Usually a members-only event, the next Northwest Buyers Show coming up on February 27th-March 1st will be newly open to retail guests (i.e. prospective members), according to executive director Randy Hellman. “This might sound self-serving but I truly believe that NW Buyers Group is an important part of the menswear industry, giving member stores an effortless, all-inclusive shopping experience that also puts a little extra money in their pockets, a bonus more appreciated than ever these days.”
With a history that dates back to 1920 (its first market was held 100 years ago at the Ryan Hotel in St. Paul, MN), the buying group is famous for its rebate program that kicks back dollars to member stores. In fact, Hellman confides that in the past 12 years, his group has rebated $10 million back to member stores. From 41 stores a century back at that first market, the group now comprises more than 300 independent men’s specialty stores and more than 190 participating vendors.
Says Northwest Buyers member Joe Sugar from Sugars Menswear Studio in St Pauls, NC, “At first, I was reluctant to leave North Carolina to attend a winter show in Minnesota. But with MSP airport just 10 minutes from the show, and affordable lodging in the same hotel as the show, it’s truly an easy show to work (and going outdoors into the cold is optional). What’s also great is the very relaxed atmosphere, perhaps partially due to its slightly later timing.”
For more info on the upcoming show, contact Randy Hellman: firstname.lastname@example.org or 763-450-2000.