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A blog in honor of one of our most passionate sales reps. chicago-repGina Lempa Chicago Gift Rep Melrose For the past 23 years Gina Lempa has been a force to be reckoned with at Melrose. She started as a rep with us when her son was just 7 months old and has never looked back. A trend setter in the industry, Gina was nominated by Gifts and Dec for Rep of the Year and even started her own Reps Pop Up Event to better serve her customers. Driven and caring, we invited Gina to share her passion for her customers with us.

Summer in the Midwest is all about fireflies and funnel cakes and what better way to celebrate that with a fair! a fair ride during dusk on a warm summer evening toned with a retro vintage instagram filter effect Do you have memories of going to your local fair or festival, sipping on a milkshake and eating a corndog? Here at Melrose we have the Adams County Fair located just 10 minutes from our headquarters in Quincy, IL.The Adams County Fair has various activities every night including bull riding, a demo derby, Little Miss and Mister Pageants, 4H Buildings and awesome concerts (this year featuring country artist Jerrod Niemann!). In honor of the fair rolling into town this week we’ve asked the Melrose staff to share their favorite fair foods and memories from the Adams County Fair -- you may notice a theme when it comes to the food! ;)

An online presence can be a valuable revenue stream for floral, gift and home stores.Drop Ship - Ecommerce for retailers Many retailers are considering eCommerce as an additional revenue stream for their store. And it’s no wonder: market research firm, eMarketer, projects e-commerce sales will eclipse $3.5 trillion within the next five years. And, they say the web will account for 7.3% of global retail sales this year, growing to 12.4% by 2019. Finally, we know that people WANT to shop online. According to nChannel.com 60% of adult Americans are happy to know they won’t have to shop in a crowded mall or store. And 71% of shoppers believe they will get a better deal online than in stores. As a small business eCommerce may seem daunting; and you probably have a lot of questions. How will you setup an online ordering system? Ensure secure checkout? What about managing and mailing out orders?

From our family to yours, the best fall recipes for a perfect holiday season!Fall Entertaining for gift shop ownersPart of the Thanksgiving tradition, for many of us at Melrose, includes dusting off those family recipe cards to bring out old family favorites. This brings us closer together with those we love (and those who have passed) and makes any holiday special. So in the spirit of the season we are sharing our favorite entertaining recipes with you. Just click the picture and print to make your own recipe book.

Once you log into our new website you'll find a world of online shopping open up to you, find out how to maximize the potential in this blog!Capture Last week, we introduced you to our brand new home page and all of the tools that it offers. This week, we’re going beyond the homepage, and logging in to the wholesale portion of the site to show you the features that make shopping with Melrose easy and fun. From the homepage, click on ‘Shop Now’ to login and then follow along with the screenshots below! ShopNowButton