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Trade Show News - March 2006


Spring Gift & Home Furnishings Market Sunday, March 19-Tuesday March 21, 2006

3/17/06 - The Spring show promises several special events. The Spring Gift & Home Furnishings Market at the L.A. Mart will be held Sunday through Tuesday. Special events include a Christmas Trend Preview, Opening Day reception and a variety of prize drawings and contests. For more information or to register call 800-LAMART4.

NALED Announces Plans for its Annual Awards Celebration

3/17/06 - NALED Announces Plans for its Annual Awards Celebration On July 21, NALED will be honoring the best of the best in the industry for 2005. This year's event will be held at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza in Chicago during the Chicago Gift and Home Furnishings Show. Request for entries will be soon going out to all industry vendors and retailers will receive their voting ballots in May. The event will also be celebrating and honoring the Bradford Exchange for their many years of excellent service to the gift and collectible world. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of NALED. For more information, call 800/HI-NALED.

2006 Ireland Show

3/13/06 - In late April every year for the past nine years, in Secaucus, New Jersey, the Ireland Show has been the showcase for the very best in Celtic Giftware. On April 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th , 2006, the 10th Ireland Show will take place. On six floors in The Embasssy Suites Hotel, almost 200 exhibitors will display their wares: Jewelry, knitwear, ceramics, glassware, metalwork, fashion, food products, heraldic goods and giftware.

San Francisco Giftcenter & Jewelrymart Renovation - Expansions and Renewed Leases

3/13/06 - The San Francisco Giftcenter & Jewelrymart will undergo a major renovation giving the art deco building a new look. With the announcement of renovation plans for the Giftcenter & Jewelrymart set to take place later this year, some tenants have been inspired to expand and remodel their showrooms and others have made long term commitments with northern California's largest gift and jewelry market center by renewing their leases.

JANY hosts 100th Summer Show

3/13/06 - JA New York will celebrate its 100-year anniversary when some 1,900 exhibitors and more than 13,000 buyers and trade professionals convene July 30-Aug. 2 for the JANY Summer Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.

Featuring numerous special sections, the event includes the Inner Circle Collection Showcase, Platinum Collection, Place Vendome, Antique & Estate Jewelry Pavilion, Diamond Way, New Product Gallery, Bench Jewelers Marketplace, AGTA Colored Stone Section, Watch Village, Gift Gallery, the Diamond Dealers Club and New Designer Gallery, as well as the popular Couture and IJDG Design collections, where the newest designs from the industry's most elite names are presented.

Experts from all aspects of the jewelry industry will lead the popular Jewelers of America educational programs throughout the show. The event also promises to host exhibitors from around the world, including: Hong Kong, Italy, Thailand, Turkey, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, Spain, Israel, India, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Cyprus, Singapore, Poland, Korea, Mexico, Ukraine, Russia and more.

"The JA New York Summer Show is the perfect outlet for retailers to get started on shopping for the upcoming holiday season," says JA New York Show Director Drew Lawsky. "The Summer Show is a great venue to view complete collections in one location. Buyers arrive confident they will find exactly what they are looking for at the show." To exhibit, call Drew Lawsky: (646) 654-4983. Attendees can register by calling (800) 650-1591 or (972) 349-5953.

The California Market Center Names New Director of Leasing for Gift and Home

3/13/06 - John Kim, General Manager of the California Market Center announced that Jon Weiglin would be immediately taking over the helm as the new Director of Leasing for Gift and Home. Weiglin joins the CMC with more than 24 years experience in the gift and home industry. Weiglin’s duties will consist of leasing and property management of the gift and home side. Most notably, Weiglin worked as President and COO of LA Mart from 1991 - 2001. Weiglin’s career within the gift and home industry started with the consumer stationary company PPC. Weiglin also worked as Director of Sales and Marketing for AMC tradeshows.

New Home for the July 2006 Philadelphia Gift Show

3/13/06 - The Philadelphia Gift Show, set for July 23-26, will relocate to the new Greater Reading Expo Center in Reading, PA. The new site offers more than 350,000 square feet of exhibit space on one level, accommodating over 1,400 booths. There are also more than 4,000 on-site parking spaces available. "We are pleased to have found such an ideal facility in a strategic eastern Pennsylvania location," said Doug Miller, president of Urban Expositions.

