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St. Croix Promotions & Retail combines expertise in Promotions with experience in Retail 

for one powerful branding sweet spot that delivers ROI through our full array of proven brand-building capabilities! 

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Successful and vibrant, St. Croix is a Minnesota company! From our main office to our retail counters, we attract the best of the best. We’re the kind of people who honor integrity, respect commitment, and celebrate authenticity. And we’re fun!

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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Still looking for a great Holiday Gift Item?

Check out our online catalog, featuring some of our favorite options!
View Online Catalog: 
http://bit.ly/SCP-HOLIDAY-GIFT-GUIDE

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*Pricing listed may vary depending on decoration.


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Friday Favs: Fall Apparel

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Whether we want to think about it yet or not, fall is right around the corner. Now is the perfect time to start thinking hoodies, sweatshirts, sweaters, jackets, and bags! Check out our Friday Favs for some of our favorite items to add to your wardrobe this fall! 

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EDDIE BAUER®  SOFT SHELL JACKET

This weather-stopping, three-layer soft shell comes equipped to take on the elements wherever you may roam. 3000MM fabric waterproof rating, 3000G/M2 fabric breathability rating, component loops at back neck and cuffs for securing to other jackets, reverse coil zippered chest pocket, front zippered pockets, adjustable tab cuffs with hook and loop closures and an open hem with drawcord and toggles. Contrast Eddie Bauer logo on right chest. Made of 96/4 poly/spandex.

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Featured Promo Product of the day: 5-in-1 Charging Buddy

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Today’s featured Promo Product is another technology device. The 5-in-1 Charging Buddy is a great accessory because it works for all kinds of devices…and you can have more than one thing plugged in at a time. And if that wasn’t enough, how cool is it that it comes in a variety of core corporate and school colors.

Includes:

 Lightning Connector, Apple 30 Pin Connector, 2 Micro USB Connectors and a Mini USB Connector

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You still have time to order your State Fair Merchandise!

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GET YOUR STATE FAIR MERCHANDISE IN TIME FOR THE

GREAT MINNESOTA GET-TOGETHER!

 

Today, often referred to as the “Great Minnesota Get-Together,” the annual Minnesota State Fair is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. The fair attracts nearly 1.8 million guests annually.

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Featured Promo Product of the day: Hi-Fi Portable Speaker

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Technology Promotional Items have been on high demand lately! It is important that you and your brand stay up with the latest trends! The Hi-Fi Portable Speaker is an affordable option to add a technology piece to your promotional strategy - and it works with different devices – so you are not just limited to working with ipods or iphones!

Features: Folds into a portable cube, plugs into any personal media player, includes sturdy stand & holds media players up to 2-1/2"w x 3/4" thick!

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Make your Brand Sizzle this Summer!

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Summer is a great time to heat up your marketing (and your sales) with branded merchandise! People are excited to dive into a new season, and to receive season-specific items that have your brand on them….sure to be wherever they go all summer long! We can help you with merchandise for those hot summer events like parades and festivals!

Whether you’re on a tight budget, or know exactly what kind of give-a-way you’re looking for, we have options that will have your recipients jumping for joy!

Check out our featured items that are sure to make your brand sizzle this summer!

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Deal of the Week: Golf

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As spring rolls around and you start planning a corporate outing or charity event, you often find yourself scoping out the nearby golf courses. An estimated 27 million adults play the sport, 36% are managers and professionals. What better way to promote your brand or cause than some golf-themed swag? With golf being such a popular sport among both men and women of many ages, promotional golf products are a no-brainer! The merchandise is useful and functional, and as a result, it stays in the hands or bags of your recipients. 

We had useful and functional merchandise in mind when picking out this week's Deal of the Week!

The Pitchfix Hybrid Divot Tool - Starting at $15.00/ea! Use Promo Code: GOLFPROMO to receive 100 (Box O'Tees) with any order of 100 Pitchfix Hybird Divot Tools ordered on or before Friday May 16th!

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Goodbye Cold, Hello Bold!

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Spring is the ideal season for adding some bold color to your standard wardrobe. And if you need any ideas, here are a few suggestions (based on Spring Trends) on how to brighten up a little in the months ahead. Order your Custom Spring Apparel & Accessories Today!

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Due to variations in logos and techniques, please contact your dedicated account representative for pricing.

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Friday Favorites!

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Need fresh promotional ideas? Make sure to tune in each Friday for our Friday Favorites. Our Promotions team strives to find new and unique products that will help expand your brand visibility. With socially responsible global sourcing, we customize your promotional apparel and merchandise to enhance your brand. Take a look at some of our favorite promotional picks from this week! 2014-Ideas-BLOG

A. OGIO® Stratagem Pack - The ultimate accomplice for your plan of attack, the Stratagem has two compartments to protect tech and accessories. The HUB (Hybrid Unibody Backpanel) keeps things comfortable.

 

B. Port Authority® Oxford Pique Double Pocket Polo - Double front pockets give this moisture-wicking polo an eye-catching, contemporary look. The two-tone pique texture makes it a great choice for the office or the weekend.

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A look at some of St. Croix Promotions’ Most Loved Promotional Products!

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It is Valentine’s Day, a day filled with cupids, candy, and of course, LOVE!

