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March - May 2022 Newsletter
 
 
With songbirds returning, daffodils blooming, and warmer weather, spring has finally sprung! Not only are we thrilled to see the change of season at Audrey's, but we’re also so excited about our newest Atlanta release and the new Audrey’s website coming to you soon! Keep on scrolling to find out more. 
 
Audrey's Launch Is a Booming Success!
In Atlanta this past January, Audrey’s introduced a number of stellar collections as part of a release of over 600 new items in the categories of fall, winter and everyday. The new release debuted at the Atlanta Gift Show which was held January 11-18 at the Americasmart in downtown Atlanta. The show in Atlanta was well attended as numerous customers said they had a very successful retail year for 2021.
Audrey's Atlanta Showroom January 2022
The new release was received extremely well by the many customers that attended the show and visited the beautiful and well merchandised Audrey’s showroom. We are tremendously proud of this offering, and we believe you will find our products will provide many opportunities for retail success! For this new release, we are continuing our trend of intentional focus to introduce product with a fresh, clean and colorful look within our collections. We are continuing to expand on best-selling categories of home decor, wall decor, floral and seasonal products.
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Highlights of a few of our collections that debuted in Atlanta this past January.
Cozy Heirlooms
 
Bountiful Motifs
Cozy Heirlooms
Set the stage for an antique-inspired space with these textile pieces. With their artistically faded colors that create a sophisticated color palette – these pillows, throws, and accent rugs will bring both a traditional and timeless look to any room!
 
Bountiful Motifs
This year we are feeling excited plus inspired by tonal palettes, natural textures, and subtle patterns. These features make this collection a statement all on their own!  With its cohesive color palette and non-competing patterns, you can easily mix and match any piece to seamlessly coordinate. Pair with natural accents like our wood bead garlands, and black pottery to create a simple but stunning space!
The Farmette
 
Apple Pickin'
The Farmette
Featuring a new artist here at Audrey’s, these from-the-heart watercolor paintings reflect the whimsy and simplicity of the low country with imagery of irresistibly darling hobby farm animals. This artist has a lovely, effortless style, and these pieces will coordinate perfectly with any country-chic vignette. 
 
Apple Pickin'
Crisp, ruby red apples from the orchard inspired this fun fall OR everyday collection! From eye-catching apple imagery and signage to textiles with yummy recipes, this collection is the perfect transition from summer to fall. Pre-heat the oven now! 
A Vintage Holiday
A Vintage Holiday
Santa Claus is comin’ to town! Make it a vintage Christmas with jolly retro prints of Santa, his reindeer, and frosty the snowman in vivid reds and whites and shiny textures on textiles and home accents.  This collection adds instant cheer, holiday charm, and nostalgia all in one.
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Catalog Has Been Mailed to Our Customers!
Our new Volume 44 catalog should be arriving in your mailbox any day! The new Fall, Winter and Everyday 2022 catalog features over 400 pages of our current and new collections!
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Our new virtual release for fall, winter and everyday 2022 is now on our website. Created especially for those unable to attend the show. Quickly see the new images, pricing, photo gallery as well as the dating program, all in one easy location. To see our virtual release with 600 new items, click the link below.
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Fall and Winter Pre-Booking Dating Program Deadline Is March 31!
Audrey’s is offering our pre-booking dating program (order now, ship later, pay as late as December 1) for 2022! You may place your order through the end of March to receive dating on orders meeting the minimums, with a ship date after June 1, 2022. This special dating program is for fall and winter merchandise only, with approved credit terms in good standing.
 
 
Dating Program Is for Fall & Winter Merchandise Only.

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New Website Coming Soon
Audrey’s new website is almost here! We are so excited as we have been working hard to bring you our brand-new website with improved functionality. The new website is aesthetically pleasing with a cleaner and fresh look with newly enhanced tools to provide a wonderful shopping experience. Stay tuned as we will inform you of the launch date and provide demos so you can take full advantage of the website’s functionality. 
 
 
 
Audrey’s Is Planning To Expand in Atlanta!
We are planning to expand our corporate showroom in Atlanta giving us additional square footage along the home decor side of the showroom. The expansion will more than likely take place in two different phases, with the first phase which should be completed in time for the July show. There is a good possibility we will be expanding again adding an additional small showroom along the same corridor, in which the expansion will take place in the fall and be completed for the January show. If everything works out as planned, we should be able to add approximately 1200 sq.ft. of much-needed showroom space.
 
 
We Have Plenty of Merchandise in Stock!
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Retailer Spotlight:
Southern Hospitality - Plant City, Florida
Southern Hospitality is a Christian family owned and operated store that has been in business for over 35 years and a customer of Audrey's for several years. Southern Hospitality is located in the heart of Plant City, Florida and has become a popular destination for shoppers all throughout the Southeast with over 73,000 square-foot of selling space that is full of merchandise. The family business started in the late 70's when store owners Jim and Linda Connell opened their first store in Plant City in a 700 square-foot building. This seemed to be the logical move after Linda began selling her handmade crafts at home parties and Jim Jr. was making a style of pine furniture that was in great demand at the time. It was in these early years that they made a religious decision to be closed on Sunday. Jim says, "I believe if I give the Lord what He asked for, He will make up the difference in the other six days."
 
 
 
In the following years, the family business experienced good times, various moves, and buyouts. One day they received an offer from a gentleman to buy their store which was then called "Our House." The Connell's accepted his offer. They then bought a small shop in Lakeland by the name of Southern Hospitality. Soon after this, the same gentleman that purchased their first business made them another offer. Once again, they sold him the business, but this time they kept ownership of the store's name. In 1984, the Connell's continued to enjoy what they were doing, and they built a 4000 square-foot steel building on the family property and sold their unique merchandise wholesale to the public. 
The building had no windows, no air conditioning, and a sign out front that informed customers to "honk your horn." Jim, Linda, Jim Jr.  and his wife Shelly worked this way for about three years. Linda recalls, "We just went to shows and bought what we liked and hoped that other people would like it also." Their customers certainly did! Without the store's name on the building or ads in papers, people found their way to Southern Hospitality. The next move took them to the Plant City Mall where they experience continued growth and success.
In 1999, Southern Hospitality moved to its current location and the Connell's have filled the 73,000 square-foot facility with things that simply "catch their eyes" at markets and shows. The Connell's continue to enjoy working together and consider all of their  employees to be part of their family. Also, there has been 2 other generations to join them. Jim and Shelly's two kids, their son James III and their daughter Heather. Heather's oldest son has recently started at Southern Hospitality. So they now have 4 generations involved in their family business.  Linda says, "It is a myth that you cannot work with family and friends. We wouldn't do it any other way!"
 
 
Easter Peeps S’Mores Dip
PREP TIME: 15 mins  |  COOK TIME: 7 mins  |  TOTAL TIME: 22 mins  |  SERVINGS: 8

INGREDIENTS:
  • Butter or Crisco for greasing
  • 3 cups (18 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 18 Peeps marshmallow bunnies
  • Graham crackers and pretzels for dipping
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Make sure the oven rack is in the middle of the oven. Place a spoonful of Crisco or pat of butter on a paper towel and grease the baking dish.
  2. Pour the chocolate chips in the baking dish and spread evenly with your hands. Arrange the Peeps bunnies on top. For a 9-inch square pan, I fit 6 Peeps across in 3 rows.
  3. Place the baking dish in the oven, keeping an eye on the Peeps. Bake until the Peeps start to brown lightly, puff a big, and start to crack, about 6 to 7 minutes. Make sure not to over-brown the Peeps!
  4. Serve warm with graham crackers and pretzels, or any other dippers you prefer.
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