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.

APPLE PICKIN’

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.

GRATEFUL, THANKFUL, BLESSED

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.

PENGUINS

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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Vendor Highlights for Fall-Winter 2017

We love parties here at 8 Oak Lane and we are incredibly excited to introduce to you   “The Party Is HERE Collection.”  This collection features our exclusive silver Disco Ball Ice Bucket.  Yes…we did say disco ball!   The millennial party centerpiece snatched from the studio 54 era.  Not only is this item the perfect insta-worthy centerpiece for any party, it’s a TRUE conversation starter.   The dual use as an oversized shared cocktail tumbler will have your customers screaming this “Round’s On Me.” Oh, and we didn’t stop there.  The Party Collection also features novelty drink stirrers, bottle stoppers, and more.   All perfect HOST it and POST IT gifts in a fresh silver finish to bring life and light to every party.

Stocking Stuffers Anyone?  Yes, please!  This holiday ’17 season we are expanding our instagram worthy holiday gifts with even more stocking stuffers! We have something for that “hard to buy for” person that is on everyone’s list!

Our must haves include our cozy novelty socks with witty sayings such as “Champagne Please” and “Room Service Please.”  Pair these with our coordinating eye masks and coffee mugs giving your customers a one-stop gifting shop.   BTW….  it’s ok if you buy them for yourself too! Everyone needs pampering, especially at the hectic holidays.  One for you..one for all!

In our “Trim a tree” collection we are introducing our exclusive wooden “Countdown to Christmas” nutcracker.   Our basic 30day countdown blocks have been a FAN favorite so this will be sure to please.   Available in gold and silver, with just a touch of fur, our nutcracker has an heirloom look with a modern twist.

Finally, we are expanding our “Happily Ever After” wedding assortment.  The overwhelming popularity of this collection inspired us to simply add more to love.   New items consist of a “Build Your Own Fortune” cookie bank and “Just Married” cozy socks for the pampered newlywed.

For Shade Critters 2018, we’ve got you covered with even more UPF 50+ sun protection for Spring ’18 with the expansion into activewear and resort wear.   Who’s excited???  Our activewear includes tank tops and active skirts that say let’s hit the courts, the field, or the jungle gym in style.  New resort wear features looks for the littles, tweens, and for MOM.    We just wanted to give your customer more ways to capture those picture perfect moments on vacay, the weekend, and of course, every day!

That’s not all…  You asked and we listened!   We are very excited to announce the introduction of a Mommy and me rash guard collection!   Yep, that’s right.  Your insta-worthy pool and beach pictures just got better while still staying protected from those harmful UVA/UVB rays.  Now the whole family will stay sun safe HOORAY!

But wait…We didn’t stop there…did we mention that we also took a walk on the fun side with the addition of our new accessory and travel must haves?   We are launching novelty eye-masks and cozy socks.  These shade critters giftables are perfect for birthday parties, stocking stuffers, sleepovers and all occasions all year round.

We have saved the best for last!  Our big reveal that will have your customers literally FLIPPING OUT —- our MAGIC Sequins T-shirts and Rashguards.  Just watch the magic as your little one flips the sequins and watches the designs change right before their very eyes.  It is literally hours of fun!

It’s life at 8 Oak Lane and it’s still, yes, 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 designs annually.  Over the past 3 years 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, and much more.

More excitement is in store for summer 2017 as we expand our successful product lines including Hello World™, State of Mine™, Say What™ and RECIPease™.  Line extensions to these collections will be introduced in addition to exciting new product categories including wine stoppers, rock glasses, pet bowls, nail files, silicone baby bibs, license plate holders and much more!

