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AmericasMart Atlanta® ushers in the second half of the 2014 buying year with new and expanded showrooms across the Marketplace.

AmericasMart Atlanta® ushers in the second half of the 2014 buying year with new and expanded showrooms across the Marketplace. A sampling of the new and expanded showrooms includes: Alfresco Home; Butler Group Gifts; Camille Beckman and many others.

ASD Las Vegas

The ASD Show will once again welcome the nation’s only conference dedicated entirely to independent retailers, the Independent Retailer Conference, to their August 3-6, 2014 show held in Las Vegas.

“The Independent Retailer Conference made their trade show debut at the March 2014 ASD Show, and we are looking forward to them returning to our August show. They are a fantastic addition to our show benefits, offering attendees strong retail education through hands on, retail expert engagement as well as they will deliver over 50 educational presentations,“ ASD Vice President of Marketing Camille Candella stated.

The Independent Retailer Conference is the nation’s only retail conference dedicated entirely to the unique lifestyle and responsibilities of independent store owners. The producers of ASD Trade Shows recently announced they are set to launch a new regional sales opportunity, IMPULSE at NYNOW, staging at Pier 94 in New York, NY from August 16-20, 2014.

IMPULSE at NYNOW is a wholesale merchandise event to expand relationships for vendors specializing in on-trend specialty gift, affordable footwear and fashion accessories, travel/leisure products, and health and beauty items.

New York Now

An expanded schedule of educational seminars – beginning with pre-show exhibitor webinar training and continuing with four days of on-site programming – will be offered at the summer 2014 edition of Artisan Resource®, Saturday, August 16, through Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94 in New York City.  Artisan Resource is a first-of-its-kind market offering U.S.-based volume importers, direct import retailers, wholesalers and designers the opportunity to meet with international artisanal producers from around the world.

More than 100 home and lifestyle products, representing four key 2014-2015 design trends, have been accepted into the “Open House“ exhibit, which returns to the summer edition of NY NOW®, the Market for Home+ Lifestyle (formerly NYIGF®), August 16-20, 2014, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The third edition of Open House is presented cooperatively by NY NOW and media partner Progressive Business Media, publishers of Gifts and Decorative Accessories, Home Accents Today and Home & Textiles Today – and color, trend and e-commerce partner One Kings Lane.

A sizeable group of 25 cross-category home and lifestyle designers have been accepted into Accent on Design® for the summer 2014 edition of NY NOW™, the Market for Home + Lifestyle. Accent on Design’s juried collection of nearly 200 contemporary and innovative product suppliers—presented on Level 3 of New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center —runs Sunday, August 17, through Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

Gift for Life/ The National Stationery Show

Gift for Life, the gift, stationery and home decor industries’ leading charitable organization, announced recently that the Gift For Life/National Stationery Show team has raised more than $24,000 for men, women and families who are living with HIV/AIDS.  The team is just shy of its $25,000 goal, and donations were being accepted through June 13 at

These funds, along with a generous matching grant of $5,000 from DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) will bring the team’s total funds raised for AIDS Walk NY to more than $30,000.  At the start of the walk, the Gift for Life/National Stationery Show was ranked 16th among the event’s overall top fundraising teams.

In other Gift for Life news, it has been announced that the Seattle Sample Sale raised $23,000 for Gift for Life. The 17th Holiday Sample Sale took place in December and January and featured products from the Pacific Market Center in Seattle. Since 1992, the sale has raised more than $300,000 for Gift for Life.

Urban Expositions

The September 17-20, 2014 Las Vegas Souvenirs & Resort Gift Show is rapidly approaching sold out status, and industry leaders are slated to headline the roster.

As of early July, the show was already 94 percent sold out, with nearly 1,200 booths confirmed. The 2014 edition of the show will bring together its largest collection to date of top-name lines and new products. Returning to the Las Vegas Convention Center with a new Wednesday- Saturday date pattern, the national show for the souvenir industry will showcase the latest introductions from the biggest names in the business, including:  

Ace USA (Polar Graphics)
American Gift Co.
Charles Products
Cool Jewels
Dorfman Pacific
Duck Co.
EMI Exist
Focus On Souvenir
Jacobson Hat Co., Inc.
Jenkins Ent.
Kathy Ireland
Lantern Press
Lazy One
Monterrey Imports
MVP Sports Perrin
Rhode Island
Safari Ltd
Smith Novelty
Smith Western
Stephen Joseph
Tank Screen Designs

During the course of the show, buyers can explore the latest product innovations from these companies and countless others in a wide range of categories, including destination, resort and tourist merchandise, souvenirs, green products, T-shirts, beach items, coastal and nautical, lake, mountain and lodge, ski-themed products, logo products, shell items, giftware, jewelry/fashion accessories, toys/games and more. 

