Monday, February 27, 2017

New Retail Rep Partner

My section in the Anne McGilvray & Company Minneapolis Mart Showroom

For the past five years, I've been fortunate to work with Square One Reps at the Minneapolis Mart. They helped me build my wholesale card and art print line from 40 cards to over 200 items now available in my latest catalog. Local owner, Jan Borene and her team of reps, guided me and helped put my work into more than 50 retail shops in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  I enjoyed going out to The Minneapolis Mart on Show Days to meet with potential customers where Jan treated me like family.

At the beginning of the year, Square One was sold to another wholesale rep company called Anne McGilvray & Company based in Dallas, Texas. They welcomed me to their team, helped me transfer my items to their website, and gave me a new booth in their brand new Minneapolis showroom. It was still in progress when I went out for the first show last month. As you can see in the photo, they creatively hung my cards clothes line fashion and prominently displayed my prints, posters and magnets. My name plaque wasn't yet in place. Fortunately, my Square One reps, Judy, Amy, Liz and Sharon, made the transition, too. They are simply the best people to work with. 

Anne McGilvray was in town to meet us during the show and welcome us to her team. She runs a huge retail repping company with  showrooms in Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle with many top national wholesale lines, so I feel fortunate to be represented by her team. My work will only be shown in the Minneapolis Showroom but she has additional reps in Iowa and North and South Dakota who will represent my lines, so I expect my customer list to grow. Here's a little bit more about Anne McGilvray and Company
A cropped view of my web page.

I put out a new catalog in January for my wholesale customers. It contains new cards, art prints, posters and magnets. I continue to focus on my favorite landmarks and Midwest themes in my work.  If you want to carry my work in your shop, you can either contact me or Anne McGilvray & Co. at  The next show is March 10-14th at The Minneapolis Mart located at 10301 Bren Road W. #378, Minnetonka, Minnnesota 55343.  
My latest catalog.

I will miss Jan and Alan and the wonderful time we spent together at Square One. My best to them on their future plans. I plan to grow my wholesale business under the guidance of Anne McGilvray & Company and continue to work with wonderful retail and museum shops in the area.