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Press contact: Jennifer Welborn – 678.370.0328
ATLANTA (July 6, 2015) - Further strengthening its position as the premier Midwest product resource, the 4th edition of the Windy City Gift Show will open with a significantly expanded exhibitor roster, including even more of industry’s leading manufacturers and regional sales agencies, as well as 70+ first-time exhibitors. Together with a full roster of educational programming, networking events and other buyer services, the July 25-28, 2015 edition at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center offers Midwest retailers a cost-effective, convenient and comprehensive resource to gear up for a successful 3rd and 4th quarter.
Featured throughout the show floor within the show’s categories – Gifts, Makers Market and Live in Style – the July edition’s expanded exhibitor base welcomes leading regional sales agencies like Anne McGilvray & Company, White Ginger, Patti White, Bennye Siede, Acacia Creations, Modern Age, Kelly & Crew, Charlie & Me, Haefling Group, Kehe Distributors, and DNA Sales. Joining this group are returning top name brands, including Roman Inc., Transpac, Enesco, Ohio Wholesale, Nashville Wraps, Ty, Inc., Blossom Bucket, Bright Idea, and Oak Street Wholesale.
The summer edition also includes a growing list of many new, first time exhibitors like Rescued Paws, Kiku Handmade, DPM Fragrance, Phaidon, Kunaloon, Gmex Imports, Key Smart, P. Graham Dunn, Swahili Imports Inc., and Mayana Chocolates.
“As our growing exhibitor base attests, the industry has recognized that the Windy City Gift Show has effectively filled a void in the Midwest marketplace,” says Dirk von Gal, Vice President of Gift, Urban Expositions. “Each edition has experienced significant growth in attendance and exhibitor participation. We are looking forward to what promises to be the best show yet.”
In addition to the expanded exhibitor base and product selection, buyers will find a number of market highlights, including:
SATURDAY SHOW SOCIAL – JULY 25, 2015
From 4:00 - 6:00pm, buyers and exhibitors are invited to enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live music while networking and reconnecting with industry friends, sharing ideas and product finds – without leaving the show floor.
MSA MIDWEST CHAPTER MEETING | JULY 26-28, 2015
The Museum Store Association (MSA) Midwest Chapter and the Windy City Gift Show are partnering to host the July meeting at the upcoming show. In addition to shopping the Windy City Gift Show, members can enjoy significant travel savings, free parking, free shuttle service, discounted hotel rates, a special cocktail party from 5-6 pm on Monday, July 27 and much more. For more information contact Karen McNeely at Karen.McNeely@mam.org.
When buyers pre-register for the NEW ExpressPass™, they will receive a parking rebate coupon good for reimbursement at the Rosemont Parking Garage for up to $13 per day.
DAILY $50 CASH GIVEAWAYS AND SHOW SPECIALS
Retailers can enter to win daily drawings for $50 cash! In addition, many exhibitors will be offering various savings on their lines, including free shipping, discounted rates and more.
GOODY BAG GIVEAWAYS
The first 100 stores to arrive at the show on Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26 will receive a special tote bag and a list of exhibitors to visit to receive a free gift.
FREE EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS
Buyers can choose from a number of idea-packed educational programs on a variety of topics, including social media, Fair Trade, marketing to millennials and more. For the full seminar schedule and complete details, visit www.windycitygiftshow.com.
WINDY CITY GIFT SHOW FAST FACTS
WHEN: July 25-28, 2015
WHERE: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018
HOURS: Saturday – Monday | 9 am-6 pm; Tuesday | 9 am – 3 pm
MORE INFO: www.windycitygiftshow.com or call 800-318-2238
ABOUT URBAN EXPOSITIONS
Urban Expositions, which is based in Kennesaw, GA, produces and manages a portfolio of 35 events covering six sectors. Urban Expositions was founded in 1995 with the Philadelphia Gift Show and built its business in the regional Gift & Souvenir industries. In 2008 Urban began to diversify outside of Gift & Souvenir and now produces events in sectors including Art, Aviation, Foodservice and Gaming. Urban also produces one publication, Airport Revenue News, focused on the airport concession industry. Outside of Kennesaw Urban also has offices in Shelton, CT and Boca Raton, FL as well as many remote employees based in areas that are rich with customers. For more information, visit www.urban-expo.com.