GLM launches Creative & Lifestyle Arts event alongside National Stationery Show

Organiser of the National Stationery Show, George Little Management (GLM), has launched a new Creative & Lifestyle Arts exhibition to run alongside its iconic gretings and stationery exhibition next May.

The combined event is expected to attract 16,000 owners, buyers, merchandising executives, product developers and designers from across more than 9,000 retail outlets.

Creative & Lifestyle Arts (C&LA) will serve the East coast of America’s $18 billion art, crafting and creative hobby marketplace and is scheduled to run May 19-22, 2013, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in collaboration with the National Stationery Show.

C&LA will include some 150 leading manufacturers, presenting a broad range of innovative crafting and paper art supplies; embellishments; art materials; design tools; DIY kits for home decor, party, holiday and card making; along with supplies for floral, glass, woodworking, jewelry making, needlecrafts and scrapbooking. Attendees will include more than 3,600 owners, buyers, merchandise executives, distributors, sales reps and product developers from the east coast’s highly concentrated retail marketplace.

“C&LA is the only event dedicated to the thousands of independent and “big box” stores that sell art supplies, crafting merchandise and creative hobby products on the east coast,” commented Patti Stracher, vice president, National Stationery Show. “C&LA is a natural fit with the National Stationery Show, in terms of product synergies and cross-marketing opportunities. The collocation will attract a significantly expanded retailer base to the market, and generate exciting new buying opportunities for social stationery retailers looking to incorporate craft and paper art supplies into their merchandise mix.”

Together, C&LA and the National Stationery Show will present a comprehensive marketplace for all participants, complete with educational programs, demonstrations, themed displays and networking opportunities. Highlights will include new “NSS Live” presentation theatres, product focus areas and the return of Party on the Battery. Reciprocal badging and shared shuttle service will create a seamless shopping experience.

The 67th annual National Stationery Show, America’ leading marketplace for the social stationery industry, runs Sunday, May 19, through Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The Show features nearly 800 exhibitors and attracts some 11,000 attendees. Additional information is available online.

For Creative & Lifestyle Arts exhibitor information visit the website

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