And last, but certainly not least, About Face Designs is thrilled to announce the introduction of a brand-new line called “Our Face™” which is a collection of products focusing on positivity and the empowerment of women and girls. Product categories will include women’s accessories, drinkware, prints, t-shirts, caps, mugs and more, with messages that promote confidence, unity, courage acceptance and self-worth.  Our Face is timely and powerful with products and messages which will encourage women and girls to be proud of who they are as women and people.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like the California coast or the shores of the Mississippi, the gift industry is always shifting and evolving. Those of us at Beachcombers Coastal Life strive to embody this same approach, constantly adapting and creating – to provide a trend constant view into the coastal genre, with a whimsical touch that lends itself to the aspirational coastal lifestyle buried in each one of us. We find inspiration in the water itself, reflecting on the wildlife, calming hues, and wonderful colors that nature lends to the coastal environment. As we aim to constantly expand our Gift, Holiday, and Décor lines, be on the lookout for our upcoming Threads and Kids lines, including apparel, accessories, and swimwear with the same coastal living experience in mind!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From fun and flirty brights to sophisticated blush and metallic tones, we added a dash of our own flair to two popular design schemes.  Mixing in bright colors with trend forward icons and gold tones, our Must Have pieces are the perfect blend of style and fun.  Our new desk accessory pieces take a more sophisticated approach with rose golds and metallics to accent any girl boss’ desk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEMDACO believes every product creates a conversation, every service creates a smile. DEMDACO hopes to participate in the meaningful moments of people’s lives. Our thoughtfully designed, specially crafted products focus on life’s extraordinary—and everyday—moments.

Willow Tree® by Susan Lordi

Willow Tree® by Susan Lordi is DEMDACO’S signature brand of figurative sculpture. Artist Susan Lordi hand carves the original of each figure from her art studio in Kansas City, Missouri. Pieces are cast from her original carvings, and then painted by hand. Since its introduction in 2000, Willow Tree has attracted a loyal following of customers around the world who respond to its simplicity of form, elegant gestures and innovative surface design. These art forms beautifully express universal themes of love, closeness, healing, courage, hope… all the emotions of a life well lived. Willow Tree includes these product formats:

  • Expressive figures and angels
  • Family Groupings: pairing two or more figures to reflect family relationships
  • Four different complete Nativity Collections
  • Figurative Ornaments—small, ornament versions of popular figures and angels
  • Musicals with rotating bases and classical accompaniments
  • Bas-relief Plaques, Memory Boxes, Keepsake Boxes, and Faux Books.
  • Blank Notecard sets featuring popular everyday pieces

 

Home & Entertaining

DEMDACO’s home and entertaining collections celebrate the personal relationships that customers hold dear to their heart. These heartfelt gifts and entertaining accessories help customers personalize their homes and their gatherings, while fostering relationships and make memories. Timeless, sophisticated, on-trend products include:

  • Customizable home décor accents
  • Wall art and frames
  • Giftable sculptures and plaques
  • Entertaining tablewares
  • Multi-functional kitchen tools and accessories
  • Celebration-themed serverware and decorations
  • Outdoor living and garden décor
  • Stationery and desk accessories

 

Holiday

DEMDACO spreads holiday cheer with top-trending designs and updated classic gifts that harmonize with every style. This category includes festive pieces for entertaining and decorating, as well as gifts for starting and treasuring family traditions. Products that celebrate the spirit of the season include:

  • Home décor and wall art
  • Sculpted figurines
  • Entertaining tablewares
  • Kitchen and baking accessories
  • Ornaments
  • Front door decorations

 

Baby

DEMDACO brings joy, love and comfort to the little ones who light up our lives. Irresistible, heirloom-quality toys and keepsakes, plus chic and functional products for Mom, baby and home, help families treasure special moments. Adorable products include:

  • Comforting, keepsake plush
  • Decorative keepsakes, frames, and banks
  • Plush toys, many with sound & motion features
  • Plush blankets, sleeping bags and beanbag chairs
  • Fashionable apparel for little ones
  • Stylish and functional baby bags for Mom
  • Faith-based gifts
  • Life-like plush animals
  • Whimsical pillow cases

 

Fashion

DEMDACO’s on-trend assortment of apparel product lines encourages today’s woman to express her individuality through her personal appearance. Artful scarves, fashionable apparel, and chic jewelry and accessories offer endless fashion possibilities. Artful treasures in this category include:

  • Cozy, giftable shawls
  • Versatile, multi-seasonal wraps
  • Artist-designed scarves
  • Layering, one-size-fits-most apparel designs
  • Unique scarf jewelry
  • Artistic socks for adults and kids
  • Top-quality fashion-forward eyewear
  • Functional and fashionable bags
  • Giftable jewelry

 

The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoor collections celebrate the personal affinity that customers have for nature, western, and lakeside lifestyles. From artistic and sometimes whimsical home furnishings to unique accessories and gifts for men. Authentic and original creative products include:

  • Home décor sculptures and accents
  • Handsome wall art and frames
  • Entertaining tablewares
  • Personal accessories for men
  • Fun character collectibles

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.  Always staying up to date on the current trends and without straying from our vintage flair using mixed metals and texture, natural stones, wooden beads, leather, and tassels.

