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ATLANTA, GA (August 7, 2015) – In addition to a record number of new, first-time exhibitors and the introduction of special ‘Pairings’ and ‘Outdoor Living’ product spotlights, the July 25 – 28, 2015 edition of the San Francisco International Gift Fair at Moscone Center welcomed a new show name and a brand new website. Renamed “SF Market” to better communicate the scope and depth of its product categories that cater to the Northern California lifestyle and passion for living well, the rebranded show’s new website – www.sf-market.com – makes it even easier for industry members to find show information, news and product details.
“The San Francisco show has always been a destination for regional and national retailers seeking innovative, upscale designs with a northern California accent and the summer show was no exception,” said Dirk von Gal, Industry Vice President of Gift, Urban Expositions. “As we’ve continued to seek out more and more new resources -- and go even deeper with spotlights like ‘Pairings’ and ‘Outdoor Living’ that truly respond to the region’s defining characteristics -- we felt the time was right to rename to show to better describe how it’s evolving and growing.”
New was the name of the game at the summer edition, with more than 113 new companies joining the show roster, which included thousands of lines conveniently organized into 11 product sectors on the show floor, including: Design, Gift, Home & Garden, Makers’ Market, Museum, Personal Style, Tabletop, Gourmet & Housewares, Treasures to Go, Village Arts and Vintage Collection. In addition, the show’s new Pairings spotlight put the focus on gourmet specialties and accessories, wine resources and regional food items for wineries, gift and gourmet shops looking to add a local level of sophistication to their stores. And, a special Outdoor Living focus complemented the show’s existing Home & Garden offerings with a selection of accent and casual furniture, outdoor entertaining and tabletop, decorative accessories, planters and seasonal products.
The selection of new products and the show’s versatile selection received rave reviews from attending retailers.
“San Francisco is always a fun show to attend because I enjoy scoping out all of the new products,” says Jody Branson, Fresh Ideas, Gardnerville, NV.
“San Francisco has all the components of a great market – lots of California-made companies, informational seminars, diverse vendors and best of all -- it is set in the biggest and best city in Northern California,” added Christie Boyd and Diana Dolan, owners, Porch, Santa Barbara, CA
|Urban Expositions recognized Roost’s excellence in merchandising and design with the “Best Booth” award.|
Attending retailers voted on a number of exhibitor product awards during the show. Participating vendors were nominated from several product display areas located on the show floor and winners included: “Best New Product” – Moshiki, St. Paul, MN; “Best Maker” – Lau Lau Woodworks, Honolulu, HI; and “Best Pairings Product” – Mercantile 12, Seattle, WA.The Urban Expositions team presented Roost with the new “Best Booth” award – recognizing the company’s excellence in merchandising and space design.
In addition to the product selection, the July show offered a number of buyer services and educational offerings. Among them, parking and transportation rebates for attending retailers, educational seminars, and daily $50 Cash Giveaways, where buyers had the chance to enter drawings to win $50 cash. Diane Naggiar, Naggiar Vineyards, Grass Valley, CA won the Daily Giveaway Grand Prize – a two night hotel stay during the January 2016 edition.
|Urban Expositions presenting the “Best Booth” award to Roost. Pictured left to right: Lindsay Judy, Urban Expositions, Jessy Brown, Pam Donnellan, and Paulie Anne Duke, Roost, and Kelly McLoughlin, Show Director, SFIGF.|
Like attendees, exhibitors also shared positive feedback from the show floor.
“For our first show in San Francisco, we saw a lot of traffic and wrote lots of orders with a good mix of small and large retailers,” says Todd Weber, The Lucky Horse, Sandy Valley, NV. “We’re eager to follow up on all of the business we’ve received from this event.”
“The San Francisco show always works for us. We always see our customers here and we’ve written big orders and opened new accounts, too,” says Ed Torres, Found Image Press, San Diego, CA.
SF Market will kick off 2016 with a new Friday to Monday date pattern -- January 8-11, 2016 at the Moscone Center. For exhibitor information, contact Kelly McLoughlin at 678.370.0325 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on attending, contact Jhana Jordan at 678.370.0338 or email@example.com or visit www.sf-market.com.
ABOUT URBAN EXPOSITIONS
Urban Expositions, which is based in Kennesaw, GA, produces and manages a portfolio of 35 events covering six sectors. Urban Expositions was founded in 1995 with the Philadelphia Gift Show and built its business in the regional gift and souvenir industries. In 2008, Urban began to diversify outside of Gift & Souvenir and now produces events in sectors including Art, Aviation, Foodservice, and Gaming. Urban also produces one publication, Airport Revenue News, focused on the airport concession industry. Outside of Kennesaw, Urban also has offices in Shelton, CT and Boca Raton, FL, as well as many remote employees based in areas that are rich with customers. For more information, visit www.urban-expo.com
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