Announcing: “Cooking with Tristan” Has Moved YouTube Channels

No Bake Frozen Citrus Pie one of many recipes on Cooking with TristanAbout a month or so ago we decided to take “Cooking with Tristan” off of the site and give him his own video platform. He can now be found with all of his delicious recipes at His latest recipe is quick and easy. He made moist breaded chicken breasts that can be cut with a fork. This recipe can be made by younger children and adults alike. It only has 3 ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and bake.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to visit “Cooking with Tristan”, his last couple of episodes were for a delicious hash brown and sausage bake which is wonderful for breakfast or brunch and also new this past month was his no bake frozen citrus pie.  All recipes with measurements can be found at  or become a fan on facebook!

Personalized Junior Leather Padfolio with Zipper for your Next Sales Meeting

Personalized Leather Junior Padfolio with ZipperAdd class and style to everyday business tasks with this multi-function leather junior padfolio with zipper closure. On the inside you will find a multi-function organizer with pockets for things like business cards, and notes. On the right side this padfolio comes with a 5″ x 8″ paper pad and a pen loop. This junior leather padfolio can be personalized with your logo in either screen print or debossed on the front side. Select the decoration type that fits your company image. The Protégé junior leather padfolio is the perfect fit for your next sales meeting, whether as a standalone gift or paired with one of our Zebra line writing instruments.

To see the video on this product visit CEShoppes on YouTube or to purchase any of the multi function custom leather padfolios visit us at 

Personalized Tote Bags for Tradeshows or as a Gift with Purchase

Get your brand noticed with one of our stylish and functional personalized totes. The Select Zippered Tote is a must have for any type of tradeshow or conference. Another great idea for this personalized tote is to use it as part of a seasonal promotion. One client did just that; a local spa chose the Select Zippered Tote as a gift with purchase. The tote was given to clients who purchased a package of salon or spa services during the month of June. The promotion not only encouraged repeat visits, but also rewarded loyal customers.

This personalized tote bag has a zippered main compartment which provides ample storage capacity to hold all of your catalogs from a day at the tradeshow, or it can easily accommodate a Padfolio, and any other type of materials you will need to be prepared at the all-day conference.  The outside of this custom tote features a front pocket with pen loop (pen not included) as well as mesh pockets for one or two water or soda bottles and other easy to reach items. Do not worry about this tote getting in your way; the Select Zippered tote bag has 29.5″ shoulder straps. These custom logo totes come in 7 incredible colors and your logo can be prominently displayed on the front pocket in full color with our Gemphoto process, embroidered for a higher perceived value, or screen printed in 1 or two colors.

Create a promotion of your own, or give to your attendees at your next event.  Visit to see all our personalized tote bags and start promoting right away.

Add your Logo to the Igloo Deluxe Collapsible Cooler

Our Igloo brand deluxe collapsible cooler is the perfect summertime product to showcase your logo. These logo coolers are available in Citron Green, Gunmetal Grey and Steel Blue. The durable cooler provides enhanced insulation and is collapsible for easy storage and secures with Velcro tabs. The interior features a PVC free leak resistant, heat sealed antimicrobial liner. There are mesh pockets in the lid for ice pack storage along with an Igloo brand metal bottle opener.  This 36 can capacity cooler also includes full zip closure with reinforced zipper pulls. The EVA foam molded top and bottom provide for extra sturdiness and there are also dual zipper top pockets and a rope grab handle for easy carrying. This collapsible cooler is ideal to add your logo and give your clients and employees for sales incentive trips, tailgating opportunities and corporate outings.  Visit for additional cooler logo product ideas.

Flavored Mints in Custom Tins Gains Brand Awareness for Top Bridal Gown Vendor

Challenge: A Bridal gown vendor was looking to find an easy-to-carry, useful and unique promotional product with long staying power to promote brand awareness to the trade. Each year many thousands of brides, bridesmaids and flower girls eagerly dream of their walks down the aisle wearing bridal gowns, bridesmaid gowns, flower girl dresses, veils and other accessories from the company’s designer apparel lines. To maintain that awareness they market their bridal apparel to consumers through bridal magazines, trunk shows and catalogs, and present their lines to retailers at the world’s top bridal tradeshows, such as the week-long Bridal Market Weeks held in Barcelona and New York. The reach provided by such shows is impressive: more than 1,500 retailers and media outlets from the U.S. and abroad attend the New York event; Barcelona boasts an attendance of more than 20,000. It was with the upcoming U.S. Bridal week in mind that the company’s team turned to their promotional products distributor who presented promotional mints.

Solution: Mints made good sense for their show room venue because: they are 1) a unique promotional product not typically offered by other bridal show exhibitors; 2) small and compact, easy for retailer buyers to slip into pockets, purses and bags; 3) useful in the bridal week setting, where retailers and members of the press enjoy abundant opportunities for eating and up-close-and-personal speaking with peers, designers and clients; and 4) highly desirable to the week’s primarily female audience.

The promotional product distributor showed the marketing team several promotional mints that could become their private-label stash, from which they selected the Small Mint Tin in a durable tin. The tin was just what the team had hoped for, with a black color perfectly in tune with the deep, dark richness of the company logo and website, and with a spacious lid with plenty of room for the bridal gown vendor imprint. Branding space was especially important to the team for this particular show as they had also recently launched the new website to establish the company as the “go-to” location for all its represented brands. Plus, recipients would be less likely to throw away the reusable tin, providing added reach and long-lasting promotional power—just what the team needed to help transfer brand awareness away from the individual brands and to the bridal gown vendor.

