Ash City introduces the Tech-Shell Vest

Ash City has come out with a new Tech-Shell vest as part of their CORE 365 line.

This could be the best new thing to up your golf game or up your golf game giveaways at your next event.

The style comes in both men’s and ladies’ cut with classic colors to compliment your brand. The ladies’ style has a front and back princess seam for a flattering fit.

Both styles offer water resistance and windsmart technology. ( I have no clue what windsmart technology is but suffice it to say it will block the wind on those breezy spring days on the golf course…or where every you may find yourself on those breezy spring days.) They also sport a chin rash guard and a reflective toggle on the zipper.

If you are not a vest person but like the concept click here for the companion jacket.

Posted by Leann 2.2.18


Are You Ready for Summer?

I know, I know  we haven’t even gotten to Memorial Day yet. Heck we haven’t even finished the full first week of May. In embroidery, screen printing, and promotional  land though we are already helping clients plan for summer events including the 4th of July.

Dress codes relax, there are company outings and employee appreciation days to look forward to. And there are milestones to celebrate. (Celebrating 50 followers on Instagram is a  totally legit reason for new hats all around.)


Here are some of the offerings you find when you type the word Patriotic (for example) into our Next Event promotional site. Try it and see what kind of fun ideas you can come up with. Sometimes all you need is a key word set those ideas in motion.

Looking for a sure thing? Hats, tees, head or wrist bands, picnic blankets, totes, even flip flops make perfect gifts at your company event, picnic, or anniversary celebration. Get extras for giving to your favorite clients. After all without them you wouldn’t have much reason to celebrate. (Buying more usually brings the cost down anyway so just go for it!)

Still stumped? Just give us a shout and we will give you a helping hand.

Posted by Leann 5.4.17


Backpacks for Commuters

It is so much easier to work from home these days. Unless you run an embroidery shop then not so much…those machines are way to heavy to carry anywhere! But for a lot of folks bringing home the lap top is a way of life. As long as you have to (or want to) do it why not make a stylish statement with it.

Backpacks are a highly visible  way of getting your brand out there.  More important it is a product guaranteed to be used; not tucked away in some dark spot in the far corner of a desk collecting dust.

Besides being perfect for your employee’s everyday use  they also can be used to highlight employee achievements, work anniversaries, or used as an appreciation gift for your top clients. Going on a corporate outing, retreat, or trade show? The backpacks can be stuffed with other goodies and become  another  way to make your brand seen.

Click on any of the above photos to be take to our Next Event promotional website where you can find pricing and other color options.

Posted by Leann 2.28.17



It’s Show Time!


The first quarter of every New Year is marked by a lot of promoting. Home shows, boat shows, bridal expos, fitness expos, small business events, city and town events all abound in the winter. My theory: Cold weather, captive audience.

The amount of promotional items available is staggering. Don’t believe me? Check out our Promotional tab on the website. Where do you start? So many goodies so little time. Overwhelming!

Some clients know exactly what they are looking for. Most don’t. And that’s okay. Here are some questions we try to ask to help get the brainstorming started.

When is the event? This is BIGGEST and most important question of all. When dealing with promo items try to allow at least six weeks for the idea search, sourcing, sampling if needed, production, and shipping. Who wants to pay rush charges when you don’t have to? We try to work with local companies first. That way shipping time and costs are reduced. When it’s not possible we cast our nets further.

How big is your space? With everything else you are dealing would at a trade show the last thing you want to be doing is juggling more stuff. Remember you have to have a spot to store the items during the event.

Do you have a theme or have very specific branding? If so do you want to stick to the theme or the branding? Do you like to think outside the box and try something that, right off the bat, may not scream your theme/brand but ultimately will remind your clients of you? These are  the hardest questions to answer. Just remember your first instincts are usually right. If you find an item you like but don’t think it will fit with the theme/brand don’t discount the idea. There may be something else along that same line that would. Or there could be a way to tailor that item with a clever tag line that will relate to your theme/brand.

Do you want levels of giveaways or just one item for everyone? Would it be to your benefit, for example, to give pens to folks who are just walking by but give a car charger to a client who is a real prospect you will be following up with after the show is over? This is probably the second hardest questions to answer and one that has no right or wrong answer. You may find different level of giveaways work at some events and not at others.

How big is your budget? Having some idea of what you can or want to spend is always helpful but don’t let it get in the way of brainstorming ideas .You may have a tremendous budget but know that what works well in your industry is to give away note pads. On the other hand you may have a smaller budget and feel you only afford note pads when a more expensive item that nails your theme/branding will produce bigger results by the time the show is over.

Over the next couple of weeks we will be highlighting some new productions that have come to our attention for 2016. You may like them, you may not, or you may be hit with an “AH HA” moment and discover that perfect item for your event.

photo courtesy of Illini


Think Pink

Are you participating in a event to help support breast cancer awareness next month? If so check out some great options to help get your message out and show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Pink2Pink4Pink6Pink7Pink3Pink1These are just a few idea. There are many more clothing ideas and promo ideas on our website. As always if you have an idea but aren’t sure how to run with it give us a call. We love seeing ideas put into action.


Just a sec…..

Time…we never seem to have enough of it. But we may have found a way to give the gift of time and be a hero in the process.

From fundraising, employee appreciation, to company branding there are time pieces out there to suit all your needs.

These two style would be great for business promotion and branding. And they are something people would hang on to and actually use!



These styles would be great for a corporate retreat or team building event. After the event is over you can give your employees something to remember their accomplishments by.




watch4If you want to step it up a notch these elegant time pieces  cover just about anything from a Thank You to a coach, client, or vendor to recognition for years of service to a retirement gift.



Here are more ways to be a hero and give the gift of time while at the same time promoting your brand, your event, or your non-profit. Hurry…time is slipping away!