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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.

Tips to Kick of 2017!

Are you looking for some ideas on maintaining or even generating foot traffic? Or maybe you just need a refresher on some advice that will keep your store growing and expanding. Then check out “10 Retail Experts Share Their #1 Tip for Marketing and Growing Your Store” by Humayun Khan of Shopify.com.

Click here to read the full article and find 10 takeaways from some of the most renowned names in retail, marketing and branding.

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.

 

Note: Original article can be found here

OneCoast Vendor Highlights for Spring and Summer 2017

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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….

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

Merriment

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.

 

Kaleidoscope

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.

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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

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