Small, local shops offer alternative options to major retailers

With Black Friday a day away and a host of stores even open on Thanksgiving this year, holiday shopping is no doubt underway. For those who prefer to avoid the crowds at major retail chains, yet aren’t looking to spend all their time browsing goods online, there are plenty of alternatives for f... READ MORE »

Mom-and-pop shops are threatening the mall this holiday season

More bad news for America’s shopping malls: Consumers are shopping closer to home. And increasingly, home is not where the malls are. Spending growth at mom-and-pop businesses has outpaced that of the big chains in the past two years, according to Sarah Quinlan, senior vice president at credit-... READ MORE »

GHTA confirms 2017-18 board at Gift & Home Bridgeway Collaborative Conference

The Gift and Home Trade Association (GHTA), whose mission is to create a national forum connecting industry leaders in their pursuit of ideas, innovations and best practices to advance business programs, confirmed its 2017-2018 Board of Directors during the 15th Annual GHTA Conference, also kno... READ MORE »

Latest products, trends to be on display at AmericasMart Atlanta

{Sponsored} AmericasMart Atlanta — “the Nation’s No. 1 product destination that connects buyers with top brands from around the world” — is fast approaching and you won’t want to miss it. “It is always exciting to have January Market at AmericasMart be the first show of the yea... READ MORE »

Grace Management Group announces strategic partnership with OneCoast

Grace Management Group, parent company of Votivo, Greenleaf, Bridgewater Candle Company and The WillowBrook Company, announces that it will join forces with OneCoast. Beginning December 1, 2017, OneCoast will provide sales and supplemental marketing services for all of the Grace Management Group aff... READ MORE »

Product Pick of the Week

A sweet little gift tag is the perfect way to finish off your holiday wrapping. This XOXO tag is from Missive Press. #ProductPickOfTheWeek   ... READ MORE »

October retail sales up 4.3 percent over past year

Retail sales in October increased 0.1 percent over September on a seasonally adjusted basis and were up 4.3 percent year-over-year unadjusted, according to calculations released today by the National Retail Federation. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants. “Th... READ MORE »

More than 164 million consumers plan to shop over Thanksgiving weekend, Cyber Monday

The biggest shopping weekend of the year is right around the corner and 69 percent of Americans — an estimated 164 million people — are planning to shop or considering shopping during Thanksgiving weekend, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Pr... READ MORE »

Interior, floral designers explore Pantone color trends in AmericasMart Vignette Exhibition

One of the most powerful elements in design language comes to life in AmericasMart Atlanta’s next vignette gallery presentation “In Living Color.” Six interior designers and six floral designers are collaborating on all new vignette presentations that boldly portray what’s ahead in design a... READ MORE »

Quotable Cards celebrates 25th anniversary in 2018

Founded in New York City by Gillian Simon and Matt Fernandes-Vogel, Quotable first introduced its signature black & white cards to the market in 1993. These initial 48 cards not only defined the company, they also inspired a completely new message-driven market within the industry. T... READ MORE »

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