New Product Highlights for Fall-Winter 2018

Established in 1998, About Face Designs™ has come to be known as an industry leader in lifestyle products.  In 2015 the company initiated a creative strategy that would transition our product line to a more functional, fashion oriented and trendy offering over a three-year period.  At the same time, we committed to maintaining our core mission statement of offering high quality products at an outstanding value with excellent customer service.

Over the past 3 years, and in line with our new creative strategy, there has been a significant shift from smaller décor items to functional product and fashion accessories including barware, baby items, pet product, women’s accessories, men’s gifts and much more. Constantly evolving and changing with market trends the company introduces hundreds of fresh, new designs annually.

 More excitement is in store for the second half of 2018 as we expand our successful product lines with many new categories including yoga mats, baby snack containers, dog collars, gym bags, shower caddies, acrylic picture frames and much more!  And mid-year 2018 promises to be the best new product launch ever for About Face Designs as we further build on our past success!

Summer is the time of year when so many cherished memories are made!  We often reminisce of days on the front porch listening to the crickets chirp & watching the lightening bugs twinkle against the night sky!  Long, glorious days at the lake or family vacations at the beach are always close to our hearts and bring a smile to our face.  We absolutely love this time of year at Beachcombers and it is wonderful memories just like these that inspired our new Home and Gift designs.  We’ve taken current trends, polished them with coastal charm and refreshed our bestselling collections!  Our goal for Summer 2018 is to offer newness that enhances our current assortment, allowing customers to build upon their favorite Beachcombers collections.  We know that merchandising is key and fabulous new pieces to an already favorite collection are hard to pass up!

We have worked hard to deliver the complete, coastal lifestyle assortment and we hope it floats your boat as much as it does ours!  We love going the extra mile with unique finishes and intricate details to make our product unique to BCL!  We often refer to our designs as functional works of art!  Listed below are just a few of the trends we can’t wait for you to see!

  • Wall art and handcrafted baskets accented with bamboo trim and burnished metal in the Artisan Isles collection.
  • Bold accent pieces in warm, bright colors such as our pineapple fruit basket and enameled tropical bird frames in Caribbean Gala.
  • Colorful kitchen accents in Vitamin Sea, Flamingo in Paradise and Sea La Vie.  Brunch and cocktail hour has never looked so good!
  • Editorial and awesome gift ideas in Act Like a Lady and Trinkets & Treasures that are sure to make you smile.
  • Whimsical loungewear with matching travel blankets in Summer Dreams provide comfort and style.

Also, near and dear to our hearts this Summer is our Coastal Blessings collections.   We think you will love the inspirational messages paired with soft earth tones and touches of shell. Delicate handwork adds a layer of uniqueness to this collection unlike any wall art in the market.  The neutral color pallet fits beautifully into any home and makes the perfect gift.

Lastly, we are super excited about our new Gift items and decorative packaging that we designed right here in sunny, south Florida!  What better way to pass along the gift of sweet Summer memories and to bring your happy place home?  We can’t wait to see everyone at the shows!  We are busy here in Ft. Myers working on a killer Souvenir and Novelty assortment that will be introduced at regional shows in the Fall!  Just like Home Décor and Gift, we are hyper focused on delivering the perfect assortment.  We are updating some of the classic favorites that put BCL on the map as well as introducing fresh new designs exclusive to us!

Cozy Moments

Melt into soft surroundings of pure bliss as calming ginger grass and spicy nutmeg settle into a cradle of cinnamon leaf and clove. Creamy layers of honeyed caramel and maple sweetly bind the fragrance in snuggly warmth. Available in small jar candle, large jar candle, votive candle, reed diffuser, scented sachet, scented wax bar, and home fragrance oil.


Weekend Getaway

Adventure calls and the great outdoors await to lure the senses on an open air escape. Herbal bay leaf and freshly-harvested pine deliver an uplifting opener of earthy splendor, while intriguing trails of spicy clove bud and Siberian fir root the fragrance in woodsy wonder. Available in small jar candle, large jar candle, votive candle, reed diffuser, scented sachet, scented wax bar, and home fragrance oil.


Holiday Collection

This season adds an extra dose of merriment to the Holiday Collection with three new product additions. The Auto Vent Clip, Reed Diffuser, and Votive Candle join the collection’s existing Holiday Jar Candle, Room Spray, Sachet, Home Fragrance Oil, Boxed Votive, and Wax Bar for more ways than ever to enjoy Bridgewater’s festive fragrances.

Go merry and bright with our festively designed Holiday Collection. Shimmering antique mercury glass with a hobnail texture makes a stunning vessel to house the perfect holiday trio of Christmas Bliss, Cup of Cheer, and Tree Trek. This collection pops with cheer-worthy appeal. Each fragrance is set apart with custom patterns specific to their fragrance.


Sweet Grace Collection

Our well-received Sweet Grace Collection is growing sweeter each season and with three new candle styles, this one is no exception. Paying tribute to its best-selling fragrance, the Sweet Grace Collection blends the warm comforts of a proven fragrance with décor-focused vessels for a winning combination. Each Sweet Grace Collection container is a part of our Light a Candle • Feed a Child™ program.

This season our personal care product offerings are growing by one. Joining our lavish hand cream, triple milled bar soap, and silky liquid soap is the much anticipated Sweet Grace Laundry Detergent. Safe and effective for washable fabrics, our formula is designed to sanitize while providing long-lasting scent to clothing and linens. Approved for machine washing, hand washing, and HE washers, this detergent contains no bleach, phosphates, enzymes, or dyes. It is cruelty free and not tested on animals.


