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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. – December 13, 2016 – Emerald Expositions, LLC (“Emerald”), a leading business-to-business trade show and conference producer, today announced its acquisition of the American Craft Retailers Expo (“ACRE”) from IndieMe, Inc.

Founded in 2006, ACRE is the premier wholesale craft exposition in North America, consisting of two shows that take place annually in Las Vegas, NV and Philadelphia, PA. The events connect wholesale American and Canadian makers of handmade products with national and international buyers from art & fine craft galleries, modern gift & home stores, independent retailers, guilds & arts institutions, e-retailers, national retail chains, museums and other key influencers in the home, gift and lifestyle marketplace.

ACRE features hundreds of juried artists among six distinct showcases, with an emphasis on carefully selected emerging artists highlighted throughout. Product categories primarily fall within the following areas of focus: Handmade Gifts & Accessories, The Gallery of Fine Crafts, Handmade Jewelry, High Design Jewelry, Handmade Wearable Art, and Retailer Resources.

ACRE Philadelphia, will take place February 18 – 20, 2017 at the Philadelphia Convention Center. The event is expected to draw more than 2,000 wholesale attendees and 600 unique artists showcasing their fine art, gifts and jewelry in over 100,000 square feet of exhibit space. ACRE Las Vegas, celebrating its 11th anniversary, will take place during Las Vegas Jewelry Week in early June. The show will be co-located at the Las Vegas Convention Center with Emerald’s Antique Jewelry & Watch Show and The Jewellery Box, a new curated event for high-quality, on-trend jewelry at affordable to moderate price points. Emerald’s COUTURE show, the leading U.S. authority for designer fine jewelry and luxury timepieces takes place at the Wynn Las Vegas the same week, with free shuttle service for buyers between shows

“I’m so proud of how far we’ve come with the ACRE events, and what we’ve done to help all constituents within the Maker Movement,” said Nancy Vince, president of IndieMe and founder of ACRE. “The timing was right for IndieMe to focus on our online marketplace, while handing over the ACRE reins to a first-class event company that can help it grow and add value for all who exhibit and attend.”

“We are delighted to bring ACRE into our portfolio of leading handmade and jewelry events, which include NY NOW and COUTURE,” said Chris McCabe, Executive Vice President at Emerald. “Nancy is a passionate supporter of the artisan community and she and her team have built a great business over the last ten years. By leveraging Emerald’s scale, capabilities and experience, plus our adjacent and highly complementary brands, we expect to bring new and greater benefits to the shows’ exhibitors and attendees.”

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ACRE™ Las Vegas Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

June 9, 2016 - (Mooresville, NC) IndieMe, Inc.™, producers of the American Craft Retailers Expo (ACRE) shows, celebrates their ten year anniversary in Las Vegas. The tenth annual ACRE™ Las Vegas show took place during Jewelry Week, June 2 - 4, 2016 at the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa. Jewelry Week’s headlining JCK Las Vegas show collaborated with ACRE™ to provide complimentary shuttle service and buyer reciprocity. Retailer attendance was on the increase once again this year. 

Celebrating ten years is very rewarding," said Nancy Vince, President, IndieMe, Inc.™ "Top priority for ACRE™ is and always has been to attract more buyers, and it’s a good feeling to see continued growth. Combined with a new Saturday through Monday date pattern next year, ACRE™ Las Vegas is ready to move into a second decade of continued success."

Buyer attendance at the ACRE shows is largely regional in nature, with approximately 74% attending ACRE Las Vegas located West of the Mississippi, and 91% attending ACRE Philadelphia located East. "To see so many Founding Artists at our tenth anniversary show is very humbling. That speaks volume on their commitment to see ACRE™ Las Vegas continue to grow and serve the wholesale marketplace on the West coast," said Nancy Vince. "As we look to the future my staff and I are working towards making ACRE™ Las Vegas 2017 an even larger success."

Next year will mark the eleventh anniversary of ACRE™ Las Vegas, returning to the South Point over Jewelry Week dates, June 3 - 5, 2017. Exhibitor renewal rates are up approximately 35% over this time last year. In addition, the third annual ACRE™ Philadelphia show will return to the Pennsylvania Convention Center - Hall A, February 18 - 20, 2017, and is also on track for significant exhibitor growth.

IndieMe, Inc.™ is the premier online marketplace for retailers to source over 1,200 juried American and Canadian wholesale artists featuring jewelry, gifts, fashion accessories, home decor, garden accessories and more, in a variety of price points and styles. Enrollment is free for retailers. Artists pay a service fee and are eligible for many marketing opportunities including IndieMe's™ quarterly printed Buyer's Guide catalogs, annual Vertical Marketing Guides to target retail markets, co-op advertising with top industry trade publications and two annual trade shows. Commissions are not charged on sales. For more information, visit www.IndieMe.com, or call 1.888.4.CRAFT.1 (1.888.427.2381).

About American Craft Retailers Expo (ACRE™) IndieMe™ is the producer of the American Craft Retailers Expo (ACRE™) shows held annually in Philadelphia, PA and Las Vegas, NV. Upcoming show dates include ACRE™ Philadelphia, February 18 – 20, 2017 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center - Hall A, and ACRE™ Las Vegas, June 3 -5, 2017 at the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa. For more information, visit www.ACREPhiladelphia.com and www.ACRELasVegas.com, or call 1.888.4.CRAFT.1 (1.888.427.2381). # # #

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Wholesalecrafts.com™ Officially Changes Brand Name to Reflect the Company’s Strategic Growth, Increasing Focus on Omnichannel Marketing

February 13, 2016 - (Mooresville, NC) Wholesalecrafts.com™, software industry leader in the wholesale trade realm, today introduced the company’s new corporate brand and logo. The rebranding reflects both the evolution of the company as well as its vision for the future. Wholesalecrafts.com™ has been a recognized leader in the software industry for artists and retailers, creating solutions that help small business owners improve processes, reduce costs and increase profit. “For over 18 years Wholesalecrafts.com™ has been a partner and an advocate for both artists and buyers alike. We are proud of what we have done and what we continue to accomplish to help our clients build their businesses. This creative spirit is now reflected within our new name, IndieMe™”, said Nancy Vince, President of Wholesalecrafts.com™.

