wash. “I try my very best to find the most unique, trendy and inspiring items I could possibly find at tradeshows, or even when I travel for pleasure,” he said. “I […]

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Easy Back to Basics Toy Sales at Hardware Stores

Easy Back to Basics Toy Sales at Hardware Stores

January 1, 2017 No Comments

By Jen Byrne It’s not an unusual occurrence for customers at Briggs Hardware to reminisce with Owner Evelyn Murray about their childhoods. “I have had so many people say, ‘My mama bought my Christmases at the old Briggs Hardware’ or ‘I remember going in there and getting my first doll,’” said Murray, owner of the […]

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Creating High Interest for High-End <br>  Selling More Quality Gifts

Creating High Interest for High-End
Selling More Quality Gifts

January 1, 2017 No Comments

Life may be a zoo these days, but that doesn’t mean that zoo and aquarium gift store shoppers aren’t looking for quality gift items. Zoos nationwide offer their take on popular high-end products in their shops.  At the Saint Louis Zoo in St. Louis, Mo., Director of Retail Judy Rancour described her top-selling quality gift […]

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A Baby Merchandise Boom<br>  Gifts, Trends and Fun Items for Infants

A Baby Merchandise Boom
Gifts, Trends and Fun Items for Infants

January 1, 2017 No Comments

By Natalie Hope McDonald Old City in Philadelphia is a neighborhood that’s gone through many iterations, first as the birth place of the nation, and also more recently as a trendy enclave featuring shops, galleries and eateries. As the birthplace of democracy, it’s interesting that that Old City has also become quite a hub for […]

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Testimonials

    • So, so excited about the article. We got our copy and we are over the moon. I would like….three more copies if possible. The Old City district wants one, …my manager, and we want to frame one!!

      Thanks again. It really was awesome!

      Never Too Spoiled, Philadelphia, Pa. 

       

    • “We always enjoy Souvenirs, Gifts & Novelties magazine and are happy to share our stories. I learn something from it every time I read it and share it with our gift shop staff regularly.”
      – Beth Rich, Zoo Superintendent, Tautphaus Park Zoo, Idaho Falls, ID

    • “We have been in business since 1988 and a part of our success has been the use of trade magazines such as yours. Being far away from most trade shows, these magazines are a great lifeline for us who can’t just drive to a gifts show. So thank you for being there for us with insightful articles.”
      – Malia Johnson, President, Malimar Inc. dba Sedona, Honolulu, HI

    • “…Because of our budget, I am unable to go to market, so your Souvenirs, Gifts & Novelties publication serves at a great tool for me to see what is new and trending in the market, and I have tried many new products because I’ve seen them advertised in your magazine. Thanks again.”
      – Nancy Cole, gift shop manager, Booth Society, D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives, Spearfish, S.D.

    • I just received my copy of SGN Magazine, and I was delighted to see [Natalie Hope McDonald’s] article about us. Thank you for featuring my shop in such a lovely way. It means a lot to me as a small business owner.” 
      – 
      Heather Mohorn, Momo’s Tree House, Philadelphia, Pa.

    • “Thanks for your magazine. I really enjoy it and learn from it monthly.”
      Susan Michener, Admission/Gift Shop Manager,  The Montgomery Zoo, Montgomery, Ala.

    • “I wanted to take a minute to not only tell you how much I use and enjoy my copy of Souvenirs, Gifts, and Novelties Magazine, but to share with you some good news about my husband’s and my business Her Majesty’s English Tea Room. We recently won the prestigious Icon award from Americasmart Atlanta. …Thank you again for a magazine that is a little bit like a work book. My husband and I both go through it in detail, always picking up a display idea, new product, or tip.”
      – 
      Jacqueline Gillam Fairchild, Her Majesty’s English Tea Room, Dunlap, Ill

    • “Thank you for your wonderful magazine. I love getting it and we do a lot of business with your advertisers. I know that their marketing money is limited, so I make sure to mention that I saw them in Souvenirs, Gifts & Novelties magazine. Win-Win-Win. Everybody’s happy!”
      – 
      Steve Fegley, Director of Retail Operations, the Science Museum of Minnesota

    • “The March/April 2017 issue just arrived and it really made our day! Thank you for featuring the LA Maritime Museum’s Sea Chest Gift Shop. The article was very well-written, and our assistant buyer is thrilled to see her photo included!”
       – 
      Marifrances Trivelli,
      director and store buyer,  Los Angeles Maritime Museum,  San Pedro, Calif.