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April 14, 2014
SLIP INTO COMFORT
Artisan-made sheepskin and suede booties from Garneau Slippers are crafted entirely by hand, and are available in range of fashion-forward colours. Read more...
A PICNIC WALLET
Compact enough to leave in the car for impromptu cheese tastings, this tidy picnic wallet from Cathay Importers includes cloth napkins, a small plastic cutting board, a corkscrew, stainless steel forks and knives – including a bread knife. Read more...
TAKE NOTE
Delicately drawn postcards from Galison Mudpuppy are sold in sets of 30, all featuring nature-inspired designs. Read more...
BRING IT HOME
Get noticed this season by transforming parts of your store into warm and welcoming living environments for customers to experience.

How to create an inviting room setting:

Step 1 Create the foundation - and set the perimeters for the staging area - with an area rug. Read more...
QUEBEC GIFT FAIR WELCOMES NEW SHOW MANAGER
The Canadian Gift Association recently announced the promotion of Anne-Sophie Pelchat to the position of Show Manager for the Quebec Gift Fair. Pelchat has experience in a variety of positions within the association and specifically with the Quebec Gift Fair. Read more...
ABBOTT DEBUTS AROMABOTANICALS
Abbott's newest line, Aromabotanicals Scented Candles, includes a range of candles crafted from Australian essential oils. Made from a blend of palm and soy wax, the hand-poured candles are available in Cedar & Nutmeg, Raspberry Coulis, Ginger Lily and seven other fragrances. Read more...
WILDBIRD LAUNCHES THE FROGLOG
Wildbird Trading Company has obtained the exclusive distribution rights for the FrogLog. Once a frog, mouse or other small animal falls into a swimming pool, they instinctively swim toward the edge to escape. With a mesh ramp and platform, the FrogLog helps them exit the pool safely. Read more...
KAMELEON JEWELRY LAUNCHES SITE REDESIGN
JewelPop will launch a new website design for its Kameleon Jewelry line this spring. The fact that over 80 per cent of the site's activity originate on mobile and tablet devices presented an issue as Kameleon's current site is not mobile friendly. Read more...
ORILLIA HOME HARDWARE STORE OF THE YEAR
Home Hardware's annual Walter J. Hachborn Store of the Year Award was presented to John Locke and Bill Ecklund, dealer-owners of Orillia Home Hardware Building Centre. Now in its 17th year, the award pays tribute to the top store, selected from close to 1100 stores across Canada, for achieving the highest standards in retailing, merchandising, staff performance and overall quality and service. Read more...
ICSC ANNOUNCES SPREE CANADA
The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) has announced the launch of Specialty Retail Entrepreneur Expo (SPREE) in Canada. The creation of SPREE Canada comes on the heels of ICSC's recent acquisition of select assets of Pinnacle Publishing Group, including SPREE and Specialty Retail Report. The event aims to provide an opportunity for specialty retailers, wholesalers, shopping centre developers and service providers to come together under one roof for deal making, networking and education. Read more...
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Sonia Hevey, who recently celebrated a 10-year anniversary with QHouse Kids, was promoted to Eastern Canadian sales manager and will handle the needs of retailers within the Ottawa Valley, Quebec and the Maritimes. Read more...

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