X&O Celebrations: The trend of witty quotes paired with bold designs of nature continues to grow in the market place. CRG lovers will be sure to see this trend on our new selection of acrylic glassware this summer. Fun witty quotes, designs of cactus, the sloth and various colorful fruits saturate the patterns on our X&O Celebration collection of tumblers, stemmed and stemless wine glasses.

New Baby Gifts: Now introducing two new baby book releases featuring our first inspirational collection, Little Blessing, and Safari, a Dwell Baby unisex book collection. Our baby line this summer also includes new and fun baby impulse selections and must haves such as: baby bottle bibs, baby wipe travel pouch, and closet dividers.

Tween stationery: Glitter and Unicorns continue to be the top Tween trends for girls from 9 to 14.  As a result, CR Gibson is excited to launch the Tween Stationery collection. This is a collection of trendy and colorful interactive journals featuring shimmering glitter and mazes.

Outdoor Bright’s: Just in time for the summer and camping season, CR Gibson brings you a new Explorer’s Club collection, with bright and bold colors and patterns that clash brilliantly to create a vibrant rhythm. This collection introduces really unique outdoor accessories such as silicone cups, LED lanterns, roasting sticks etc., to add fun and adventure to any outdoor event.


DEMDACO strives to lift the spirit in everything we do and it starts with our people.  Our product team has been developing some of the most inspired products we’ve ever brought to market.  Our categories include: home & entertaining, baby, fashion, holiday, the great outdoors (Big Sky Carvers), and Willow Tree.  We have increased our focus on hand-of-the-artist and ensured that each product we bring to market is made by hand.

In 2018, we are excited to introduce the Sharon Nowlan Collection in our home category.  We have been able to make fine artisan reproductions of her pebble wall art and the product fits in any home.  In entertaining our customers are experiencing the tremendous success of the Kitchen Boa.  The Kitchen Boa has surpassed expectations and we have so many more to introduce to the market.  Baby & Fashion introduced the Giving Collections with included the Giving Bear and the Giving Shawl.  We have received numerous letters speaking to how the Giving Collection has touched consumers’ lives.   We will continue offering new products within our Giving theme and hope it continues to make a positive impact.

In the summer we’ll introduce the Comfort Collection in Fashion.  A soft lounge apparel collection that will be perfect for stores focused on respite themes.  This is so important when a person needs a bit of relaxation in their everyday life.  Our baby category will offer our Mommy & Me Collection which enhances the bonds between mother and child.  As we go into the second half of 2018, DEMDACO will expand our Destinations business by offering more skus, more variety, and more customization options.  The successful Destinations line has allowed customers more choice for localized products and custom options in a wide variety of our product formats.

We are looking forward to introducing these new collections to our consumers and customers.  This has been a banner year for product at DEMDACO and we are just getting started.


Hello Fall

Willowbrook ushers in the arrival of a new season with three new fragrance designs that celebrate nature’s bounty, thankfulness and heartwarming whimsy.  Notes of warm spice and vanilla are interwoven throughout the formulations to leave a lasting impression of feel-good sentiment. Family-owned and operated, we pride ourselves on decades of experience in creating exceptional fragrances that are formulated in-house by our team of fragrance experts. Fresh Scents scented sachets are made in the USA and are truly a work of art, featuring original designs created by our in-house artists.


Fresh, crisp and simply delightful, the fragrance captures a bountiful harvest of orchard apples bursting with sweetened juices and leafy greens. Cinnamon sprigs and smooth vanilla join in the mix to add a dollop of cozy warmth.


Rich and warm with notes reminiscent of home sweet home, this fragrance is a reflection of pure gratitude. Orange citrus accords embrace with a convivial spirit, while a hearty blend of cinnamon and clove radiates trails of savory satisfaction.


Equal parts merry and bright, Penguins effortlessly layers the hallmarks of the holidays in fragrance form through a cheery blend of sugared pear, cinnamon spice and creamy vanilla.


Painted Poppy

An inundation of vibrancy abounds in Painted Poppy’s attention-demanding aesthetic. Just as a bold red lip delivers an air of womanly confidence, Painted Poppy fiercely fuses mandarin and violet leaves with spirited freesia and red poppy.  A punchy duo of musk and amber passionately seals the fragrance in remarkable fashion. All encapsulated in a frenzy of electrifying colorations, Painted Poppy is destined to leave its mark on the home fragrance front.

Signature Scents in a Snap

Classic geometric detailing and a glossy white finish create a timeless look that is compatible with any décor. The fan is packaged in a coordinating box with batteries and a Classic Linen Fragrance Pod. The diffuser works in tandem with Greenleaf’s Fan Diffuser Fragrance Pods. After inserting the fragrance pod at the base of the diffuser, a simple press of a button will deliver immediate fragrance into the atmosphere. Once the button is pushed, it takes two to three minutes to fill a 200 square feet room. The fan will continue to release fragrance for 20 minutes. The diffuser will automatically stop operating at the end of the 20 minute cycle. For more fragrance, simply press the button again. One fragrance pod will last up to 25 hours.

Holiday Gift Giving

For 40 years, Greenleaf has delivered gifts suited for every holiday celebration. From sweet stocking stuffers, like our Signature Sachets and Auto Vent Clips, to beautifully packaged gifts like our New! Holiday Flower Diffuser and Signature Tin. Greenleaf finds joy in creating the perfect holiday gift.


Jane Marie started as a charm company and has grown to a large line offering various styles that cater to all women and their own unique styles.  Staying up to date on the current trends without straying from our vintage flair using mixed metals and texture, natural stones, wooden beads, leather, fringe and tassels.

The Jane Marie line offers jewelry for both women and girls, t-shirts for adults, girls, boys, and onesies for babies.  The line is expanding to include sweatshirts for women and Pajamas for all ages.  Look for Christmas pajamas for the entire family and everyday patterns for children.


