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Commercial Marmots
by Summer on February 28, 2010

Some people describe retail as a three ring circus. It probably is. I got to watch deal-making today and it's a tough job to have!

I visited the Denver Merchandise Mart today because I got word that Platte River Trading has come out with a new design of the yellow-bellied marmot and being a Platte River Trading marmot myself, I had to take a look at what the upcoming competition was. The Denver Merchandise Mart is the retail association that services all the merchants in the Rocky Mountain area and beyond. It's the biggest market between Las Vegas and Chicago and caters to tens of thousands of independent retailers. I wandered the Mart and I'll guess that there must have been over a thousand vendors there, each representing multiple product lines. And the place was packed and full of energy! Platte River Trading is a Denver based manufacturer of all sort of stuffed animals. They have a long track record of developing specialty animals and many years of marmot evolution. I spent a long time nose to nose with the new yellow-bellied marmot and in the end I have to say that I'm a little jealous. It looks good! The Denver Gift, Home, Jewelry and Resort Show was a fun outing. I got to see a lot of fun stuff, but meeting the new marmot was the best part!

Summer formulates a plan for visiting the vendors.
(taken by Summer on February 28, 2010)
Summer spends some time with the new Platte River Trading marmot.
(taken by Summer on February 28, 2010)
On break, Summer tries to put together the bat puzzle by B. Dazzle. It's sure hard!
(taken by Summer on February 28, 2010)
Seminar in session. Quiet, please! What a cute squirrel!
(taken by Summer on February 28, 2010)
Summer gives a talk on Marmot Adventures. Where's the audience?
(taken by Summer on February 28, 2010)
First Platte River Trading yellow-bellied marmot, circa 2000.
(taken by Summer on February 28, 2010)
Second Platte River Trading yellow-bellied marmot, circa 2005.
(taken by Summer on February 28, 2010)
Third Platte River Trading yellow-bellied marmot, 2010.
(taken by Summer on February 28, 2010)


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