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Exhibitor Spotlight: Created Exotic Minerals

Oct 30, 2019

We're excited to welcome Created Exotic Minerals to the Holiday Boutique, November 14-17 at the Overland Park Convention Center. Before you visit this unique vendor in Booth #239, enjoy our brief interview with owner Matt Fries.

 

Created Exotic Minerals

 

Please describe your products.

"We provide some of the most beautiful semi-precious minerals available from Madagascar: spheres, globes, balls, Eggs, ammonites, and large tumbled stones. For a truly unique gift, match one of our stunning spheres with a wide variety of stands to match the decor of “the friend who has everything.” A “pirate sack” of large colorful tumbled stones makes a great gift for those young and young at heart. All our mineral products are 100% natural and will last a lifetime."

What are your best tips for the holiday season?

"Because anxiety is a terrible task master, shopping early for Christmas is always a good idea. Wrapping gifts can be a grueling experience, especially the night before Christmas. Consider throwing a gift wrapping party at your home the week before Christmas to do-the-deed with your friends over a glass of mulled wine or holiday tea."

What are your featured items this season?

"We will have several multi-sphere stands at discount!"

Created Exotic Minerals

What's your best holiday shopping advice?

"Earlier is better."

What's your favorite part about being in the Holiday Boutique?

"We look forward to offering an unusual gift opportunity to Christmas shoppers."

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

"The 'classic' How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

Don't miss your chance to shop hundreds of unique vendors, like Created Exotic Mineral. Get your Holiday Boutique tickets today. We can't wait to see you all at the Overland Park Convention Center November 14-17.

Exhibitor Spotlight: ENVIROCOLOR

Oct 30, 2019

We're excited to welcome ENVIROCOLOR to the North Atlanta Home Show, February 7-9 at the Infinite Energy Center. Before you visit this business in Booth #1022, enjoy our brief interview with representative Bryson Scott.

 

ENVIROCOLOR

 

Please describe your services.

"1. About Grass Paint is your grass dull and faded? Try our Grass Paint! EnviroColor’s Grass Paint will bring a sweep of color in dormant, dried out grass and troubled turf. 4EverGreen will keep grass looking lush for up to two months. Our concentrate comes in multiple sizes for any size yard. 2. About Mulch DyesHas your mulch lost its color? If it hasn’t yet, it will! Don’t replace faded mulch, bring it back to life with our EnviroColor Mulch Dye products! Our Black, Brown and Red Mulch Dye colors will naturally restore faded and dull mulch. Keep mulch color revived year-round with our color concentrates. 3.About Pine Straw Treatment & Dyes Is your Pine Straw lacking in luster? Protect and preserve it with our color! Revive your old pinestraw for a little longer or you can preserve your fresh pine straw and it will keep for up to nine months! Repair graying and decayed pinestraw with our polymer-containing pigment that covers needles with better adhesion and reduced deterioration."

What are your best home and garden tips for this season?

"Spray the EnviroColor concentrate 6-8” away from the surface in a sweeping, overlapping motion. To lighten the color, add a little more water and shake well. Spray from left to right and go over surface areas if you desire a richer, deeper color in your mulch, grass of pine straw."

What are your featured items this season?

"1. FOREVER GREEN GRASS/TURF PAINT 2. SIERRA RED MULCH DYE 3. BLACK FOREST MULCH DYE 4. COCOA BROWN MULCH DYE 5. GEORGIA PINESTRAW DYE."

What's your favorite part about being in the North Atlanta Home Show?

"Marketing our product to a new world as well as networking and meeting new people. My other favorite part of the Home Show is seeing potential consumers learn about our products and getting super excited because so many people are looking for the solution to dormant grass and saving money on the replacement of mulch and pine straw."

The North Atlanta Home Show returns to the Infinite Energy Center February 7-9, 2020. Don't miss your chance to connect with hundreds of home experts, including ENVIROCOLOR. Start planning your visit today!

Exhibitor Spotlight: Cheryl's Nut Butters

Oct 30, 2019

We're excited to welcome Cheryl's Nut Butters to the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique. Before you visit this delicious vendor in Booth #31 at the U.S. Bank Stadium, enjoy our brief interview with owner Cheryl Gendler.

Cheryls Nut Butters

Please tell us about your products.

