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Unite show opener encourages Christian retailers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 08:22 pm UTC

RicardoSanchez-webCBA kicked off the Unite 2017 convention in Cincinnati with encouragement and inspiration. The Tuesday evening show opener, “Worship Him!”, drew a sparse crowd for the service that featured author Mary DeMuth (Harvest House Publishers) as the main speaker along with artists The Collingsworth Family (StowTown Records/Provident Distribution) and Ricardo Sanchez (Difference Media).

In her opening remarks, Sue Smith, chair of CBA’s board of directors, acknowledged this reality but expressed optimism for both the show and the year ahead.

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Final Family Christian stores close this week PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 09:10 am UTC

unnamed 2Family Christian announced that it will close the last of its stores this week. Fifty-eight stores will close their doors from May 9-13, including 27 stores on May 13, according to an official bulletin.

This represents the conclusion of a process that began in February, when Family Christian announced its closure after 85 years in business. Since then, over 150 stores nationwide have been shuttered.

At the time, Family Christian president Chuck Bengochea commented on the importance of finishing with excellence.

“Family Christian has left a powerful legacy of helping people find, grow, share and celebrate their faith in Jesus Christ,” he said. “Today and always, we are grateful to God for the privilege of serving Him and look forward to finishing strong for His name’s sake.”

In April, Harrison House President and CEO Troy Wormell announced the acquisition of 15 Family Christian Stores, which have been renamed Empowered Life Christian Books & Gifts.

Family Christian has one last sale for its last week—a “Final Days” sale that offers up to 90 percent off everything in-store.

Editor's Note: The original newsletter version of this story incorrectly claimed February was when Family Christian announced bankruptcy. The story has been updated for accuracy.

 
Harrison House CEO acquires multiple Family Christian stores PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 11:34 am UTC

TroyWormell-webHarrison House President and CEO Troy Wormell and his wife, Joyce Wormell, announced in April the acquisition of 15 Family Christian Stores location. The new chain of Christian retail stores has the working name of Empowered Life Christian Books & Gifts.

The stores are in well-established locations in states across the U.S., including New Jersey, Arizona, Illinois and Florida. The headquarters, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will serve as the stores’ distribution center.

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Nomination period opens for 2017 CR Best awards PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 January 2017 01:47 pm UTC

CRBest-Award statue webChristian Retailing opens the nomination period today for the 2017 Christian Retailing’s Best awards. Vendors and authors can enter their products between Jan. 16 and Feb. 28 at christianretailingsbest.com.

Nominations may go under one of more than 50 product categories, including Gifts for the Home, Accessories/Apparel, Coloring Book and Fiction: Historical. Any products released in 2016 may be placed in any of these categories. Products released in 2015 or before may be entered in the Backlist category.

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Tessie Güell DeVore resigns from Charisma House to head up the Lumo Project PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 January 2017 02:35 pm UTC

Tessie-DeVoreAfter 23 years with Charisma House, Tessie DeVore has resigned from her role as executive vice president and publisher to serve as president of a new nonprofit, the Lumo Project, a ministry dedicated to Bible engagement.

Marcos Perez, vice president of sales and marketing for Charisma House, has been promoted to executive vice president and publisher by Steve Strang, CEO and founder of Charisma Media.

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CBA recasts retail show to unite Christian products industry PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 30 June 2016 02:17 pm UTC

ArkEncounter-AnswersInGenesisFrom content creators to church bookstore managers, the Christian products industry met in Cincinnati this week for CBA’s UNITE 2016. Otherwise known as the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS), the recast convention drew a total of 2,114 professionals June 26-29 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Last year’s attendance for the Orlando, Florida, show was much higher at over 3,000 total.

CBA President Curtis Riskey welcomed how attendees responded enthusiastically to the theme of UNITE 2016.

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Gift exhibitors pleased with buyers’ response at Unite 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 03:14 pm UTC

JohnMcKinney-SwansonGift vendors report mostly positive experience at Unite 2016, although some didn’t like the reduced time on the floor because of the lunchtime General Sessions.

John McKinney, president of Swanson Christian Products, said the show had been “busy.”

“We’ve had a lot of customers and we’re hoping that we wrote a lot of orders, so we’ll find that out when we get back home,” said McKinney, who also pointed out that “setup was a piece of cake.”

One of Swanson’s most popular products at the show was a line of fashion purses suitable for carry computer tablets but mainly designed for women who have conceal carry permits.

“In today’s environment of concealed carry usage among the general public, the addition of a significant selection of Christian themed concealed carry purses is intriguing to us as distributors,” McKinney said in an earlier press release. “Is this a product that our retailers, and more importantly their customers will embrace?  We believe it is.”

Carpentree was pleased with the interest buyers showed toward its new line.

“We’ve had a lot of new excitement over the Faith Collection line,” said Jordan Hobson, vice president of sales and marketing. “We just acquired that company at the end of September last year. We’ve got both Faith Collection and Carpentree under one roof in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We’ve purchased a new, 50,000-square-foot facility. We’ve got both companies shipping under one roof. We’ve had a lot of customers to our resin crosses and our new embellished canvases that Carpentree has released, so we’re looking forward to continuing that exposure and furthering the work that we’re doing in bringing people to Christ. It’s been a great show, and we’re looking forward to next year.”

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New Voskamp, Cahn titles headline upcoming releases PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 02:43 pm UTC

ICRS-book-wallsExhibitors at Unite 2016 promoted key upcoming book and Bible titles, from Sarah Young's Jesus Always devotional (Thomas Nelson, October) to Joni Eareckson Tada's Beyond Suffering Bible (Tyndale House Publishers, October) . 

Other soon-to-come titles include Ann Voskamp's highly anticipated new book, The Broken Way (Zondervan, Oct. 25), and Jonathan Cahn's The Book of Mysteries (Charisma House, Sept. 6). The holiday season will feature many high-profile authors, including Max Lucado (Because of Bethlehem, Thomas Nelson) and Beth Moore (first novel The Undoing of Saint Silvanus, Tyndale), both of which release in September.

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