Items tagged “Bedding & Blankets”

Best in Show award winners, twitter raffle winners and a Chicago Market recap.

The Chicago Market: Living and Giving® delivered comprehensive lines and name brand products during the January Market. The Chicago Market saw an exciting traffic increase of 22%, up from last January. Buyers and retailers were wowed by the breadth of market resources offered, with the temporaries boasting a 50% growth in the number of temporary exhibitors offered, with 40% of those being new to the January Market. The Chicago Market offered buyers and retailers highly sought after product lines and unique specialty resources that will help differentiate their business.

Contact: The Chicago Market / (312) 527-7600

Is your business ‘Social’ enough?

California Gift Show - LA Mart - Los Angeles, California (1/12/10 - 1/18/10)

In January, I attended The California Gift Show, LA Mart, NYIGF and 7 W Baby & Gift Fair. The shows were brimming with exciting new products for children’s retailers. Here are some quick-pick highlights of a few of the many fantastic products that caught my attention at the gift markets: JUMBiES, Capturing Couture, SplatBack, Kover-Ups and Oomfy. Enjoy my gift rap, and look for upcoming reviews from Toy Fair, KidShow and MAGIC.

I have been attending the KidShow in Las Vegas for the past 7 years. I was there at the first windy tent event at the Rio, through many seasons at the Riviera, and for the past few years at the convenient and comfortable Bally’s. KidShow, under the welcoming and efficient direction of show maestro Denise Raeside, is one of my favorite children’s business events. I talked to a trio of reps to find out how they continue their lucky streak with this Vegas show: 4 Kids on 6, Bob Parrish and 2-2 Hot.

i attended the first 7 W NYC Baby & Kids Fair earlier this week. I have been to so many trade shows over the past 30 years, but I have never attended a children’s trade event that offered as many perks to both buyers and exhibitors. Congratulations to the 7 W sales and management team, as well as the entire staff of the building, for hosting a successful and first-class premier event.

Good Gracious!

Naomi & Jason Priestley found time to write a personal thank-you note for their BopStarBaby Celebrity Baby Basket. We actually received it shortly after the birth of their son last spring, but decided to wait to post it until the baby’s name was released to the press.

Seen on the Scene

Contact: MaryLenore Arsenault / (647) 382-7827

Since 2008, Binksy & Bobo’s creator, Katrina Poole, has focused her considerable talent in graphics design on creating fashionable clothing and accessories for babies and children. Binksy & Bobo specializes in soft, reversible clothing and stylish accessories, including customizable blankets and padded shopping cart covers. Each piece is designed and produced in Toronto, Canada by just one person from start to finish, making it a true work of art.

Halo Innovations, makers of the leading Halo® SleepSack™ wearable blanket, has joined the effort to provide for the children of Haiti following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake which has left many homeless and even worse, without parents. As part of their ongoing commitment to keep children safe, HALO® will donate a Halo SleepSack wearable blanket to Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S) for each of the next 1000 fans to the HaloSleepSack Facebook page. Please join us in helping the children of Haiti by spreading to word.

The Consumer Electronics Show was just held in Las Vegas, and sometimes you can get a feel for the economy and markets in general from this show, as it is the first big tradeshow of the year.

GOOD NEWS! Attendance was up at the CES over 2009. This bodes well for the economy, as it may just be that consumers are finally starting to feel a little more positive.

Light of Mine Designs offers great sets in your favorite designs. We offer one-pieces, tanks, diaper covers, pillows, blankets and ornaments with an adorable design for little boys and girls. Also we have great t-shirt or tank combinations with very cute tutus for that little girly girl. Check us out at Americas Mart Atlanta, NY Baby & Kids, Dallas Market Center, and LA Mart!

Contact: Amy Calandra Davis (Owner) / (434) 528-5565
Julie Windsor of Beat Street in Winnetka Il

The Chicago Market: Living and Giving® is proud to announce the December 2009 Retailer of the Month honoree. The ROTM program is designed to acknowledge exceptional retailers who are making a difference in the gift industry, as well as to provide inspiration to other retailers who can benefit from the winners’ stories.

Congratulations to the January 2010 Retailer of the Month, Julie Windsor of Beat Street in Winnetka, IL.

Contact: The Chicago Market / (312) 527-7600

Slumber parties filled with friends, fun, food, and games are an important rite of passage, and are currently more popular than ever before. Whether it’s a first night sleeping at a friend’s house, camping out in the backyard, or going to sleep-away camp; a friendly, cozy sleeping bag and pillow add enjoyment and comfort to the event. The Giggle Guide® has found some great brands that offer multi-use sleep sacks for children: My NapPak, Bazoongi, Bergans of Norway, Kelty and Cellcorp.