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Friday Opening, Promotional Alliances With New Seattle Mart, Urban Craft Uprising Headline Summer 2016 Seattle Gift Show

 

ATLANTA (May 2, 2016) – Moving to a Friday - Monday date pattern this summer, the August 19-22, 2016 Seattle Gift Show continues to build upon its reputation as a destination resource for retailers seeking fresh, new designs custom-tailored to their Pacific Northwest customer base.  Promotional alliances with the new Seattle Mart permanent showroom building (formerly the Pacific Market Center) and Seattle’s indie craft show, Urban Craft Uprising pavilion, come together with a show floor filled with artisan crafts, regional specialties and top name brands to offer retailers everything they need, so close to home.

“We’re always searching for emerging companies, artisans, product categories and new partnerships  that keep the Seattle Gift Show’s offerings fresh, exciting, and most important, integral to the future growth and success of our Pacific Northwest retailers, “ says Lisa Glosson, Group Show Director, Urban Expositions.  “We’re excited to be joining forces with the new permanent showroom building to continue our unified ‘Seattle Market Week’ event. And, the overwhelmingly positive response we received from participating artisans and buyers alike to the Urban Craft Uprising Pavilion debut in January points to an even stronger showing this summer.” 

Summer show highlights include: 

URBAN CRAFT UPRISING PAVILION RETURNS TO MAKERS' MARKET SECTION 
This August, retailers will find even more handcrafted, artisan designs than ever before with the return of the Urban Craft Uprising Pavilion.  Showcasing the work of 30+ artisans from Seattle's largest indie craft show, the  pavilion, first featured at the Winter 2016 edition, returns this summer to  join the show’s Makers' Market sector offering a wide range of handcrafted goods for the retailers to explore.

CO-HOSTING SEATTLE MARKET WEEK WITH SEATTLE MART (formerly Pacific Market Center)  
The Seattle Gift Show will come together with the permanent showrooms of the new Seattle Mart   to present Seattle Market Week.  Formerly the Pacific Market Center, the Seattle Mart will host its grand opening at its new location – 200 SW Michigan Street – from August 17-22, 2016.  The building   now houses the Northwest’s premier permanent showrooms representing a wide range of product lines from locally manufactured to national brands.  These offerings, along with the many lines and new resources at the Seattle Gift Show, give the region’s retailers a comprehensive, convenient and cost-effective shopping experience. What’s more, one badge gives buyers access to both venues and complimentary shuttle service will also be provided.   

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 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). 

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.    

SHOW FLOOR HOSPITALITY
Look for details coming soon on daily giveaways, hospitality, show specials and more.

EXPRESS PASS ™ REGISTRATION INCLUDING SPECIAL PARKING REBATE
Buyers are encouraged to take advantage of the show’s easy, online 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. 

SHOW FACTS: 
WHEN:  Friday, August 19-Monday, August 22, 2016
WHERE: Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA 98101-2350
SHOW HOURS: 9 am – 5 pm, August 19-21; 9 am – 3 pm, August 22.

HOTEL DISCOUNTS:  Rates as low as $199.  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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