CHICAGO (April 5, 2010) – This July, The Chicago Market: Living and Giving® has already sold 80% of its temporary exhibit space, which is well ahead of schedule for its July Market. This past January, 44% of the temporaries were new to The Chicago Market and most of these exhibitors are taking advantage of the momentum and joining the July Market.
Of the exhibitors the July Chicago Market has booked to date, an incredible 25% of them are new to the show, making good on the promise to provide more new, on trend and comprehensive resources for attendees for July.
I never have enough time (or audacity) to try out new hairstyles. So I am pretty much stuck to one-length bobs until my hair grows long enough to merit a trim. It’s simple, it’s easy, it’s practical and… it’s boring!
Since it’s the official Keep America Beautiful month (you read that right!), I’m here to help you out. If you feel stuck in a style rut like me and want some new flair to your hair (but don’t want to go overboard with it), check out these three DIY tips from Bella Sugar.
Want to give your customers something that will get their kids off video games and on to more creative and constructive hands-on play? Mechanical Marvels are wood kits, commonly referred to as Timberkits, for making fabulously fun little wooden models with moving parts. Sold by MK and Company, these kits are a great way for kids and parents to beat boredom, without resorting to the television or computer.
Cheer up Kermit! When it comes to products for babies and children, it’s easier than ever to be “green”. Today’s companies are paying close attention to safety concerns and parental demands, and are producing a wide variety of environmentally-conscious products. As we get ready to celebrate Earth Day this month, The Giggle Guide® is featuring brands that make going green a walk in the park. Happy Heinys, BabyGanics, Cotton Monkey, Sofi & Liv, and Mary Meyer are fantastic companies whose products are designed to be kind to both babies and the environment.
With over 750 collections, including 123 new lines, the three-day ENK Children’s Club Fall/Winter Back-to-School Show was an extravaganza of children’s fashion at its best! This coming together of leading brands in the children’s market was a perfect representation of what today’s market demands in both style and price, and featured over 100 environmentally-conscious collections from established brands like Coccoli, Kate Quinn Organics, Sage Organics and Petit Bateau. The Giggle Guide®’s Leesa Valentino covered the show and had her eye on the following favorites: Kiwi Industries, la Lovie, Skylar Clothing and UB2 Urban Baby Bonnet.
The Giggle Guide® asked 26 moms “Are there certain types of children’s products you’re willing to pay a premium for?” When it comes to the welfare of their children, it is not surprising that most moms will invest more on products that ensure their kids’ health, safety, comfort and education. Quality and durability are also worth a premium. It is interesting that there is one product category in particular moms don’t want to skimp on — what do you think that is?
Seasons UV Solutions of Toronto, best known for its SunSmart line of children’s UV swim and playwear, is taking action to grow its U.S. presence. “We are bigger and better,” said president Joanne Speight, noting the company has purchased a new 250,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in mainland China, established showrooms in Hong Kong, purchased a new head office and warehouse in Milton, Ontario, and entered into a joint venture with Concord, Mass.-based Real Kids Shades.
Plush stuffed toys are perfect for cuddling, snuggling and providing a touch of security for children at home and away. As children grow into toddlers and preschoolers, however, they often gravitate toward larger stuffed toys. Life-sized plush toys are great for snuggling, but they take up a lot of room and are hard to carry on overnight trips to Grandma’s. The Giggle Guide® has found a solution! Meet Bubby, My Inflatable Buddy.
The Chicago Market not only supports its exhibitors with low rates and amenities, but with buyer outreach as well. We work tirelessly to make sure the buyers are coming to Chicago to shop your booth in July!
Our buyers are loyal — 80% shop ONLY in Chicago. We experienced attendance growth with buyers from Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and of course, Illinois. It’s in the numbers: The Midwest buyer attends the Chicago Market time and time again!
Children love to have a special place to keep the tiny treasures and mementos that are their most cherished possessions. The Giggle Guide® knows this, and that is why we have sought out the most delightful musical treasure boxes available! Here is an assortment of musical boxes ranging from traditional boxes with dancing ballerinas spinning away in airy skirts, to colorful boxes with a menagerie of themes that appeal to girls and boys of all ages from MK & Company, Enchantmints, Hot Focus and Mele & Co.
Bandz are a new accessory craze catching on fast with tweens. They are rubber band-like bracelets, made of silicone and neoprene, available in several brands, shapes and colors. The versatile bandz are perfect for wearing, trading, collecting, stretching, twisting and making a fashion statement. After being twisted, they spring back to their original shape. Bandz are available in packets of themed animals and fun shapes. Check out this trio of bendable bandz that kids find “irre-wristable”: Funkibanz™, Zanybandz™, and SillyBandz.