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October 25, 2007
Russ Berrie U.S. Gift, Inc. Introduces Over 600 New Products In 2008

Russ will debut new Baby, Christmas, Mother's Day, Shining Stars , Softies , Wedding lines and more at the Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, L.A., and New York gift shows.Shining Stars interactive plush received high accolades this... more »

October 25, 2007
The Cost Of A Good Scare

It's almost scary, the money people spend on Halloween.Americans will shell out just over $5 billion on the harrowing holiday this year, up 58% since 2002 (annualized growth: 11%), according to the latest sales projections... more »

October 25, 2007
Retailers and shoppers aren

Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — is the traditional start of the holiday selling season, but it seems many shoppers aren't waiting.In fact, a survey from the National Retail Federation found about 40... more »

October 25, 2007
Retail suffers as California wildfires burn

Los Angeles (Reuters) - Wildfires in Southern California are exacerbating a difficult retail environment in a state already hit by declining home sales and mortgage woes that have cut into consumer spending. With about 500,000... more »

October 24, 2007
Valpo gift shop feels the squeeze

Valparaiso -- Competition from big-box retailers and Internet shopping has hit a decades-old downtown specialty gift shop.Diane and Bill Cooley plan to close their American Legacy gift shop in downtown Valparaiso on Dec. 31.For 20... more »

October 23, 2007
OneCoast Partners with OverCoffee: Catalog Library to Improve Product Data

Pittsburgh, PA— OneCoast, the largest and only national provider of sales and marketing services to vendors and retailers of home decor, gift and collegiate products, has partnered with OverCoffee Productions, the leading web design and... more »

October 23, 2007
Fat Brain Toy Co. Expands Its Line With New Dado Squares

Elkhorn, NE - When rock 'n roller Huey Lewis first belted out the lyrics to his hit song, "Hip To Be Square," little did he know that years later a toy would be invented that... more »

October 23, 2007
California Gift Show Introduces New Layout And Lively Showfloor Presentation Space

White Plains, NY - Renowned for embodying the creative, trend-forward and uniquely West Coast spirit that defines Los Angeles, the California Gift Show will unveil a "lifestyle-inspired" layout and a new showfloor venue for complimentary... more »

October 23, 2007
GHTA Publishes Final Conference Agenda

The Gift and Home Trade Association, the industry's non-profit professional trade association, has finalized the agenda for its 2007 Annual Conference, which will take place Nov. 16-17, 2007, in La Jolla, Calif., at the Hilton... more »

October 23, 2007
Beautiful bumbershoots: Beat your rainy-day blues with a fun, stylish umbrella

Here comes the rain again.But you don't have to feel so bad about it. Oh, no.In fact, it's time to have some fun with an often-overlooked accessory -- not a handbag or a hat --... more »

October 23, 2007
One of a Kind

Colorful spinning signs beckon visitors inside a small two-bedroom house off Highway 10 in Dilworth.The unassuming white house with a red brick chimney is home to a host of gift items from candles and bread... more »

October 23, 2007
Cobblestone Confections’ road to success paved with toffee

Mansfield -- The Halloween candy hasn't even been handed out yet, but visions of peppermint snowmen and spearmint hard tack are dancing in Merry Birmelin's head.Actually, her head, like the house she shares with husband... more »

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