We couldn’t let the occasion pass without sharing a few a few of the promotional products that we adore! Read on to hear from some St. Croix Promotions employees about the promo items that they LOVE!

 

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Custom Cell Phone Chargers on Trend for 2014

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This year at the PPAI show, custom cell phone chargers were among some of the hottest items. To say it plainly, they were everywhere. Our team saw them in every color and style imaginable. They spotted ones in vibrant colors - as we mentioned in an earlier post, this year was all about noticeable neons. There were also car chargers with glowing logos and handy portable chargers to power up smartphones and other USB devices when the power's out or while your traveling. We think these make great promo products, especially if you are hosting a conference and attendance are flying in!

 

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Clear Stadium Bags

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While there is an increase of plastic bag bans in the western state, we have seen an increase in clear stadium style tote bags. The Clear Stadium Bag trend is in response to the NFL's policy limiting the size and type of bags allowed into stadiums. Not surprisingly, clear custom stadium bags were a huge story at the PPAI show in Vegas this year. There was no shortage of clear bags and many also incorporated the neon trend with brightly hued handles.

With all the talk of the new Vikings, we expect this trend to be a popular one in the Twin Cities Metro area!

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Spotlight on Sunglasses

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We continue to  feature some trends that are sure to be big in 2014 - we have already focused on Neons, Downhome Drinkware and Beats-Style Headphones.
 
Today's 2014 trend is focused on Sunglasses. Neon wayfarers, with their boxy shape and thick colorful frames, stole the spotlight, but we also saw classic aviators and novelty frames! For companies looking for great spring or summer giveaways at an affordable price point, sunglasses are they way to go.
 
In fact, one of our clients gave away novelty sunglasses at a concert they were a sponsor for last year - and fans were chanting the company's name to get the trendy shades! Sunglasses will continue to be high demand in 2014!
 
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Noticeable Neons!

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While bright neon hues have been big in fashion for many season, the trend has officially taken over the promotional product market. While in Vegas, St. Croix team members saw the trend really take off in the custom drinkware category - especially in tumblers and cups with straws. That isn't to say it hasn't also hit other promotional categories, such as notebooks, pens, and sunglasses - however, it is the most notable in the drinkware category.

For companies wanting to make a bold impression, neon is a smart choice! Neons bring energy to promotional products, and they eye is immediately drawn to them. We expect to see a lot of neon promotional products this spring and summer!

 

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Down-home Drinkware

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We are excited to see custom drinkware take a casual twist in 2014. Mason Jars were on trend in 2013 and we will see them make their way into the promotional product industry this year! You will see lots of variations of mason jars this year. Color lids, straws, handles - you can show off your brand in a cool, laid-back style. These will be perfect for company picnics and summer events!

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Custom Tote Bags

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Yesterday we talked about three takeaways you can get from the Swag Bags at the Golden Globes. The first tip was to pay attention to your presentation – also known as pick an awesome bag! While it is important to make sure that it is an appropriate size for what you’re giving away – it also sets the tone for the entire gift experience.

In a recent study, the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) found that personalized tote bags generate more than twice as many views a month as promotional headwear or personalized writing instruments COMBINED.

We wanted to help you pick out some of our favorite Swag Bags to help you get started.

 

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Takeaways From the Swag Bags at the Golden Globes

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The 71st Golden Globe Awards were hosted on January 12th. As usual, this year’s Golden Globes Swag Bags were filled to the brim with a variety of luxury gifts! Celebrities took home a variety of goodies, all packed in a covetable bag!

Swag bags always generate a lot of buzz at red-carpet events, but even if you aren’t hosting A-listers, you should still know the basics of putting together an epic swag bag. Swag Bags are a great way to show people you appreciated their attendance at your event – whether it is a conference, tradeshow, grand opening, or an events ceremony!

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America’s Fittest City is…

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Yesterday, the Today Show did a special series that looked at the top places in the US to be Health, Wealthy, and Wise.

They posed the question, which city is considered to be the healthiest, fittest in America? It is not a sunny, swim suit spot like Miami Beach or Malibu. It is actually a city that is famous for its frequent sub-zero temperatures (sound familiar??), where residents need snow coats and ear muffs for months of the year.

That’s right; Minneapolis was named the Fittest City in the US, according to the American College of Sports Medicine’s most recent American Fitness Index.

The Twin Cities have more parks per square mile than any major city in the U.S. We also come in second on the number of bicyclists per capita (Portland comes in at number one). We also got high marks for access to fresh food.  In fact, ACSM’S Walter Thompson, Ph.D was quoted saying that “There are twice as many farmer’s markets in that area [the Twin Cities] than in the top 10 percent of [U.S.] cities.

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Color of the Year for 2014: PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid

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While the 2013 color of the year, Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination. Radiant Orchid has been dubbed as an invitation to innovation. Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originally, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.

A harmony of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, on that draws you in with its charm.

Radiant Orchid for Fashion

Radiant Orchid’s rosy undertones radiate on the skin, producing a healthy glow when worn by both women and men. A dazzling attention-getter, Radiant Orchid hit the spring 2014 fashion shows and found its way onto the red carpet.

About the Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone literally combs the world looking for color influences. This includes the entertainment industry and films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention. For more than a decade, Panton’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries -including promotions.

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