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NEW ENGLAND CHARM: 2015 BOSTON GIFT SHOW BECKONS NEW ENGLAND RETAILERS WITH ECLECTIC MIX OF NEW RESOURCES, SOUVENIR STAPLES AND ARTISAN STYLES   

 

 

Pictured Above: Boston Gift Show Sales Manager Russ Turner (right) presents the “Best Maker” Award to Paul Prentice (left) and Connie Davidson (middle) of North Country Wind Bells. KENNESAW, GA (April 10, 2015) – The Boston Gift Show attracted souvenir, resort, specialty retailers, as well as jewelers, museums, home accessory stores, and galleries throughout New England to the March 28-31, 2015 edition held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. 
 

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Showcasing the diverse taste of the New England region, vendors were categorized in five divisions on the show floor, including: Gifts, Souvenirs, Made In New England, and Treasures to Go. In addition, the newly expanded and rebranded “Makers’ Market” section put a special spotlight on artisans and designers showcasing crafts in a variety of categories. Attending retailers voted on the section’s “Best Maker”, selecting North Country Wind Bells of Round Pond, Maine as the winner (pictured right). 
 

The Boston Gift Show put the spotlight on 48 new, first-time vendors with a number of special pre-show marketing programs and on-site promotions ranging from special show floor stickers identifying them as new exhibitors, to lobby displays and more. These exhibitors were also contestants in the show’s “Best New Product” award competition. Voted on by retailers, the March 2015 winner was YANA (You Are Not Alone) of New Port, Rhode Island (pictured below on the left).
 

New vendors and long-standing exhibitors were positive about the show’s traffic and reported successful level of business conducted on the show floor. 
 

“I was pleasantly surprised at the steady amount of good traffic on the floor the first day especially since it coincided with another spring blizzard,” says Mike Summers, Cruz Accessories.
 

“We already reconnected with some of our existing customers and opened six new accounts on the first day,” adds Bill Dual, In The Breeze. "On Sunday, we received a substantial order from a new customer opening a kite store in New York, who came to the Boston Gift Show specifically to see us.”
 

In addition to the product selection, the March edition offered a number of buyer services and educational offerings.  Among them, parking rebates for pre-registered buyers, the Urban Retail Marketing Boot Camp series hosted by Snap Retail, exhibitor product preview areas; and the 50/50 Giveaway, which gives buyers the chance to enter to win daily drawings for $50 in cash or merchandise credits to use towards show orders.  Nancy Frid & Deb Wallis, co-owners of Vintage Point, Fargo, North Dakota won the 50/50 Grand Prize – a two-night hotel stay during the April 2016 edition.

Legacy SportsRetailers were pleased with the new offerings at the show this year.

“Whoever said ‘bigger is better’ certainly hasn’t been to the Boston Gift Show. This gem of a market proved to be mighty in product lines that we have not come across in our show travels,” says Nancy Frid, Vintage Point, Fargo, North Dakota. “The Boston Gift Show afforded us the time to get to know the artist/vendors and learn the story behind their products, and now we have the opportunity to showcase the regional flair of artistry from the east coast in our North Dakota-based gift store.”

"Shopping the Boston Gift Show felt more like a day of fun than a day of work," adds Sage Williams, La Grua's, Stonington, CT. "The vendors were welcoming and helpful and I look forward to going back next year."

Faux DesignsThe Boston Gift Show will return to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center April 2-5, 2016.  For exhibitor information, contact Erica Davidson, Urban Expositions, 1690 Roberts Blvd NW, Ste. 111, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Phone: 678.370.0347; Fax: 678.285.7469; Email: edavidson@urban-expo.com. For buyer  information or to pre-register, attendees contact John Motondo at 312-470-1167; Email: jmotondo@urban-expo.com or visit www.bostongiftshow.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 & 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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