Mud Pie welcomes the fall and holiday seasons with on-trend pieces fit for special occasions or every day celebrations, Fall and Holiday 2018 is Mud Pie’s most expansive collection yet, with affordable baby & kid’s apparel and collectibles; well-rounded women’s fashion and accessories; and exclusive seasonal home décor and entertaining pieces.

Mud Pie Kids Festive celebrations are near with Mud Pie’s Fall & Holiday 2018 Kid’s Collection, featuring timeless classics, holiday favorites and new, exciting collections. With designs ranging from traditional to whimsical in both holiday and everyday, the fall line is filled with adorable apparel sets and more gender neutral concepts than ever before, all created with that unique Mud Pie touch. For holiday celebrations, it’s buffalo check and plaid, vintage Santa sweaters, tassels and fringe and pajama sets. For everyday, it’s hand-drawn characters, stripes, vintage floral, pom-poms and beautiful nursery décor. Mud Pie has added new collections such as Season to Sparkle, Fall Mermaid and Artic Sea, along with multiple gender neutral collections including Alpine, Camo Christmas, Counting Sheep and Bundle Me Up. The best-selling classic layette collection expands into Christmas, featuring knotted details and 100% fine cotton. Throughout the collections, you will find quality fabrics like Pointelle, plush velour, luxe chenille and velvet. As always, there are original Mud Pie prints and brand new piece types, including sentiment crawlers and three and four piece sets. With sizes ranging from newborn to 5T, every piece was created with celebrations in mind.

Looking to support the March of Dimes? Mud Pie continues its signature partnership with the March of Dimes to help raise money through the sale of baby socks and soft headbands. Through this alliance, Mud Pie has contributed $650,000 to the March of Dimes and has committed an additional $150,000 through the end of 2018.


Mud Pie Home for Fall and Holiday 2018, Mud Pie introduces a sophisticated and versatile line with pieces that turn holiday gatherings into true celebrations. The season’s trendy home collections include fabulous florals, luminaries, festive tableware, pillows and throws, ornaments, stockings, wreaths and serve ware, designed with quality textures, appliques and hand-painted details.  Washed canvas, concrete, Spanish glass, rusted red vanishes, woven wool, layered textures, soft plaid and metallic metals are just a few of the in vogue finishes for the season.  This fall, Mud Pie introduces a vintage Christmas Tree Farm collection and a new ceramic line –On Dasher On Dancer. , and expands customer-favorite collections like Gather and Circa. Look for new piece types this year including a Halloween candy bucket, directional signs, fireplace baskets, resin antler sitters, garlands and more. From coffee table to bookshelf and bedroom to kitchen, the Fall 2018 Home collection brings more décor and gifts than ever before.

Gifts that give back? Mud Pie continues its partnership with the American Cancer Society, committing to a $100,000 donation in 2018 to fund wigs for cancer patients. Proceeds from Mud Pie’s Paz-itive Thoughts collection of inspirational gifts aims to increase awareness of the American Cancer Society’s Tender Loving Care® (TLC) program, which funds gift certificates to help underserved cancer patients purchase wigs.


Mud Pie Fashion Fall Fashion 2018 is inspired by the fashionistas and stylish mommas who believe in effortless, on-trend pieces that they can feel confident, yet flirty in during fall activities and holiday celebrations. Versatile and bold accurately describe the 2018 Fall Fashion Collection, which features both closet staples and statement pieces. Think sweater dresses and turtlenecks for winery tours, faux leather pants and skirts for date night, elegant dresses for holiday parties, and tailored tops for work and raw hem denim leggings for cabin weekends.   With vogue details and exclusive Mud Pie prints, the line is a one-stop shop for day to night and holiday looks. The apparel details include fringe accents, ruffles, reversible ponchos, and bold pops of color, such as yellow, oversized knits, bell sleeves and trendy prints, such as vintage floral. The collection introduces Mud Pie’s first ever trench-style jacket.

Mud Pie introduces brand new additions in bags and accessories, with more options than ever before. Fall 2018 welcomes a new tote bag, canteen crossbody bags and gym sentiment totes. Accessories round-out the collection with statement earrings, layered necklaces, felted winter hats, chic gloves and oversized scarves.  Fall 2018 fashion is the most fabulous line to date with inspiring outfits for every activity and ageless layering pieces for all shoppers.

Pallet Coasters

Crafted to resemble a miniature shipping pallet, these coasters are a fun twist on a common houseware. Pallet coasters feature inspirational sentiments paired with complementary distressing and design. Made from soft natural pine, coasters are safe to place on countertops and tables.

Pallet Décor

Large and impactful, these hand-assembled pallet signs are constructed from natural pine slats and overlaid with weathered backgrounds and inspirational sentiments. Small slats are added to the front for authenticity and depth. Great for displaying above a headboard, doorway, or couch; includes sawtooth hangers for all application.

Jute Hanging Décor

Constructed from a single pine slat, each of these signs features uplifting sentiments and sayings paired with weathered, farmhouse-inspired designs. Jute string is attached to the back, creating signage that can easily be hung from knobs, handles, and hooks throughout the home.

Small Signs

Short and stout, these little signs are filled with sentiments ranging from silly and fun, to encouraging and motivational. Each block combines a rustic backdrop with colorful embellishments consisting of greenery, florals, and icons. Perfect for office desks, bedroom nightstands, or kitchen countertops.

Breadboard Mini Signs

A perfect complement to any kitchen décor, these faux mini breadboards replicate the look and feel of a traditional cutting board. Each includes an inspirational sentiment overlaid a distressed, weathered background. Signs feature a jute string-laced handle for authenticity and optional hanging.