In conjunction with the July Philadelphia Gift Show, Urban Expositions will launch the new Birdwatch America Philadelphia section. The new section will showcase a full range of birding and nature products, and join the Handcrafted section, which debuted in 2005.

International Home & Housewares Show

3/13/06 - Increased buyer attendance, celebrity chefs and new products are the story lines at this year's International Home & Housewares Show, in its second day. Initial estimates are that U.S. buyer attendance was up almost 8 percent while international buyer attendance increased 4 percent for the first day, according to Perry Reynolds, the International Housewares Association's vice president marketing and trade development.

Reynolds said much of the increase in buyers can be attributed to a growing number of independent specialty retailers attending the show. Reynolds added that a record number of new products were submitted and are being exhibited at the show's product showcase. Meanwhile notable television chefs Emeril Lagasse, Mario Batali and Art Smith demonstrated and touted new products.

New Chicago Gift & Home Market Dates Announced for 2007

3/13/06 - Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. has announced new dates for the 2007 Chicago Gift & Home Markets, which will be held Friday through Thursday, Jan. 19 to 25, and temporary exhibitors from Sunday through Wednesday, Jan. 21 to 24.

The July 2007 Chicago Gift & Home Market will be held Friday through Thursday, July 20 to 26, with temporary exhibitors running from Sunday through Wednesday, July 22 to 25. The Chicago Market said the slightly later dates for 2007 would give retailers more of a break after the busy holiday season.

The changes were made after extensive research within the industry. The new schedule reflects a "subtle, but strategic shift in timing for greater convenience and increased value to attendees and exhibitors," said Craig Dooley, MMPI's vice president of marketing for gift and home."ŇWe are continually focused on enhancing the value of the Chicago Gift & Home Market for our customers," said Joan Ulrich, senior vice president, MMPI. "By making this subtle change in our market dates, we are able to strengthen Chicago's position and offerings to our attendees, exhibitors and showrooms."

The July 2006 Chicago Gift & Home Market will be held July 19-26, Wednesday through Wednesday, with temporary exhibitors from July 22-25, Saturday through Tuesday.

Las Vegas Market announces Phase Two tenants, will add gifts in July- Will open in Jan. '07

3/07/06 - The Las Vegas Market is continuing its aggressive pursuit of the home furnishings business, announcing Monday it intends to launch a dedicated gift section in July and releasing the tenant list for its second building slated to open in January 2007. The gift venue will make its home in the market temporaries in the Las Vegas Convention Center. World Market Center officials said the segment will comprise about 100,000 square feet of exhibit space.

"It has always been our plan to create the most diversified home furnishings market in the U.S., and we believe integrating the gift segment will allow us to continue this evolution," said Jack Kashani, co-managing partner of the WMC.

The gift companies will be in a dedicated area of the convention center, apart from the core show. Shawn Samson, Kashani's co-managing partner, said the idea behind the move was to expose buyers to products not seen at other furniture shows. "This segment represents new customers that we're bringing to Las Vegas Market, buyers that our exhibitors may not see at traditional furniture markets," Samson said.

The Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers Expo New York

3/06/06 - The largest trade show in the United States devoted to jewelry manufacturing. This year's edition of the show will be held March 12-14 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. The show will feature more than 350 exhibitors along with educational seminars and an opening day cocktail party.

The educational program will include the "At the Bench Live" demonstrations and the introduction of "Thinking Ahead: The CAD/CAM Experience," a presentation of the MJSA/AJM Innovation Initiative, and a "Designer Day" full-day conference in collaboration with the Jeweler's Resource Bureau on March 11, a day prior to the beginning of the show.

Highlights of the program include:

* "Bench Tips and Tricks for the Platinumsmith," by Jurgen J. Maerz, March 12.

* "Selling Yourself and Your Company," by Duvall O'Steen and Shaye Strager of the World Gold Council, March 13.

* "What's Hot? 2006 & Beyond," by Lisa Bruno of Accessor-eyes LLC, March 13.

MJSA members attend Expo New York FREE of charge. The charge for non-MJSA members is $10 when registering at the show. Advanced Registration for both MJSA members and non-members is free.

Seattle Gift Center Offering Educational Seminars at March Market

3/06/06 - The Seattle Gift Center announced it will offer buyers complimentary educational seminars during its Super Monday and Tuesday buying event on March 27 and 28, 2006. The seminars will feature "The Internet Marketing Guy" Jim Rosemary and the Executive Director of Pantone Color Institute Leatrice Eiseman.