"Cheryl's Nut Butters has a staff of 3...me, myself and I. They are made from scratch in small batches with minimal ingredients. I fill, seal and label every jar by hand. There are 24 varieties of peanut, almond, pistachio, cashew and sunflower. They are FRESH, HEALTHY and TASTE AMAZING! NO JUNK ADDED! -No added sugar -No added oil -No palm or hydrogenated oil​-No soy -No dairy -No preservatives -No xylitol or erythritol​-No gluten."

What are your featured items this season?

"Receive 1 FREE 8 oz. plain ol' peanut butter ($10 value) for EVERY 6 jars purchased (8 oz.=1, 16 oz.=2)."

Don't miss your chance to shop Cheryl's Nut Butters and other fun vendors! Get your Minneapolis Holiday Boutique tickets today. We can't wait to see you at the U.S. Bank Stadium November 8-10.

Exhibitor Spotlight: Heirlooms Made Modern

Oct 30, 2019

We're excited to welcome Heirlooms Made Modern to the Des Moines Holiday Boutique! Before you visit this ALL NEW vendor in Booth #543 at the Iowa Events Center November 1-3, check out our brief interview with owner Natalie Book-Sangster.

Heirlooms Made Modern

Please tell us about your products.

"Celebrating Vintage Jewelry! We transform the jewelry into modern pieces that fit into today’s lifestyles. Our difference is we maintain the original functionality of the item; we don’t dismantle it. The result is multi-functional piece. For example, a bracelet or necklace with a brooch that can be removed and worn as a pin. Or, a beautiful wall hanging for your home; with a detachable brooch that can be worn on special occasions."

What are your best tips for the holiday season?

"Vintage holiday brooches are so fun; add some vintage sparkle to your jewelry collection."

What are your featured items this season?

"Book a Jewelry Party with us. BYOB – Bring your own Brooch, or choose from one of ours."

What's your best holiday shopping advice?

"Shop early! Last year I was able to get everything done (and wrapped) by the end of November. I had so much fun in December just enjoying the fun of the season with my family."

What's your favorite part about being in the Des Moines Holiday Boutique?

"It’s our first time, so we are just excited to share our passion for vintage jewelry with the Des Moines Holiday Boutique shoppers!"

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

"Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer."

Is there anything else you think folks should know about your business?

"Bring your heirloom jewelry to the show; we’ll work together to create one of a kind items."

Don't miss your chance to shop hundreds of unique vendors, including Heirlooms Made Modern. Get your Des Moines Holiday Boutique tickets today! We can't wait to see you at the Iowa Events Center November 1-3.

Exhibitor Spotlight: The Amber Light

Oct 30, 2019

A trip to the Christmas Gift + Hobby Show is the perfect way to start your holiday season. With 300+ vendors to shop, including The Amber Light, you can find something for everyone on your list! Before you visit The Amber Light in Booth #533, enjoy our fun Q&A with owners Greg and Amber Delwey.

The Amber Light

Please describe your products.

"High quality, affordable home fragrance and aromatherapy products including fragrance oils, essential oils, diffusers and more."

What are your best tips for the holiday season?

"Treat yourself and your loved ones to gifts that are useful as well as beautiful. Fragrance invokes memories and brings us close to the best times in life. Add some to the season at home and as gifts for others."

The Amber Light

What are your featured items this season?

"We include your choice of any fragrance oil with every diffuser purchase.This gives you the entire home fragrance package at our always great price. We also offer custom essential oil blends for topical use to help with anxiety, memory, sleep and pain."

What's your best holiday shopping advice?

"If you see it and love it buy it! If you wait, it will be gone when you come back, every time."

What's your favorite part about being in the Christmas Gift + Hobby Show?

"Getting to see so many repeat customers from our 17 years in business. We love the excitement when they discover a new frgrance or diffuser style. It is fun to watch families grow over the years."

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

"Prancer."

Is there anything else you think folks should know about your business?

"We have been serving the Indianapolis area for almost twenty years with the best fragrance oils and the highest quality diffusers on the market."

The Christmas Gift + Hobby Show returns to the Fairgrounds November 6-10. Don't miss your chance to shop hundreds of unique vendors like The Amber Light. Get your tickets today!

Exhibitor Spotlight: Anderson's Hands Of Wax, LLC.

