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Summer August 2016 Dates Announced  

ATLANTA (February 1, 2015) –  Held January 22-25, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center, the winter 2016 Seattle Gift Show delighted retailers with a versatile  selection of regional best-sellers and handcrafted styles across all categories.  Joining the show’s popular Makers’ Market section, the new Urban Craft Uprising pavilion offered retailers even more unique, hand-styled designs to shop with more than 30 artisans from Seattle’s largest indie craft show featured.

During the show, Urban Expositions announced the summer 2016 Seattle Gift Show schedule at the Washington State Convention Center, slated for August 19-22, 2016.  

“The Pacific Northwest market is unique and we understand the specialized needs of the region’s retailers and their clientele. We’ve worked hard to assemble a selection of product in every category from a wide range of exhibitors and manufacturers that truly reflects the regional interests,  eclectic tastes  and discerning needs of the marketplace,” said Donna Guess, vice president souvenir, SF Market, Seattle, Urban Expositions.  “The introduction of the Urban Craft Uprising pavilion is another way we’ve tried to stay true to the Pacific Northwest retailer by offering even more handcrafted and artisan goods and we’re so pleased to hear how happy our attendees were with the addition.”

Among the show highlights, Urban Craft Uprising hosted a roundtable discussion focusing on Indie Crafts that joined the full educational seminar line-up at the show, which also included a conservation-focused seminar led by Tommy Brown of the Saint Louis Zoo.  Retailers also had the chance to win prizes ranging from $100 cash giveaways to exhibitor-sponsored gift baskets. The show also asked for retailers’ input in voting for their favorite product on display in the Maker’s Market section, choosing Lucky Horse as the Seattle Gift Show’s “Best Maker.”                           

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 40 events serving nine industry sectors, including Gift, Souvenir, Apparel, Art, Aviation, Foodservice, Halloween & Party, Pet and Gaming.  Urban also produces Airport Revenue News, a publication focused on the airport concession industry. In addition to its headquarters in Kennesaw, Urban has offices in Shelton, CT and Boca Raton, FL, and is represented by employees in California, Colorado and Illinois.