From Jan. 10 – 13, the Oregon Convention Center is the country's independent retail capital as nearly 300 exhibitors and thousands of buyers elect to be at the Portland Gift & Accessories Show (www.portlandgift.com).
As the first industry showcase of the year, the Portland Show has come to be a must-attend expo for trend spotting and access to many exhibitors unique to this most-important entry point for the Great Northwest market.
The educational seminars presented by industry experts include "Retail is Change" by Lynn Switanowski-Barrett; "Going Green Gradually" and "Building Employee Loyalty and Satisfaction" by Linda Cahan; and "Image Based Merchandising" and "The Details of Retail" offered by Pam Pesetti.
And – naturally – it wouldn't be the Portland Gift & Accessories Show without the year's most eagerly-anticipated party at the American Cowgirls Bar & Grill across the street from the Convention Center.
"The Portland Gift & Accessories Show is the definitive boutique buying experience for the independent retailer," says Portland Show Manager Jenay Root. "When you're in Portland you think of merchandise which is artisan-based, eco-friendly and sustainably manufactured. That's why this year's theme is 'Naturally Portland.' What you'll find here is all naturally unique, naturally inspired and naturally one-of-a-kind."
As is always the case, this year's Portland Gift & Accessories Show will feature many emerging manufacturers and artisans unique to the venue.
The six distinctive product divisions are Artisans Avenue, Fashion Accessories, FoodFocus, Gift & Collectibles, Jewelry Vault, Cash & Carry and The Vintage Collection.
"The Portland Gift & Accessories Show is the nation's most affordable, easy to shop market but one still large enough to meet everyone's buying needs," stated Root.
Exhibitors seeking information should contact show manager Jenay Root at 213-430-2311 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendee information may be obtained by contacting GLM Customer Relations at 800-272-SHOW (7469) or 603-665-7524.
Visit www.portlandgift.com for more detailed information about the show.
Schedule of Seminars and Events
Saturday, Jan. 10
Monday, Jan. 12