Oct 30, 2019

The Christmas Gift + Hobby Show has gifts for everyone on your list - including youngsters and the young at heart. If you're looking for a unique present, be sure to visit Anderson's Hands Of Wax, LLC in Booth #462. But first, check out our Q&A with owner Michael Anderson.

Anderson's Hands Of Wax, LLC

Please describe your products.

"We offer a fun time making you a wax mold of your hand, kids and adults alike love this activity. It's great for parties and event or you can have the kids do this as a keepsake over the years"

What are your best tips for the holiday season?

"Enjoy your family and make memories, it's a time you can never get back."

What are your featured items this season?

"We do single hands- single Color or multi color, we do double hands single or multi color and we do flowers."

What's your best holiday shopping advice?

"If you see something that makes you think of a loved one and it's within your budget get it. The first instinct is usually correct."

What's your favorite part about being in the Christmas Gift + Hobby Show?

"It's our first time, I have been to the show for several years and love it, excited to get to provide a service this year."

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

"Christmas Vacation."

Is there anything else you think folks should know about your business?

"We are a small family run business and would greatly appreciate the chance to make your event lots of fun."

The Christmas Gift + Hobby Show is only a few days away! Get your tickets now and start planning your visit. We can't wait to see you at the show!

Exhibitor Spotlight: Regal Blossom Boutique

Oct 29, 2019

We're excited to welcome Regal Blossom Boutique to the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique! Before you shop this unique vendor in Booth #338c at the U.S. Bank Stadium November 8-10, enjoy our brief interview with owner Sabeena Rzivi.

Please describe your products.

"We sell some handmade products such as jewelry, home decor, ethnic wear and home good items."

What are your best tips for the holiday season?

"Buy something that will be passed down and have value for the gift recipient. It does not have to be expensive and can be unique and appreciated for its art work."

What are your featured items this season?

"Handmade jewelry boxes made of gemstones, jewel elephants and turtles and exquisite jewelry that is not only stunning but affordable and all funds are donated 100% to charity."

What's your best holiday shopping advice?

"Look at everything, enjoy the shopping experience and then make a decision but don’t second guess yourself."

What's your favorite part about being in the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique?

"Being part of the holiday season and donating our profits to the needy to spread happiness in their life."

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

"Charlie Brown Christmas."

Is there anything else you think folks should know about your business?

"Yes we donate a 100% to charity and are trying to help children in need of medical care, scholarships or helping individuals that are in dire straits of just being able to survive."

Don't miss your chance to shop hundreds of unique vendors, including Regal Blossom Boutique. Get your Minneapolis Holiday Boutique tickets today!

Exhibitor Spotlight: Bee's Boutique

Oct 28, 2019

We're excited to welcome Bee's Boutique to the Des Moines Holiday Boutique. Before you shop this unique vendor in Booth #PF3, check out our fun Q&A with owner Holly Dusheck.

Bees Boutique

Please describe your products.

"Children's boutique clothing and accessories."

What are your best tips for the holiday season?

"Take it all in and enjoy every minute spent with family and friends. Spread cheer and be joyful."

What are your featured items this season?

"Sibling sets, mommy and me holiday tops, kids fashion boots, and leopard love!"

Bees Boutique

What's your best holiday shopping advice?

"Take your time, choose meaningful gifts, and HAVE FUN!"

What's your favorite part about being in the Des Moines Holiday Boutique?

"This holiday show ignites my soul with the holiday spirit! It's an exciting and fun way to kick off the holidays. The energy is contagious, and it's always fun to meet new people."

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

"The Grinch with Jim Carrey."

Is there anything else you think folks should know about your business?

"I started this business because fashion has always been an absolute passion of mine, and thus, I've not surprisingly enjoyed dressing up my children even more than myself. This interest became an obsession since having my daughter, so it only made sense to turn my dreams of opening a boutique into a reality. The best part of running this business is I do it for fun."

Don't miss your chance to shop hundreds of fabulous vendors, like Bee's Boutique. Get your Des Moines Holiday Boutique tickets today. We can't wait to see you at the Iowa Events Center this weekend!

Exhibitor Spotlight: Mrs. Mason's Co.

Oct 28, 2019

Do you have someone with a sweet tooth on your Christmas list? Be sure to stop by Mrs. Mason's Co. at the Christmas Gift + Hobby Show. Located in Booth #250, this delicious vendor will be bringing award-winning treats to the Indiana State Fairgrounds. But don't take our word for it, see what owner Margaret Mason has to say in our fun Q&A below.

