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SEATTLE MADE PARTNERSHIP, NEW ‘NORTHWEST FLAVORS’ GOURMET SHOWCASE JOIN
AUGUST 17-20, 2018 SEATTLE GIFT SHOW LINE-UP

KENNESAW, GA (April 23, 2018) -- To further strengthen and expand the selection of locally crafted products and unique regional resources featured at the August 17-20, 2018 edition of the Seattle Gift Show, Urban Expositions announces a new partnership with Seattle Made and a brand new gourmet product section– Northwest Flavors.  Together with the show’s popular features, including Makers’ Market, Urban Craft Uprising Pavilion, the Seattle Mart partnership and others, the newest initiatives give Northwest retailers even more ways to make their stores stand out.


“We are very excited about our new partnership with Seattle Made,” says Shashin Patel, show director, Seattle Gift Show | Urban Expositions.  “Like our partnership with Urban Craft Uprising, the Seattle Gift Show’s joint effort with Seattle Made is designed to support and strengthen local businesses by providing a cost-effective, convenient way for local manufacturers and artisans to connect with local and regional retailers.”


Through the new partnership, members of Seattle Made are invited to take advantage of a special exhibitor package to participate in the show’s new Northwest Flavors section. Designed to bring food artisans together with specialty and independent retailers seeking sweets, spirits, treats, oils and other gourmet specialties, the newest section will feature tabletop displays from local/regional gourmet food and gift artisans and manufacturers. 


“The Seattle Gift Show’s Northwest Flavors section offers a great entry point for our gourmet food members to introduce their lines to regional retailers,” adds Andrea Porter, program coordinator, Seattle Made.  “We look forward to kicking off this new partnership in August and working together to find even more ways to build new business growth opportunities for our members.”


In addition to these new initiatives, attending retailers will find a host of other show features, including: 


ARTISAN ALLEY
Making its debut during the Winter 2018 edition, Artisan Alley joins the August show’s growing Makers’ Market selection with curated tabletop displays from emerging artisans throughout the region. 

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

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, Makers’ Market, Personal Style, Gourmet and Treasures To Go (Cash & Carry).

CO-HOSTING SEATTLE MARKET WEEK WITH SEATTLE MART 
The Seattle Gift Show comes together with the permanent showrooms of the Seattle Mart (200 SW Michigan Street) to present Seattle Market Week.  The Seattle Mart will host its summer market from August 15-20, 2018. 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.  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:  Friday, August 17 – Monday, August 20, 2018
WHERE: Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA 98101-2350
SHOW HOURS: 9 am – 5 pm, Fri - Sun | 9 am – 3 pm, Mon
HOTEL DISCOUNTS:  Visit the 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 or Joseph Lee at jlee@urban-expo.com or  670.831.4576. For buyer information visit www.seattlegiftshow.com.

ABOUT SEATTLE MADE 
Seattle Made is a program of the Seattle Good Business Network.   The mission of Seattle Made is to grow and support a diverse ecosystem of urban manufacturers and producers that expand opportunities for local ownership and meaningful employment, build our region’s long-term resiliency, and celebrate Seattle’s unique cultural identity. www.seattlemade.org

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, Trumbull, CT, Portland, OR, and Boca Raton, FL. www.urban-expo.com

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