Simblist Group Acquires Shea Associates

Simblist Group, a sales agency in the gift and home industry across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States, has acquired Shea Associates, a sales agency in the Northeast, effective June 1st, 2022.

“At Simblist Group, we believe in bringing together good people and great products to create a little bit of magic in the world of retail,” says Kim Leister, President of Simblist Group. “We experienced great success with the acquisition of Knack in the Mid-Atlantic in 2020. As we seek to expand our business further, the acquisition of Shea Associates, complete with their strong team and reputation in the industry, was a natural next step for us.”

Joining the Shea Associates team that is currently covering the Northeastern United States to the existing Simblist Group team provides an exciting opportunity to support both retailers and vendors across the entire East Coast. Expanded access to showroom space, technology, and overall office and marketing support will benefit the former Shea staff as well. 

“As we come to the end of our 34-year run in the industry, we looked for a partner we could trust to carry on the same level of sales service and relationships we’ve always strived to achieve,” says Sandra Shea, former owner of Shea Associates. “The team at Simblist Group shares our dedication to offering unique, high-quality vendors, while building mutually beneficial relationships between those vendors and our customers. We believe this partnership will serve both our team, and our customers, very well.”

The Simblist Group will maintain its existing showroom in the AmericasMart Atlanta campus, along with the Marketplace Maine facility formerly operated by Shea Associates. 


The Simblist Group is a professional sales agency, owned by Ivystone Group LLC, in the gift and home industry that believes in personally supporting and working hard for the businesses in our territories. We seek to understand the unique flair that each account has, and offer a carefully crafted combinations of brands and goods to drive successful growth for our customers.


Kim Leister

President, Simblist Group

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