Expanded American Made Show is Front and Center for June 2016 Market

Dallas Market Center welcomes the return of the American Made Show with a newly expanded space on the 12th floor and a variety of new artisans for the Total Home & Gift Market, June 23 – 26, 2016. “Connecting buyers to quality products with a story is a priority for us,” Cindy Morris, president & CEO of Dallas Market Center, said. “Right now handcrafted, one-of-a-kind items are exceptionally important to buyers and the American Made Show not only provides buyers with a curated collection of exciting and unique merchandise, it also gives buyers an opportunity to diversify their product offerings.” …

TIA Reveals Toy of the Year Award Winners for 2016

  At its recent 16th annual Toy of the Year awards program, winners of Toy of the Year honor were announced. Among them are: TOY OF THE YEAR WINNER: Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup Center by Just Play People’s Choice Award: Uptown Espresso Kitchen by KidKraft LLC     ACTIVITY TOY OF THE YEAR WINNER: Bunchems by Spin Master Corp. Other Nominees: Chocolate Pen by Skyrocket Toys Roominate™ Amusement Park by Roominate Shrinky Dinks Bake & Shape 3D Jewelry by Alex Brands Strand Bands Designer Set by The Bridge Direct Upcycling: Garbage to Glam by Fashion Angels Yummy Nummies by …

ASTRA names Keynote Speakers For 2016 Marketplace & Adademy

The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) recently announced that stress management guru Colette Carlson and Bob Phibbs, the Retail Doctor ®, will headline ASTRA’s 2016 Marketplace & Academy. This year’s event, the biggest annual gathering of the specialty toy industry, is scheduled June 5-8, 2016, in Denver, Colorado. Carlson will open the Marketplace & Academy with an interactive keynote titled Stress Less: YOU Management vs. Time Management!, packed with ideas to produce more in less time with fewer resources, while staying focused, positive, and engaged. Participants will learn how to challenge unrealistic expectations, how to stay cool in stressful …