Welcome to the Midwest-CBK Design, Style, Sparkle blog; your place for product news, trend information, and display ideas. We are a leading designer and manufacturer of Midwest-CBK™ holiday and gift products. We feature innovative and original artist-driven designs which are created by our in-house design team as well as nationally known licensed artists.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Pink Ribbon Sisterhood: Supporting Each Other in the Ultimate Fight of Our Lives

This weekend, the Twin Cities hosted our local Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure 60 mile walk, and we salute the more than 2,400 walkers, volunteers and spectators who supported the event and raised more than $6.2 million. What an inspiration!
As the 3-Day makes its way to a city near you, Midwest-CBK is proud to partner with renowned artist and author Suzy Toronto to honor, inspire and comfort breast cancer patients and survivors, or anyone affected by the disease, with new Pink Ribbon Sisterhood gifts. The new collection features pink ribbon graphics symbolic for the fight against breast cancer in Toronto’s signature style, with copy that reads “Supporting Each Other in the Ultimate Fight of Our Lives.” The Pink Ribbon Sisterhood collection includes four best-selling gift designs including a mug, nightshirt and tote bag set, ceramic tile wall plaque and versatile journal/notebook. The Pink Ribbon Sisterhood collection is in stock and available now.

Toronto, an award-winning artist and author of The Sacred Sisterhood of Wonderful Wacky Women, is recognized for her signature, vibrant watercolor paintings that showcase whimsical, contemporary images of women, paired with sassy, witty text that celebrate “ordinary women who have accomplished extraordinary things.”

“Everyone has been touched by breast cancer – either personally, by a family member or dear friend. As women, we are part of a worldwide sisterhood, supporting each other in the ultimate fight for life,” says Suzy. “It’s a battle we know we can win. So for our mothers, our daughters, our sisters and our friends, we all wear a pink ribbon.”

For more information on the Pink Ribbon Sisterhood collection, please contact your Midwest-CBK account manager, call 800-394-4225 or visit us online.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

More Monkeez Pleaze!

Midwest-CBK's wildly popular Genuine Monkeez took the Las Vegas market by storm! Gifts & Dec Direct from Las Vegas featured our playful display of new Monkeez in our Las Vegas showroom.

Yes, our best-selling Genuine Monkeez family is growing again! Joining our adorable sock monkey and zoo pal designs, Midwest-CBK introduces new springtime characters including Fritz and Freddy frog, Pearl and Percy pig and Ruby and Reggie rabbit, all featuring magnetic hands and feet and available in two sizes each including 14" and 21" plus 4.5" backpack clips. New baby clothing is also available, including baby onesies with embroidered monkey face design available in red or green and coordinating bibs in red, green, blue or orange. New bunny ear baby hat and booties available in green or purple are also available. Suggested retail prices range from $4 to $28.

And here's a super easy, fast and fun Monkeez display idea: Who can resist a Radio Flyer filled with the cutest new critters for spring? Put on a parade of Genuine Monkeez and friends! Pack a wagon full of characters that speak to any child, mom, grandma or aunt. This fun display on wheels is easy to move around the shop wherever you need to grab attention - and easy for children to play with while moms shop.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Marvelous Metallics

Everyone loves a little sparkle, right? And now we have even more in our Colonial Candle collection: we're excited to introduce a new line of metallic candles, available in a multitude of shimmery shapes and colors, and proudly made in the U.S.A.!

These beauties make a dramatic statement lit or unlit during the holiday season or anytime, and feature clean burning for a better experience than most other metallic candle imports of inferior quality on the market today.

Our new metallics are made in Colonial’s U.S. facility in Elkin, North Carolina, recognized for it’s green manufacturing, and using the same high quality materials as our fragrance collection. Our new metallics feature three different formats including 12 inch handipt tapers, pillars in 3 x 4 inches and 3 x 6 inches, and 1.5 and 2.8 inch ball candles. Colors available include silver, gold, red, green and platinum. Suggested retail prices range from $4 for 1.5 inch ball candle to $12 for the 3 x 6 inch pillar.

The metallics were a hit during the summer markets, and were recently featured in Gifts and Dec.

If you missed our new metallics during the shows, it's not too late: contact your Midwest-CBK account manager, or call us at 800-394-4225 or view them online.