Mrs. Mason's Co

Please describe your products.

"We make handmade premium brittles and brittle bonbons, packaged in exquisite gift boxes. We were voted "Best of Detroit" by HOUR Magazine."

What are your best tips for the holiday season?

"Make your purchases early! Then, when the holidays are upon us, you can relax knowing you're all set!"

What are your featured items this season?

"We are bringing all four of our new flavors, as well as two new packaging options. In addition, we will be presenting our Brittle Bonbons for the first time! Very excited!"

What's your best holiday shopping advice?

"Shop early and buy what you love! Having your shopping done is a big plus once the holidays hits. By doing that, you can now relax! Also, Mrs. Mason's Premium Brittles are great for anyone who is hard to buy for. They're also great for hostess gifts, teacher gifts, gifts for your hairdresser and mailperson, and anyone else in your life! Stock up!"

What's your favorite part about being in the Christmas Gift + Hobby Show?

"Watching customers' reaction to our products! We hear a lot of, 'Oh my gosh', accompanied by chewing and pointing. The real bonus is when our customers "sell" our products to their friends and "show mates". 'You've GOT to taste the Chocolate Covered Cherry Brittle'...or whatever."

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

"Love Actually...I think that's a Christmas movie."

Is there anything else you think folks should know about your business?

"I had my business for ten years, then had to close due to extenuating circumstances. I closed for 13 years, then reopened two years ago. I received an absolute outpouring of love from my customers, stating they were SO excited that Mrs. Mason's was back! I'm THRILLED that Mrs. Mason's is back!"

The Christmas Gift + Hobby Show takes over the Indiana State Fairgrounds November 6-10. Don't miss your chance to shop hundreds of unique vendors, like Mrs. Mason's Co. Get your tickets today!

Exhibitor Spotlight: Great Scrape

Oct 28, 2019

The 2019 Des Moines Holiday Boutique is right around the corner and if you’re trying to come up with some unique and clever gift ideas, we’ve got just the ticket for you! Read on to learn more about Great Scrape and be sure to stop by to check them out at the show, which runs November 1-3, 2019 at the Iowa Events Center.

Grate Scrape

Tell us a little bit about Great Scrape.

"Great Scrape has been around for 10 years. This past July was our 10-year anniversary. Great Scrape was started in a garage. The company is owned by three brothers and their close friend. The first year they started creating the product, they applied to be a vendor at the Minnesota State Fair, and got in. They have been growing and expanding ever since."

Describe your product.

"The Great Scrape is an all-natural BBQ cleaning tool and wood grill scraper. It is an alternative to the old metal wire brush. It has custom grooves to uniquely fit your barbecue grill without having to worry about metal bristles or harming your grill grates. It is made of solid premium hard wood and is designed for years of grilling pleasure.  It makes for the perfect grilling accessory or BBQ gift. How it works:

1. Get The Grill Hot - To start the grooving process, ensure your grill is hot (high heat allows the grooves to form quickly).
2. Work Back and Forth - Using slow firm pressure, pass the Great Scrape front to back on the hot grates.
3. Repeat - Align the previously formed grooves to the grates ensuring that only ONE good set of grooves are formed.  Once grooves have formed high heat is no longer necessary."

Besides holiday gifts, what are some of the occasions where Great Scrape makes a good gift idea?

"Great Scrapes are perfect for groomsmen gifts, Father’s Day, housewarming presents and for anyone who loves to BBQ."

 What was your takeaway from last year’s Des Moines Holiday Boutique?

"Holiday Boutique is a great place to find unique gifts for each person on your list. Walking around the show, you will find things you may not have been searching for online."   

What is your best holiday shopping advice?

"Don’t be afraid to buy the same gift twice." 

What do you most look forward to during the holidays?

"Spending time with family and friends."   

If you’ve got a BBQ-lover that you know, make sure to head over to the Des Moines Holiday Boutique and visit with Great Scrape! You can learn more about them on their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Don’t forget you can save $2 if you purchase your tickets online before you head over to the Iowa Events Center!

Exhibitor Spotlight: Earth, Wick & Fire

Oct 28, 2019

A trip to the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique is the perfect way to start your Christmas season! The U.S. Bank Stadium will be full of the sights and sounds of the season, plus 300+ exciting vendors to shop - including Earth, Wick & Fire. Before you visit this unique vendor in Booth #338, check out our brief interview with owner Julie Beal.