Responding to ongoing demand from its retail audience for USA-made resources, Urban Expositions has concentrated sales efforts in this area to bring together a solid representation of domestically sourced and manufactured products from companies, including: 

Button Girl
Lisa Ann
Lucas Hill 
Precious Few on Earth
Queen of My Heart.
SJT Enterprises   
Wood You Tell Me

To see the most up-to-date listing of exhibiting companies and lines, visit

“The show’s soon-to-be sold out status, combined with the positive feedback  we continue to receive from key retail decision-makers in every category of the souvenir and resort gift market, reinforces the Las Vegas Souvenir and Resort Gift Show’s position as the  premier meeting and business marketplace for the industry,“ said Doug Miller, president, Urban Expositions.  “We will continue to stay in close contact with our vendor and buyer customers to make sure we are bringing the industry’ s best possible combination of products together under one roof for optimum business growth opportunities.“

In addition to its growing product selection, the September 2014 edition will also bring together a full roster of networking and educational opportunities, including:  

“Creating Your Identity- Branding Through Product Development“ 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Speaker: Karen Tryman, director of retail for DNC/Yellowstone General Stores, member of Board of Directors, NARB

  “Turning Art Trends into Custom Product“

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Speaker: Diana Borcz, director of licensing and merchandising, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

  NEW! Urban Retail Marketing Bootcamp series debuts at September Show 

 Join SnapRetail and Urban Expositions for this exclusive series of educational seminars just for Las Vegas Souvenir and Resort Gift Show attendees and learn how to use the latest social media and email marketing techniques to grow store sales and engage customers Programs include:

  Wednesday, September 17, 2014, “Your Perfect Social Media Fit,“ 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, “The Power of Pinterest for Business,“ 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Friday, September 19, 2014, “The Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Email Design,“ 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

In addition, SnapRetail will also host a Customer Forum from 11 a.m.- noon on Friday, September 19.

  Living Legends Social: Join us after the show closes on Wednesday evening, September 17, as the Living Legends Association honors Matt Tobin, president of Boston Souvenirs and former president of the SWDA, with the Golden Lily Award. The Living Legends Association seeks to honor those whose contributions have helped the souvenir industry take shape.  Its membership is comprised of souvenir reps, wholesalers, manufacturers and designers.  Working together, members strive to improve and better the industry while keeping it vital and having fun along the way.  

Show Hours:

Wednesday - Friday, September 17 – 19, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday, September 20, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  


Las Vegas Convention Center, Halls N2, N3 and N4, 3150 Paradise Road Las Vegas, NV 89109  

 Exhibitor/Attendee Information

For exhibitor information, contact Lisa Glosson, Urban Expositions, 1690 Roberts Blvd, NW, Suite 111, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Phone - 678.285.3976, fax - 678.285.7469, email:  For show information or to pre-register, attendees contact Briana Mackey or call 800.318.2238 or visit

Urban Expositions is the largest gift, airport and souvenir trade show organizer in the United States, hosting a total of 34 shows each.  In January of 1996, Urban Expositions launched the semi-annual Philadelphia Gift Show, which has become one of the largest and most successful regional gift events in the nation. Since then, the company has continued to grow through acquisitions and new show development. Based in Kennesaw, Ga., Urban Expositions offers a complete roster of trade show management services, including exhibit sales and marketing, operations, exhibitor/attendee promotions and services, media relations, seminar and event coordination, database development and management.  For more information, visit or call 800-318-2238.                    

Urban Expositions

Offering retailers from the Florida Panhandle to New Orleans an opportunity to get a jump on their spring/summer 2015 resort buying, the Gulf Coast Gift Show is on the move in Panama City Beach, Fla. Shifting to a Wednesday - Friday opening pattern, the show is also returning to its former location at the Boardwalk Beach Resort for the October 22-24, 2014 edition.

Previously held at the Edgewater Beach Resort Conference Center, the move to the Boardwalk Beach Resort markets a return to its roots for the Gulf Coast Gift Show. As the show’s former location for many years, the Boardwalk Beach Resort puts exhibitors and attendees at the heart of everything Panama City Beach has to offer, including restaurants, beachfront, entertainment venues and more. As a result, retailers will have the chance to explore the best mix of projects, in a convenient, relaxed and cost-effective environment.

Among the highlights:

New Date Pattern: For 2014, the show moves from a Saturday – Monday format to a Wednesday - Friday schedule.

Customized Show Selection Reflects Buying Interests of Florida Panhandle & Gulf Coast: Show attendees can see the best selection of resort and tourist merchandise so close to home, including: souvenirs, beach items, resort wear, T-shirts, general giftware, logo products, fashion accessories, shell items, coastal and nautical themed products, toys and games and much more. Among the leading industry vendors who have already secured booth space in the show include: American Gift Corp., Barry Owen Company, Beach Club Promotions, Blair Cedar and Novelty Works, Bobby Merritt and Associates, City Paper Company, Duck Company, Gift Depot, Goldfarb-Fischer Novelty, J.D. Yeatts & Sons, Koppes Kandles, The Mountain, Noveltex, Rhode Island Novelty/Adventure Planet/MistCo, and Swim Suit Station.

Buy More. Spend Less. Stay Local. Urban Expositions has negotiated discounted hotel and condo rates at the Boardwalk Beach Resort in Panama City Beach for added attendee convenience. Retailers can take advantage of these low rates by calling the Boardwalk Beach Resort at 800.224.4853, press 1 for Reservations.  Please mention that you are making a group reservation for Gulf Coast Gift Show at Panama City 2014 | Book ID #7026. 

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