CALHOOK HOSTS SMALL RETAILER BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Calhook-TMS, Kent, WA, was host to a free conference for independent
retailers and regional chains focusing on survival skills for small
businesses. The TMS Retail Conference and Expo was scheduled for
May 18 and 19 at the Convention and Trade Center, Tacoma, WA.
Scheduled for the conference were leading independent retail experts
including Barry Shamis, Debbie Allen, Paul Hartunian and Corey Rudl.
Sessions covered new information on employee recruitment and retention,
customer motivation and purchasing habits, guerilla public relations
and the online gold mine. A keynote address, “Outrageous Advertising
That Is Outrageously Effective,” was presented by Bill Glazer,
a nationally known retail marketing expert and a 30-year veteran
of the independent retailing industry.
More than 40 national suppliers of store fixtures, displays, packaging,
security and price marking systems were scheduled to exhibit.
Thompson Merchandising & Supply (TMS) has owned Calhook since
1997 (see D&WC, September 1997, page 10), and is one of the
country’s leading retail store distributors with 35 years experience
and more then 25,000 customers nationwide.
ALHAMBRA OPENS NEW SHOWROOM
Alhambra Hardware Co. Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, has opened
its new showroom at 90 Tycos Dr., in the Design and Décor
District of Toronto. The trade showroom hours are Monday through
Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Alhambra manufactures Curtains Up™ drapery hardware. Its extensive
collections recreate the past with designs that inspire decorators,
designers and home décor enthusiasts.
Curtains Up is sold through a network of distributors in the United
States and in Canada.
DREAMDRAPER 2005 RELEASED
Evan Marsh Designs, Bethlehem, PA, presents the 2005 release of
its DreamDraper® computer-based window treatment design system.
Hundreds of new designs, innovative space planning templates and
an advanced DreamDraper Portfolio™ design book top the list
of system features.
The release also contains substantially more content from leading
design, hardware and fabric vendors.
DURALEE ADDS VINTAGE CYRUS CLARK DESIGNS
Duralee® Fabrics, Ltd., Bay Shore, NY, has been given the rights
to shop the archives of the now extinct Cyrus Clark Co. and has
reintroduced some of the company’s classic designs. Duralee’s
top designers have taken some of Cyrus Clark’s most popular
floral chintz from the past 80 years and recolored, revamped and
revived a collection of exclusive printed fabrics for today’s
The Cyrus Clark fabrics initially were introduced to the market
in 1925 and designed and developed with British and French styling.
The European designs were colored and priced specially for the American
market. The current patterns remain consistent with Clark’s
original goal of upper- end styling at a reasonable price, according
to statement from Duralee.
CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS
A photograph in the March 2005 Portfolio section incorrectly identifies
the drapery hardware collection on page 43 as the Buckingham Collection
from Kirsch. The photograph actually shows product from the Studio
Coordinates collection. The photo caption should have read as follows:
"Kirsch's Studio Coordinates decorative traverse rod brings
a soft feel to this room by contrasting with the modern bed design.
Shown here is the Coronet finial design in a deep mahogany finish,
available beginning March 1, when the program was re-introduced
with new finial designs and updated finishes. Studio Coordinates
is an ideal selection for bedrooms because its traversing feature
makes opening and closing the window treatment effortless, while
bringing a neat appearance to the window by keeping pleats uniform."
We regret the error.