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  • ARMONK, NY - Black Friday holiday shopping is getting an earlier start this year with a number of retailers launching “pre-Black Friday” deals, or deeply discounting select items on Thanksgiving Day. This year 25 million people are expected to shop on Thanksgiving Day.
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  • KENNESAW, GA - The Halloween Industry Association (HIA) and Urban Expositions have acquired the Halloween & Party Expo from its current owners, H&P Expo LLC. Both will take over the event immediately following the upcoming show in February.
  • Fragrances in the Gwendolyn Mary collection are inspired by Pavane, a couple’s dance made popular during the Renaissance era.
  • Shape and reshape your handlebar or other stache any which way during “Movember” and beyond with this all natural mustache wax.
  • Gifts and Decorative Accessories presents another 25 gifted retailers, who are each in their own way representative of a typical and successful gift retailer. We always seek a range of diversity in selecting our gifted retailers—and this year is no different—because we know that in the universe of gift retailing there is no one-size-fits-all model; every gift store is as different and individual as its owner.
  • NEW YORK—Textile design brand Chilewich has opened its first retail store.
  • Waggo Home’s Watercolor Trays feature a wooden motif in happy hues.
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2015 Gift Book

Gift BookThe Gift Book 2015 presents a close look at some 50 important product categories — including several new ones — in the gift, toy and decorative accessories industry. This compendium of market trend information should be a valuable business resource for retailers and other industry leaders.

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    I’m finally ready to admit it: I feel old. My kids adore Minecraft and I personally can’t understand it. I’m not really sure where their fascination lies, but when they talk about it, I feel like they’re speaking another language. What is so great about Creative, and just who is this Steve guy, anyway? While Minecraft may be the buzzword of the moment, I still wish it wasn’t just another excuse for my kids to beg for more screen time. That’s why I’m psyched for what we’re expecting to be one of ...

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    Carol Schroeder

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    "We know you have a choice of airlines when you fly, and we appreciate you flying with us” has become a bit trite through repetition, but the truth in that statement is timeless: customers have countless choices as to where they can spend their dollars, and we need to let them know how much we appreciate them spending their money with us. I am truly thankful for customers who come out in the snow to get to our store instead of shopping online in their PJs. I especially appreciate those who make a point of telling us how much they ...

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    Come to Mama: Shaikoo Hands Free Baby Towel

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