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Christian Brands acquires clergy apparel maker PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Friday, 05 September 2014 09:41 AM EDT

ChristianBrands 300pxChristian Brands has acquired the R.J. Toomey Company of Worcester, Massachusetts. R.J. Toomey is the oldest and best-known clerical apparel company in the United States, manufacturing clergy shirts, tailored clergy apparel and altar-server attire.

Christian Brands has acquired a number of companies of late, including Robert Smith (furniture), Will & Baumer (candles), Creed (jewelry), Heartfelt (wall art) and Gerffert (art masterpieces). The distribution, importing and manufacturing firm sells products in these brands to an assortment of channels in the Christian and general markets with a special emphasis in church supplies. Headquartered in Phoenix, Christian Brands has manufacturing facilities, a call center and a distribution center in Lewisburg; Tennessee.

New Abbey Press products feature popular verse PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 02:31 PM EDT


Abbey Press has introduced three new products to its collection of gifts featuring the best-selling “I Said a Prayer for You Today” verse.

The popular sentiment by Frank Zamboni has been a consistent presence in the Abbey Press product line for more than 30 years. It has been featured on a range of products, including mugs, prints, plaques and cards.

Shoppers say back-to-school shopping is best in-store PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 02:28 PM EDT

PGD-BackToSchoolDesk-webStudents soon will be headed back to school (BTS), and more than one-third (37%) of consumers already have begun their BTS shopping—up from the 29% who started at this time last year. Roughly 90% of households indicated a selection of brick-and-mortar retail as a shopping venue for the BTS season, according to a new International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)-Goldman Sachs survey conducted this month by Opinion Research Corp. 

Consumers will shop in a variety of places for their BTS items this year. While discounters are still expected to be the winners, the number of households selecting this shopping venue dropped from 90% last year to 80% this year. For all 2014 BTS shopping venues, discounters represented a 23.7% share of where consumers will shop. Many retailers in regional malls and open-air centers should see increased activity during this season.

Karen Kingsbury draws retailers to CPE at AmericasMart PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 01:35 PM EDT

KarenKingsbury-CPEAmericasMart-webCPE at AmericasMart offered Christian retailers a place to gather at the summer’s major gift show, the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, held July 8-15.

A one-day event sponsored by Munce Group but open to all retailers, CPE at AmericasMart was held in Atlanta for the second time this year. The Jan. 8 CPE was held on a Wednesday, but the event was moved to a Saturday to take advantage of greater mart traffic for the July 12 CPE.

Gracefully Yours reaches major milestone PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 03:25 PM EDT

GracefullyYours-BirthdayColorado-based greeting card and journal publisher Gracefully Yours has surpassed 100 million consumers sending and receiving the company’s fine art products.

“We have been blessed by God with 50 great artists and some of our industry's best card writers,” said Carla Tocquigny, co-founder of Gracefully Yours (, now in its fifth year.

NBC's 'Today' features Scents of the Spirit PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 04:01 PM EDT

ScentsOfTheSpirit-webCalifornia-based Scents of the Spirit by Ego Eimi offers two different fragrances. Each is accompanied by a Scripture verse that corresponds with its name: Hopeful (Ps. 37:4-5) and Renewed (Is. 40:30-31).

Laci Corzo is founder of the company located in Chino, California. The fragrance line is designed to uplift women as it reminds them of God’s promises and promotes positive thinking.

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