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Wednesday, 16 June 2010 10:41 AM EDT
Green company to debut at ICRS

Heartsong Creations-believed to be the world's first organic-certified, sustainable and eco-friendly Christian children's apparel label-will make its debut at the International Christian Retail Show in St. Louis, June 27-30.

Heartsong's designs are inspired by scriptural themes and gospel songs. The apparel is made with eco-friendly organic cotton and sustainable bamboo-based fabrics.

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Wednesday, 16 June 2010 10:39 AM EDT
Father's Day spending up slightly

As the economy continues its slow rebound, Americans will spend slightly more on the most important men in their lives this Father's Day, to be celebrated Sunday, June 20.

The average person will spend $94.32 on dad this year, up from $90.89 last year, according to the National Retail Federation's 2010 Father's Day Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, conducted by BIGresearch. Total Father's Day spending is expected to reach $9.8 billion.

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Wednesday, 16 June 2010 10:37 AM EDT
Jewelry trending to big and bold

Four prominent trends in jewelry have been named by leading trade publication and jewelry authority JCK at the JCK Las Vegas Jewelry Show that ran June 4-7.

This year's jewelry ranges from unusual, geometrically shaped pieces to intricately designed animal pendants, bright patterned bangles and oversized cuffs.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010 10:34 AM EDT
Gregg releases new Give Thanks platter

Whimsical art from Our Name is Mud designer Lorrie Veasey style Gregg Gift's new Give Thanks Ceramic Platter, releasing this month. The platter, which is dishwasher- and microwave-safe, features the wording: "Be Thankful-Psalm 100:4."

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Wednesday, 16 June 2010 10:27 AM EDT
1. 2010 VBS High Seas Expedition God Loves Me blanket (Group Publishing) $9.99
2. Jesus Gives New Life covenant keeper box (Bob Siemon Designs) $3.49
3. Angel of Prayer figurine, "Willow Tree" (Demdaco) $13
4. Remembrance candle (Emkay Candle Co.) $36.10
5. Friendship figurine, "Willow Tree" (Demdaco) $13
6. Child of God baptismal candle (Emkay Candle Co.) $4.15
7. Happiness figurine, "Willow Tree" (Demdaco) $13
tie 8. Angel figurine (Roman) $6.50
tie 8. Communion photo frame (Roman) $17.50 small, $18.50 large
tie 8. Sacrament keepsake box (Abbey Press) $17

List based on sales data for May 1-31, 2010, provided by Christian Books & More Gold and used with permission.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010 10:20 AM EDT
June 23-29
Dallas Total Home and Gift Market
Dallas Market Center

June 26-28
Charlotte Gift & Jewelry Show
The Charlotte Merchandise Mart
Charlotte, N.C.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010 10:19 AM EDT
"Many are asking, ‘Who can show us any good?' Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD. You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound. I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety."
(Ps. 4:6-8, NIV)
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Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Wednesday, 02 June 2010 11:52 AM EDT
Band Angels marks sales milestone

Family start-up company Band Angels has sold 1 million of its "healing scripture bandages for kids" in about seven months' time. Owners Tim and Tami West offer the bandages with healing-related Bible verses on them as a Christian alternative to cartoon band-aids.

"Band Angels provide children with hope, inspiration, spirituality and reinforced scripture learning," said Tim West, company president. "They are just as fun as cartoon bandages, but with a higher meaning."

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Wednesday, 02 June 2010 11:41 AM EDT
Emkay announces layoffs, reduces product offerings

Syracuse, N.Y.-based candle maker Muench-Kreuzer Candle Co., also known as Emkay, announced earlier this month it would lay off a number of employees and reduce its product offerings.

Emkay employs fewer than 50 people, many who will lose their jobs in the next 90 days.

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Wednesday, 02 June 2010 11:40 AM EDT
Former Magi Marketing general sales manager dies

Charles N. Putt, a retired general sales manager for Magi Marketing, died May 18 at his home in Tampa, Fla. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, three children and six grandchildren.

"Charlie was a hard worker, and he was dedicated to Magi," said David Durham, owner and president of the company. Marjorie, who was a secretary and retired at the same time as her husband, was also a "real asset," Durham added.

Magi Marketing represents several Christian gift vendors, including Art From Heaven, Dexsa and Christian Art Gifts.

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