REA Century Award Finalists Announced by Gifts & Dec

Warren Shoulberg
Gifts and Decorative Accesories
6/28/2017

Who will take home the awards on August 20th? The GDA team and a panel of industry veterans have narrowed down the contenders.

Who are the most influential and important people and companies of the past 100 years of the gift industry? We’re about to find out.

Eighteen individuals and companies in the industry are being announced today as the finalists for the first-ever REA Century Awards, in celebration of the Gifts and Decorative Accessories magazine’s 100th anniversary.

The honorees will be announced at the REA Awards Night on Sunday, August 20, in New York City, held during the NY NOW show that week.

The REAs have been the longest running awards program in the gift industry, each year recognizing achievements across the retailing spectrum.

For this 100th celebration, GDA created the REA Century Awards to honor those who have made the greatest contributions in five disciplines in the business: Retailer, Supplier, Sales Representative/Agency, Market Center/Show Organizer and Overall Influencer.

The finalists were selected by a panel of industry members with long tenures in the business, as well as the editors and staff of GDA. More than 150 nominations were submitted, which were finalized to the nominees in each of the five categories.

Retailer REA Century Award:

  • Etsy
  • Orange Tree Imports
  • The Norman Group
  • San Diego Zoo

Supplier REA Century Award:

Sales Rep/Agency REA Century Award:

  • Anne McGilvray
  • Charles Kennedy
  • Ivystone
  • OneCoast

Market Center/Show Organizer REA Century Award:

  • Crow Family of Dallas Market Center
  • Little Family of George Little Management
  • Portman Family of AmericasMart

Industry Influencer REA Century Award:

  • Russ Berrie
  • Randy Eller
  • Eugene Friedman

Also being presented at the REA Century Awards is the annual Gift for Life Achievement Award, which goes to the Beekman Boys.

More information, including how to order tickets for the Awards Dinner, is available at rea.pbmconferences.com.

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Studio M Launches Art Poles with Lyrics by Lennon & McCartney

Studio M debuts The Lyric Project, a line of Art Poles featuring artwork by Stephanie Burgess and lyrics by Lennon & McCartney

ST. LOUIS – Studio M, a leading provider of artful home and garden products, has partnered with artist Stephanie Burgess and Sony/ATV Music Publishing in collaboration with Epic Rights to create The Lyric Project – a new collection of Art Poles decorated with the chart-topping song lyrics of Lennon & McCartney. The line is available now at studio-m.com/LyricProject.

The collection includes Art Poles with lyrics from “Let it Be,” “All You Need is Love,” “Blackbird,” and more. Studio M will also be offering an Art Pole featuring lyrics from the song “Hello, Goodbye” that can be personalized with address numbers.

A Studio M exclusive, Art Poles are decorative posts for the garden. Printed with outdoor-safe inks, the PVC posts are weatherproof and fade-resistant.

The artwork for each Art Pole in
The Lyric Project collection was hand-painted and wood-burned by Stephanie Burgess, an artist from the Pacific Northwest. She uses the texture and imperfections of the wood as part of her composition to achieve her distinctive style.

“Stephanie’s artwork is such a wonderful complement to these songs. She has always been inspired by Lennon & McCartney’s music, which promotes peace and love, and her carefree, joyful style really echoes the themes of their lyrics. She was such a natural fit for this project. We’re hoping to bring a little bit of nostalgia and happiness to the garden with this new collection,” says Anne Brown, Studio M’s Director of Product Development.

Retailers can sign up to learn more about The Lyric Project and other new releases from Studio M at www.studio-m.com/discover.

© 2017 Sony/ATV Music Publishing Under License to Epic Rights

Founded in 1989, Studio M is a provider of home and garden products based in St. Louis. Noted for its superior selection of artwork and high-quality products, the company frequently rates among the top-selling suppliers in numerous gift industry categories. Studio M works with over 100 of the nation’s top licensed artists to develop decorative products such as MailWraps® mailbox covers, BreezeArt® premium flags, MatMates™ interchangeable doormat systems, Yard DeSigns® magnetic yard art, Art Poles™, Art Planters™, Art Pots™, Art Planks™ garden paths, Art Pavers™ garden steps, and Door Décor.

Tips to Kick of 2017!

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Mud Pie Supports American Cancer Society with Paz▪itive Thoughts Collection

Re-blogged with permissions.

mud pieWhen Marcia Miller, Mud Pie’s founder, called on a friend facing a recent cancer diagnosis, their time together took an unexpected turn. “Nobody knows what to say to a person who has just received devastating news,” Karen Paz, single mother of two, shared with Miller. “And they absolutely don’t want to come empty handed!” Pointing to a stack of adult coloring books and jam, they laughed about the lack of creative and tasteful gift options in the marketplace designed for just such situations. An idea was brewing. Then the conversation turned to hair.

“A bad hair day is better than a no hair day,” Karen joked as she relayed the challenges of losing hers and getting insurance to cover the cost of a wig. And with that, the still simmering idea began to take shape.

In a matter of days, a collection of encouraging, inspirational and motivational gifts – Paz▪itive Thoughts (a play on Karen’s last name)- emerged. The American Cancer Society came on board to help facilitate wig distribution to patients in need. It would be a small answer to the question of “what to say or give in a difficult situation” while helping to provide comfort and assistance to cancer patients facing hair loss.

Mud Pie is supporting this program with a $100,000 donation to The American Cancer Society in honor of Karen Paz and in memory of Miller’s dear friend Debbie Sonenshine, who was lost to breast cancer in 2004.

Proceeds from Mud Pie’s Paz▪itive Thoughts initiative 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. TLC allows patients to shop for affordable wigs in the privacy of their own homes. Mud Pie gift vouchers will be distributed by ACS patient navigators who guide cancer patients to reliable information, resources and services that help them eliminate non-medical hurdles that prevent them from getting the care that they need. The pilot program launches in 2017 in select hospitals and cancer centers across the nation.

 

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