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lightweight pieces, such as Broadway Sun Ben’s spring/ summer scarf, item number S3107, available in blue, bright pink, coral, peach and lime green. Whether worn around the neck or tied around the hips as a belt or swimsuit cover up, summer scarves offer retailers several merchandising options, and can add a finishing touch to any window display. Accessories are great add-on and impulse buys in apparel shops, kiosks and general merchandise stores when placed beside a cash register or on a stand near a mirror. With Broadway Sun Ben’s wholesale prices ranging from $20 to $60 per dozen, and individual pieces retailing for $10 to $30, retailers stand to earn substantial profits in this arena. ■ BROADWAY SUN BEN TRADING INC. 1225 Broadway, New York, NY 10001 Toll Free: 800-325-0027 Tel.: 212-725-8881 Email: wholesale@sunben.com Website: www.sunben.com

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Jewelry & Accessories Sparkly Bangles for Spring WARM WEATHER that encourages bared skin, vacation wardrobes that require new accessories, and holidays that promote gift giving, such as Mother’s Day, set retailers on the track for strong jewelry sales this spring and summer. Z’s Silver Inc., established in 1996, has a reputation for wholesaling high quality fashion jewelry including bangles, bead bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rosaries imported from India. Z’s Silver’s most popular collections are gold-filled, silver plated, and two and three-tone bangles, which lend themselves particularly well to decorating exposed arms and wrists. A combination of gold, silver and rose hues, the three-tone bangles are especially popular now and moving very fast, says Naseem Haveliwala, president of the company. “We

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have a large selection of gold-filled bangles and bangles with cubic zirconia, and every month we introduce new styles,” she adds. “We recently introduced a two-tone bangle and a sugar bangle, both of which have lots of shimmer and sparkle that women love at any time of year.” Bangles range in size from two millimeters to a bold 35 millimeters, and matching earrings are available. With a minimum order of $500, retailers receive bulk wholesale pricing, but buyers can place orders of as little as $100 and pay slightly higher prices. Wholesale ranges from $6 per dozen to $45 per dozen, and markup is about 80 percent. Haveliwala notes, “We work to ensure our customers’ success and we provide excellent customer service.” Z’s Silver gives a one-year continued on page 48


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which remain popular sellers, as many animal owners love to pamper their pets. New arrivals include a two-sided pet brush that wholesales for $20 per dozen, assorted plush squeaky toys that wholesale for $18 per dozen, and a 24-inch medium cushioned dog collar that wholesales for $24 per dozen. Fun Zone Distributors also sells a variety of fun and gag novelties, tools and toys. ■

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guarantee on its gold-filled bangles, she points out. “Our customers are our first priority and we always have the right mix of popular and classic merchandise.” The company recently launched a new website where retailers can register and login to see available merchandise and place orders. PayPal and credit cards are accepted forms of payment. With its broad line of fashion jewelry, commitment to customer satisfaction and reasonable prices, and a new website that makes ordering easy, Z’s Silver is set to support jewelry retailers now and in the years to come. ■

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MARKETING High-Touch Shopping Brick & Mortar Stores’ Invaluable Weapon By Ben T. Smith IV

SHOPPING IS a social activity that, in its earlier incarnations, was a bartering interaction, where negotiation and fairness were expected when trading goods. Later, the fixed store became a meta-gathering place, and then malls provided additional amenities to augment the experience, including restaurants, entertainment and even apartments. While the buying experience has fundamentally changed in recent years, the most successful brands still understand the power of hightouch interaction. High-touch has previously been defined as personal, face-to-face customer service, but

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MARKETING SnapRetail Simplifies Marketing SNAPRETAIL IS a cost-efficient, ready to use marketing solution designed to help get shoppers into independent retailers’ stores. In 2010, after working with retailers for more than a decade, Ted Teele, company CEO, founded the business, iness, which creates an assortment of finished marketing materials, including email, social media, couponing, daily deals and other exclusive offers. “Business owners don’t have a lot of time for online marketing, because they are doing everything to run their businesses,” notes Suzy Teele, e, COO of SnapRetail. Yet it is crucial for independent retailers to promote their businesses on the web. Not only is their competition doing just that, she stresses, but the way consumers think and shop has changed. “Consumers love to support their local

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won’t lose their colors, and our fragrances are strong and long lasting. We always have new designs, and our variety of products enables retailers to cater to their exact markets.” Having operated successfully for 16 years, Santoni says he is committed to helping others grow by offering good quality products and low minimum orders. “We care for the small retailer. My minimum order is $75 and retailers can mix orders with different products, to extend their buying power and appeal to a variety of customers. We treat people the way we like to be treated, and today we have about 2,000 customers.” Retailers can easily triple L&V’s wholesale prices, Santoni points out. The company’s Plug In Aroma Lamp wholesales for $6.50; half-ounce bottles of fragrance oils, sold in quantities of six, wholesale for $4.50; and two-ounce bottles of fragrance oils, in boxes


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half-ounce bottle of fragrance oil wholesales for $.65 and retails for $1.99, while the two-ounce bottle wholesales for $1.35 and retails for $4.99. The minimum order is $100 plus shipping costs, and the company offers additional bulk quantity discounts. Point-ofpurchase displays, sold separately for $40, hold 96 two-ounce bottles or 216 half-ounce bottles. However, displays are free with the purchase of 500 bottles of oil. VD Importers recently launched its new website where retailers can see all the company’s products and prices, as well as order online. Jainsons International offers a line of fragrance products made in the USA, at the company’s Colorado plant. Husband and wife team, Rama and Dave Jain, launched Jainsons in 1996, and wholesale incense, fragrance and body oils, as well as candles, cones and a large variety of burners. “We have a 10,000 square foot warehouse where we make incense and oils daily,” notes Rama Jain. “We buy all our fragrances here in

