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Downton Abbey’s Mrs. Patmore to Appear at Atlanta Market

Lesley Nicol

NEW YORK–Lesley Nicol, the actress who plays Mrs. Patmore, the outspoken and kindly cook on the popular British series “Downton Abbey,” will be at the Atlanta Gift & Home Furnishings Market next month. She will be visiting the Downton Abbey licensees—Heritage Lace, 1928 Jewelry, Enesco, Kurt S. Adler, Langley Empire Candle, North American Bear Co.,More »

Last updated: December 8, 2014

Temporary Exhibits Up at Las Vegas Market

Las Vegas Market

LAS VEGAS-Las Vegas Market announced that growth in temporary exhibits is expected to make its winter 2015 edition the largest market to date. Nearly 500 new and returning temporary exhibitors will participate in the upcoming Las Vegas Market, running Jan. 18- 22. “Las Vegas Market will present record numbers of temporary exhibitors at the WinterMore »

Last updated: December 8, 2014

Made in USA Display to Debut at NY Now

NY Now

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.-Ninety nine products have been selected to be showcased in the Made in the USA display at the winter 2015 edition of NY Now. The exhibit was curated for the first time by representatives of CRAFT (Craft Retailers & Artists for Tomorrow), an association of galleries, shops and artists dedicated to promoting American-madeMore »

Last updated: December 8, 2014

Howard Elliott Signs Ivystone for Southeast Representation

Howard Elliott Collection

ADDISON, Ill.-The Howard Elliott Collection, Inc., a designer, manufacturer, and importer of decorative mirrors, accessories and occasional furniture, has partnered with Ivystone to a sales representation agreement. Ivystone, a multiline sales representation group, will cover North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida and Georgia for Howard Elliott, effective immediately. Ivystone will also represent all ofMore »

Last updated: December 8, 2014

Dollar General, Dollar Tree Spar Over Family Dollar

Family Dollar

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., and CHESAPEAKE, Va.-Dollar Tree (NASDAQ: DLTR) and Dollar General (NYSE: DG) issued statements this morning clashing over their proposed deals to acquire Family Dollar (NYSE: FDO). Dollar Tree’s statement said the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which has been investigating the antitrust concerns of both proposed acquisitions, may require Dollar General to divest “farMore »

Last updated: December 5, 2014

Gibson Survey: Never Mind the Mug

Gibson’s Kioto Red sets have no mug.

COMMERCE, Calif.-Consumers overwhelmingly prefer dinnerware sets without mugs, according to a wide-ranging survey conducted recently by Gibson Overseas. In a nationwide survey of more than 1,000 respondents, 64 percent favored set compositions without a mug, Gibson said, indicating that consumers now consider mugs to be a separate purchase. “Mugs are not part of most mealsMore »

Last updated: December 5, 2014

Big Lots Narrows Q3 Loss

Big Lots

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Slimmed-down expenses and a significantly reduced loss from discontinued operations enabled Big Lots to post a third-quarter net loss of $3.4 million, compared to its net loss of $9.5 million in last year’s third quarter. The retailer’s loss from discontinued operations amounted to $326,000, compared to the $7.6 million loss from discontinued operations fromMore »

Last updated: December 5, 2014

Frieling USA Hires Harris as EVP, Sales

Mark Harris

FORT MILL, S.C.–Frieling USA has expanded its management team, appointing Mark Harris as executive vice president, sales, a new position, and promoting Yung Lindenbeck to vice president, sales and marketing. Harris will direct the growth of the company’s expanding gourmet kitchenware and tabletop lines. He has 25 years of sales, marketing, key account and projectMore »

Last updated: December 5, 2014