 

Jane Marie continues to expand both the Hwy 167 and Down Home shirt lines to include long sleeve and Holiday shirts. The Jane Marie Kids will be adding T-Shirts, “Mini Marie” featuring “Big Sister”, “Little Sister”, and Holiday designs.  The Kids Jewelry encompasses kid-friendly designs and will include Holiday Necklaces and Bracelets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What will women and men be wearing come Fall?  The moral of the season just might be that there is no single defining point of view ~ there is diversity in style, silhouette, and color ~ This is what makes fashion great.

Red is the color of Fall 2017; however, Brown is the new black with honorable mentions going to the yellow and Blue family. This season is all about the plaid in a variety of color combinations from pants to shirts and scarves.  Fishnet leggings are all the rage and will be seen paired with dresses, tunics and shirt dresses.  Fur continues to be a hot trend in stoles, wraps and collared scarves.  There is a touch of sparkle for Fall 2017 with sequins being added to everything from tank tops, dresses, scarves and handbags…Speaking of handbags this season is sure to be a smash hit with unique styling in micro bags that are just big enough to fit the necessities, to oversized totes, and backpacks.  In addition, we have interchangeable straps to make an old bag new again, as well as handbags with handles that can be worn in a multitude of ways.

Jewelry for Fall 2017 is an innovative mix and matching a variety of mediums with fusions of materials and colors creating different designs.  There are pearls and Suede, metal and leather combining to make statement necklaces and earrings.  The pieces are artful and bold.  We expect continued success with our Harp string bracelets, and a variety of wide wrap bracelets that are perfect for layering.

Men’s is the top growing category in retail and MAD MAN continues to be the industry leader.  MAD MAN is a top seller and we have expanded to include a “black label” collection of some higher end pieces so we can fit the niche in every store.  We have distressed leather briefcases and backpacks, newly designed leather wallets and money clips.  A spectacular introduction of men’s 100% wool ties, and trendy bow ties all nicely boxed.  New watches in stellar quality, and much, much more.  Fall 2017 should turn out to be a magnificent introduction for MAD MAN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mud Pie is welcoming in the fall and holiday seasons with fabulous, on-trend pieces for their award-winning lines of exclusive, affordable gifts. Fall 2017 is Mud Pie’s most expansive collection yet, with baby & kid apparel and collectibles; well-rounded fashion and accessories; and beautiful seasonal décor pieces for home, tabletop and entertaining.

Mud Pie Kids Fall 2017 is Mud Pie’s most impressive baby & kid’s line to date with a whimsical assortment of holiday wear, and timeless everyday styles. From glitzy or traditional, to glamourous or classic, the fall line is filled with adorable new piece types and more layering concepts than ever before, all created with special touches to make every occasion magical. For holiday style, it’s glitter and sequins, buffalo check, quilted vests, pom-pom accents, waffle weave textures and seasonal formal wear. For everyday wear, it’s embroidered florals, velvet accents, cable knit details, quilted jacquard and check flannel. Mud Pie has expanded timeless favorites including Alpine Village, Dream in Glitter, Monogram Me and Little Buddy; created new groups including Go Wild, Spotted Owl and Glitter All the Way; and added their first ever mix-and-match look book. Throughout this season, you will also see the introduction of a new luxe peached and softened cotton interlock fabric, custom developed to be oh so soft against baby’s skin. As always, there is new original Mud Pie prints and colorful layered appliques. With sizes that range from newborn to 5T, every piece was created with that special Mud Pie flair for another fabulous season.