Earth, Wick & Fire

Please describe your products.

"Our hand crafted stone oil candles are made out of natural slate varying in beautiful mineral colors and textures. We have created a maintenance free, low profile candle that you will enjoy for years, just add oil. Our fiberglass wicks do not burn away and each copper wick holder is hand crafted. The 1 oz. reservoir allows for a 5 hours burn before putting itself out. Add essential oils to the reservoir for a wonderful aroma to your space."

What are your best tips for the holiday season?

"To enjoy the reason of the season,Jesus and to love one another."

What are your featured items this season?

"Heart and Minnesota shaped candles."

Earth, Wick & Fire

What's your best holiday shopping advice?

"Shop early!"

What's your favorite part about being in the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique?

"To be able to share our passion of candle making with others."

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

"Home Alone."

Is there anything else you think folks should know about your business?

"It brings us much joy in creating our candles and we hope that you will enjoy your hand crafted candle for years to come and share them with your family and friends as a unique gift that will hold memories - Ed and Julie."

Don't miss your chance to shop 300+ vendors, get your Minneapolis Holiday Boutique tickets today. We can't wait to see you all November 8-10 at the U.S. Bank Stadium!

Get Ready for the 2019 Des Moines Holiday Boutique

Oct 25, 2019

It’s that time of year again! Shopping, food, and fun all in one place. The Des Moines Holiday Boutique is taking place at the Iowa Events Center on November 1-3, 2019. With hundreds of exhibitors showcasing a variety of unique gift and products for your family, you’ll be sure to walk away with some great finds for everyone on your Christmas list – plus a treat (or two!) for yourself. 

Child & Snowmen
Shop the show like a pro with our top Des Moines Holiday Boutique tips and tricks:

 

1) Purchase your tickets ahead of timeYou can save $2 by purchasing your tickets online before you come, and you also won’t have to worry about waiting in line to get tickets!

2) Check out the exhibitors onlineYou’ll want to check out all the great exhibitors when you get here, but it can be helpful to do a little research to see which companies will be here and help you determine what you want to be sure to look at!

3) Grab your friends or family—The Des Moines Holiday Boutique is more than just shopping, it’s a great experience that you’ll want to share with others. From music to food and drinks, you can have a fun night out while you get some holiday shopping done!

4) Think about who you need to shop for—You can start checking off your holiday shopping to-list, so make a list of the people you’ll need to purchase gifts for. There are a lot of unique, cute ideas for all ages, so keep everyone in mind! And we won’t tell if you get an item, or several, for yourself. 

5) Opening Day perks – Joining us on Friday, November 1 has its perks! Not only will you be among the first to shop the show, you’ll also be able to take advantage of our preferred parking. Available Friday, November 1 ONLY guests will be able to use special reserved spaces close to the Iowa Events Center. Limited spaces available, arrive early.

Keep in mind that the Des Moines Holiday Boutique has moved to Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center to provide you with even more exhibitors to check out! Start your holiday season with us!
 

Exhibitor Spotlight: MAKHALA Designs

Oct 25, 2019

A trip to the Holiday Boutique is the perfect way to start your Christmas season! With 300+ vendors to shop, including MAKHALA Designs you're sure to find something for everyone on your list - plus a treat (or two!) for yourself. Before you visit this unique vendor in Booth #4108 check out our fun Q&A with owner Andrea Korein. 

MAHKALA Designs

Please describe your products.

"MAKHALA is a unique jewelry collection designed for the sophisticated high end boutique shopper looking for a one-of-a-kind necklace, earring, bracelet or ring. The collection is created with 14kt gold, gold vermeil, sterling silver, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, semi-precious stones, fresh water baroque pearls, leather and suede. My designs are inspired by my travels around the world, my years in retail and my desire to create an exclusive line that women love to wear. Each piece is designed to be casual enough to wear with jeans and t-shirt but also transition to an evening affair. This is my first year as an exhibitor and I would love to show you something new and unique."

What are your best tips for the holiday season?

"Shop early, don't panic and make a statement with your gift."

What are your featured items this season?

"We are featuring incredible one-of-kind necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets. Visit our booth and check out our show specials. Come and we will help you create your own style and customize a piece of jewelry just for you."