At Studio M, we marry innovative design with beautiful artwork to create remarkable products. We strive to bring you the best designs in the industry and are always creating something new. This season, we’re introducing two brand-new seasonal décor lines, Seasonalities and Wings of Whimsy Angel Ornaments.

Seasonalities by Laura Benge

Seasonalities is a whimsical collection of hand-made wooden characters designed to bring warmth and personality to mantels, tablescapes, and more for the fall and winter seasons. Each piece is infused with character and represents something special about the holiday or occasion. Seasonalities has an inviting style that will surely make the collection a holiday favorite.

Wings of Whimsy Angel Ornaments by Laura Benge

This brand-new collection of Angel Ornaments is an extension of the popular line of Garden Angels that was released in January. Each Angel Ornament holds something special in her hands that is symbolic of a virtue or inspirational message. Every piece in the Wings of Whimsy collection is hand-painted and carefully designed to match its hand-carved original. Made of high-quality resin, Angel Ornaments can hang or stand on their own.

New Garden Collections

This season, we’re introducing five new garden collections for fall & winter. Our new fall collections feature rich, bright colors mixed with neutral tones that speak to the modern farmhouse trend. Our winter collections evoke a warm, welcoming, “home for the holidays” theme with both classic and modern elements. Check out all of our new collections at markets this summer to see coordinating Art Poles, flags, Art Planters, and more!


The Aromatic Collection

The clean, classic look of Votivo is offered in meticulously crafted fragrances and six product categories. A culmination of care and commitment to detail is evident in each hand-wrapped candle and pressed seal.

The Black Box Fan Diffuser

The fastest way to fragrance is now as simple as pressing a button with this sleekly designed diffusing device. Votivo fuses speed, efficiency, functionality and ease of use through the lens of its discerning design eye and the end result is instant fragrance gratification for aromatic enthusiasts

The Red Currant Collection

Paying tribute to its most coveted fragrance, Votivo expands its Red Currant Collection with the addition of three new candle designs. The new additions join the collection’s existing 12 designs to offer more ways than ever for Red Currant fanatics to experience the fragrance. The collection merges Votivo’s best-selling fragrance with cutting-edge style to redefine a renowned brand classic. Design elements of gilded finishes run through the collection as well as geometrics and texture. Style interpretations range from rustically raw to polished chic. With numerous design options in the Red Currant Collection repertoire, Votivo invites you to pick your red.

The Holiday Collection

Spend the holidays with Votivo. Featuring four festive fragrance experiences and gorgeous quatrefoil packaging, Votivo’s Holiday Collection delivers a luxurious dose of seasonal spirit. Perfect for gift giving or setting the tone for holiday gatherings.


Woodstock Chimes® are the original musically tuned, high quality windchimes. Created by GRAMMY® Award-winning musician Garry Kvistad, they are tuned to beautiful melodies and scales from around the world. Woodstock Chimes products have been the choice of discerning customers for nearly 40 years. While chimes are the heart of our business, we are also the source for the award-winning Woodstock Music Collection®, with fun and colorful instruments for children of all ages, and the popular Woodstock Rainbow Makers™, stunning crystal suncatchers that do for light what our chimes do for sound™.

Our summer introductions include lots of fun new designs as well as an expansion of existing lines. Here are a few of our favorites:

New Styles:

  • West Side Story Chime™– Created in honor of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, this chime is tuned to the opening notes of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s song “Somewhere” from West Side Story.
  • Wind Fantasy Chime™– Tuned to a traditional Balinese scale, these new chimes feature our popular fantasy charms in their windcatchers. Available in Butterfly, Mermaid and Tree of Life.
  • Sea Glass Chime™ – Handmade in Bali, these Signature Collection newbies feature colorful frosted glass “leaves” that play a gentle song in the breeze.
  • Woodstock Red Jasper Chime™– Add a spot of color to a garden with this beautiful, contemporary chime with its bright red accents.
  • Crystal Radiance Cascade™– A rainbow of crystals cascades down to a silver charm. Initially these will be available in three designs: Flower of Life, Tree of Life and Mermaid.
  • Chimes of Orion™– This new addition to our Encore Collection® features Octave Doubling in a 30” chime.
  • Chimes of Titan™– At 50” long, this new addition to our Encore Collection® falls between the Chimes of Saturn™ and Chimes of Neptune.™

Expanding Current Lines:

  • Woodstock Agate Chime™ – Large– Brown and red versions are joining the current lineup of blue, green and purple.
  • Bells of Paradise™and Heroic Windbell™ – are both available in a new antiqued silver finish.
  • Woodstock Mystic Spiral™ – Jade– features bronze tubes and green wash wood.
  • Woodstock Amethyst Chime™ – Small– a smaller version of our popular Amethyst Chime that is sure to be a big hit.
  • Encore Collection®– adding evergreen versions of the Chimes of Polaris™ and Chimes of the Eclipse™.
  • Crystal Fantasy™– adding a Flower of Life design to the standard size and adding the Mermaid to the large size.
  • Asli Arts® Collection – expanding the selection of medium-sized bamboo chimes with new designs as well as smaller versions of the Half Coconut and Natural Ring Bamboo Chimes.

Meet Our Vendor | Grace Management Group

Meet Our Newest Vendor, Grace Management Group

Meet our newest vendor, Grace Management Group, a family-owned and operated company that specializes in fragrance creation and application and develops products for four distinct brands: Votivo, Bridgewater, Greenleaf and The WillowBrook Company. Read on to learn more about this incredible company and what makes them a leader in the gift industry.


Q: Tell us a little about your company, how long in business, how you got started, etc.