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the U.S., and products made in the USA are very popular with consumers today.” Jainsons began with 55 fragrances and now has 120 scents. “Some scents that are always popular are sandalwood, lavender, baby powder and rose,” Jain points out. Wholesale prices are low, she adds, and retailers can buy a half ounce bottle of fragrance oil for $.85, and a bundle of 10 incense sticks for $1, for example. Jainsons’ Mile High candle, another hot seller, is available in 24 fragrances. A sizable two by six inches, the candle is made of paraffin wax with a lead-free wick and wholesales for $4. Notably, Jainsons has not raised prices on many of its products in 10 years, and retail price can vary based on where the merchant is located. Wholesale prices are available on Jainsons’ Wholesale Central

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website, and the minimum order is $50. The company offers various point-of-purchase displays, such as a 19 inch polished and carved wooden case that holds 90 bottles of fragrance oil. Retailers receive 60 bottles and the display for $90. “I stand behind our products 100 percent,” Jain stresses, “and no one is disappointed in the quality of our products and service.” Veneto Fragrance Inc., launched in 2007, is a wholesale company specializing in the manufacture of high-end rendition designer perfumes. “What sets Veneto Wholesale Fragrance apart from the rest is our huge variety of great designer fragrances at great discount pricing,” says Daniel Elyakim, owner and CEO of the company. “Some of the hottest trends in fragrances right now are Justin Beiber, Paris Hilton and Juicy Couture, and we have great highend renditions of them all.” Veneto Fragrance introduces new scents on continued on page 73

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ducting a little research and creating a business plan, kiosk retailers are enjoying robust sales of all kinds of products, including customized sports team prints, personalized stainless steel rings and remote control toys. Personalized products are a big trend this year, and Name in the Frame allows consumers to, literally, name-drop their favorite sports teams. A customer simply supplies the name of the person who will receive the print, and the vendor uses a computer printer to insert it into the chosen major league team color photo, making the recipient part of the team. In less than


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three minutes, the framed product is ready. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun art,â&#x20AC;? says Jon Hart, chief personalization officer of the company, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and we have more than 1,000 pictures from which to choose.â&#x20AC;? Retailers have access to a virtual inventory that includes every NFL, MLB and NHL team available, plus a growing list of colleges and other licensed pieces, like NASCAR. There are several images from which to choose for each team. If a consumer is buying a gift for a Green Bay Packersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fan, for example, he or she can choose from six prints, including kid friendly, pub and stadium versions. Name in the Frame offers both a standard black frame and a Windsor mahogany frame, each of which includes a matte style finish within the picture frame. Name in the Frameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s customized prints offer margins as high as three to four times markup, Hart shares. A 13 by 16-inch framed sports print, for example, retails for $70 to $100, depending on both the market and the frame, and wholesale is around $20. Kiosk startup costs are around $1,200 for a printer, image credits, paper and picture frames. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The genius behind it all is the technology that allows retailers the same markup they are accustomed to realizing from sales of other items, but without the traditional inventory risks,â&#x20AC;? Hart stresses. Retailers only keep paper and frames in stock. The company

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continued from page 71 asks for a minimum order of three boxes, which totals 72 frames, and, “a good operator will go through 100 prints in a weekend,” Hart points out. Women 30 to 60 years old are the targeted consumers, because they buy the bulk of gifts for family and friends, Hart asserts, and Name in the Frame is easy to sell, by offering shoppers a peek at a personalized print. “Previews drive sales, so it’s important that vendors have fun with shoppers,” Hart recommends. “They have to get people’s attention and enter into a dialogue.” Retailers must convey that they have every team, as well as other themes, and that the framed, personalized picture is available immediately. “They should ask people who they are shopping for, and what he or she is like. If they are not a sports fan, we offer other themes, too, such as wedding, relationship and children’s images.” While mall kiosks are popular venues for Name in the Frame sales, the products also sell well at fairs and festivals. “The beauty of craft fairs is that they end, and 7HOLESALE$ISTRIBUTORSOF 2ECLOSEABLE0OLY"AGS

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consumers who see something they like are going to buy it on the spot because they won’t have the opportunity to go back.” Whether starting out at a mall or craft fair, it’s important to, “get your pitch down,” Hart stresses. “Focus on marketing and on how to engage your customers.” Like personalized sports prints, stamped stainless steel rings from Sun Fashion Designs, Inc., are fast becoming popular among kiosk vendors. The rings, made of 316-grade stainless steel, are hypoallergenic and can be completely customized with name, anniversary date, organization, sports team, symbol and more. “You name it, and we have it,” says Brian Nelson, sales manager of Sun Fashion Designs. The startup kit, which wholesales for $865, includes the stamping machine, 100 rings, letters A through continued on page 76

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$10 to $50. Veneto Fragrance’s minimum order is $100 within the U.S. and $3,000 for export. Pointof-purchase displays are available. Scented products, including perfumes, body oils and candles, continue to please consumers as inexpensive self-indulgences, as well as ever-popular gifts for holidays and house warming events. Suppliers such as L&V Creations, VD Importers, Jainsons and Veneto Fragrance offer a wide variety of tried and true formulas, with new introductions sure to satisfy a diverse clientele in any retail setting. ■ For Today’s Business News and Updates Visit IndependentRetailer.com

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Z, numbers zero through nine, several punctuation stamps, a hammer and a paint pen, everything needed to create 100 personalized rings. Presently, 24 ring styles are available. Rings wholesale for under $1.85 apiece and retail for $30 and up. “We have some vendors selling these rings at upscale malls for up to $60,” Nelson asserts. “When we get phone calls from our customers they are buying a lot of replacement rings and they are so happy. They are overwhelmed with sales.” Marketing materials are included with the kit along with tips of the trade. “We include many ideas for vendors,” Nelson points out. For example, the company reveals how vendors can craft the “Rainbow Ring,” one of the company’s most popular styles.

