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This year's ToyFest West let it ride in Las Vegas at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa

Building on the enthusiasm for the new locale, this year's ToyFest West show was a win-win in all the categories attendance, number of products, vendors being shown and ultimately, the number of dollars being written at the show. All of the lines were written, and reps were successful in sharing new products, as well as lines recently picked up in New York. Sales increased significantly for a multitude of companies. Having not attended the show in years, Teri Soelter of Teri's Toybox in Edmonds, WA, was excited about the move to Las Vegas and is considering the idea of skipping New York in the future in order to attend ToyFest West annually. "It is easy to get to from Seattle, not having to worry about bad weather flying in and out. I saw product that I missed in New York, and dealing with my local rep groups was a real plus."

One of the things that set this show apart from any other toy show in the country is camaraderie, especially at the annual Gala and Game Night. Many business owners say they appreciate the built in social events and getting to spend time with a variety of industry people. "It is a great way to learn how the industry is changing and growing, hear about product successes at other stores, and really just enjoy all the great people. And Game Night is the perfect way for me to learn about the games I will be selling in my store this year. The information I received is what my customers want to know," says Dana Chavez, owner of The Wonder Emporium in La Habra, CA.

Bunnies By the Bay Hop Into Your Home This Easter

Easter is coming up and Bunnies By The Bay by Kids Preferred has the perfect items to spring you into the holiday. This special new range of bunnies, baskets and blankets in the Bunnies By The Bay spring 2014 Easter collection are the perfect complement to Easter. Full of pastels, cuddles, favorite characters and the pure sweetness of the season, the new collection includes several new colors and new friends for babies and kids of all ages. The collection also includes its own adorable Easter basket!

BioGS 2.0 Air Purifier Wins the Red Dot Awards

Rabbit Air has received a 2014 Red Dot Award for its BioGS 2.0 air purifier. This is the second award for the company's newest product, which received a Good Design Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design in 2013. The Red Dot Design Award, founded by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, is one of the most sought-after marks of quality for excellent design. This year, a panel of 40 international experts reviewed more than 4,800 entries from 53 countries to select designs that stood out for their quality and innovative strength in the Red Dot Award competition. The BioGS 2.0 will be presented among other award-winning products in a special exhibition at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, Germany, from July 8 to August 3, 2014.

Mod Mom Furniture Builds on Future without Young America

Kiersten Hathcock, CEO and designer of Mod Mom Furniture, will no longer represent Stanley Furniture's Young America line as spokesperson and social media representative. The furniture company released a statement that it was ceasing production on its nursery and youth furniture line, citing a lack of acceptable revenue within an adequate time frame to assure sustainable profitability. Hathcock recently signed on with Young America as their spokesperson in March.

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