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REDESIGNED FLOORPLAN, NEW ARTISAN ALLEY HEADLINE
WINTER 2018 SEATTLE GIFT SHOW

 ATLANTA (October 17, 2017) – The Seattle Gift Show returns to the Washington State Convention Center, January 20 – 23, 2018 – bringing new discoveries to a redesigned floor plan. Shining an even stronger spotlight on the show’s popular Makers’ Market, Urban Craft Uprising Pavilion, new Artisan Alley showcase, Souvenir resources, as well as other new exhibitors and Pacific Northwest specialties, the new floor layout comes together with a host of networking events and show floor hospitality all designed to leave buyers inspired and engaged in the retail community.

“Our newest show initiatives truly celebrate a Pacific Northwest aesthetic built around unique, handcrafted, regional specialties,” says Shashin Patel, Show Director, Urban Expositions. “The newly designed show floor will be the perfect meeting place for buyers and exhibitors alike – offering experiences and networking events to connect with and learn more about local artisans and other talented vendors and reps that drive the Pacific Northwest market.”

Winter show highlights include:

NEW FLOORPLAN
Buyers can shop a new easy-to-navigate floorplan this winter, featuring countless new discoveries, creative designs and regional artisans they just won’t see at other markets. This new floorplan will give retailers a chance to meet one-on-one with fellow buyers along with new artisans on the show floor to learn the stories behind their products and how to best sell these items in retail stores.

NEW! ARTISAN ALLEY
New for 2017, Artisan Alley joins the show’s growing Makers’ Market selection with 80+ curated tabletop displays from emerging artisans throughout the region. Look for more details coming soon.

MORE BUYER HOSPITALITY
Look for complete details coming soon on daily happy hours, complimentary coffee and show floor socials.

EXPANDED MAKERS’ MARKET SECTION & URBAN CRAFT UPRISING PAVILION
This January, retailers will find even more handcrafted, one-of-a-kind designs and Northwest accents from the show’s popular handmade Makers’ Market section and an expanded footprint for the Pavilion of artists from Seattle's largest indie craft show – Urban Craft Uprising.

NORTHWEST SOUVENIR SPOTLIGHT
Retailers from Alaska and other top tourist destinations will find even more new lines, souvenir and resort apparel, novelty products and other designs that embrace the spirit of the Pacific Northwest while shopping the winter show.

POPULAR PRODUCT CATEGORIES
The show features product in every sector, including general giftware, collectibles, decorative accessories, table top, home décor, souvenir and resort apparel, jewelry and much more. Shop categories like: Gift & Collectibles, Northwest Directions, Makers’ Market, Personal Style, Gourmet and Treasures To Go (Cash & Carry).

CO-HOSTING SEATTLE MARKET WEEK WITH SEATTLE MART
The Seattle Gift Show will come together with the permanent showrooms of the Seattle Mart to present Seattle Market Week. Formerly the Pacific Market Center, the Seattle Mart will host its winter market at – 200 SW Michigan Street – from January 17 – 22, 2017. The building houses the Northwest’s premier permanent showrooms representing a wide range of product lines from locally manufactured to national brands. These offerings, along with the many lines and new resources at the Seattle Gift Show, give the region’s retailers a comprehensive, convenient and cost-effective shopping experience. What’s more, one badge gives buyers access to both venues and complimentary shuttle service will also be provided.  

EXPRESSPASS ™ REGISTRATION INCLUDING SPECIAL PARKING REBATE
Buyers are encouraged to take advantage of the show’s easy, online ExpressPass™ registration.  Simply log on to, complete the application and receive an ExpressPass™ via email to bring to the show, scan with onsite readers and quickly print out the admission badge. As an added bonus, buyers who pre-register and bring their ExpressPass™ along with their parking receipt to the parking rebate desk inside the exhibit hall at the Washington State Convention Center can receive a parking rebate up to $5.

SHOW FACTS:
WHEN:  Saturday, January 20 - Tuesday, January 23, 2018
WHERE:
Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA 98101-2350
SHOW HOURS: 9 am – 5 pm, January 20-22 | 9 am – 3 pm, January 23
HOTEL DISCOUNTS:  Visit travel section of www.seattlegiftshow.com or call Connections at 855.246.8722.

MORE INFO
For exhibitor information, contact Seattle Gift Show Director Shashin Patel at spatel@urban-expo.com or 678.783.5718. For buyer information visit www.seattlegiftshow.com.

ABOUT URBAN EXPOSITIONS
Founded in 1995, Urban Expositions, now operating as Clarion UX and owned by Clarion Events, produces and manages a portfolio of 36 trade and consumer events, serving a range of industry sectors including Gift, Souvenir, Art, Aviation, Apparel, Foodservice, Specialty Retail, Gaming, Automotive and Enthusiast Lifestyle, with offices in Kennesaw, GA, Chicago, IL, Trumbull, CT, Portland, OR, and Boca Raton, FL. www.urban-expo.com.                                                                                                   

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