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Vendors also receive an instruction manual and video with step-by-step instructions on how to operate the stamping machine. It is incredibly easy to use, Nelson stresses, and it takes less than one minute to personalize a ring for the customer. The product is so new, he continues, that less than two percent of malls presently carry it, and the market is wide open for sales. Along with personalized products, remote control helicopters hit the mark when it comes to kiosk sales, and Valors Inc. has been committed to selling high-quality R/C helicopters, as well as cars, since 2007. Hank Ho, sales and service manager of Valors, says R/C helicopters are a staple at kiosks because they are easy to operate and demonstrate, and shoppers love them. Ho suggests vendors offer a mix of products, and while many retailers devote entire carts to R/C helicopters, others are diversifying. “Some vendors who carry our helicopters also carry other products, or they’ll have a neighboring cart that car-


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also superior customer service, he points out. “We now have a dedicated customer service department and we provide excellent service on a timely basis. In our industry, that is critical because we deal with many items that are close to expiring and time is of the essence for our customers.” While the business is growing, Nubani is making sure it has a solid foundation of support, and more than 30 employees serve in a range of departments including human resources, logistics, financing, shipping and receiving. Furthermore, Nubani recently purchased the 150,000 square foot warehouse it occupies in Bellwood, IL. “The warehouse is only six years old, and it’s completely temperature controlled to preserve the quality of our chocolate and other products,” Nubani comments. “Our warehouse is immaculate and I’m very proud of the condition we keep it in. We keep all our product on racks, we polish, buff and wax our floors

every three months, and we make sure nothing is open or in the aisles.” With all the pieces neatly in place, Nubani continues to develop at a phenomenal pace, having grown 35 to 40 percent each year for the last five years. Sales were $28 million in 2012, and this year the company is on pace to do $36 million in sales. “That’s partly because of the direction in which we are moving, to carry new items like snacks, grocery, and health & beauty,” Nubani notes. “It’s also because we follow the core values our father has instilled in us, honesty and what goes around comes around twice as hard. We’ll soon be a Fortune 500 company, but no matter how big we get, we will always offer personalized service and treat everyone with respect. We make sure our customers are happy with their orders, and that they are successful with sales of our products.” ■ NUBANI DISTRIBUTORS 2850 Oak Street, Building A, Bellwood, IL 60104 Tel.: 708-544-4740 • Fax: 708-544-4751 Email: sales@nubanidistributors.com Website: www.nubanidistributors.com

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TRADESHOW CALENDAR APRIL APR 3-6, International Sign Expo Mandalay Bay Convention Center - Las Vegas, NV Digital Printing, Electronic message centers and all components necessary in the manufacture of on-premise signage of all types. For further information: Bill McGlade, International Sign Association, 707 N. St. Asaph St., Alexandria, VA 22314-1911. Telephone: 703-836-4012; Fax: 703-836-8353; Email: bill.mcglade@signs.org; Website: www.signexpo.org.

APR 5-7, Great American Gem Show - InterGem Santa Monica Civic Auditorium - Santa Monica, CA Many beautiful and exotic gems, beads and jewelry, can be found among the rows and rows of exhibitors at each show. Engagement rings, anniversary gifts, birthstones, healing gemstones, heirlooms, possessions of movie stars and international celebrities, multiplies in value as gifts for friends, family or oneself. For further information: International Gem & Jewelry Show, Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: 301-294-1640; Fax: 301-294-0034; Email: info@intergem.net; Website: www.intergem.net.

APR 6-8, GTS Greensboro NC Expo Greensboro Coliseum Complex - Greensboro, NC Helping retailers and resellers succeed by offering multiple shows packed with world class importers, manufacturers, & wholesalers. GTS shows are filled with plenty of fashion jewelry, fine jewelry, beaded jewelry, handbags, apparel, closeouts, and accessories to satisfy all your businesses needs. These wholesale only expos provides our members a unique marketplace to explore new merchandise trends and new products for your business in a relaxed professional atmosphere. We help you be a better buyer by bringing you New Product Introductions and allowing you to examine New Products firsthand. For further information: Bobby Siddiqui, Golden Triangle Show, P.O. Box 4163, Alpharetta, GA 30023. Telephone: 770-410-9771; Fax: 866-807-0808; Email: bobby@gtshows.com; Website: www.gtshows.com.

APR 6-8, Jewelers International Showcase - JIS Miami Beach Convention Center - Miami Beach, FL The Largest & Leading Independent Jewelry Tradeshows in the Western Hemisphere. Serving only the jewelry trade with Worldwide exhibitors selling to the jewelry trade of Florida, 50 countries of The Caribbean and Latin America plus buyers from over 42 other USA states. Show established in 1979. For further information: Michael Breslow, President, Jewelers International Showcase, Inc., 6421 Congress Ave., Ste. 105, Boca Raton, FL 33487-2858. Telephone: 561-998-0205; Fax: 561-998-0209; Email: jisshow@aol.com; Website: www.jisshow.com.

