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Montana Artistic Impressions (M.A.I.) Celebrates 25 Years

Montana Artistic Impressions (M.A.I.) has been producing and selling handcrafted fine porcelain products for theme parks, zoos, aquariums and souvenir shops and gift stores across the country for 25 years. M.A.I. is constantly introducing new products and programs that appeal to every age group.

“When I started this company in 1989 I not only wanted to make a living for my own family, but also offer jobs in our community,” said owner Kip Zsupnik. “We try to think of products that people will like to give or receive as a souvenir to cherish for a lifetime. We are constantly asked ’What is the difference in your programs from others?’ There are many key differences.”

Montana Artistic Impressions produces keepsakes and souvenirs that last a lifetime. All of the porcelain and glass is kiln-fired and is guaranteed not to fade or scratch.

Secondly you do not lose any sales. Since the company kiln-fires all of its glass and porcelain, they can create any name on the products. “On our displays we offer a custom name card, which is purchased by the customer at the store, and our artists handpaint the product, kiln-fire it, assemble the souvenir, and mail it to their residence. We assemble 90 percent of our programs, and most qualify as Made in the USA,” he said.

These product points produce a higher profit per square foot for retailers!

M.A.I. would personally like to thank all of their customers for their loyalty and support. “We owe everything we have to our customer base,” Zsupnik said. “They are the reason we have thrived for 25 years.”

G54 Design Apparel Celebrates 60 Years

G54 Design Apparel is celebrating its 60th year serving this great nation with high-quality, innovative souvenirs, headwear and apparel. The company started by selling scenic and comic postcards in the Intermountain West. The diverse landscape of the area was the perfect place to build the business and showcase the abundance of National Parks and monuments, along with the other beautiful scenery throughout the region. What began as a small distribution firm, Great Mountain West/G54 Design Apparel, has now grown into a full-service, nationally recognized, award-winning, design, publish and print company.

G54 offers a complete package for all of your apparel, headwear and souvenir product needs. From start to finish, the company offers creative design, publishing services, screen-printing, embroidery, digital printing, private labeling, product finishing, warehousing and distribution. Since its beginnings, G54 has built a reputation for quality, selection, creativity and service.

The company looks forward to its up and coming fall trade show lineup. Starting in August, it will be at the Denver Mart in its permanent showroom, Room: 2132. The company will also attend the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift show in September in booths 548-555. And, for the first time, the company is pleased to announce G54 will be participating at the SURF show in September in booth 2372. In November, it has changed venues and will now be participating in the Smoky Mountain Gift Show in booth 3519 in Gatlinburg. G54 will be introducing its new 2015 apparel, headwear and souvenir programs with designs and garments for the whole family.

No matter what part of the country you’re in, G54 has the right designs and products for you. Do you need custom creative work done? The company’s in-house graphic team is second to none. Stop in and see us, or better yet, give us a call or drop us an email to schedule an appointment at 480-292-6226, Let G54’s experience work for you.

Kerusso Named Official Licensed Products Partner for LEFT BEHIND – The Movie

Kerusso, a leading Christian apparel, jewelry and gifts supplier, has been named as the official licensed products partner for a highly anticipated movie coming to theaters October 3. LEFT BEHIND – The Movie features an all-star cast, including Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thomson, Nicky Whelan and Jordin Sparks.

LEFT BEHIND is an action-packed thriller based on the “New York Times” best-selling novel by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. With more than 65 million copies sold, it is one of the best-selling fiction series of all time. LEFT BEHIND brings the Biblical Rapture to modern life as the world struggles to find its way.

Kerusso, in partnership with Stoney Lake Entertainment (SLE), debuts three new T-shirts, two stainless steel travel tumblers, an embroidered cap and silicone wristbands, each building on a theme of LEFT BEHIND - The End Begins: Are you ready?

“We’re very pleased to have Kerusso partnering with us to share the message of LEFT BEHIND,” said SLE’s Vice President of Marketing David Heimbecker. “Stoney Lake Entertainment is committed to bringing big budget faith-themed films to a wider audience.” Learn more and view the movie trailer at

“Kerusso is excited for the book series to come to life on the big screen in a big budget way, allowing millions to experience the message. Designing products that embody the meaning of the movie is an honor because it aligns so well with our mission: Proclaiming the Good News to the World, through products about Jesus,” said Kerusso Founder and President Vic Kennett.

Kerusso was founded in 1987 by Vic Kennett. Over the past 27 years, Kerusso has become the leading producer of Christian‐themed apparel, jewelry and accessories. Kerusso products can be found in more than 100 countries around the globe.

InScribe Offers Instant Personalization

InScribe, a leader in the personalized gift/souvenir industry, now offers InScribe’s Paparté line for on-site printing.

“What makes Paparté different is that it’s printed in store on blank product - so you always have every name and you never get stuck with names that don’t sell,” said Joe Sieber, the company’s president.

With InScribe’s Paparté line, retailers can instantly print gifts like tumblers, flip flops and iPhone cases with any name, initial or monogram. Better yet, because it’s printed on blank stock, it allows retailers to maintain low inventory, which saves them space and money.

Paparté is making a splash in many of America’s tourist destinations, resorts and attractions. Retailers like Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas, Clark’s Trading Post in Lincoln, N.H., and the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Mich., are finding great success with Paparté in their gift shops.

“We print Paparté for our customers all day long!” said Robin Miller of Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee, Fla.

Buyers for souvenir shops and tourist attractions love how quick, easy and fun it is to print personalized souvenirs. For more information, call 800-346-3461 or visit

Shoe Device Solves the Problem of Struggling with Buckles

The problem of buckling shoes is solved with the Just Hook It! device from Wear the Beach.

Thanks to Just Hook It! from Wear the Beach, your customers no longer have to struggle to buckle their shoes. Most everyone has experienced struggling and twisting during attempts to buckle shoes and sandals.

Just Hook It! is made of clear, durable Lucite that will not damage shoes and sandals. It is so comfortable that your customers will not even know that it is on, and it does not alter the look of the shoe.

Your customers can take it on and off any shoe, or buy Just Hook It! for all of their shoes so they can “Hook It” and “Book It.” Made for women by women.

(For more information call 631-328-4000, visit

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