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OUT OF THE ORDINARY
Urban Craft Uprising Pavilion, New Date Pattern, Regional Specialties Headline Winter 2016 Seattle Gift Show

ATLANTA (October 14, 2015) –Building upon its reputation as a destination resource for retailers seeking fresh, new designs for their Pacific Northwest local and tourist customers, the January 22-25, 2016 Seattle Gift Show welcomes a new Urban Craft Uprising Pavilion to its versatile exhibition floor at the Washington State Convention Center.  Featured during the new Friday-Monday show schedule, this exciting product addition joins a growing selection of artisan crafts, regional specialties, top name brands  and buyer services to help retailers gear up for the coming year. 

“We understand the specialized needs of our Pacific Northwest retailer,” explains Dirk von Gal, vice president of gift, Urban Expositions.   “Whether its finding the perfect mix of leading lines from the region’s top reps to showcasing new, innovative product that will appeal to our retailers’ target  customers, our team is always on the hunt for emerging talents, top brands and breaking trends.  Our goal, to offer a unique selection with a regional flair that retailers just can’t find anywhere else. “

Winter show highlights include: 

NEW EXPRESS PASS ™ REGISTRATION INCLUDING SPECIAL PARKING REBATE
To make registration as easy and hassle–free as possible, buyers can now take advantage of ExpressPass™ registration. Simply log on to www.seattlegiftshow.com, complete the application and receive an ExpressPass™ via email to bring to the show, scan with onsite readers and quickly print out the admission badge. As an added bonus, buyers who pre-register and bring their ExpressPass™ along with their parking receipt to the parking rebate desk inside the exhibit hall at the Washington State Convention Center can receive a parking rebate up to $6. 

NEW! URBAN CRAFT UPRISING PAVILION
This January, retailers will find more handcrafted, artisan designs than ever before with the introduction of the Urban Craft Uprising Pavilion.  Showcasing the work of 30+ artisans from Seattle's largest indie craft show, the new pavilion will bring a wide range of handcrafted goods for the retailers to explore.

CO-HOSTING SEATTLE MARKET WEEK WITH PACIFIC MARKET CENTER  
The Seattle Gift Show will come together with the permanent showrooms of the Pacific Market Center (January 20-25, 2016) to present Seattle Market Week.  These two world-class, easy-to-shop venues give buyers an opportunity to explore thousands of national and innovative new product lines in one of the country’s most welcoming, innovative cities. 

UNIQUE DESIGNS, REGIONAL RESOURCES, CLASSIC BESTSELLERS 
When retailers walk the floor of the Seattle Gift Show, they’ll discover countless new designs, creative styles and regional artisans they just won’t see at other markets.  The show features a  product in every sector, including  general giftware, collectibles, decorative accessories, table top, home décor, souvenir and resort apparel,  jewelry and much more- all in one easy to shop layout, all on one floor! Categories Include: Gift & Collectibles, Northwest Directions, Makers’ Market, Personal Style, Treasures To Go (Cash & Carry). 

FREE BUYER SEMINAR SERIES: 
Buyers can choose from a host of educational programs touching on a variety of topics and trends, ranging from social media & marketing programs to fair trade tips and handcrafted-focused seminars.  Visit  www.seattlegiftshow.com for full seminar schedule.

PRODUCT PREVIEW AREA
Many exhibitors will showcase their newest, trend-setting products in the special Product Preview Area, allowing buyers to preview the “must have” items.  Green/eco-friendly products will also be highlighted here.    

$100 CASH GIVEAWAYS 
Retailers can enter to win daily drawings for $100 cash.  Drawings will be held once a day each day of the show.  

SHOW FACTS:

WHEN:  Friday, January 22- Monday, January 25, 2016

WHERE: Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA 98101-2350

SHOW HOURS: 9 am – 5 pm January 22-24; 9 am – 2 pm January 25.

HOTEL DISCOUNTS:  Rates as low as $76.  Visit travel section |www.seattlegiftshow.com or call Connections at 855.246.8722.

MORE INFO:  For exhibitor information, contact Seattle Gift Show Director Lisa Glosson at 678.370.0334, lglosson@urban-expo.com.   For buyer information Visit www.seattlegiftshow.com or contact Buyer Relations Director Jhana Jordan, jjordan@urban-expo.com  or call 678.370.0338.

ABOUT URBAN EXPOSITIONS
Based in Kennesaw, GA and founded in 1995, Urban Expositions produces and manages a portfolio of 40 events serving nine  industry sectors, including Gift, Souvenir, Art, Apparel,  Aviation, Halloween | Party, Foodservice, Pet and Gaming.  Urban also produces Airport Revenue News, a publication focusing on the airport concession industry.  In addition to its Kennesaw, GA headquarters, Urban has offices in Shelton, CT, Boca Raton, FL, and is represented by employees in California, Colorado and Illinois.  www.urban-expo.com | 800.318.2238.

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