APR 6-8, Portland Gift & Accessories Show Oregon Convention Center - Portland, OR The Portland Gift & Accessories Show is open to the retail buying trade only. It features a variety of giftware, decorative accessories, personal and fashion accessories, home decor, garden & outdoor product, one-of-akind, handmade merchandise, antiques and collectibles, tableware and fine jewelry. For further information: Jim Walker, Western Exhibitors, LLC, 2818 Greenwich St., San Francisco, CA 94123. Telephone: 415-346-6666; Fax: 415-346-4965; Email: tvongal@urban-expo.com; Website: www.urban-expo.com.

APR 7-8, Gem, Jewelry & Lapidary Trade Show Ramada In Mall Of America And Convention Center - Mineapolis, MN This show specializes in gems, jewelry, lapidary equipment and specimens. **** ALL G&LW SHOWS ARE WHOLESALE ONLY - COPY OF BUSINESS OR RESALE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED - DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE **** For further information: Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers, Inc., P.O. Box 98, Flora, MS 39071-0098. Telephone: 601-879-8832; Fax: 601-879-3282; Email: info@glwshows.com; Website: www.glwshows.com.

APR 10-11, OASIS Albuquerque Gift Show Albuquerque Convention Center - Albuquerque, NM OASIS offers success, opportunity, and convenience to buyers by featuring an expansive product selection and one-of-a-kind handmade gifts. OASIS exhibitors

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in value as gifts for friends, family or oneself. For further information: International Gem & Jewelry Show, Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: 301294-1640; Fax: 301-294-0034; Email: info@intergem.net; Website: www.intergem.net.

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Manufacturer’s reps in the men’s, women’s and children’s apparel field and related accessories will be on hand to display their lines and take orders. For further information: Rick Siegel, Northstar Fashion Exhibitors, 3001 Hyatt Merchandise Mart, 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Telephone: 763-546-8717; Fax: 763-546-9176; Email: northstarfashion@gmail.com; Website: www.northstarfashion.com.

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center - Rosemont, IL Show features all types of jewelry including gold, platinum, silver, diamonds and gemstones. Fashion including sportswear, furs, leather apparel and neckwear. Accessories such as belts, scarves, handbags, sunglasses, wallets, watches and eye wear. Home decor including giftware, cookware, housewares and gourmet food. Pre-registration is FREE. On-site registration is $5. For further information: TransWorld Exhibits, Inc., 1850 Oak St., Northfield, IL 60093. Telephone: 847-446-8434, 800-323-5462; Fax: 847-446-3523; Email: info@tweshows.com; Website: www.tweshows.com.

APR 11-15, Atlanta Women’s & Children’s Apparel/Accessories Market AmericasMart*Atlanta - Atlanta, GA Fashion takes a new runway staged and spot lit for design innovation this April at AmericasMart®-Atlanta. It’s where contemporary collections meet designer/ bridge creations for top retailers on a new path to fashion, as only AmericasMart can define it AmericasMart PREMIERE: The New International Show for Juried Apparel Collection. For further information: Mary Ellen Jackson, AmericasMart Atlanta, 240 Peachtree St. NW, Ste. 2200, Atlanta, GA 30303. Telephone: 404-220-2234; Fax: 404-220-2299; Email: mjackson@americasmart.com; Website: www.americasmart.com.

APR 12-14, Chicago Jewelry & Watch Show Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers - Chicago, IL The three-day event features more than 100 domestic and international dealers of unique, rare and distinctive antique jewelry, exquisite time pieces and gemstones. For further information: Andrea Canady, Show Director, George Little Management, LLC., US Antique Shows, 10130 Market Street, Suite 9, Naples, FL 34112. Telephone: 239-732-6642; Fax: 239-3526005; Email: acanady@glmshows.com; Website: www.glmshows.com,www.antiquejewelrychicagoshow.com, www.USAntiqueshows.com.

APR 12-14, Gem, Jewelry & Lapidary Trade Show Embassy Suites/Lovinia/Novi - Detroit, MI This show specializes in gems, jewelry, lapidary equipment and specimens. **** ALL G&LW SHOWS ARE WHOLESALE ONLY - COPY OF BUSINESS OR RESALE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED - DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE **** For further information: Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers, Inc., P.O. Box 98, Flora, MS 39071-0098. Telephone: 601-879-8832; Fax: 601-879-3282; Email: info@glwshows.com; Website: www.glwshows.com.

APR 12-14, Great American Gem Show - InterGem Austin Convention Center - Austin, TX Many beautiful and exotic gems, beads and jewelry, can be found among the rows and rows of exhibitors at each show. Engagement rings, anniversary gifts, birthstones, healing gemstones, heirlooms, possessions of movie stars and international celebrities, multiplies in value as gifts for friends, family or oneself. For further information: International Gem & Jewelry Show, Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: 301294-1640; Fax: 301-294-0034; Email: info@intergem.net; Website: www.intergem.net.

APR 12-14, Great American Gem Show - InterGem Westchester County Center - White Plains, NY Many beautiful and exotic gems, beads and jewelry, can be found among the rows and rows of exhibitors at each show. Engagement rings, anniversary gifts, birthstones, healing gemstones, heirlooms, possessions of movie stars and international celebrities, multiplies

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APR 13-15, Northstar Fashion Exhibitors Hyatt Regency - 1300 Nicollet Mall - Minneapolis, MN

APR 14-16, International Beauty Show - New York Jacob K. Javits Convention Center - New York, NY This show features hair, nail, as well as makeup programs covering every aspect of the beauty industry. IBS offers something for everyone - cutting, coloring, long hairdressing, skin/body, nails, business, booth renters, forum, multicultural - You name it! For further information: Dana Lupton, Group Show Director, Questex Media Group, 757 Third Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10017. Telephone: 800-427-2420, 212-895-8237; Fax: 212-895-8209; Email: dlupton@questex.com; Website: www.ibsnewyork.com.