Mud Pie Living for Fall and Holiday 2017 is full of brand new show stopping collections along with beautiful upgrades to tried and true favorites. The season includes fabulous gift sets, home décor, tabletop must-haves, ornaments, stockings, throws, cutting boards and more, all designed with this season’s on-trend textures, color pallets, piece types and themes. As the leaves turn crisp, Mud Pie brings seasonal accents to your home with new collections including Gather, Noel, Share Some Merry and Gifts for Him, and new additions to best-selling groups like Lodge, Winter Wonderland, Circa, Holiday Bar and Santa Claus Lane. Galvanized tin, woven wool, waffle weave, beaded details, twig, buffalo horn, feathers and gold foil are a few of the on-trend finishes for the season. Look for new piece types this year from aprons and lanterns to dish towels and beer glasses. Visit Mud Pie Living for thoughtful and tasteful gifts for everyone on the list.

Mud Pie Fashion Fall Fashion 2017 is a showcase of outfits for fall weather activities and holiday celebrations. Think quilted vests for apple picking, flirty lace-up tunics for winery tours, faux suede mini-skirts for game day and button-up boyfriend plaid shirts for a cabin weekend. This refreshing collection of new piece types, prints and fabrics transitions from work-to-play and day-to-night. Among separates and dresses, you’ll find faux leather and fringe accents, cowl necks, reversible ponchos, and hand-painted fall florals. Plus, a gorgeous new layering collection, Outerwear, filled with effortless wraps, vests, dusters and ponchos. Mud Pie is introducing brand new additions in bags and accessories, with more options than ever before Fall 2017 welcomes bucket bags, saddle bags and a new travel collection, Jetsetter, that includes luggage tags and a unisex travel pouch. Find accessories to finish the look with felted winter hats, chic gloves and beautiful blanket scarves. The season’s jewelry is full of dazzle, including genuine suede tassels, bull and ox horn accents, layering sets and mix-and-match earrings. Fall 2017 fashion is the most fabulous line to date with inspiring outfits for every activity and ageless layering pieces for all shoppers alike. As always, every piece comes at a very attractive price point.

Gifts that give back? Mud Pie is excited 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 is proud to continue its partnership with the March of Dimes, by donating $5 for every purchase of the exclusive “love” footprint piggy bank, and ten cents for all socks and soft headbands. Since developing a relationship with the March of Dimes in 2013, Mud Pie has donated a total of $512,500 to the cause – one dime at a time. The alliance between the companies has been so well received, that Mud Pie has guaranteed an additional $150,000 donation for 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

P. Graham Dunn’s Summer lineup features a wide variety of carved pieces, as well as some unique shapes and sizes. Showcasing a classic farmhouse style, paired with the exposure of natural pine wood grain, creates a timeless look.

Signature Signs– Modeled after vintage commercial signage from years past, from shape to font, every detail is accentuated. Added distressing, unique text treatments, and detailed embellishments deliver a product that is in every way unique.

Back 40’s- Named after the large acreage often found behind a farmhouse, each of these pieces are sizable, elaborately designed, and carved. With meticulous attention to detail, from distressing the paint, to the grains in the wood, each piece appears as if it’s been weathered for years.

Barrel Tops- These circular signs were created to resemble the lids of old, wooden shipping barrels. Artistic weathered designs and faux slats are applied, then paired with sentiments of encouragement.

Faux Tin & Timber- Imitating the look of galvanized steel, combined with a natural stained pine frame, these signs present a unique blend of raw materials. From the staining of the frame to the placement of the sentiment, each piece is artfully detailed.

Carved, vintage, farmhouse and handcrafted are all aspects that can be seen intertwined throughout our Summer 2017 Introduction. We take pride in the fact that this introduction is entirely designed and produced domestically in our Dalton, Ohio factory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Studio M we are dedicated to creating unique, artful products for the home and garden. From mini garden items and garden flags to Art Poles and Art Planters, we strive to bring you the best designs in the industry. This season, we’re introducing a brand new category – Door Décor!

 

The Lyric Project

This season, we’re launching a very exciting collection of Art Poles. The result of a remarkable collaboration, this exclusive line of Art Poles has been specially designed by artist Stephanie Burgess to incorporate lyrics by Lennon & McCartney. It’s sure to be a hit!