Result: Mints please tradeshow goers; the bridal gown vendor expands use of mints to additional venues in the U.S. and Europe. The marketing team reports that retailers and members of the press who stopped by their showroom during the event helped themselves to handfuls of mint tins, guaranteeing that they’d see the company name each time they reached for a mint and reminding recipients that represented designers are now available through the new website. The mints proved so successful that the team added them to gift bags given to bridal, beauty and fashion editors at top bridal publications during the fashion show that week, and also introduced them into the marketing mix for European events as well, changing flavors as needed to suit the variability of cultural tastes. For instance, the team selected fruity instead of minty flavored mints for their United Kingdom market, as people in the UK tend to favor fruity over spicy. To toast another successful promotion we raise our mints and say, “Bon appétit!

Community Bank Branch Increases Customer Base with Mint Box Promotion

Challenge: The Bank of Newport is a small bank branch that serves the southeastern area of New England. They were established in 1819 and have only 12 bank locations, mostly in Rhode Island. Their challenge over the past years has been to secure more local customers to their community bank by recruiting them away from the large bank branches that have permeated the area. The Bank of Newport wanted an economical promotional gift because they do not have the vast budget of their competitors. They also wanted the product to be useful and endearing to the residents of the area, demonstrating to them that they actually care about the community. The bank has always prided itself on their community efforts and help sponsor numerous events throughout the year. The gift was to be given away at the Newport Bank booth at several of these community festivals during the spring/summer months. Newport contacted their promotional product distributor to find a product that fit the needs of the bank.

Solution: The promotional products team decided that Newport needed a product with resale value and that the product had to prove to the patrons of these neighborhood events that Newport cared about them, unlike the other larger banks in the area. Eventually, the team presented Newport with the advertising mint box. The mint box contains 20-25 peppermints, is recloseable, and is fully customizable on all 5 sides of the box. The mint box offers more advertising space than most products and is printed with 4-color process printed. A box of mints like this is often purchased in the store for over $1.

Result: The mint box promotion was distributed at the Newport booths at several sponsored events through the spring and summer. The advertising box was useful and compact enough to be placed in purses and pockets. This way the potential customer would remember the company name and logo days after the event. After the promotion, the Bank of Newport received many compliments on the product and requests for more by the community. More importantly, the bank saw a 10% increase of new customers in the fall.

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Lip Balm Promotion Succeeds in Driving More Business to Retail Mobile Phone Locations

Challenge: The challenge was to generate more business toward local retail stores of an internationally known mobile phone company. The wireless company may be the country’s leading cell phone provider with an exceptionally strong brand identity, but this doesn’t mean that all divisions of their business are thriving. In particular, local retail stores of eminent companies can often suffer in certain areas because of an over saturation of the brand name and stores. Because the wireless provider is concerned with the latest accessible technology, it was important for them to utilize an advertising product that was simple and functional. The wireless provider’s marketing group got in touch with their promotional products distributor to help find a solution. The team then collectively put their ideas together to find the best promotional product for the client.

Solution: The promotional distributor suggested that an all-natural lip balm containing SPF15 be used for the retail store promotion. In line with the clients’ wishes, the team selected a product that was practical, thus differentiating the gift from the items sold by the company on a daily basis. Also, it was functional because the promotion was to be used during the summer months, so the SPF 15 in the lip balm would protect those who received the product from the sun. The four-color process decal on the lip balm tube was incredibly vibrant and it included the address of that particular retail location, along with the website. The lip balms were given as a gift once the customer entered into the store. So, the item served as a thank you to customers that were interested enough to walk into the wireless provider’s retail location.

Result: The SPF15 lip balm was a hit with customers that came into the several retail locations. Most seemed to appreciate that the wireless provider would give them a useful gift just for walking into the store and not after purchasing an item, which is so often the case. During the three month campaign, these once struggling stores saw more volume as the promotion progressed. Due to the increased activity in the stores, there were more mobile phone sales made. The product was convenient and could be used several times; so, as the customers continued to use the lip balm during the summer, they were reminded of the provider’s location/website each time they used it to protect themselves from the sun. The company also noticed an improvement in website traffic in those areas where previously there had been minimal interest in exploring the wireless provider website online.  ** Our promotional lip-balm vendor is now working on a red wax color lip balm for a future promotion.


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Add Some Fun to your Next Business Meeting or Trade show

Most business meetings are boring and no one is really excited to be there except maybe the person they hired to speak or motivate you. Add some fun to your next business meeting or tradeshow by adding items that light up the room.

I remember one year we went to a tradeshow and they had an afterhour’s event. Each attendee who signed up for the afterhour’s event received a light up necklace with the name of the sponsor. These were a huge hit. You would see attendees wearing these every night during the show.  I, to this day remember the sponsor’s name.

There are many other items that can be a fun part of your event. For instance, for night time events, including an installation of officers, a holiday party, a tradeshow appreciation dinner and other evening type events you could add your logo or sponsors logo to light up ice cubes, light up beer glasses, margarita glasses, shot glasses or even light up wine glasses. The possibilities are endless, and think of all the fun that will be anticipated as attendees walk in to a dimly lit room with glowing Drinkware. Your event will be talked about for weeks afterward and your logo will go home with the attendee for even further impressions.

Light up items are great for tradeshow give-a-ways too. Everyone loves to receive gifts that glow or change colors. Try handing out a light up clock, calculator or computer mouse at your next event. You will have them lining up to your booth to get a light up item imprinted with your logo. Of course you should establish rules ahead of time, like the attendee should listen to your spiel before you just hand one over, or possibly only give them to your better customers and have an item like a LED tip light up pen for the attendees that are new to you.