APR 16-18, SPREE East Specialty Retail Entrepreneur Expo & Conference Sands Expo Center - Las Vegas, NV The show for the $12 billion cart & kiosk industry, the fastest growing segment of retail today. SPREE offers one-stop shopping for specialty retailers looking for products, locations and services. As an exhibitor you will have the unique opportunity to meet face-to-face with both established retailers and entrepreneurs who are interested in starting a retail venture. For further information: Sally Miller, Specialty Retail Report, 195 Hanover Street, Hanover, MA 02339. Telephone: 800-936-6297, 781-312-1055; Fax: 888-213-1857, 781-829-1042; Email: info@spreeshow.com; Website: www.spreeshow.com.

APR 17, The Heritage Cash & Carry Wholesale Market Eisenhower Inn Allstar Complex - Gettysburg, PA Traditional and new ideas for the home & garden from America’s Finest Craftsman. For further information: Heritage Markets, P.O. Box 389, Carlisle, PA 17013. Telephone: 717-249-9404; Fax: 717-258-0265; Email: hertmarket@aol.com; Website: www.heritagemarkets.com.

APR 19-20, Gem, Jewelry & Lapidary Trade Show Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Chicago, IL This show specializes in gems, jewelry, lapidary equipment and specimens. **** ALL G&LW SHOWS ARE WHOLESALE ONLY - COPY OF BUSINESS OR RESALE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED - DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE **** For further information: Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers, Inc., P.O. Box 98, Flora, MS 39071-0098. Telephone: 601-879-8832; Fax: 601-879-3282; Email: info@glwshows.com; Website: www.glwshows.com.

APR 19-21, ACC Craft Fair - St. Paul River Centre - St. Paul, MN The largest juried indoor craft show in the nation will feature many of the country’s top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture and home decor artists. Now in its 36th year, this American Craft Council show is a mustattend event. For further information: Kristen Powell, American Craft Council, 1224 Marshall St. NE #200, Mineapolis, MN 55413-1089. Telephone: 612-206-3100; Fax: 612-355-2330; Email: Kpowell@craftcouncil.org; Website: www.craftcouncil.org.

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TRADESHOW CALENDAR April continued from page 84 APR 19-21, America’s Family Pet Expo OC Fair & Event Center - Costa Mesa, CA For the pet loving public (over 40,000 people in attendance). Dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, pigs, llamas and more! The purpose of this show is to bring together all elements of the companion animal world and to promote responsible pet ownership. Demonstrations, speakers, product exhibits, hobbyist shows and contests. For further information: Kathy Branson, World Wide Pet Industry Association, 135 Lemon Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016. Telephone: 626-447-2222; Fax: 626-447-8350; Email: info@wwpia.org; Website: www.petexpooc.com.

APR 19-21, Great American Gem Show - InterGem Reliant Center at Reliant Park - Houston, TX Many beautiful and exotic gems, beads and jewelry, can be found among the rows and rows of exhibitors at each show. Engagement rings, anniversary gifts, birthstones, healing gemstones, heirlooms, possessions of movie stars and international celebrities, multiplies in value as gifts for friends, family or oneself. For further information: International Gem & Jewelry Show, Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: 301-294-1640; Fax: 301-294-0034; Email: info@intergem.net; Website: www.intergem.net.

wholesale distributors enjoy the concise, comfortable, casual buying atmosphere. View thousands of closeout and direct import general merchandise items across a wide variety of product categories. Spend more time with vendors buying and viewing product rather than walking endlessly, in a huge convention center. For further information: TransWorld Merchandise Center, Inc., 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1540, Chicago, IL 60606. Telephone: 312-201-3800; Fax: 312-201-3803; Website: www.twmerchcenter.com.

off-price apparel and accessories. The wholesalers and jobbers at our show carry men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel 20-70% below the original manufacturer’s wholesale price. For further information: Todd Fabos, Off-Price Specialist Center, 16985 W. Bluemound Rd., Ste. 210., Brookfield, WI 53005. Telephone: 262-782-1600; Fax: 262-782-1601; Email: tfabos@offpriceshow.com; Website: www.offpriceshow.com.

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Regent Showroom, 8999 Palmer St. - River Grove, IL The Midwest Market Days trade show is conveniently located in the Midwest only 10 minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Buyers from independent retailers, mass merchants and wholesale distributors enjoy the concise, comfortable, casual buying atmosphere. View thousands of closeout and direct import general merchandise items across a wide variety of product categories. Spend more time with vendors buying and viewing product rather than walking endlessly, in a huge convention center. We provide complimentary breakfast and buffet lunch to all buyers and shuttle transportation to other participating showroom locations just minutes away. For further information: Ken Soens or Sandy Drelich, Regent Products Corp., 8999 Palmer St., River Grove, IL 60171. Telephone: 708-583-1000; Fax: 708-583-1400; Email: sales@regentproducts.com; Website: www.midwestmarketdays.com.

