• New ownership saves Minnesota party store

    Jan 9, 2017

    A party store in Owatonna, Minnesota, that was about to close its doors will remain open thanks to new ownership. Plus Plus, which has been a downtown Owatonna fixture for 20 years, was in the process of liquidating its inventory when Luann Anderson — a former… Full Story »
  • International Lingerie Show in Las Vegas will no longer stage shows

    Jan 6, 2017

    The International Lingerie Show (ILS) in Las Vegas has reached the end of its run. A post on the show’s Facebook page stated ILS would no longer produce shows, including a 2017 edition that had been scheduled for early April. “To our Vendors, Buyers and… Full Story »
  • National Stationery Show names Kelly Bristol new show director

    Dec 19, 2016

    The National Stationery Show (NSS) has named Kelly P. Bristol show director effective Jan. 1, 2017. Bristol brings nearly two decades of show experience to the role and extensive industry knowledge. She is transitioning into the role following Patti Stracher’s announcement that she would be leaving her… Full Story »
  • Emerald Expositions adds American Craft Retailers Expo (ACRE) shows to portfolio

    Dec 19, 2016

    Emerald Expositions, LLC (“Emerald”), a leading business-to-business trade show and conference producer, has announced its acquisition of the American Craft Retailers Expo (“ACRE”) from IndieMe, Inc. Founded in 2006, ACRE is the premier wholesale craft exposition in North America, consisting of two shows that take place… Full Story »
  • Pantone announces color of the year for 2017

    Dec 13, 2016

    Pantone, an X-Rite company and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, announced PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery as the PANTONE Color of the Yearselection for 2017; a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens… Full Story »
  • Houston parties more than any other city in U.S., Canada

    Dec 9, 2016

    Evite, the event-planning and invitation website, recently released its third annual rankings for the top party cities in the U.S. and Canada. Two Texas cities finished in the top three, with Houston holding the top spot for the second year in a row, and Austin… Full Story »
  • Cyber Monday sales reach $3.45 billion

    Nov 30, 2016

    Sales for Cyber Monday, which occurred on Nov. 28, were up 12 percent this year, setting a new record for the biggest day of online sales ever. Total sales for the day reached $3.45 billion, reported Ben Fox Rubin of The surprising part wasn’t… Full Story »
  • Harley Quinn, Joker top list of most searched costumes for 2016

    Nov 29, 2016

      Harley Quinn was hot for Halloween 2015, but the DC Comics character was even bigger this year. The costume was the most searched on the internet, according to Google Frighteight’s rankings, specifically the version played by Margot Robbie in “Suicide Squad.” Perhaps not surprisingly,… Full Story »
  • Retailers welcome court-issued hold on new overtime rules

    Nov 28, 2016

    The National Retail Federation welcomed a judge’s Nov. 23 ruling that will prevent the Labor Department’s changes to federal overtime rules from taking effect as scheduled on Dec. 1. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant issued a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit brought by NRF, attorneys general from 21 states and dozens of… Full Story »
  • Harley Quinn costume is red-hot this Halloween

    Oct 26, 2016

    Harley Quinn is one of the hottest looks for costume wearers this Halloween season. There is the traditional court jester look from DC Comics, but also the skimpy outfit donned by actress Margot Robbie in this summer’s “Suicide Squad.” Party City, which predicted it would… Full Story »

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