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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 11:58 AM EST

Voting starts soon for 2011 Retailers Choice Awards

Suppliers have entered what they consider their best releases of 2010 in more than 40 product categories in Christian Retailing's 2011 Retailers Choice Awards. The nominating period has ended, and retailer voting begins Feb. 28.

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CREATIVE THINKING: living local PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 11:57 AM EST

In McDonald’s restaurant founder Ray Kroc’s autobiography, Grinding It Out, he writes: “We have a computer in Oak Brook, Illinois, designed to make real estate surveys. But those print outs are of no use to me. After we find a promising location, I drive around it in my car and go into the neighborhood supermarket. I mingle with people and observe their comings and goings.”

In the Christian products industry, that’s how we should think—as neighborhood marketers of our respective businesses. As the so-called “Father of Neighborhood Marketing,” Kroc believed that the first rule of being creative was “thinking local.” From the very beginning he saw each of his restaurants as part of a local business community.

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SHOW EVENTS PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 11:56 AM EST

March 4-6

Pittsburgh Gift Show

Monroeville Convention Center

Monroeville, Pa.

585-254-2580

www.pittsburghgiftshow.com

March 12-14

New England Products Trade Show

Portland Sports Center

Portland, Maine

800-638-6787

www.nepts.com

March 19-21

Portland Gift & Accessories Show

Oregon Convention Center

Portland, Ore.

800-346-1212

www.weshows.com

March 20-22

Gift & Home Market

California Market Center

Los Angeles

800-LA-MART-4

www.lamart.com

March 24-27

Dallas Total Home & Gift Market

Dallas Market Center

800-DAL-MKTS

www.dallasmarketcenter.com

March 27-30

Boston Gift Show

Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

Boston

678-285-3976

www.bostongiftshow.com

May 19-24

Expolit

Doubletree Hotel and Miami Airport Convention Center

Miami

866-782-3976

305-503-1191

www.expolit.com

July 10-13

International Christian Retail Show

Georgia World Congress Center

Atlanta

800-252-1950

info@cbaonline.org

www.christianretailshow.com

 
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 11:55 AM EST

“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

(James 1:12, NLT)

 
Seasonal card sales strong PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 10:12 AM EST

Suppliers of Christmas cards—traditional and nontraditional—are reporting increased sales for the 2010 holiday season.

Abbey Press saw sales up more than 35% over last year. “We have held our retail prices and number of cards in a box for several years, and I think that has been a positive,” said Sue Ann Kloeck, national sales director. “In addition, our new designs have been very successful this year.”

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CBA benefits for gift show attendees PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 10:10 AM EST

Christian retailers and suppliers who are members of CBA can take advantage of specially negotiated deals for the Atlanta gift show this month at AmericasMart.

Retailers attending the Jan. 14-18 show receive one complimentary hotel night stay per store, available on a first-come, first-served basis. There will also be an exclusive CBA retailer meeting offering lunch free of charge and highlighting the latest inspirational gift trends, Friday, Jan. 14 at 11:30 a.m. Click hereto RSVP and for further details.

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Pantone picks color of the year PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 10:03 AM EST

Global color authority Pantone has announced its color of the year for 2011: PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle.

In contrast to the 2010 color of the year, PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise, Honeysuckle is a “stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going—perfect to ward off the blues,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. A reddish pink, Honeysuckle is thought of as encouraging and uplifting, instilling confidence and spirit to meet the challenges of everyday life.

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Exhibition spotlights 'what's new, what's hot' PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 10:03 AM EST

Christian Retailing magazine is helping stores set themselves well for the new year with its fifth online exhibition.

The Virtual Christian Retailing Winter Show, running through March 15, will highlight some of the key new and backlist products from gift companies such as P. Graham Dunn, Robert Spooner Galerie and Deirdre & Company, as well as other leading suppliers.

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Nominations open for 2011 Retailers Choice Awards PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 10:02 AM EST

Suppliers have begun nominating their best releases of the year in the 2011 Retailers Choice Awards—which this year features four gift categories: Accessories/Apparel, General Gift Product, Gift Books and Wall Décor.

Companies wishing to enter the contest sponsored by Christian Retailing—now in its 11th year—have until Jan. 17 to take advantage of the Early-Bird discount in the competition’s record 45 categories.

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Brownlow’s ‘Purse-a-Nali Teas’ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 10:01 AM EST

Brownlow Gifts introduces “Purse-a-Nali Teas,” a new spring collection of six purse-inspired designs with tea sachets. With bright colors and a beaded handle, each purse contains 20 tea sachets of flavored or herbal tea.

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