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Little Disciples changes hands PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 12:21 PM EDT

A husband-wife pastoral team has found a new source of income—baby apparel. In ministry for more than 20 years, pastors Roberto and Marcia Marques last month purchased Little Disciples from Vick Asmerian, who decided to focus on another product line in parent company Klinky.

Formerly senior pastors of Foursquare Gospel Church in Brockton, Mass., the Marques moved to plant a new church for Portuguese speakers in San Diego. As they were praying for a source of income to support their ministry, they learned that Asmerian was thinking of selling the Little Disciples division.

Paraclete broadens gift-market reach PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 12:20 PM EDT

Known mainly for book publishing, Paraclete Press is branching out into gifts. Although the supplier started offering some gift items about four years, it only recently exhibited to the wider gift market at January’s AmericasMart in Atlanta.

As the publishing house of the Community of Jesus, a large Benedictine monastic community, Paraclete has a long history of creativity and the arts from which to draw.

Dunn's conference features 'greater synergy' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Eric Tiansay   
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 12:18 PM EDT

Gift company P. Graham Dunn 11th annual Dealer Conference was held last month at a convention center for the first time, “which brought a greater deal of synergy,” company officials said.

Representatives from approximately 125 stores attended the March 22-23 event at the Buckeye Event Center, located near the company's Dalton, Ohio, headquarters—which had previously been the location of the event.

Harvest House gift book author honored PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 12:18 PM EDT

Harvest House Publishers author Lisa Boalt Richardson was recently awarded the Seal of Approval from The Tea House Times for her tea-themed gift books. 

A certified tea specialist, Richardson’s most recent work, The World in Your Teacup, features photography by Lauren Rubinstein.

Precious Moments figurine marks special communion PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 12:15 PM EDT

Roman is introducing a new Precious Moments Communion Girl figurine, #61654, under its recent licensing agreement.

Framed art piece features patriotic theme PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 12:14 PM EDT

Carpentree’s new Crossing the Delaware framed art celebrates American heritage with a message that is uniquely Christian: “May the Lord our God be with us as He was with our ancestors. May He give us the desire to do His will in everything and to obey all the commands that He gave our ancestors. 1 Kings 8:57-58.”

CATEGORY COACH: home décor PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 12:08 PM EDT

Ed Nizynski, vice president—sales, Lighthouse Christian Products Co.

What’s fresh and new in home décor? We have all seen the shift of priorities in families and homes. Families are spending more time at home and together. Home décor items that are warming, reflect one’s personality and pronounce their faith, in all colors, shapes and sizes continue to be fresh. The days of wild colors and trends are less predominant in our eclectic society. We are in an option society and people want it their way, not mine and yours. Following just one trend and/or color will never hit the mass appeal needed today to continue in any business. 

TOP TEN GIFTS: gourmet PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 12:06 PM EDT

1. Butterfly pop with caterpillar gummy (Scripture Candy) $1.99

2. Thick Mints jar (Scripture Candy) 49 cents

3. Strawberries and Cream roll (Scripture Candy) 99 cents

4. Jelly Bean Prayer Jar (Scripture Candy) 49 cents

5. Sugar Free Cinnamon stick (Scripture Candy) 99 cents

tie 6. Sugar Free Wintergreen Pocket Tin mints (Scripture Candy) $1.99

tie 6. Butter and Cream roll (Scripture Candy) 99 cents

8. Sugar Free Spearmint Pocket Tin mints (Scripture Candy) $1.99

9. Orange and Cream roll (Scripture Candy) 99 cents

10. Sugar Free Wintergreeen stick (Scripture Candy) 99 cents


List based on sales data for March 1-31, 2011, provided by Christian Books & More Gold and used with permission.

'ReBoot' event prepares to help stores reset PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 12:06 PM EDT

The gift category will be on the agenda when Christian bookstore managers and staff from across the country gather in Orlando, Fla., later this month for three days of business and inspiration.

Managing gift, Bible and book categories and creating a successful customer experience are among the issues to be addressed at Christian Retailing's Retailing ReBoot 2011. The event themed “Engaging Without Limits” will take place April 26-28 at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center.

Finalists announced in the 2011 Retailers Choice Awards PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 12:03 PM EDT

Retailers have chosen the finalists in the 11th annual Retailers Choice Awards, sponsored by Christian Retailing magazine.

Thomas Nelson tops the list with 25 finalists in the running, four of which are in the Gift Book category. P. Graham Dunn also has four gift finalists in the Wall Décor and General Gift Product categories. Other companies who have gift finalists are Kerusso, DaySpring, Roman, Free Press and Lighthouse Christian Products Co.

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