APR 19-21, Mid-South Jewelry & Accessories Fair - Spring

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Memphis Cook Convention Center - Memphis, TN For The Trade Only - Cash and Carry Gift, Fashion, Accessories, Home Decor & Jewelry Show. For further information: David Harrington, Show Manager, Helen Brett Enterprises, 5111 Academy Dr., Lisle, IL 60532. Telephone: 800-541-8171, 630-241-9865 ext. 22; Fax: 630-241-9870; Email: dharrington@helenbrett.com; Website: www.gift2jewelry.com.

APR 26-28, Great American Gem Show - InterGem Greater Philadelphia Expo Center At Oaks Philadelphia, PA Many beautiful and exotic gems, beads and jewelry, can be found among the rows and rows of exhibitors at each show. Engagement rings, anniversary gifts, birthstones, healing gemstones, heirlooms, possessions of movie stars and international celebrities, multiplies in value as gifts for friends, family or oneself. For further information: International Gem & Jewelry Show, Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: 301-294-1640; Fax: 301-294-0034; Email: info@intergem.net; Website: www.intergem.net.

APR 26-28, Great American Gem Show - InterGem Dallas Market Hall - Dallas, TX Many beautiful and exotic gems, beads and jewelry, can be found among the rows and rows of exhibitors at each show. Engagement rings, anniversary gifts, birthstones, healing gemstones, heirlooms, possessions of movie stars and international celebrities, multiplies in value as gifts for friends, family or oneself. For further information: International Gem & Jewelry Show, Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: 301-294-1640; Fax: 301-294-0034; Email: info@intergem.net; Website: www.intergem.net.

APR 27-29, Charlotte Gift & Jewelry Show

The National Hardware Show, Lawn & Garden World and Homewares Show offers everything related to retail home enhancement. With over 3,000 exhibitors from around the globe, representing over 150 product categories. You’ll find it all, from the big brands to the smaller manufacturers. No other show offers you the unique opportunity to better your business by seeking out the product(s) that might just be the “next big thing”. For further information: Reed Exhibitions, 383 Main Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851. Telephone: 888-425-9377, 203-840-5622; Fax: 203-840-9622; Email: inquiry@hardware.reedexpo.com; Website: www.nationalhardwareshow.com.

Watauga Festival Center - Franklin, NC

This show specializes in gems, jewelry, lapidary equipment and specimens. **** ALL G&LW SHOWS ARE WHOLESALE ONLY - COPY OF BUSINESS OR RESALE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED - DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE **** For further information: Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers, Inc., P.O. Box 98, Flora, MS 39071-0098. Telephone: 601-879-8832; Fax: 601-879-3282; Email: info@glwshows.com; Website: www.glwshows.com.

This show specializes in gems, jewelry, lapidary equipment and specimens. **** ALL G&LW SHOWS ARE WHOLESALE ONLY - COPY OF BUSINESS OR RESALE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED - DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE **** For further information: Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers, Inc., P.O. Box 98, Flora, MS 39071-0098. Telephone: 601-879-8832; Fax: 601-879-3282; Email: info@glwshows.com; Website: www.glwshows.com.

MAY 5-7, Accessories The Show

MAY 10-12, Great American Gem Show - InterGem

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center - New York, NY The world’s largest and longest running juried allaccessories trade event. Showcases fashion resources from virtually every accessory product category. New York editions run concurrently with Moda Manhattan and Fame. For further information: Stacy Samet, Exhibitor, Business Journals, Inc., 50 Day St., Norwalk, CT 06854. Telephone: 866-696-6020, 212-710-7412; Fax: 203-838-5028; Email: stacys@busjour.com; Website: www.accessoriestheshow.com.

MAY 5-7, FAME Jacob K. Javits Convention Center - New York, NY The premier venue for Junior and Young Contemporary fashion apparel. In addition, showcases the largest selection of footwear in one location. Takes place in New York and runs concurrently with AccessoriesTheShow and Moda Manhattan. For further information: Kim Synnott, Business Journals, Inc., 50 Day St., Norwalk, CT 06854. Telephone: 866-696-6020, 212-710-7439; Fax: 203-838-5028; Email: kims@busjour.com; Website: www.fameshows.com.

MAY 5-7, MODA Manhattan Jacob K. Javits Convention Center - New York, NY

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MAY 10-12, Gem, Jewelry & Lapidary Trade Show

APR 29 - MAY 1, April Midwest Market Days™ The Midwest Market Days trade show attracts Buyers from independent retailers, mass merchants and

MAY 7-9, The National Hardware Show and Lawn & Garden World

Osceola Heritage Park - Orlando, FL

This show is a wholesale trade show for buyers of gifts, jewelry, housewares, silk flowers, stationery, toys, and much more. For further information: Michael Stephens, Mahone Associates, 800 Briarcreek Rd., Ste. BB503, Charlotte, NC 28205. Telephone: 704-377-5881; Fax: 704-358-9115; Email: michael@charlottegiftshow.com; Website: www.charlottegiftshow.com.

TransWorld Merchandise Center - Des Plaines, IL

Cash & Carry Show Open To The Trade. For further information: Debbie Carlton, AmericasMart Atlanta, 240 Peachtree St. N.W., Ste. 2200, Atlanta, GA 30303. Telephone: 404-220-2200; Fax: 404-220-2299; Email: mjackson@americasmart.com; Website: www.americasmart.com.

