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New Winter 2016 Date Pattern Announced

ATLANTA (September 3, 2015) -  From local artisans and regional specialties to 67+ first-time exhibitors, retailers from throughout the Pacific Northwest region found a wide range of new resources to explore during the  August 15-18, 2015 Seattle Gift Show at the Washington State Convention Center.  New resources were joined by new initiatives, including a special keynote address by Hall of Fame Quarterback Warren Moon, product spotlights and educational programming around the show’s fair trade and handmade offerings and more.  

During the show, Urban Expositions also announced the 2016 Seattle Gift Show schedule at the Washington State Convention Center, including the January 22-25, 2015 Winter edition (new Friday-Monday date pattern) running concurrently with the Pacific Market Center’s Winter Gift and Home Accessories Show, January 20-26, and the summer edition, slated for August 13-16, 2016.  

“The Pacific Northwest retail market is different and we understand that.  Whether their customers are locals or tourists, these retailers are always seeking fresh new designs that reflect the unique tastes and interests of their discerning clientele,” said Dirk von Gal, vice president, gift, Urban Expositions. “So our sales team is always on the hunt for those emerging companies, artisans and regional resources that can truly help our retailers stand out in their communities.  We brought in a record number of new resources this summer and are already working on a number of new initiatives and product focus areas for the Winter edition, too.”

Among the show highlights, Warren Moon, Hall of Fame Quarterback and Current Color Analyst for the Seattle Seahawks, delivered the keynote address on Saturday, August 15. Calling upon his experiences on the football field and in the business world, Moon provided Seattle Gift Show attendees with tips for building a business, establishing a brand, standing out from the competition and overcoming challenges. 

Jeremy Westfall, Joshua Westfall, Westwerks 

Moon’s keynote address complemented a full educational roster filled with business-building seminars covering topics ranging from social media and marketing tips to handmade and Fair Trade marketing strategies.  

The Seattle Gift Show also highlighted new and first time exhibitors with a number of special marketing programs and on-site promotions. Buyers were invited to vote on the show’s Best New Product from the selection of new resources and the winning exhibitor was Westwerks.

Chris Bent, Zootility Tools

Retailers were also given the opportunity to vote for their favorite product on display in the Maker’s Market section, choosing  Zootility Tools as “Best Maker.”

In addition to product, the show also featured new events and special promotions, including retailer prizes and daily $50 cash giveaways where buyers had the chance to enter daily drawings for $50 in cash. Krista Sheppard from The Clock Gallery was the $50 Grand Prize winner, receiving a complimentary hotel stay at the Winter 2016 edition of the Seattle Gift Show.

Exhibitor/Attendee Information
For more information on exhibiting, contact Lisa Glosson at 678.370.0334 or  For information on attending, contact Jhana Jordan at 678.370.0338 or


Based in Kennesaw, GA, and founded in 1995, Urban Expositions produces and manages a portfolio of 36 events serving seven industry sectors, including Gift, Souvenir, Art, Aviation, Foodservice, Pet and Gaming.  Urban also produces Airport Revenue News, a publication focused on the airport concession industry. In addition to its Kennesaw, GA headquarters, Urban has offices in Shelton, CT, Boca Raton, FL, and is represented by employees in California, Colorado and Illinois.