Door Décor

We are thrilled to introduce an entirely new category – Door Décor! Each charming piece was designed to coordinate perfectly with our flags, mats, planters, and more, so it’s easy to create a completed look.

State of the Heart

State-themed products are flying off of shelves across the country! Show some love for your home state – or the state that has your heart – with our new State of the Heart Localization Program. This special collection of garden flags and mats can be personalized with your city or state.

New Garden Collections

This season, we’re introducing two beautiful new garden collections! Celebrate fall with Martha Collins’ Harvest Friends collection, or welcome the autumn season with Colors of Fall by Sally Eckman Roberts.

Support the Blue

We are honored to add a very special design to our Give Back program this season. Proceeds from our new “Support the Blue” garden flag and MailWrap® will benefit The BackStoppers.

Expanded Drop-Ship Program

Want to broaden your offering without all the inventory fuss? Now, all of our mobiles, kinetic sculptures and birding products – including birdhouses, bird baths, and Birdhouse Art Poles™ – are eligible to be drop shipped!

Boutique Fixtures

Don’t forget – we added two new fixtures to our offering last season! Our trendy MatMate fixture makes a beautiful presentation with a small footprint. You’ll also love our planter insert display. It drops into any of our 18” Art Planters for an easy way to display Yard DeSigns BreezeArt garden flags.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 tunings, expansion of existing lines and much more.

 

New Tunings:

  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game Chime™ – Garry is a lifelong Cubs fan and was inspired to create this chime after their World Series win last fall. You can guess what song it’s tuned to!
  • Canada Chime™ is tuned to the opening notes of Canada’s national anthem. Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday this July.
  • Woodstock Clair de Lune Chime™ is the first of its kind, a truly unique look and sound! This double chime plays two notes at a time. It’s tuned to notes from Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy.
  • Simple Gifts Chime™ – in two sizes, tuned to the opening notes of the Shaker song “Simple Gifts.”
  • Woodstock Daybreak Chime™ – tuned to notes from Edvard Grieg’s Morning Mood.

 

Adding to Popular Styles:

  • Woodstock Agate Cascade™ in three colors (red, green, blue) is a single strand of agate slices and colored disks. They blend beautifully with our wildly popular Woodstock Agate Chimes.
  • We have two new members of the Tree of Life family. Both the Woodstock Shimmers™ – Nature, Tree of Life and the Woodstock Flourish Chime™ – Tree of Life incorporate beautiful silver tree designs.

 

Coastal Theme:

  • Aloha Solar Chime™ – Beautiful by day, magical by night, the solar light automatically comes on as the sun goes down. Available in two colors.
  • Our Woodstock Chimes Fantasy™ styles will now include mermaid and dolphin designs.
  • Our Rainbow Makers Collection™ will now include a Crystal Fantasy™ – Mermaid and three new Fantasy Glass™ designs: Dolphin, Coral Fish and Seahorse, which are available separately or in our Fantasy Class Coastal Package.

 

Exciting New Designs:

  • Our Garden Cascade™ – Quintet comes in two flavors, butterflies and flowers.
  • Woodstock Amethyst Chime™ is tuned using the Golden Ratio. Featuring square silver tubes and purple stone accents, it’s a real head-turner.
  • Woodstock Mystic Spiral™ in bronze (amber) and silver (turquoise). These offer a magical, mystical sound and incorporate stone accents in a design that emphasizes their spiral shape.
  • We have a number of new bells, including the Woodstock Dream Bell™ in brush finished brass, the glittering Woodstock Sparkle Bell™ in three colors, and the Woodstock Temple Bells® – Trio, Terra, which features a design that coordinates with our Turquoise Chimes.

 

Asli Arts® Collection:

  • Two new bamboo chimes are being added: the Home Tweet Home Bamboo Chime is topped with a bamboo birdhouse and a cute little red bird, and the Teddy Bear Bamboo Chime has a two-toned coconut teddy bear (of course!) as its top.
  • We have new capiz chimes as well, including the Capiz Cascade™ in four color combinations, the Midnight Capiz Chime with black capiz and black bead accents, and a new Capiz Waterfall – Havana, which reflects the bright colors of Cuba.

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.

Winter/Fall

  • 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.

Spring/Summer

  • 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.