A: Founded in 1975, Greenleaf got its start as a greenhouse, wholesaling plants throughout the southeastern US. In an effort to offset the seasonal nature of the spring bedding plant business, husband and wife team, Bob and Sylvia Caldwell, created their first fragrance product, the original scented envelope sachet. Fast forward several decades and Grace Management Group was formed by the Caldwell family. It since has grown into one of the largest home fragrance manufacturers in the US through brands that include Greenleaf, The WillowBrook Company, Bridgewater Candle Company, and Votivo. Staying true to its roots, Grace Management Group remains family-owned and operated in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Q: What are your product offerings?  What’s unique about your products vs. other fragrance companies?

A: The product lineup vastly ranges from scented candles, sachets, diffusers and home fragrance oils to room sprays, auto vents clips, hand creams and soaps. One differentiating aspect is that Grace Management Group is one of very few companies in the United States with its own in-house perfumery team. While many candle manufacturers opt to work with outside fragrance houses to develop new products, Grace prefers to garner fragrance expertise from within.

Having an in-house fragrance lab allows our brands to monitor the quality of fragrance oils going into the products and the fragrance load. Our in-house fragrance experts also specialize in fragrance application. Each product line and brand undergoes the process of functional fragrance development, a unique specific process by which each fragrance is formulated and then adjusted to function appropriately in various types of products

Q: Where do you get your inspirations and trend direction from for new products?

A: Again, we have an amazing in-house team of talented artists, creatives, forecasters, researchers and developers that monitor the landscape from various industries and compile their findings for strategic integration, growth and new launches.

Q: What do you love most about attending the markets? 

A: At the end of the day, Grace still remains what it was at inception, a family-owned and operated company. That family-oriented spirit permeates our showroom from the warm hospitality and dancing to the sweet homemade chocolate chip cookies that we serve. We treat our customers as a part of that family, and market time is like a reunion to get everyone together. It’s our time to exchange information, learn from one another and continue to grow. It’s also a time of welcoming new members to the family through new account business.

Q: Why do customers love your products?

A: Our decades in business have proven our commitment to quality product and fragrance expertise. We have built a reputable reputation with our customers. They know our lines will set their stores up for success.

Q: What does the future holds for Votivo, Bridgewater, Greenleaf, and Willowbrook?  Maybe a small sneak peek into future product expansions, ideas, etc.

A: Season after season, we continually strive to deliver the best fragrance experiences that stay authentic to each of our brands. We pride ourselves in continuing to research new technologies, improve fragrance application, and focus on product innovation. Stay tuned as we have some revolutionary fragrance application projects in the product pipeline on track to launch soon.




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In-Store Event Guide to Drive Traffic

Hosting in-store events are important for independent retailers. They take planning, dedication, and hard work, but are all worth it in the end. Here is a collection of some of our favorite events that we would like to share with you. Keep this list handy and refer back to it from time-to-time. Whether you opened your doors days ago or have been in business for quite some time, these ideas will help to provide direction for your next event that will undoubtedly drive traffic and sales.


  • Holiday Open House – Let this be your big holiday introduction revel to your customers. Offer specials promotions, giveaways, and treats to create a party like atmosphere. Click here for tips from Paddington Station in Ashland, Oregon on hosting a Holiday event.
  • Tailgate or Sports Event
  • Decorating for the Holidays – Partner with a local interior designer to hold a decorating class for your customers plus provide treats and a giveaway basket.
  • Cause Marketing Event such as March of Dimes, World Autism Day, Breast Cancer Awareness or connect with your own local charity or non-profit organization. Click here for tips on hosting your own Cause Marketing event.


  • Graduation themed Event – “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” With borrowing the theme from an American favorite, Dr. Seuss, post quotes from the book around your store, hang balloons, create a space just for gifts for grads.
  • Blushing Bride Wedding Events
  • Salute to Mom – Mother’s Day Event
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Gardening and/or Miniature Gardening Event – Click here for tips on hosting your own Miniature Gardening Event from Brown Dog Gardens in Alpine, Texas
  • Cinco de Mayo May 5thServe festive treats and offer a special discount or door prize
  • Sidewalk Sale & BBQ Event
  • Spring Fashion Show – Great opportunity to showcase apparel, jewelry and accessories for a particular season.

Great non-seasonal Event Ideas

  • Wish List Event – have your female customers come in to your store before a big holiday like Mother’s Day, Birthdays, or Christmas and ask them to put together a wish list of products they would like. Then consider doing a separate event for just the men while serving beer, nuts, and popcorn and let the men shop for their spouses or significant other from their list.
  • Store Anniversary or Birthday Celebration
  • School Fundraiser Night – Designate a specific day/night when customers can come in and shop. If they mention that specific school, you’ll donate 20% of the net proceeds to the school.
  • Pamper Yourself Day – Invite a local massage therapist to come in for short neck massages. Demo a specific line of new products.
  • Wild & Wacky Wednesdays – Determine your lowest sales/traffic day and do a promotion that will encourage people to come in.
  • Ladies Night & Men’s Night
  • Meet & Greet with Treats – Host an artist, author or creator signing in your store and provide light treats during the events.
  • Jewelry Event – It’s What Girls What
  • Pampered Pet
  • Gourmet Cooking Night – partner up with a local chef to present a cooking demonstration using products from your store.
  • Baby Showers – Sell kids products? Then consider holder baby show events within your store. Invite soon-to-be Moms to come and complete a wish list. The family members and friends of the Mom-to-be could then shop from that list. Serve refreshments and provide a few atmosphere with music and giveaways.
  • Happy Indie Retailer Month – Take the entire month of July and host different specials and events each week. Need more ideas? Click here for suggestions!