What is your best holiday shopping advice?

"Support small business and vendors, make a list and check it twice, and, of course, have some fun. The holidays are a merry time."

What's your favorite part about being in the Holiday Boutique?

"I am excited to be here this year as a first time vendor. I look forward to meeting new people and having some fun and inspire people with my designs."

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

"Miracle On 34th Street."

Is there anything else you think folks should know about your business?

"We have great customer response turning first time customers into life long friends."

The Holiday Boutique returns to the Overland Park Convention Center November 14-17. Don't miss your chance to shop 300+ vendors, including MAKHALA Designs - get your tickets today!

Exhibitor Spotlight: Mac's Touch Of Glass

Oct 25, 2019

Find the perfect Christmas gifts at the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique. With 300+ vendors to shop, including Mac's Touch Of Glass, you're sure to find something for everyone on your list - and a treat (or two!) for yourself. Before you visit this unique vendor in Booth #1430, check out our fun Q&A with owner Mac McMillan.

Mac's Touch of Glass

Please describe your products and services.

"I design and install custom stained glass windows over your existing thermo panes. For the holiday show, I've designed several items from $10 to $50 that make great decorations and/or hostess gifts. Everlasting color for a lifetime of enjoyment."

What are your best tips for the holiday season?

"Plan ahead so the holiday stress factor is eliminated."

What are your featured items this season?

"For the first time I've created glass snowflakes for the holidays ranging in price from $30 to $50. In addition I created a new glass star for $20. My $10 angels will also be available in limited supply. I believe that art should be fun and affordable for everyone!"

Mac's Touch of Glass

What's your best holiday shopping advice?

"Start with a budget, keep to the budget and check out my Booth #1430!"

What's your favorite part about being in the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique?

"This is my first time at the show, but who doesn't like being in the U.S. Bank Stadium especially during the holidays!"

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

"It's A Wonderful Life."

Is there anything else you think folks should know about your business?

"Designing and making stained glass windows has been my passion for over 45 years. No other medium displays color more vibrantly than stained glass when the sun shines through."

The Minneapolis Holiday Boutique returns to U.S. Bank Stadium November 8-10. Don't miss your chance to shop 300+ vendors, including Mac's Touch Of Glass. Get your tickets today!

Author Spotlight: Nick Valenzuela

Oct 25, 2019

This Christmas give the gift of reading - or stock up for yourself. The Christmas Gift + Hobby Show is excited to welcome 20 authors to the Indiana State Fairgrounds, including Nick Valenzuela. Can't wait to see Nick's at the show? Enjoy our brief interview with the "Lack Of Appeal" author below.

Lack of Appeal

Please tell us about your book.

"Lack of Appeal, the barely-fictionalized autobiographical account of two as-they-happen days in the life of a municipal government civil rights complaint investigator, is now available in paperback on Amazon, eBook via Kindle! The novel moves moment-by-moment through one long Monday of housing discrimination Complainant and Respondent interviews, public presentation, complaint intake duty, and epic community meetings; then, in climax, one vigorous Friday attempt to take on perceived mayoral administration apathy towards systemic dysfunction of civil rights law enforcement needed for the public. Chapters detail contemporary, unique, and accessible takes on forms of sexual harassment, race, religion, national origin, families with minor children, and disability, modeled after real-life discrimination case examples. The public administration sector, the non-profit sector, and the central individual are all challenged with the nature of what many readily-accepted views of "civil rights" are, aren't, and may-be. And, the main character's potential personal bias with his own profession while he tries to be civil. Self-absorbed, personal memoir; objective (and objectified) expose on some civil rights, and "civil rights;" a descent into madness; and, with some lighter, humorous, and human touches along the way, this is a defining civil rights novel for the 21st Century."

What are your best tips for the holiday season?

"Check the weather, hourly, for travel out of town!"

What are your featured items this season?

"Lack of Appeal, my debut novel, is available in paperback for only $10 . . . and personalized signature in the book upon request. (That's 33% off the bookstore price, nothing extra for a signed copy!)"

What's your best holiday shopping advice?

"Don't overthink things: give the gift your instincts tell you to get and the recipient should be happy with the thought, even if not the product. Buy a few little things instead of looking to score the big purchase."

What's your favorite part about being in the Christmas Gift + Hobby Show?