MAY 3-5, Gem, Jewelry & Lapidary Trade Show

An upscale trade event providing a concise mix of carefully juried RTW for the Modern Contemporary retailer. Features fashion resources ranging in apparel from every category possible. Takes place in New York and runs concurrently with AccessoriesTheShow and Fame. For further information: Dee Gratz Jones, Business Journals, Inc., 50 Day St., Norwalk, CT 06854. Telephone: 866-696-6020, 212-710-7441; Fax: 203-838-5028; Email: deej@busjour.com; Website: www.modamanhattan.com.

Charlotte Merchandise Mart - Charlotte, NC

MAY 7-9, Atlanta Spring Immediate Delivery Show

Gotham Hotel - New York, NY The Off-Price Specialist Show is the premier show for

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Donald E. Stephens Convention Center - Chicago, IL Many beautiful and exotic gems, beads and jewelry, can be found among the rows and rows of exhibitors at each show. Engagement rings, anniversary gifts, birthstones, healing gemstones, heirlooms, possessions of movie stars and international celebrities, multiplies in value as gifts for friends, family or oneself. For further information: International Gem & Jewelry Show, Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: 301-294-1640; Fax: 301-294-0034; Email: info@intergem.net; Website: www.intergem.net.

MAY 12-14, Value Merchandise Expo Atlantic Convention Center - Atlantic City, NJ General / Variety Merchandise, Closeouts, Toys, Novelty, Gift, Jewelry For further information: Alan Paggao, Value Merchandise Expo, LLC, 2201-D North Lakewood Blvd., Ste.# 1888, Long Beach, CA 90815. Telephone: 877-248-5327, 562-988-9040; Fax: 877-248-1022; Email: alanpaggao@vpexpo.com, sales@vpexpo.com; Website: www.vpexpo.com.

MAY 14, The Heritage Cash & Carry Wholesale Market Allen County Memorial Coliseum - Fort Wayne, IN Traditional and new ideas for the home & garden from America’s Finest Craftsman. For further information: Heritage Markets, P.O. Box 389, Carlisle, PA 17013. Telephone: 717-249-9404; Fax: 717-258-0265; Email: hertmarket@aol.com; Website: www.heritagemarkets.com.

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MAY 16, The Heritage Cash & Carry Wholesale Market Medina County Community Center - Medina, OH Traditional and new ideas for the home & garden from America’s Finest Craftsman. For further information: Heritage Markets, P.O. Box 389, Carlisle, PA 17013. Telephone: 717-249-9404; Fax: 717-258-0265; Email: hertmarket@aol.com; Website: www.heritagemarkets.com.

MAY 16-19, International Jewelry Fair / General Merchandise Show - Spring New Orleans Morial Convention Center - New Orleans, LA For The Trade Only - Cash and Carry Gift, Fashion, Accessories, Home Decor & Jewelry Show. For further information: David Harrington, Show Manager, Helen Brett Enterprises, 5111 Academy Dr., Lisle, IL 60532. Telephone: 800-541-8171, 630-241-9865 ext. 22; Fax: 630-241-9870; Email: dharrington@helenbrett.com; Website: www.gift2jewelry.com.

MAY 17-19, Great American Gem Show - InterGem Dulles Expo Center - Chantilly, VA Many beautiful and exotic gems, beads and jewelry, can be found among the rows and rows of exhibitors at each show. Engagement rings, anniversary gifts, birthstones, healing gemstones, heirlooms, possessions of movie stars and international celebrities, multiplies in value as gifts for friends, family or oneself. For further information: International Gem & Jewelry Show, Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: 301-294-1640; Fax: 301-294-0034; Email: info@intergem.net; Website: www.intergem.net.

MAY 17-19, Great American Gem Show - InterGem Santa Monica Civic Auditorium - Santa Monica, CA Many beautiful and exotic gems, beads and jewelry, can be found among the rows and rows of exhibitors at each show. Engagement rings, anniversary gifts, birthstones, healing gemstones, heirlooms, possessions of movie stars and international celebrities, multiplies in value as gifts for friends, family or oneself. For further information: International Gem & Jewelry Show, Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: 301-294-1640; Fax: 301-294-0034; Email: info@intergem.net; Website: www.intergem.net.

MAY 18-21, International Contemporary Furniture Fair Jacob K. Javits Convention Center - New York, NY Highly acclaimed showcase for contemporary designers and designs. An international showcase without peer in the USA, the ICFF is a resource for finding the best of contemporary design. For further information: Philip D. Robinson, Show Director, George Little Management, LLC., 10 Bank St., Ste. 1200, White Plains, NY 10606. Telephone: 914-421-3200, 800-272-7469; Fax: 914-948-6197; Email: info@icff.com; Website: www.glmshows.com, www.icff.com.

MAY 19-22, National Stationery Show Jacob K. Javits Convention Center - New York, NY The comprehensive source for greeting cards, social stationery and related lifestyle products, the NSS features nearly 900 exhibiting companies and attracts some 11,000 buyers worldwide. For further information: Patti Stracher, Show Manager, George Little Management, LLC., 10 Bank St., Ste. 1200, White Plains, NY 10606. Telephone: 914-421-3394, 800-272-7469; Fax: 914-948-6180; Email: patti_stracher@glmshows.com; Website: www.glmshows.com, www.nationalstationeryshow.com.

MAY 24-26, Great American Gem Show - InterGem Veterans Memorial - Columbus, OH Many beautiful and exotic gems, beads and jewelry, can be found among the rows and rows of exhibitors at each show. Engagement rings, anniversary gifts, birthstones, healing gemstones, heirlooms, possessions of movie stars and international celebrities, multiplies in value as gifts for friends, family or oneself. For further information: International Gem & Jewelry Show, Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: 301-294-1640; Fax: 301-294-0034; Email: info@intergem.net; Website: www.intergem.net.