On Monday, March 27, Jim Rosemary's seminar will highlight how to build and increase knowledge of "back door" marketing and sales and how to avoid many costly mistakes as companies move and expand their e-business efforts. With 25 years of technology and marketing experience, Rosemary has trained some of the world's largest corporations including Boeing, Sony, Microsoft and AT&T.

On Tuesday, March 28, Leatrice Eiseman will present "Color Trends: What's in Store for the Future." An international color guru and executive director or Pantone Color Institute, Eiseman has authored five books on color and has been named one of the top 50 style makers. Eiseman has helped many companies make the best choice for product development, brand imaging, logos and identification and any other applications critical to the success of the product.

The Super Monday and Tuesday event at The Seattle Gift Center will take place on March 27 and 28, 2006 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will offer buyers tens of thousands of product SKUs. Many showrooms will be offering special discounts, deals on shipping or free products with orders. Free parking and a complimentary continental breakfast will be provided.

Las Vegas lures S.F. Mart's Furniture Market Clientele / Mart's bid for gift buyers miffs Gift Center

Las Vegas' new World Market Center for furniture wholesalers hit San Francisco so hard and fast that the Market Street furniture market, once a destination showcase of West Coast design, lost half its tenants in a year.

San Francisco Mart General Manager Roseann Carini plans to revitalize the venerable 1937 Art Deco building at 1355 Market St., and the other players are not entirely pleased - particularly with "Gifts on Six," a new strategy setting aside the building's sixth floor for knickknacks, wall items, pet products, stationery and more. Problem is, San Francisco already has a Gift Center in the Design District, as well as a huge biannual trade fair at the Moscone Center that has until now been cooperative with the SF Mart.

"There was a similar situation in L.A. and it ended up in a kind of mini-war among buildings," said Mike Dean, president of Western Exhibitors Inc., which runs the Gift Fair. "We're bound by our agreement with the Gift Center not to promote a competing building. As long as it was furniture, I thought it was in the interest of our buyers to cooperate with the SF Mart. But now they're trying to get tenants from the Gift Center."

Carini said the focus of Gifts on Six will be on "offering lines and showrooms not currently available on the West Coast in a permanent venue."

This month, she had piggybacked the dates for the SF Mart's annual Winter Market onto the front of Dean's Gift Fair dates, and partnered with the fair on shuttles and badges for attendees, some of whom had come from Las Vegas. The trade-only Winter Market used to be a must-see event for big and small furniture retailers all over the country. But as of last year Vegas stole the show with summer and winter markets at its World Market Center, now about 2.3 million square feet year-round with plans for 12 million square feet.

--Susan Fornoff / SF Chronicle

eBay Community to Gather in Las Vegas for 5th Annual eBay Live! Conference

eBay's fifth annual community conference, eBay Live!, will take place in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center June 13-15. The three-day event is expected to bring together more than 10,000 eBay buyers and sellers from around the world. The conference is open to everyone 18 and over.

The cost to attend is $50, which includes classes, parties and Keynote speeches throughout the three day event. Starting April 16, registration will cost $60; from May 16, registration will be $70. Childcare and Teen Camp will be available each day to attendees under 18 years old. Register online at On-site registration will also be available beginning June 13 at the convention center.

Northeast Market Center Spring Fling

The Northeast Market Center in Billerica, MA, will hold its Spring Fling Market, Sunday, March 12 through Tuesday, March 14. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. all days. More than 5,000 lines will be represented including many new for 2006. There will be show specials, a $10 gas rebate card, a complimentary seminar, and discounted hotels for attendees. For more information call 978-670-6363

Show Date Changes for Western New York and Pittsburgh

Show management has announced the following change of dates for the Western New York Gift Show and the Pittsburgh Gift Show. The new dates are:

Western New York Gift Show - July 30 - August 2 - The Dome Center , Rochester, NY 14467 Pittsburgh Gift Show - August 26 - 29 - Pittsburgh ExpoMart, Monroeville, PA 15146 For more information, call 585-254-2580.

