September 20, 2012 Volume 6, Number 37

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Pets In The Spotlight At SuperZoo

A special report from Giftware News' columnist Marilyn Nason

Exhibitors and buyers at the annual SuperZoo Show in Las Vegas, September 10-13, were unanimous in predicting strong pet product 2012 holiday business. From the latest home decor-styled beds, food bowls and water dishes to the newest in dog and cat apparel and accessories, as well as fashionable print collars, leashes, harnesses and flexible carriers - the show seemed to offer something for everyone. This is important to retailers who indicated that their customers are now far more discriminating when it comes to pet products than in previous years.

Formalwear for the dog from Road Wagz, Beverly Hills, CA, set the tone with fancy formal-styled luxury fabric tuxedo bowtie collar, button vest and matching socks in rich red/black patterns.

Oscar Newman, Batavia, IL, showed a casual dog sweater collection complete with matching squeaky toy, while Kool Tees, Deer Park, NY, offered matching t-shirts for both dogs and their adult owners featuring NFL and collegiate logos. Also in the NFL, NHL, NBA and collegiate logo vein were tees and accessories from Yellow Dog Designs, Greensboro, NC.

Bow Wow Couture, Gainesville, FL, lived up to its name with durable hand-sewn bow-tie collars and matching leads in bright prints, plaids and solid patterns. Planet Dog, Westbrook, ME, zeroed right in on the upcoming holiday season with a special collection of Christmas-themed chompers shaped like colorful snowballs and tree bulbs. Also for Fido's holidays are classic plaid stockings with faux fur trim; squeaky gingerbread-shaped, snowman and slobber chews, perfect as stocking stuffers.

Humor and pets have long been a natural combination in everything from greeting cards, signs, plaques, place mats to garden flags, mugs, water bottles and glassware, with Westminster, CO-based All Natural Petchup and Meostard pet foods in familiar-styled bottle shapes getting a chuckle and ordering interest from buyers.

When it comes to a hoodie for Fido, Hip Doggie Inc. Sherman Oaks, CA, showed off its patterned front-zippered washable model in conventional hoodie washed-grey tone.

Most exhibitors and buyers surveyed indicated that today's consumers are focusing heavily on not only getting the perfect item for their pet from a visual, comfort and flexability/longevity standpoint but also they prefer eco-friendly and Made in America items when possible. This is similar to what retailers report as important considerations for today's entire home and lifestyle market. Here's some of what was displayed:

Earthy Tan SturdiTote by Sturdi Products

Home Alone (cat) by artist Gary Patterson from Chroma Graphics

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Denver Merchandise Mart Under New Ownership; Announces $4 million Multi-Year Renovation Project

The Denver Merchandise Mart, a fixture in the Denver tradeshow, event and wholesale industries for more than 45 years, is now under the ownership and management direction of Woodhaven-Hawthorne. The company has begun a multi-year capital improvement campaign, which will feature renovations and refurbishments to both the interior and exterior of the Denver Mart over the next four years.

A privately owned venture capital company, Woodhaven-Hawthorne has committed to spending $4 million for the refurbishment and renovation of the Denver Mart. Projects include exterior refurbishments, energy conservation initiatives and interior renovations to improve the wholesaling experience for the Denver Mart's permanent tenants, consumer tradeshow and event hosts and the attendees of these events.

Woodhaven-Hawthorne has already completed the exterior painting of the building, replacement of the flooring in portions of the exhibition halls, repaving of the Mart Expansion parking lot and removal of the porte-cochere from the main entrance. Future renovation projects include a redesign of all four lobby entryways and facades, new directional signage, upgrading the HVAC systems and repaving of the Denver Mart's entire parking lot.

This spring, the company commissioned Xcel Energy to complete a comprehensive energy audit of the Denver Mart facilities, which encompasses 830,000-square-feet and 3000 parking spaces on nearly 46 acres. The first initiative of this energy efficiency engineering was the replacement or retrofitting of all of the lighting in the exhibition and common areas of the Mart with high efficiency fixtures. These efforts will reduce the Mart's annual energy consumption and carbon footprint by nearly 30 percent. MTech, a Denver based HVAC engineering firm is currently evaluating a reengineering of the Denver Mart's heating and air conditioning systems which will further reduce the Mart's carbon footprint and energy utilization.

"The Denver Mart is not only a Denver institution, but one of the most successful Mart facilities in the country," said John Doyle, CEO/managing partner, Woodhaven-Hawthorne. "We are excited to renew the vibrance, energy and breadth of offerings at the Denver Mart for our tenants, event hosts and the one million annual attendees at the Denver Mart. We look forward to unveiling a renovated Denver Mart to the Denver community and Rocky Mountain region."

