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Dear Valued Exhibitors:


I would like to take this opportunity invite you to exhibit with us at Creative Shows 42nd Annual Gift, Gourmet and Souvenir Show, Saturday, April 15 through Monday, April 17, 2023. This wholesale event has moved to The Ellison Place in Gaylord, Michigan. This is a newer, carpeted, state of the art facility centrally located just off I-75, Exit 279, near beautiful downtown Gaylord.


Gaylord is a growing upscale community that features the finest in accommodations, dining and recreational facilities located in the heart of Northern Michigan's tourist area, less than 58 miles from the Mackinac Bridge.


We've Been Listening!


In 2008 we expanded to attract new exhibitors and buyers alike. We have listened to feedback from both buyers and exhibitors and have decided to give you what you've been asking for! A complete and comprehensive trade show exhibitor offering, that caters to all levels of retailers. So, get out your order pads and be prepared to write orders!


Cash & Carry


Maintaining our loyal exhibitor base, which primarily is order writing, will continue to be the anchor of our show. The Gaylord Gift Gourmet & Souvenir Show will be opening our doors to other exhibitors who desire an "on the spot" delivery of product. To protect our exhibitor base, while pursuing this new program, we intend to keep the show "For Trade Only".


Reasons to Exhibit:


• Generate orders in a hard to travel territory.

• A marketplace to meet clients face to face.

• Reach a year’s worth of qualified buyers in three days.

• Reinforce your image with current and future customers.

• Generate leads, introduce new products.

• Educate and reconnect with buyers.

• Customers can see, touch and smell your products.

• Meet competition head on,

• Sell your company’s service & quality.

• Demonstrate the superiority of your products.

• An opportunity to receive feedback and do market research.


Creative Shows will mail out over 5,000 invitations to qualified retailers. We will also notify all the major trade publications and e-blasting to our mailing list. In addition we will be placing two half-page advertisements in the Michigan Retailers Newspaper, with a circulation of over 4000 stores.


If you are interested in increasing your Michigan customer base, this is the place to be. In the face of rising travel costs this is the most economical way to reach out to prospective clients. Your customers will love the convenience of shopping under one roof. This is a non-union, wholesale show with prices starting at just $550 for a 10x10 booth.


We want to be an affordable, convenient and dependable option for you. We are here to help you succeed! Early response will ensure booth availability.


Thank you,

Dennis Connors

Show Manager




Friday, 9AM - 9PM




Saturday, 9:00AM - 6:00PM

Sunday, 9:00AM - 6:00PM

Monday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM




Each 10’ x 10’ booth will be provided with an 8’ tall draped back wall and 3’ high side rails with drapes, 2 chairs, wastebasket, rep name badges and a listing in the show directory. A one-line identification sign, up to 29 characters, will be provided for each exhibitor. The drape colors are black & silver. We do not provide tables. You can bring your own or rent some from ESI. 8-Foot side walls are to be ordered directly from ESI. If you paid for electricity please bring extension cords.




The show decorator is: ESI, (Exhibition Services Inc.) 6907 West Side Saginaw Rd. Suite #3 Bay City, MI 48706. 989-686-0660, Fax: 989-686-1560


The exhibitor must arrange for orders for all booth furnishings, including tables, through the decorator.




Go here to view our show services information packet which will allow you to place your order for tables, lights and other products. View our show services information packet.




If you want to send UPS, FED EX or U.S. Postal Service, address the parcels to:

Exhibitors Name

Attn: Diane Bartow, C/O The Ellison Place

150 Dale Dr.

Gaylord, MI 49735

Parcels should not be sent to arrive before April 5. No parcels may be shipped directly to Creative shows.




If you want to send motor freight, you can use ESI or Holland Trucking Company. If using Holland, address the shipment to:

Holland Trucking Company

1830 Calkins Dr.

Gaylord, MI 49735

Exhibitors Name, Gaylord Gift Show at The Ellison Place, 150 Dale Drive, Gaylord, MI 49735

To contact the freight company call: (866) 465-5263.

Shipments should not be sent to arrive before April 5.

No freight may be shipped directly to Creative shows.




Monday, 4:00PM - 7PM

For Buyers:

For Exhibitors:

Gaylord Gift Show is brought to you by:

Connors Creative Shows
21735 Lakeland
Saint Clair Shores, MI 48081

Phone 586-775-3326