EXTRACTS To Move To More Luxurious Venue

EXTRACTS: New discoveries in beauty and wellness will further enhance its luxury atmosphere by relocating from New York City's Penn Plaza Pavilion to the Metropolitan Pavilion, beginning in August. In line with this, EXTRACTS will shift from a Saturday through Tuesday date pattern, to a Sunday through Wednesday format, to run August 13-16. EXTRACTS will be co-located with the New York Home Textiles Show, and held concurrently with the New York International Gift Fair. The Metropolitan PavilionLocated in the heart of Chelsea on 18th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Cape Cod Gift Show

March 19-20 The Cape Cod Gift Show will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday March 19th, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday March 20th. Children are always welcome as long as they are supervised at all times. This is a casual, family oriented show and that means the whole family is welcome. Make this a day out on the Cape for everyone. 239-495-7344

Market Square to be Held at the Fort Washington Expo Center, June 10-13

While the Fort Washington Expo Center has been sold, Market Square shows will go on at Fort Washington in June this year regardless of the sale. The schedule is as follows:

Early Opening for the Gallery of American Craftsmen, Saturday, June 10, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and continuing on Sunday and Monday, June 11 and 12 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Early Opening for The Jewelry & Accessories Section, Sunday and Monday, June 11 and 12 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Tuesday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Market Square Order Writing Show, Sunday and Monday, June 11 and 12 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Tuesday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

And, as in past years, the Buyer Cash & Carry Wholesale Mart will be at the Valley Forge Convention Center, beginning Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, June 11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New ICFF Studio - ICFF and Bernhardt Design Call for Entries - Deadline March 15th

George Little Management LLC (GLM), producer and manager of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), announces the launch of ICFF Studio, a juried addition to the annual design event scheduled this year for Saturday, May 20 -Tuesday, May 23 at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Conceived as a way to help young and promising designers with prototypes connect with the ICFF's manufacturer attendees as well as the media, the competitive program is a joint venture with Bernhardt Design that promises to make the ICFF a venue for emerging talents.

GLM and Bernhardt Design are issuing an open call for entries with a deadline of March 15th. ICFF Studio invites submissions from designers working on any and all the product categories exhibited at the ICFF: furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, and kitchen and bath. Selected designers win a spot to display their prototypes at ICFF Studio, a group area with individual booths on the exhibition floor.

Winners will be announced April 3rd. Submissions must include a completed entry form; photo prints of up to three product prototypes for possible exhibition at the ICFF; and, supporting information including a biography. Visit for entry form.

Urban Expositions to Launch New Miami Beach Gift Show August 26-29 at Miami Beach Convention Center

Responding to changing business conditions at the Miami International Merchandise Mart/Sheraton Center, Urban Expositions announced plans to relocate and revamp the former Miami Gift Show, which had been held at that site for the past eight years. Renamed the Miami Beach Gift Show, the new semi-annual exhibition will expand and move to the Miami Beach Convention Center beginning with the August 26-29 edition.

Atlanta Spring Gift, Home Furnishings & Holiday Market

Discover the newest styles for next season - together in showrooms and temporaries at AmericasMart Atlanta and the Atlanta Spring Gift, Home Furnishings & Holiday Market.

March 19 - 21: The market will feature general gift, tabletop and fine gifts, home accents, holiday/floral product, garden, indoor/outdoor furnishings, gourmet, jewelry, fashion accessories, apparel and more.

International Pen Association trade fair in conjunction with the National Stationery Show

The International Pen Association (IPA) will sponsor its annual trade fair on May 21-24, in conjunction with the National Stationery Show.

The National Stationery Show, North America's leading trade show for the social stationery industry, presents 1,400 exhibitors and attracts some 14,000 retailers, distributors, importers and exporters from all over the world. The IPA's Pen Pavilion, promises to be one of the highlights of the show. Fine writing instruments will assume a high profile, with approximately 40 pen brands and manufacturers present. The IPA will host a Champagne Cocktail Party Sunday, March 20, 6-8 p.m., at the Javits Center.

No Toying with New York Venue

New York City will remain the place to see the latest and greatest in the toy industry as the Toy Industry Association's board of directors reaffirmed its decision to keep both the American International Fall Toy Show and the American International Toy Fair in New York City now and in the foreseeable future.

The Fall Toy Show (slated for October 20 to 23) will take place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and will have closed exhibit space. Additionally, there will be private showrooms in the Toy District and other locations. The 2007 Toy Fair will take place February 11 to 14.

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