Other Helpful Tips to Drive Traffic

  • Cross market with other local merchants whenever possible
  • Send thank you and birthday cards to your customers
  • Keep your social media presence active and attractive
  • Develop a Frequent Shopper Program and host VIP events. For every $100 spent, your customer would receive a free gift or special discount

Quick Checklist for Hosting an Event

  • Pick your theme, date(s) and time of your event.
  • Determine your budget for refreshments, entertainment, marketing/advertising, and additional staff.
  • Develop your marketing plans that includes any advertising, social media, giveaways, contests, and/or print marketing.
  • Decide what you would like to serve regarding food and beverages.
  • Set your expectations with your team and determine if additional staff is needed. Review your sales goals with your team to ensure everyone is on the same page.
  • Take pictures and/or videos during your event and post them on your Facebook page to create buzz and excitement.
  • Analyze your event and make notes on the successes and improvements that you would like to address for your next event.



OneCoast Vendor Highlights for Spring and Summer 2017





We love to Host It and Post It so we are sooo excited to announce the launch of our new “Happily Ever After” wedding and “Brunch ‘over’ boys” collections for Spring 2017.  Both offer a fresh take on stemware, dessert plates, and of course we didn’t forget those gifts with a hint of wit.  Be sure to check out our “So you don’t get cold feet” socks.”


Spring ’17 continues with the additions of our new print and color collections.   We are bringing more of the outside in with our “Think Pink Botanical” collection offering botanical printed dessert plates, trays, and unique pineapple home decor.


Blue please!  This trending color just simply makes us…happy.  That is why we launched a “Double Happiness” printed collection with blue as the leading color.  From trinket dishes, ginger gars, pillows, trays and more.  Every home will just be just…happier.
What would make any party more Pinterest perfect than the perfect home?  We agree, … nothing!  So with that we added and further expanded our Room Décor by adding lamps, pillows, bar carts, room décor objects, and wall artwork.


We are already counting down to Holiday 2017 with the expansion of clever holiday gifts, tabletop, tree trimming solutions, and more. Our “You make me blush” rose gold holiday story features a signature four foot rose gold nutcracker. He will make you say “Rose all Day” and is the perfect sidekick to our rose gold platters, coupe champagne glasses, ornaments and more.


Our “Trim a Tree” with evergreen story features an evergreen branch print that mixes seamlessly with our current plaid stories while adding a touch of newness. New additions in this collection include our new Santa and friend’s cookies trays, gold Mylar balloon style ornaments, dessert plates, platters, and much more.


Oh, and for those of you who loved our donut ornaments, our junk food cravings just got well..…bigger so we added a pizza by the slice ornament boxed set. Hey…WE’RE PIZZA PEOPLE.


It’s life at 8 Oak Lane and it’s still just the beginning….












Established in 1998, About Face Designs™ has come to be known as an industry leader in sentiment gifts and lifestyle products.  Constantly evolving and changing with market trends the company introduces hundreds of fresh, new innovative product categories and designs annually.  Over the past 3 years there has been a significant shift from smaller décor items to functional product and fashion items including drinkware, baby items, women’s accessories, barware and much more.


More excitement is in store for January 2017 as we greatly expand the highly successful product lines including Hello World™, State of Mine™, Say What™ and RECIPease.  New collections under the “Say What” banner include “Over the Hill” which will provide “fun and edgy” gifts for retirement, birthdays and life’s special milestones.  And “Man Stuff” which is a collection of great gift items for dad, grandpa or perfect for any man cave!


Creative and trendy new product categories being introduced in Hello World, State of Mine, Say What and RECIPease include drawstring bags, workout tanks, B-B-Q aprons, oven mitts, bottle openers, laundry bags, toddler tee shirts, compact mirrors and much more.  The January 2017 new introduction promises to be the best product launch ever for About Face Designs as we further build on our past success!












The coast, whether it is along an ocean, a lake, or a river, conjures distinct memories in most people – and like these memories, the coastal trend is forever. This is something we at Beachcombers Coastal Life believe in and embody each day as we work to design fresh coastal designs for our market. We incorporate the beauty and pure joy found on coastal shores with the most up to date trends in gifting, home, and fashion. Our playful bottle openers and wine accessories make great hostess gifts for both men and women, while our water globes take you back to your favorite vacation! Our sentimental glass trays, wall art and decorative boxes are perfect gifts to commemorate life’s special moments!


Coastal means more than just a memory however – here at Beachcombers, coastal is a way of life. Each design brings back a taste of beach side bliss or lakeside leisure. We’ve used an array of elegant finishes and materials, including nature’s most beautiful components such as capiz shell and mango wood to create home accents, wall décor, table top, pillows and throws.


Furthermore, what’s a lifestyle brand without apparel and accessories?  We are thrilled to launch our fashion forward line of conversation starting apparel for Women, Men, and Kids!  Beachcombers Coastal Threads is made of comfortable, stylish fabrics that make packing a piece of cake!  Our clothes are casual enough for sightseeing on vacation but can be dressed up for a candlelit dinner by the water!  Our exclusive prints make our scarves and totes the perfect outfit completer as well as a one of a kind gift!


For a completely coastal lifestyle, Beachcombers has you covered!









Garden Variety: Like a playful stroll through an English garden, here you’ll find a lush carpet of pastel feminine florals in varying scales and styles intertwined with birds, butterflies, and inspects.


Nantucket Nautical: Quench your nautical thirst with a full cargo of delights! Anchoring the look are simple ocean-going graphics and clever conversationals floating in an ocean of blues, turquoise, and green.