MAY 27-30, Great American Gem Show - InterGem Mirage Casino & Resort - Las Vegas, NV Many beautiful and exotic gems, beads and jewelry, can be found among the rows and rows of exhibitors at each show. Engagement rings, anniversary gifts, birthstones, healing gemstones, heirlooms, possessions of movie stars and international celebrities, multiplies in value as gifts for friends, family or oneself. For further information: International Gem & Jewelry Show, Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: 301-294-1640; Fax: 301-294-0034; Email: info@intergem.net; Website: www.intergem.net.

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LUXURY & Premiere is the only exclusive high-end event that provides the jewelry industry’s most elite retailers with the opportunity to source the finest jewelry from the world’s most renowned designers and manufacturers in a secure and luxurious environment. For further information: Yancy Weinrich, Industry Vice President, JCK Events / Reed Exhibitions, 383 Main Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851. Telephone: 203-840-5684; Fax: 203-840-5830 / 800-257-3626; Email: inquiry@jck.reedexpo.com; Website: www.luxurybyjck.com.

MAY 30 - JUN 2, Dallas Apparel & Accessories Dallas Market Center - Dallas, TX A showcase for some 14,000 lines of women’s and children’s apparel and accessories. For further information: Ashley Banks, Dallas Market Center, 2100 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207. Telephone: 214-655-6183, 800-325-6587; Fax: 214-655-6105; Email: info@dmcmail.com; Website: www.dallasmarketcenter.com.

MAY 30 - JUN 2, Las Vegas Jewelry & Watch Show The Paris Hotel - Las Vegas, NV The Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show is the largest trade only event serving the antique and estate jewelry and watch industry. Nearly 400 exhibitors grace our show floor to display only the finest merchandise obtained from estates and jewelers across the globe. Elegant signed pieces from famous names including Cartier, Tiffany’s, David Webb, Harry Winston, Patek Philippe, Van Cleef & Arpels and many others permeate the show floor. In addition, all categories of jewelry such as cameos, tennis bracelets, rings, decorative necklaces, brooches, gemstones and pendants will be available. These stunning collections represent all eras of jewelry history from the Renaissance to Art Deco eras. Embrace the beauty of history. For further information: Andrea Canady, Show Director, George Little Management, LLC., US Antique Shows, 10130 Market Street, Suite 9, Naples, FL 34112. Telephone: 239-732-6642; Fax: 239-352-6005; Email: acanady@glmshows.com; Website: www.glmshows.com, www.vegasantiquejewelry.com, www.USAntiqueshows.com.

MAY 31 - JUN 2, Great American Gem Show - InterGem San Mateo County Event Center - San Mateo, CA Many beautiful and exotic gems, beads and jewelry, can be found among the rows and rows of exhibitors at each show. Engagement rings, anniversary gifts, birthstones, healing gemstones, heirlooms, possessions of movie stars and international celebrities, multiplies in value as gifts for friends, family or oneself. For further information: International Gem & Jewelry Show, Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: 301-294-1640; Fax: 301-294-0034; Email: info@intergem.net; Website: www.intergem.net.

MAY 31 - JUN 2, Great American Gem Show - InterGem Minnesota State Fairgrounds - St. Paul, MN Many beautiful and exotic gems, beads and jewelry, can be found among the rows and rows of exhibitors at each show. Engagement rings, anniversary gifts, birthstones, healing gemstones, heirlooms, possessions of movie stars and international celebrities, multiplies in value as gifts for friends, family or oneself. For further information: International Gem & Jewelry Show, Inc., 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: 301-294-1640; Fax: 301-294-0034; Email: info@intergem.net; Website: www.intergem.net.

MAY 31 - JUN 3, The JCK Show - Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Convention Center - Las Vegas, NV America’s foremost jewelry trade show in the United States offering the broadest selection of the newest styles in finished jewelry, gemstones, loose diamonds, watches, packaging, displays, related technology and business services. JCK brings together the global jewelry industry (qualified buyers and exhibitors) annually to buy, sell, network and celebrate. For further information: Yancy Weinrich, Industry Vice President, JCK / Reed Exhibitions, 383 Main Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851. Telephone: 203-840-5684, 800-257-3626; Fax: 203-840-5830; Email: inquiry@jck.reedexpo.com; Website: www.jcklasvegasshow.com.

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AMERICA’S #1 SELLING GIFT ITEM!

Retails $7.99 to $9.99

WOOD PLAQUES

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$2.79/ea

Our customers tell us all the time: “The dog signs are my best selling item in the store!”

ASK ABOUT OUR 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE! YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE!

SEE US AT AN UPCOMING SHOW: Super Zoo in Las Vegas July 23-25, Booth 2466 ASD Show in Las Vegas August 4-7, Booth SL1003

Display Contains 28 of the Most Common Breeds 6 of each = 168 pcs at $2.79 each = $468.72

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U Any College or Pro Team Name Available U Great for the Man Cave, Rec Room, Bar, Dorm, etc. U Large 10”x16” Size, Laminated for Durability U $7.49 Wholesale Cost U FREE Floor Display Available

1-800-326-7419 www.WholesaleDogSigns.com FREE SHIPPING FOR INDEPENDENT RETAILER MAGAZINE READERS!*

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*GUARANTEED SALE* We are SO confident you’ll do well we offer a MONEY BACK GUARANTEE! You can return them if you sell less than 50% in 6 Months. Restrictions apply. Call us for details. PRODUCTS MADE IN USA NOT IN CHINA

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