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Hungering For Handmade

Deanna Fainelli, a former photojournalist, now focuses on creating mixed media art via urban flavored fine art.

Consumers are paying attention to where and how products are made

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In Good Spirits

A unique wine assortment awaits customers at Cannery Wine and Spirits in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. (Courtesy photo)

Merchandising Wine, Spirits and Accessories

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Best-Sellers in Portland, Oregon

Big Pink and downtown Portland, Oregon with Mount Hood in the distance. (Courtesy of

PDX Has it All

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Editor’s Letter: Passionate about retail

Editor Julie McCallum

As business owners, we work hard to survive, but when you have a passion for what you do, that is when you truly thrive.

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Games Showcase — Playful Pieces

Canoe Domino Set from GSI Outdoors

For family game night or anytime, promote these wholesome activities that look as fun as they play!

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Baby Showcase — Sweet Softness

L.E. Phants Plush from Aurora World

Beguiling looks, touch-me textures and adorable icons characterize the freshest market offerings.

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Artisanal Showcase — Made By Hand

Cuff Bracelets made with Vintage Kimonos from Textile Gems

Artisanal Showcase, Summer 2015 The touch and individual perspective of the maker is evident here, offering a fresh and welcome alternative to mass-produced offerings. For more information on any of these products, visit our Product Information Page.

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Trending Up — Summer 2015

1950s Style Toaster from SMEG

GIFT SHOP Editor-In-Chief Julie McCallum shares her favorites across all gift categories.

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Showroom Showcase: National Stationery Show

Kids Gardening Gifts from Wild and Wolf

Products seen at the 2015 National Stationery Show in New York.

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Show Pieces: Tabletop trends, summer 2015

Indigo Group from Annie Glass

Make any spot in your store that much more special with these carefully and lovingly crafted items

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Welcome Home: Monica Potter Home strives to make guests feel comfortable

Monica Potter at her store Monica Potter Home near Cleveland. Photo: Monica Potter Home

Meeting Monica Potter at her store is like seeing an old friend. A friend who has been busy creating her own line of handcrafted home and beauty products.

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Glory Haus’ Pickles with a Purpose born from 9-year-old’s desire to aid homeless man

The Pickles With a Purpose display at the Glory Haus showroom at AmericasMart in Atlanta during the International Gift and Home Furnishings Market in July. Photo: Zeke Jennings

Glory Haus sells a lot of products, but food typically isn’t among them. The Marietta, Georgia-based company made an exception for a very special reason, one that involves a 9-year-old boy’s quest to provide a homeless man a house. Pickles with a Purpose stemmed from an encounter Luke Holm, then 7 years old, had with […]

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Expert Christi Tasker makes sense of social media landscape during AmericasMart

Christi Taker of PuTTin' Out speaks about social media at the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market on Thursday, July 9, 2015. Photo: Zeke Jennings

Trying to stay up on social media can lead to social unrest for small to medium business owners. That’s why there are experts on the subject, such as Christi Tasker.

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Green Retailer Showcase, Spring 2015


Our Green Retailer spring showcase features eco-friendly products.

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Old and New Treasures

Kymberley Fraser, owner of A Beautiful Mess Home. (Photo by Pollon Photography)

A Beautiful Mess Home in Malibu creates an inspired atmosphere

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Gift Retail News & Press

July 29th, 2015
International Home + Housewares Show exhibitors to be featured on ‘The Big Pitch’

Several exhibitors from the 2015 International Home + Housewares Show are being featured on “The Big Pitch,” a new TV program from Kevin ... Continue Reading »

July 29th, 2015
Dallas Market Center announces ARTS Awards nominating committee

Dallas Market Center and ART, the creative home furnishings network, has announced the members of the ARTS Awards Nominating Committee, a group ... Continue Reading »

July 28th, 2015
LIMA breaks down $241.5 billion licensing industry

Analysis reveals growth in e-commerce, significant increase in products predominantly purchased and distributed digitally, and Expected Surge in ... Continue Reading »

July 27th, 2015
Ohio Wholesale launches new website

As phase one of a multiphase technology project, Ohio Wholesale Inc. launched a new website ( on July 23, 2015. The website ... Continue Reading »

July 27th, 2015
NY NOW expecting record-breaking number of exhibitors for upcoming summer show

Record-breaking interest from new and returning companies is fueling momentum for a blockbuster summer 2015 edition of NY NOW, the Market for ... Continue Reading »

July 24th, 2015
Classy Art announces partnership with Mossy Oak Nativ Living

Through strategic partners with brands such as Crown Mark and Duck Commander Home, Classy Art has managed to find its way to be a leading ... Continue Reading »

July 21st, 2015
Gourmet retailers will have education opportunities at Las Vegas Market

An impressive lineup of gourmet industry leaders will share retail success stories, in-depth shopper insights, trends and analysis at the Summer ... Continue Reading »

July 15th, 2015
AmericasMart honors outstanding visual display showrooms at July market

AmericasMart’s semi-annual Visual Display Awards celebrated outstanding visual merchandising at the Atlanta International Gift and Home ... Continue Reading »

July 14th, 2015
Dallas Market Center debuts new website

The Dallas Market Center has launched a revamped website at The new site enhances user experience and efficiency ... Continue Reading »

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On the Rocks

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National Stationery Show has something for everyone

Three-day buyer-focused series to complement market experience... Continue Reading »

Dressed Up Tresses

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Traditionally Trendy

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Getting Social: Influence purchase decisions with viral content

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