Julie McCallum

Summer 2019
Editor’s Letter Summer 2019 By Julie McCallum

Let’s Celebrate

Summer is made for celebrating life’s occasions. From graduations to weddings to reunions to the Fourth of July, the warm weather makes travel a breeze and the parks and picnic tables make the perfect venues. It doesn’t take a momentous life event to warrant a celebration. Impromptu get-togethers are often the best reason to put some beverages on ice and set out a platter of goodies.

I can’t wait for the opportunity to sit down with the queen of platters herself, Nora of nora fleming, to talk about her business and her new book “mini occasions – a collection of celebrations.” Join us for a fun and uplifting chat at AmericasMart Atlanta on Friday, July 12 in Building 1, Floor 14, and then a meet and greet afterwards in the nora fleming showroom.

Let me tell you, this gorgeous book is full of ideas, recipes and entertaining inspiration! Buying for the holidays starts at the summer markets. The showrooms will be full of ornaments, cards and décor to fit every style and personality.

Check out our product showcases for a carefully chosen selection of holiday items. And if you are new to wholesale gift buying, we’ve included an at-a-glance chart on page 144 to help with knowing when to buy for all of the major holidays throughout the year.

The shops in sunny southern California, like Gum Tree, featured on the cover, have a knack for drawing in the locals as well as the tourists with unique merchandise and a laid-back vibe. Their carefully curated selection of products from all over the world makes them the place to go for the perfect gift. Get to know Gum Tree and two others on page 73.

In an effort to keep our readers ahead of the curve, editor Sam Ujvary takes an in-depth look at the CBD market and presents useful information about these dietary supplements and personal care products. This growing category is becoming mainstream on main street and we’ve got what you need to know on page 140.

We look forward to seeing many of you during our summer travels. Join us at the Las Vegas Market on Sunday, July 28 to celebrate this year’s class of 40 inspiring young leaders in the gift industry. The 40 Under 40 party kicks off at 5 p.m. in building C, room C-1144. Let’s make it an occasion to remember!

Julie McCallum

Julie McCallum is editor-in-chief of Gift Shop Magazine. She is formerly the editor of Museums & More and has more than 25 years experience in publishing.

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