Flower Show Productions Launches Midwest Collective Gift Show

New wholesale show to debut January 21-23, 2018, at Chicago’s Navy Pier.

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CHICAGO (July 7, 2017) – The Chicagoland market is a premier trade center for gift retailers throughout the Midwest, and Flower Show Productions (FSP INC) has announced the launch of the Midwest Collective Gift Show. This new biannual wholesale tradeshow will offer retailers tremendous product selections within the handmade, general gift, home décor, tabletop and cash and carry categories. Navy Pier Festival Hall B will provide a convenient downtown location with a floorplan and programming that focuses on facilitating new business opportunities.

Midwest Collective Gift Show will cater to the business traveler with easy access to and from O’Hare and Midway, while downtown Chicago offers easy access by train and public transportation. The re-imagined Navy Pier enhancements offer attendees new dining options and compelling landscape and design features that celebrate the centennial of the “People’s Pier.”

“Midwest buyers and wholesalers deserve a quality show that supports the region,” said John Motondo, show manager of Flower Show Productions and sales director of the new show. “We understand the market and the fact that the Midwest is known in the industry for strong partnerships and loyal business relationships. Having been in the gift industry for decades, I have experienced first-hand the desire to keep business local and affordable.”

Motondo joined FSP INC in 2017 from Urban Expositions, where he was responsible for building sales and partnerships of the then Windy City Gift Show.

The Midwest Collective Gift Show is expected to attract retailers from throughout the Midwest, including Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio, Missouri and Kentucky. In addition, the show’s selection will be custom tailored to reflect the regional tastes and interests of the area—its strong seasonal business, great lakes and coastal towns, lodges and resorts. As a result, this distinctive selection will also offer appeal to top national retailers, as well.

Consistently rated among the premier convention and destination cities, Chicago is the third largest city in the U.S. and the economic hub of the entire Midwest trading area. It’s an area with a strong retail base, including small, independent stores, larger, innovative retailers and home to major buying offices.

FSP INC will feature on-site programs and promotions designed to complement and enhance the new show’s product selection, including educational seminars, a networking lounge and events and show hospitality.

For Exhibitor or Buyer information, visit www.midwest-collective.com or call John Motondo at (312) 527-9622 | midwestcollective@chicagoflower.com.

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