Taking the shop on the road – being a presence at your Diocesan Convention

Here some tips about attending your convention:

Ø  Know ahead of time volunteers/staff availability. Have volunteers/staff to manage your table efficiently and effectively

Ø  Complete your registration, paying all necessary fees

Ø  Pack your merchandise and equipment for the event

o   Take a variety of merchandise that will move – religious – books, pocket tokens etc - jewelry, home décor (you’ll know your customers)

Ø  Advertise throughout the Diocese that the shop will have table at the convention

Ø  This was a first for me this year, but it was very helpful and I’ll do it again as we have gone from a two day convention to a one day convention. It was emailed Diocesan wide by the Communication officer

o   Preparing a pre order form, pick up at convention. This was very helpful in expediting the process as time was not our best friend 

Making this event a realty is a labor of love, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world when I see the smile on a customer’s face who finds the perfect gift, or one who would not otherwise make the trip to the Cathedral and was delighted that we brought the shop to them. This makes it all worth the effort and hard work that goes into making it a realty. 

Andrea John, Manager and Vice President, EBA

Trinity Cathedral Altar Guild Shop

Trenton, NJ 08618

Annual Meeting 2019


Our annual meeting, is again in New York and it is going to be better than last year. It is the weekend of August 10 and 11 in conjunction with the NYNOW Gift Show. It goes through Wednesday if you want to extend your stay.

Our Hotel this year is the Wyndham New Yorker. Great rates and still only three blocks to the Javits Center. With a stay at The New Yorker, you'll be centrally located in New York, steps from Madison Square Garden and 7 minutes by foot from Macy's. This 4-star hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Empire State Building and 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Times Square.

Metro Queen Room single $159.00 , Metro Double Room $169.00 Our link for making reservations is:  https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/wyndham/new-york-new-york/wyndham-new-yorker-hotel/rooms-rates?checkin_date=08/09/2019&checkout_date=08/12/2019&group_code=08096961EB

This year we will have our business meeting on Saturday afternoon at Holy Apostles Episcopal Mission House. It is scheduled for two hours where we will have discussion and visit with other member stores. We will break and meet later for dinne. This year we are having our dinner at the historic Landmark tavern. Just a 10 minute walk from the hotel.

In 1868 Patrick Henry Carley opened his Landmark Tavern, an Irish Waterfront Saloon. In those days there was no 12th Avenue, just the shores of the Hudson, on which his Tavern sat. Mr. and Mrs. Carley designed their new saloon to also be a practical home for their children on the second and third floors. This remained as such until prohibition forced them to turn the third floor into a speakeasy. As one of the oldest continually operating establishments in the City today, The Landmark Tavern still retains its classic old New York charm. We will be able to meet with our Supporting Vendors and have an evening of fun and fellowship, Sunday we  meet at the Javits Center, site of the New York International Gift Show, NYNOW, where our Supporting Vendors will have set up their merchandise in our private meeting space.  At noon everyone will be able to begin shopping the market. Seven blocks to the Hote!

NY NOW is the largest wholesale trade show in America all under one roof, giving retailers, buying groups, interior design firms, , access to more than 2,300 leading brands in design, bringing more unique, never-before seen product to retailers than any other platform. Held twice per year in February and August, NY NOW is where brands come to stand out and buyers come to set their business apart from the competition.  Our brands represent products across all categories across home and lifestyle, from gifts and fashion to furniture and kitchenware, with more than 400 of our companies featuring 100% handcrafted products of exceptional design from the U.S. makers and around the globe. With eleven product categories organized into three collections, HOME, LIFESTYLE and HANDMADE, buyers of all types can discover the best products for their business with ease. Seven blocks to Javits

Be sure to plan on making this meeting. Make your plane reservations now to get the best rates.

About Episcopal Booksellers Association


In 1996 a dozen Episcopal booksellers participated in an informal meeting during the Religious Booksellers Trade Exhibit in St. Charles, Illinois. By 1997 about 35 stores were participating in a brainstorming session where it became very clear that Episcopal bookstores have a unique market niche and need to make their presence more obvious to publishers and others in the book trades. The Episcopal Booksellers Association grew out of these meetings and was incorporated in May 2002.

As a very unique market, our member stores are committed to communicating with and supporting each other. Today the Episcopal Booksellers Association has over 50 member stores and  15 supporting vendor members.

EBA is directed by a volunteer Board of Directors and a part-time Executive Director. EBA meets annually for fellowship and business