Tropical Tango: Balmy breezes won’t cool down this tropical theme! A colorful jungle of exotic wildlife peeks through foliage, fruit, and floral designs. Contrasting with geometric undertones, abstract animal prints, and mid-to-large scale illustrations, it captures the fever pitch of a tropical excursion.


Natural Beauty: A relaxed and soothing exploration of nature geared toward today’s rustic urban living. In a modern twist, this former farm house trend unearths a new fascination with the bringing the outdoors in. Natural woods, flowing branches, and woodland friends are the focus while delicate mixed grasses, elongated stems, and billowing wheat highlight the work in warm and comforting tones of nature.


Pop Star: An electrifying collision of past and present, this trend dances on the scene with roots in pop art, timeless graphics, and bright bold colors! It’s youthful and sporty, using tongue-in-cheek graphics and happy sayings to add verve.











Jane Marie started as a charm company and has grown to a large line offering various styles that cater to all women and their own unique styles.  We stay up to date on the current trends without straying from our vintage flair using mixed metals and texture, natural stones, wooden beads, leather, fringe and tassels.


The Jane Marie line continues to expand adding Kids Jewelry and T-shirts.  The Kids Collection will encompass about 80 SKUs with pops of color and kid-friendly designs and packaging in themes such as cupcakes and sentiments such as a “little sis, big sis,” necklace. The T-shirts offer two collections of 12 styles each.  The bohemian style and the other a comfort style features positive messaging.










DEMDACO appeals to the timeless design interests and relationship-focused character of consumers by introducing artistic and interactive new product collections this season.

  • Functionally innovative and fashionably stylish kitchen and barware accessories make entertaining a memorable experience.
  • Adorable apparel and interactive toys for baby encourage creative playtime and baby-and-me bonding.
  • Sophisticated and stylish fashion collections are thoughtfully designed with the act of gift giving in mind.
  • Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy adventure-inspired products that celebrate their passion for the Great Outdoors.
  • Seaside-inspired home décor proves that coastal living doesn’t require a seaside view, just a love for the lifestyle.
  • And classic holiday trimmings bring a fresh, while timeless, flavor to holiday homes.










This season Mad Style is all about “Curated Consumption”. Curated Consumption is the emerging trend behind magazines morphing into catalogs, it’s behind the new popularity of DJ’s, Restaurant Critics, Opinionated Bloggers and Influencers, Celebrities giving access to their music playlists, their homes, their favorite things and of course – their fashion.


Offering items in an array of seasonal colors is redundant when consumers only need one color – THE RIGHT ONE. This season, we find ourselves focused more on story-telling and discovery. Creating the right LOOKS for a new consumer that invests in things that speak to them emotionally. They value authenticity and self–expression. Fashion and Lifestyle – never sit still. These are indeed interesting times.












Mud Pie is springing into the new 2017 season with beautiful new items for their award-winning collection of unique, affordable gifts. Spring 2017 is full of baby & kid apparel and collectibles; head-to-toe fashion and accessories; and fabulous seasonal décor pieces for home and entertaining.


Mud Pie Kids Spring 2017 is Mud Pie’s most playful line of baby & kids ever with a dreamy assortment of colorful and classic styles, gifts and keepsakes to make for fun in the sun collections. From glitzy or traditional, to glamourous or timeless, the Kid’s line has special touches to make every occasion memorable. For little boys, it’s birthday capes, classic stripes, festive coastal appliques and gingham prints. For little girls, it’s shades of pink, glitter and sequins, ruffles and crowns for dress up. Mud Pie has expanded timeless favorites including Monogram Me, Flamingo and Easter; created charming new groups including Garden Rose and Oopsie Daisy; and added to glam collections like Birthday Princess and Dream in Glitter. As always, there are new original Mud Pie prints, colorful layered appliques, beach collections and new piece types. With sizes that range from infant to 5T, every piece was created with that special Mud Pie flair for another fun-filled season.


Mud Pie Living welcomes a show stopping line for Spring 2017 with gorgeous new collections, and fabulous additions to tried and true favorites. The line is full of gift sets, home accents, tabletop décor, wall art, serve ware and more, all designed with this season’s on-trend textures, color pallets, piece types and themes. The sun-filled season is filled with both trendy and classic offerings for wedding, Lake House, coastal living, Easter, pets and more. As the flowers bloom, Mud Pie brings seasonal flair to your home with new collections including Bungalow and Blue Fish, each of which are unique hand-crafted pieces from Portugal. Spring also brings new additions to best-selling groups like a brunch line in Circa and a wine cooler in Reserve. Look for new piece types this year including throw rugs, shadow boxes and magnetic boards. Visit Mud Pie Living for thoughtful and tasteful gifts for all the special moments of the season.


Gifts that give back? Mud Pie is thrilled to support the American Cancer Society with a $100,000 donation in 2017. Proceeds from Mud Pie’s new Paz▪itive Thoughts collection will help to increase awareness of the American Cancer Society’s Tender Loving Care® (TLC) program and will fund gift certificates to help underserved cancer patients purchase wigs


Mud Pie Fashion Spring 2017 was designed with warm weather activities in mind. Think flirty dresses for a day out on the town, flowy cover-ups for vacation time, off the shoulder pieces for picnics in the park and breezy crochet vests for Sunday brunch. A fresh new collection with thirty eight new silos that make up effortless everyday looks with pieces that transition easily from day to night. Within dresses and separates, you will find scallop and fringe details, flounce hems, jersey fabrics and watercolor prints. Our resort wear for 2017 is full of bright colors and unique tropical prints, perfect for a day on the boat or a beachside dinner. To round out the season, Mud Pie is introducing new additions in bags and accessories with genuine leather totes, clutches and crossbody bags. The Spring 2017 jewelry is full of dazzle, including genuine leather tassels, horn accents and layering necklace sets. Spring fashion is memorable with gorgeous layering combinations and statement pieces for a fun-filled season – all at very attractive price points.












