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Archive for 2018

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December 21, 2018 No Comments

Candles, Scented and Bath and Body Merchandise  When Small Flames Can Ignite Big Sales – Selling More Candles at Gift Stores, Wineries, Boutiques and Candle Stores   Many retailers have discovered that candles are great add-on purchases and well worth the shelf space.  Bonus Sidebar: Are Candle Sales Heating Up, Cooling Down or Staying Stagnant? […]

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How to Grow Gift and Toy  Sales at Baby Stores

How to Grow Gift and Toy Sales at Baby Stores

December 21, 2018 No Comments

By Karen Appold Now that the holidays are over, foot traffic at your store has probably slowed down. And Mother Nature certainly isn’t helping, with her chilly temperatures, snow and ice. So how can you warm up your sales in the dead of winter? One way to boost sales is to stock toys and gifts […]

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Name-Dropping 101<br>  The Best Logoed Merchandise at Zoos and Aquariums

Name-Dropping 101
The Best Logoed Merchandise at Zoos and Aquariums

December 21, 2018 No Comments

By Natalie Hope McDonald At the Philadelphia Zoo, the oldest-operating zoo in the U.S., Store Director Jerry Kelly said merchandise that displays the zoo name or that’s somehow tied to local culture always sells well in Philly season after season.  These days, Kelly said the zoo’s gift shop has stocked up on many different types […]

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College and Sports Fan Retail Report <br> Giving a Big Cheer for Sports Fan Apparel  and Fashion Accessories

College and Sports Fan Retail Report
Giving a Big Cheer for Sports Fan Apparel and Fashion Accessories

December 21, 2018 No Comments

Go team! And hooray for school spirit! When it comes to college and sports fan store sales of licensed apparel and fashion accessories – including hats, scarves and socks – top-selling merchandise is varied and exciting.  At the University of Oregon Duck Store in Eugene, Ore., Chief Merchandising Officer Brian Wright said T-shirts are hands-down […]

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Selling More Jewelry and Gifts at Jewelry Stores and Boutiques

Selling More Jewelry and Gifts at Jewelry Stores and Boutiques

December 21, 2018 No Comments

All that glitters is not gold, as the saying goes, but the following jewelry stores and boutiques beg to differ! From New Hampshire down to North Carolina, with a stop in West Virginia and a side trip over to South Dakota, four establishments graciously identified some of their top-selling jewelry and gift items and shared […]

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2019: A Time for Change and Optimism

2019: A Time for Change and Optimism

December 21, 2018 No Comments

A New Year brings new optimism for creating your best business possible. One way to accomplish your goals is to seek out new connections and products at trade shows. Members of the SGN team will be attending many of the shows in January, and we hope to see you there.  For the first issue of […]

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SJT Enterprises to Add Space and Hire More Workers

December 21, 2018 No Comments

SJT Enterprises, a 33-year-old consumer products company, has signed a new 10-year lease that will add about 50 percent more space to its production facility. “We’ve been growing and in need of additional space and that will finally happen in January,” said SJT President Tim Smith. “This will give us more space to add additional […]

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AC&F Corporation Hires Designer Trieste Cordova as Chief Creative Officer

December 21, 2018 No Comments

Trieste Cordova, a product designer and master painter of reverse hand-painted glass, has joined AC&F Corporation as their chief creative officer and lead designer of their two gift brands, Inner Beauty™ and Bent Brush Art™. Cordova brings more than 15 years of experience in the gift industry as well as her specialized skill and knowledge […]

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The Miami Asia America Wholesale Trade Show

December 21, 2018 No Comments

A record number of wholesale buyers of general merchandise, apparel and accessories, beauty, consumer electronics and cellular and so many other products attended the Miami Asia America Wholesale Trade Show from Florida, Central and South America and the Caribbean.  The show, which next takes place September 15-17, 2019, is a great opportunity to increase new […]

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International Gift Exposition in the Smokies 2018 Announces Growth in Exhibitors and Orders

December 21, 2018 No Comments

The 2018 International Gift Exposition in the Smokies (IGES) reported an increase in exhibiting suppliers, along with a reported increase in buyer orders at its annual gift show, Nov. 3 – Nov. 7, 2018, at the Sevierville Convention Center in Sevierville, Tenn., and the Pigeon Forge LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. More than 550 […]

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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.

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