catstudio just wrapped up a whirlwind month that included three back to back to back trade shows. We started out the month with a fun show in Atlanta at our showroom at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, then we happily moved onto the Dallas Temp Total Home & Gift Market, and we finished up the month strong at The Las Vegas Market.
We went into show season with all sorts of new product, including our ever-growing collegiate collection, and some fantastic new glass and dish towel designs. All three of our shows featured our fabulous catstudio Studio which includes the gorgeous new pillow display and our timeless glass and dish towel displays.
Our Atlanta showroom was sporting a brand new custom made set of bleachers that were specially designed to display the collegiate collection in all it’s glory – and boy did it ever.
We had so much fun seeing all of our current customers and meeting potential new customers! This is definitely the most greatest of this job – we love seeing all of our catstudio friends and family!
Everything is bigger in Texas and we made sure to bring BIG designs to our next show. Dallas Market attendees were treated to all of the great new products, including our new XL LSU pillow and one of our upcoming designs – Texas A&M.
Our sales ambassadors met a lot of great new customers and chatted about our newest collegiate designs! With all of this amazing color and vibrant designs, our market booth was anything but boring, that’s for sure.
Las Vegas Market
We traveled to
the wild west Las Vegas for our final show. And we had a blast. During the show, we roped in current and future customers with our fun western theme and beautiful designs. Our hard working catstudio super stars took a night off to enjoy a delicious dinner at the fabulous Giada restaurant.
We were so excited to see our designs on a big sign outside of the market. Don’t our pillows look great on the side of a building? We think so.
Show season has passed for now, but we are just resting up for our big CAMEX show in March! Stay tuned for lots of new designs coming soon!
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We’re oh-so proud to announce that we received the AmericasMart ICON Honors 2014 Medal of Excellence Honor!
On May 6th, we got the call: Terrell & Carmel are finalists for the ICON Honors awards. Ginny, Sierra, and Rachel had nominated them for the 2nd year in a row, and were beyond thrilled to deliver the news. T&C were a bit overwhelmed by the attention at first, but quickly became excited about the opportunity to share their story. And as Carmel put it, “The product is so darn wonderful, and our little company is made up of such amazing individuals, that it is a reflection on the WHOLE, not just us two.”
On May 22nd, two black SUVs pulled up to our Petaluma office, filled with our new friends from AmericasMart and a talented film crew. A whirlwind of pillows, coffee/pastries, and lots and lots of talking ensued – and less than 2 hours later, the crew pulled away with what we hope was some great footage. A bit dazed, the question we were all asking ourselves: “Did we really win?”Fast-forward to the evening of July 10th at the lovely Atlanta Marriott Marquis: We’re all dressed to the nines and surrounded by some of our close friends, all while enjoying a nice meal and an exclusive Heart concert. The colorful blue trophies are lined up and lit up across the stage. After some amazing companies are introduced and awarded (including Mud Pie and Vera Bradley), we’re up – the LAST award of the night. Our video appears on the big screens, and our table erupts in applause, smiles, and happy tears. To our surprise, we’ve won one of the most prestigious awards: the Medal of Excellence Honor. “The AmericasMart Medal of Excellence Honor celebrates catstudio‘s landmark contributions to the gift and home industry. The Honor additionally recognizes catstudio‘s creation of the product genre for which it is universally known.” Terrell & Carmel took the stage, and graciously accepted the award. Watch the full video here (including Terrell’s acceptance speech):
It still feels like the whole thing was a dream, but a beautiful trophy is proudly sitting in our office as proof. And we have you to thank for that – for all your love and support over the years. YOU are a big part of what makes catstudio so special!
WE’RE BACK after a month of traveling, exploring, and working with our wonderful retailers from across the country.
ATLANTA: We began our month at the The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market from January 7th – 14th. Many of our customers got to experience our new permanent showroom (located in building 1, 9th floor, suite 9-c-9) for the first time and loved it! And it’s already beginning to feel like home to us.
Some of our highlights included our infinite glass display on the first floor and catching up with friends and neighbors at Sugarboo Designs and Design Legacy (check out the butterfly couch, pictured above!) We took a walk on the culinary wild side at Empire State South (how does an appetizer of “Jars” sound: deviled ham, trout mousse, pickles, pimento cheese & bacon marmalade, and boiled peanut hummus?) And we ate like the locals at Across The Street off Highland Avenue. All-in-all, Atlanta was good to us, and we can’t wait to go back!
DALLAS: The Dallas Total Home & Gift Market came up quickly on the 15th and ran through the 19th. No time to rest when you’re selling the BEST hand-embroidered pillows, dish towels, drinking glasses, and aprons! (Admittedly, we’re a little biased here.)
Wendy’s favorite part of the Dallas show? “Getting to meet & hug all my customers! So wonderful to have a face to go with the voice!” And we couldn’t agree more – we love getting to see all of YOU!
Till next time!