The company’s rebranding represents its successful and ongoing transition to a software company beyond its website heritage. Today the company competes in key growth markets including merchant gateway services, mobile applications and alliances with major shipping companies, all focused on assisting its client members with the most relevant and up to date technology services.

The new IndieMe™ logo evokes the company’s focus on a modern, fresh and approachable design while the new colors signify maturity and evolution with a fresh and vibrant feel. The new tagline “Buying and Selling Made Simple” invites its members to explore the possibilities for success and continued growth. While the name, logo and tagline have changed, the company’s focus remains the same. “We are committed to providing stellar customer service to our members”, shares Ms. Vince.

IndieMe™ is the premier online marketplace for retailers to source over 1,200 juried American and Canadian wholesale artists featuring jewelry, gifts, fashion accessories, home decor, garden accessories and more, in a variety of price points and styles. Enrollment is free for retailers. Artists pay a service fee and are eligible for many marketing opportunities including IndieMe's™ quarterly printed Buyer's Guide catalogs, annual Vertical Marketing Guides to target retail markets, co-op advertising with top industry trade publications and two annual trade shows. Commissions are not charged on sales. For more information, visit www.IndieMe.com, or call 1.888.4.CRAFT.1 (1.888.427.2381). 

About American Craft Retailers Expo (ACRE™)
IndieMe™ is the producer of the American Craft Retailers Expo (ACRE™) shows held annually in Philadelphia, PA and Las Vegas, NV. Upcoming show dates include ACRE™ Philadelphia, February 13 - 15, 2016 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center - Hall A, and ACRE™ Las Vegas, June 2 - 4, 2016 at the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa. For more information, visit www.ACREPhiladelphia.com and www.ACRELasVegas.com, or call 1.888.4.CRAFT.1 (1.888.427.2381).
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Wholesalecrafts.com Announces 52% Increase in Buyer Attendance at ACRE Las Vegas; 2016 Show Dates

June 10, 2015 - (Mooresville, NC) Wholesalecrafts.com, Inc., producers of the American Craft Retailers Expo (ACRE) shows, announces a 52% increase in buyer attendance at their recent ACRE Las Vegas show, and 2016 show dates.

The ninth annual ACRE Las Vegas show took place during Jewelry Week, May 28 - 30, 2015 at the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa. Jewelry Week’s headlining JCK Las Vegas show collaborated with ACRE to provide complimentary shuttle service and buyer reciprocity. Compared to last year, the ACRE Las Vegas show saw a 28% increase in artist exhibitors and 52% increase in retailer stores attending.

"These are really impressive gains," said Nancy Vince, President, Wholesalecrafts.com, Inc. "Top priority for ACRE is and always has been to attract more buyers, and it’s a good feeling to be wrapping up two well-attended shows this year, covering both sides of the country."

Buyer attendance at the ACRE shows is largely regional in nature, with approximately 74% attending ACRE Las Vegas located West of the Mississippi, and 91% attending ACRE Philadelphia located East.

"After the show we received an abundance of feedback from both artists and buyers," said Nancy Vince. "The overall vibe was positive with many suggestions and ideas on how to continue to build on the success of ACRE Las Vegas 2015, which alone is a great indicator of how much the wholesale community needs and wants us to continue growing." Nancy continued, "My staff and I have reviewed each and every response and are working towards making ACRE Las Vegas 2016 an even larger success."

Next year will mark the tenth anniversary of ACRE Las Vegas, returning to the South Point over Jewelry Week dates, June 2 - 4, 2016. Exhibitor renewal rates are up approximately 50% over this time last year. In addition, the second annual ACRE Philadelphia show will return to the Pennsylvania Convention Center - Hall A, February 13 - 15, 2016, and is on track for significant exhibitor growth at 75% sold out of its current floor plan. Opening of 2016 planned expansion areas is projected to occur this summer.

About Wholesalecrafts.com
Wholesalecrafts.com is the premier online marketplace for retailers to source over 1,200 juried American and Canadian wholesale artists featuring jewelry, gifts, fashion accessories, home decor, garden accessories and more, in a variety of price points and styles. Enrollment is free for retailers. Artists pay a service fee and are eligible for many marketing opportunities including Wholesalecrafts.com's quarterly printed Buyer's Guide catalogs, annual Vertical Marketing Guides to target retail markets, co-op advertising with top industry trade publications, and two annual trade shows. Commissions are not charged on sales. For more information, visit www.Wholesalecrafts.com, or call 1.888.4.CRAFT.1 (1.888.427.2381).

About American Craft Retailers Expo (ACRE)
Wholesalecrafts.com, Inc. is the producer of the American Craft Retailers Expo (ACRE) shows, held annually in Philadelphia, PA and Las Vegas, NV. Upcoming show dates include ACRE Philadelphia, February 13 - 15, 2016 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center - Hall A, and ACRE Las Vegas, June 2 - 4, 2016 at the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa. For more information, visit www.ACREPhiladelphia.com and www.ACRELasVegas.com, or call 1.888.4.CRAFT.1 (1.888.427.2381).

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