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.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Great Values, Beautiful Frames from Artist Belinda Miley

Check out our great values in stylish photo frames and collages by artist Belinda Miley. Belinda's “Let Your Spirit Sparkle” collection is exclusive to Midwest-CBK, features crystal accents, layered patterned designs, elegant bows, jeweled clips and medallion embellishments. The Belinda Miley collection includes mini frame assortments, and new patterns such as animal prints, floral, striped and crackle designs.

New shadowbox triple cross collages are also available in a range of sizes in horizontal and vertical formats, along with shadowboxes featuring elegant jeweled icons from nature such as dragonfly, butterfly and fleur de lis. To view the Belinda Miley frame collection, click here. Limited stock is available - place an order today by contacting your local Midwest-CBK account manager, visiting us online, or calling 800-394-4225.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Candles Drive Fourth Quarter Sales – Have You Stocked Up?

If you’ve been in retail for any number of years, you know that candles are proven performers during the fourth quarter. According to the National Candle Association, seasonal sales represent 35% of total yearly candle sales, with expected 2010 revenue estimated at $3.3 billion! In 2010, scented candles will represent $884 million.

With Colonial Candle you can stock up on both scented and unscented candles. Don't miss out on fourth quarter sales and turn to Colonial Candle to light up holiday sales.  Order today via phone 800-394-4225 or online.

Why Colonial Candle, because quality is our passion, backed by:

•Master candle makers with 100 years of experience.
•The finest ingredients of wax blends; exclusive fragrances; all-cotton wicks; and color throughout.
•Superior burn performance, for a long-lasting, smooth, and even burn.
•Creative design, rigorous testing. 
•Our U.S.candle manufacturing facility is a “green” facility.

8 new holiday scents, and a full line of metallic candles, ready to ship:
• Over 48 scented candles. 
• 36 colors of virtually dripless dinner candles, pillar candles and long-burning votives.
• Stylishly designed candle holders and accessories.
• Novelty candles great for gift-giving and stocking stuffers.

Happy holiday selling!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Colonial Candle Expert Featured Live on WKNY This Morning

What are the hottest new candle scents for the holiday season? What's trending in candle colors and styles? Find out this morning when our own candle expert Mercie Ritter, Colonial Candle Product Manager, is featured live on WKNY Radio in New York. She'll join host Warren Lawrence to talk candle trends to rev up the fall and holiday seasons, and give away candle prizes and special offers to listeners. Listen live from 9:45 to 10 a.m. Eastern on WKNY's web site. Select "Click Here - Listen to WKNY Now." Enjoy!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Got a Hot Holiday Display Idea? Submit it Now in Midwest-CBK's 4th Annual Holiday Retail Display Contest!

We're looking for the best of the best in holiday retail displays! Back by popular demand, Midwest-CBK announces a call for entries in its fourth annual "Design Style Sparkle" retail display contest. Enter your original, creative holiday display ideas for a chance to win up to $1,000 in product credits for first place!

Here's how: Submit up to two photos of your best holiday displays and a 150-word description to your local Midwest-CBK account manager, or email photos directly to contest@mwcbk.com. Criteria for judging include creativity and impact. Prizes include Midwest-CBK product credits presented for first, second and third places.

Winners will be announced on Saturday, January 15, 2011, during Midwest-CBK’s “Design Style Sparkle” party in the company’s Atlanta showroom located in Building 1, Suite 16A7. Photos of the award winners will be on display in major Midwest-CBK showrooms during the winter markets.

Good luck, and stay tuned when winners are announced in January!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Go Green with New Email Shipment Notifications, Invoices

To help our customers and our company Go Green, Midwest-CBK is excited to now offer e-mail shipment notifications and invoices. These notifications include tracking numbers with live links to track shipments and images of the products in each shipment, sent the moment a shipment leaves our distribution center. To check out a sample, click here.

The new shipment notifications also provide a new level of convenience and speed to busy retailers.

For more information or to sign up for this service, please contact your local Midwest-CBK account manager, or email customerservice@mwcbk.com or call 800-394-4225.