Founded in 1965 as a wholesale trade center, the Denver Mart serves as an international and regional marketplace, housing permanent showrooms and holding shows for various industries, including gifts, resort, souvenirs, western apparel and equipment, jewelry, apparel and home furnishings. Today, the Mart is home to more than 350 showrooms and hosts more than 200 public and wholesale trade events each year.

High Point Market's Made in America Pavilion Showcases Broad Range of U.S.-made Furnishings

More than 40 exhibitors will exhibit a diverse mix of fashionable furniture, bedding, lighting, rugs, wall art and decorative accessories in the Made in America Pavilion at the October 13-18 High Point Market.

Located in the Suites at Market Square, the Pavilion provides an easy-to-shop venue for the latest developments in made-in-America furnishings. The Made in America Pavilion debuted at the October 2012 High Point Market.

"This is the third market for the Made in America Pavilion, and since its launch a year ago, the area has proven to be a big hit, developing into a 'can't miss' destination for retailers, designers and other buyers interested in Made in the USA product," said Julie Messner, vice president of leasing for International Market Centers. "The Pavilion now features a wide range of furnishings, designed and produced by some of the industry's leading companies."

NYIGF Accepting Applications for Juried-Focused Divisions

Designers, artists and manufacturers are invited to submit applications for three juried, design-focused New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) divisions (Accent on Design, Handmade Designer Maker and Handmade Global Design) and two special NYIGF incubator showcases (A+™: The Young Designers' Platform at Accent on Design and Emerging Designer Maker Platform at Handmade Designer Maker).

Accent on Design and Handmade are due October 1. A+ and Emerging Designer Maker are due in November. Applications for the winter 2013 NYIGF, which runs January 26-30, 2013, are now available online at

"Designers and artisans who apply are one step closer to participating in the nation's premier gift, home and lifestyle marketplace," said Christian Falkenberg, NYIGF director and GLM vice president. "These juried NYIGF divisions are recognized by retailers as a leading source for design innovation and inspiration."

World-Renowned Manufacturers Sign Leases at Chicago Design Center at the Merchandise Mart

The Design Center has announced five new showrooms will join the 6th and 14th floors this Fall, further expanding the luxury resources available. World-renowned brands, DESIGNLUSH, KnollTextiles, Paul Ferrante, Quadrille and Tufenkian Artisan Carpets will open showrooms in the Design Center, currently under renovation, bringing its residential sector to full capacity.

This significant leasing activity comes on the heels of the reconfiguration announcement, which will provide a more concentrated, easily navigable showcase of the top brand-name showrooms in Residential and Outdoor furniture design.

"Our recent leasing activity has been record breaking," said John J Brennen III, executive vice president, MMPI. "In addition to resigning over 60 existing Design Center tenants who have opted to relocate, we also have five new tenants who recently signed leases who want to be part of the exciting mix. We think this high level of industry commitment speaks for itself."

"Tufenkian Artisan Carpets is excited to be a part of The Merchandise Mart. Chicago has been a wonderful home for us and we feel the consolidation of the design trade showrooms to two floors will allow designers and architects to effortlessly source the finest home furnishings in the world for their clients," said Kyle Corey, Manager of Showrooms-North America for Tufenkian Artisan Carpets.

IHA Board Of Directors Welcomes Three New Members

Three new directors have been elected to the board of directors of the International Housewares Association (IHA), the full-service trade association for the housewares industry.

The new directors are Hildy Abrams, president/chief executive officer, Gourmet Settings Inc.; Brett Bradshaw, president, Bradshaw International, Inc.; and Jay Zilinskas, managing director, Meyer Corporation U.S. They were elected to three-year terms that begin October 1, 2012 and end September 30, 2015.

Also elected were new board officers: Chairman – William Reibl, president and CEO, Infusion Living LLC; Vice Chairman/Chairman Elect – Michael Magerman, president/CEO, Quickie Mfg. Corp and Treasurer – Keith Jaffee, chairman, O2 Cool.

All officers serve one-year terms from October1, 2012 to September 30, 2013.

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September 2012

  • 21-23, Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Fall Gift & Home Furnishings Markets and The Atlanta Gourmet Market, AmericasMart,
October 2012

  • 14-17, Louisville, KY, The 10th Annual All Baby & Child Kids Expo, Kentucky Exposition Center,

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