Denver, Colorado 2019. The Denver Mart hosted the first of two 2019 Rocky Mountain Gift and Apparel Markets, February 20-25. New Trade Show Director, Valerie Lukach welcomed buyers with revitalized energy, market perks and new incentives for an elevated buying experience.
Winners, winners and more winners! New, orders for Money Promotion – 7 lucky buyers took home $100 each for placing orders at the show. 8 Swag Bags were won and 500 FREE lunch tickets were given out. Buyers enjoyed complimentary morning coffee & donuts, daily happy hour, plus stayed late for extended showroom hours on Friday and the Saturday Night Mingle with appetizers, music and modeling.
Buyers voted for their favorite new products at the show. Congratulations to the Buyer’s Choice Award Winner: Shell Creek Sellers! Offering reusable, stainless steel straw gift sets-BPA free! Buyer’s Choice runner up: Xplorer Maps! Offering hand-drawn and hand-lettered illustrations of the National Parks and other fantastic geographic destinations.
Seminar attendance was strong with author & RetailMinded.com founder, Nicole Leinbach Reyhle and leading industry professional, Deborah Nelson of Art Wearables. Nicole led a panel of customers across the generations, spoke on understanding the point of sale experience and presented an updated version of her popular seminar: Marketing on a Dime. Deborah led a round table discussion on social media trends, capturing new clients and perceived value. Deborah also spoke from a tenant standpoint: “Order writing was abundant, we show a 31% increase over last year and one of the best February Gift Shows in the last several years.”
Daily Happy Hour & Margaritaville, sponsored by Wilcor and the Rocky Mountain Gift Show – Raised over $900 for Adaptive Adventures! A nonprofit providing cutting edge adaptive equipment and sport-specific skill development to improve the quality of life for children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities through year-round participation in adaptive sports.
“Even though some of our buyers couldn’t make it due to winter weather, the buyers we saw were here to write business. We opened quite a few new accounts and had Xanterra and other large accounts write orders. It was a great show for us.” Permanent tenant, Cindi of Frank Levy Outerwear & MORE
“Valerie and her staff were so friendly and helpful. This has been my best February show since I started exhibiting. I look forward to coming back in August and February 2020. Thank you to everyone for all your efforts.” Temporary exhibitor, Laura of Renata Rubio 92.5
“We have been shopping at the Denver Mart for many years and have been aware of the many changes of design and vendors. The experience, this year, was very pleasant. Old friends and new vendors with a new selection for us to consider. The highlight, of course, was to be one of the drawing winners. We do thank the Mart and the vendors for hosting these.” Buyer, Allen of The Gift Shop and Western Hardware
Many thanks to Happy Hour sponsor: Wilcor Outdoors and to these Swag Bag sponsors: Cambridge Sales, Casper Glass, Cindy Smith Company, Dowdle Folk Art, Folkmanis, Entosense, Forged From The Ashes Metalworks & Design, High Strung Studios, HoneyGramz, Kellsson Linens, New Era Sales Team, Salesmark and Smithsonian Accessories/ Physician Endorsed. Congratulations to all the lucky winners!
The Denver Mart is leasing new wholesale showrooms and looking to expand the current trade show platform, adding to an already viable docket. Permanent Gift/Home Decor showrooms are up 7% occupancy rate since last February, with the Mart’s total occupancy running 84%. Western, Gift / Home Accessories, Apparel and Outdoor round out the Mart’s top segments followed closely by Resort Wear and Jewelry. Buyers have a diverse collection of regionally themed décor and apparel and a growing soft and hard goods selection of outdoor brands. The Denver Mart is a thriving marketplace for wholesale tenants, temporary exhibitors and buyers alike.
Denver. Where the West Retails.
August 2019 Show Dates
Gift Showrooms: August, Wednesday 21 – Monday 26
Expo Temps August, Friday 23 – Sunday 25
Apparel Showrooms: August, Friday 23 – Monday 26