Building on successful design trends for 2017, P. Graham Dunn’s Winter/Spring line-up pairs the natural allure of real wood, with timeless, trend savvy designs. Highlights feature:


Farmhouse Framed Décor, a handcrafted collection, delivers a traditional farmhouse look by combining stained pine frames with simple inspirational typography in whites, blacks, and grays.


Barn Door Pallets resemble old barn doors, feature faux hardware and hinges, and add a unique dimensional element to your walls.


Skid Signs, which are similar to a small shipping pallet, feature loose gaps between the slats and rustic designs creating a piece that is simple, yet refined.


Fun and functional describes our Clothesline Clipboards which pair pine slats with rustic jute and clothespins for displaying your favorite memories, and Homestead Hangers which feature small metal hooks for hanging your favorite mugs, car keys, or even the dog leash.


We’ve also refreshed our line of highly successful pallet art to include several simple and timeless, farmhouse designs.


Farmhouse, rustic, handcrafted and trend savvy, are all elements that can be seen woven throughout our product line for 2017. We take pride in the fact that the majority of our line is hand assembled, designed, and printed in our Dalton, Ohio factory.











At Studio M we are dedicated to creating unique, artful products for the home and garden. Each season, we collaborate with talented artists to bring you and your customers the best designs in the industry. From mini garden items and garden flags to Art Poles and Art Planters, there is something new in every category this season! We are also introducing two brand-new product categories – Art Planks and Art Pavers!


Art Planks & Art Pavers

Create a beautiful garden path with a set of Art Planks, or add a unique accent with an Art Paver. Both are made of durable, weatherproof PVC and are printed with fade-resistant inks, so you can enjoy them for years to come!


Art Poles

This year, we’ve introduced new, round Art Poles to our offering! The round shape creates a seamless canvas, with artwork flowing all the way around the pole. These Art Poles will bring a whole new look to the garden!



Our Merriment collection by Mary Engelbreit has gone overboard! Our brand-new mermaids and many of our other new items like dolphins, coral, and hermit crabs are underwater safe. This opens up a whole new world for mini gardening and will add tons of whimsy and imagination to a fish tank.


Gypsy Garden

Our wildly popular Gypsy Garden collection designed by Genevieve Gail just keeps on growing! With rainbows, unicorns, and lollipops there are tons of magical new items to discover this season. Genevieve’s signature style and use of color and pattern brings a vibrant, exciting twist to mini gardening.



Our line of colorful kinetic sculptures designed by Carol Roeda has been such a huge hit that we’ve decided to introduce mobiles to the collection! The calming movement and bold colors of each new piece in this line makes a beautiful, eye-catching statement.


Flag Collections

This season, we teamed up once again with the industry’s most talented artists to bring you over 45 beautiful new flag collections. Featuring the best art selection and adaptation on the market, our designs are sure to delight your customers from Valentine’s Day to the Fourth of July, and through the dog days of summer.


Garden Collections

With artwork that flows seamlessly across items like Art Planters, flags, and Art Poles, the pieces in each of our Garden Collections complement each other perfectly. Each specially curated collection includes unique products that will coordinate beautifully in your store, as well as in the homes of your customers! Look for new collections by Jennifer Brinley, Susan Winget, and Suzanne Nicoll.


Art Pots

Our six-inch steel Art Pots are hand-turned in India and are printed right here in the USA. We now have over 100 Art Pots with themes for every season and occasion. The wide range of styles makes Art Pots the perfect gift item.


Art Planters

With exciting patterns that will stay vibrant for years, our lightweight, durable Art Planters are the most unique planters on the market. Our collection now includes over 100 Art Planters! Each planter set has a coordinating MatMate for a truly remarkable front door greeting.









Woodstock Chimes® are the original musically tuned, high quality windchimes. Created by GRAMMY® Award-winning musician Garry Kvistad, they are tuned to beautiful melodies and scales from around the world. Woodstock Chimes’ products have been the choice of discerning customers for nearly 40 years. While chimes are the heart of our business, we are also the source for the award-winning Woodstock Music Collection®, with fun and colorful instruments for children of all ages, and the popular Woodstock Rainbow Makers™, stunning crystal suncatchers that do for light what our chimes do for sound.


In January Woodstock Chimes is introducing over 30 new products, including chimes with new tunings, fresh chime designs and lots more. Here are some of our favorites from the January additions:

  • The Woodstock French Romance Chime™tuned to notes from Hymne à L’Amour, a song made famous by Edith Piaf and sung by Celine Dion after the Paris terrorist attacks in 2015.
  • Two Affirmation Chimes, with a word silk-screened on each tube; the Amazing Grace version has the hymn’s lyrics on the tubes and the Virtues version has six affirmations on the tubes (one word per tube).
  • Five Woodstock Agate Chimes, which feature stone windcatchers in one of five colors: Blue, Brown, Green, Red and Purple.
  • Chakra Bellswith colored stone accents.
  • The Woodstock Chime Fantasy™series: sweet, small chimes with silver metal charm windcatchers (or dreamcatchers, if you will).
  • Fantasy Glass – Eagles, including the Liberty eagle with a patriotic red, white and blue color scheme.
  • New colorsof some of our most popular items, including Aloha Chimes, Bells of Paradise™, Woodstock Habitats™ – Rainfall, Moonlight Waves™, and Chimes of Neptune™.
  • New larger sizesof a few popular items, in particular:
    • Heroic Windbell™ – Grand, Antique Copper
    • Woodstock Wedding Chime™ – Grand
    • Woodstock Celebration Stand™ – Large