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​Trade Shows – A thing of the past?

Posted by Joe Marks on

I have vivid memories of my first trade shows. Staged in dour 1970’s convention centers ruled by burly Teamsters; giant plywood cases stashed everywhere; ashtrays in the booths; opening night wine and cheese receptions; flash outfits stalking the aisles. It was a totally different world. And, maybe, one that is headed for extinction.

In today’s world, every brand has a website. You can place an order with your phone. And nobody seems to have time to walk the aisles hunting for hidden treasures - except in Atlanta…For some crazy reason (or probably because there are still lots of active, independent retailers in the South) the Atlanta Gift Show keeps growing and growing.

Our recent trip reinforced this, and the fact that you just can’t beat the feedback loop created by having lots of salespeople - and customers - and vendors trapped in one place for several days. I suppose there is theoretically some sort of chatroom that could serve the same purpose, but I really hope that’s not where we are headed. It is great to meet and reconnect with our business partners in a good, old-fashioned way.

And…they made me a birthday cake!

   

Fragrance Series: A Short History of Perfume

The earliest use of fragrance was probably during Egyptian times when an incense type fragrance was burned to please the gods. The word perfume, in fact, is derived from the Latin word per fumus, which translates “through smoke”. Originally only the priests were allowed to be involved with scents through worship ceremonies, [...]

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What the Heck is Triple Milled Soap Anyway? And Why Should You Care?

The name Triple Milled Soap speaks for itself, really. As it is manufactured the soap is passed through a milling machine of smooth stainless steel rollers. The soap is passed through the machine not once… not twice… but, you guessed it, three times, and pressed into a smooth fine paste.The goal of all [...]

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Mint: Fresh. Cool. And Full of Benefits

Mint- It has been around a while! In fact according to Greek legend – “Menthe” originally a nymph, and Pluto’s lover, angered Pluto’s wife, Persephone, who in a fit of rage turned Minthe into a lowly plant, to be trod upon. Pluto, unable to undo the spell, was able to soften it by giving Minthe [...]

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Washing the Hands of Horseracing

Once you’ve set your sights on importing the highest quality soaps and personal care products, you can very quickly find yourself in some pretty interesting company. Over the years Baudelaire has delivered soap to Hollywood celebrities like Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, famous athletes like Raymond Floyd or Bill Russell, world class designers, politicians, and [...]

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Acorelle: Organic Perfumes Crafted in the Spirit of Aromatherapy

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, perfume is one of the many beautiful things on our minds. We are delighted to offer Acorelle, a line of organic perfumes made in France, and we think you will be interested to learn a little something about fragrances in general and Acorelle in particular.An award winner in France, Acorelle [...]

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Olive Oil: The Whole Truth & Nothing But

The olive, a native of Asia Minor, is among the oldest known cultivated trees in the world. To ancient peoples, it was a sacred tree from which they derived food, oil, and wood. It was propagated as long as 6,000 years ago – before even the invention of written language – and brought to the [...]

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Harvesting the Garden

Farmer? No, maybe not!Those who know me know that my interest in natural and organic extends far beyond our Baudelaire soap and body care offerings. These images are of my own home and gardens, set in the rural hills of New Hampshire.The love of working in the dirt has been a theme for farther back [...]

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How I met the Kennedy's (Complete with Internal Dialogue)

  Or…Why you should never be afraid to start your own business!(Photo of Ethel Kennedy, Wiki Commons, estimated date 1968)It was a lovely September day and I was wandering around the office when Lauré poked her head out of the back office and said, “Are you expecting a call from Ethel Kennedy?”Three questions: A.What is Lauré [...]

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