"Talking with other Indiana authors about their works, and their personal stories. And, of course, meeting the general public and hearing all the different reasons why someone wants to read books or write their own stories."

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

"Lethal Weapon."

Is there anything else folks should know about you?

"I love to talk with the public about things they've personally experienced with the delicate subject matters covered in this novel, or how I can get prospective published authors in touch with the Indiana Writers Center."

Learn more about "Lack Of Appeal" when see Nick Valnzuela at the Christmas Gift + Hobby Show. Don't miss it! Get your ticket today.

Exhibitor Spotlight: PL Originals

Oct 25, 2019

We're excited to welcome PL Originals to the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique, happening November 8-10 at U.S. Bank Stadium. Before you visit this unique vendor in Booth #543 at the show, check out our brief interview below.

PL Originals

Please describe your products.

"Special hand crafted earrings, necklaces, and bracelets made of sterling silver, gemstones, Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls."

What are your best tips for the holiday season?

"Adding a new pair or earrings, a unique necklace or bracelet will really dress up the holidays and make you feel special!"

What are your featured items this season?

"Gemstone, Swarovski crystal and Sterling silver earrings."

What's your best holiday shopping advice?

"If you find something you like, buy it, chances are if you come back for it later, it will be gone."

What's your favorite part about being in the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique?

"The number of people I can make happy with a new piece of jewelry, inspiring women one piece of jewelry at a time."

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

"White Christmas."

Is there anything else you think folks should know about your business?

"All stones, pendants and charms are hand selected by me."

Don't miss your chance to shop PL Originals! Buy your Minneapolis Holiday Boutique tickets today and get a jump on your Christmas list. Happy shopping!

#VFHS19 Show Guide

Oct 24, 2019

You’ve purchased your tickets (also available at the door, don’t stress!) and you are ready to see all of the exciting exhibitors - so here is what you need to know! The Vancouver Fall Home Show at the Vancouver Convention Centre - West is from Thursday, October 24 at 4pm to Sunday, October 27 at 6pm. Check out our most frequently asked questions below and start planning your visit tot he show. We can't wait to see you all there!

How do I get there?

If you are planning on taking transit and need a hand on navigating, just pop in your closest stop and the address of the Vancouver Convention Centre West (1055 Canada Place, Vancouver BC) into the transit planner. Bringing your own car to carry all those purchases from the Portobello West Market, while parking at Vancouver Convention Centre West is $10.00-$24.00 per car, or you can park at any auxiliary lots surrounding the Convention Centre. Meter parking along the street is limited so check out the Vancouver Convention Centre Parking Options for more details, including price points and suggested lots.

Do I need to sign up to participate in WORKSHOPs?

The answer is YES! If you sign up online for any of the workshops on October 25, 26, and 27th you will receive complimentary admission and beverage. Create a gorgeous seasonal bouquet with Blossom & Vine or try your hand at farmhouse wood designs with Homeworks Etc. Want to add painting to your repertoire? Let Donna Giruad show you how to express your creative side through abstract painting methods. Enter one of these workshops to take home a custom piece of work created by yours truly!

Where can I find the presenters schedule?

Right here! You can find everything from the presentation schedule to exhibitor map on the Vancouver Fall Home Show website. HGTV Canada stars, Bryan Beaumler and Sabrina Smelko will be imparting their design wisdom on the HGTV Canada Main Stage. Canada’s award-winning interior designers and contractors will be lighting up the stage as well, so make sure you look at times of each presentation to make a plan of attack so you don’t miss out.

How long can I spend at the show?

Be prepared to spend several hours at the show! You don’t want to miss out on all of the amazing vendors and presentations. Get on your comfiest shoes, snacks and food is available in the Show, as well as the Convention Center amenities. Almost all vendors should accept all forms of payment - cash, card, apple watch! Come armed with cash if you don’t want to use credit or debit. Get ready to shop and learn all the hottest trends to incorporate in your home this fall.

See you there!!

Don’t have your tickets yet? Save $2 buy purchasing tickets online prior to the show. Interact with us, we really want to know what you think of all the amazing exhibitors - could you live SMÅ(ll)? Take your best photos and videos of all your adventures throughout the Show! Tag us on Twitter or Instagram with @vanhomeshows and be sure to use the hashtag #VFHS19!

Exhibitor Spotlight: Brevena Skincare

Oct 24, 2019

Festive fun returns to U.S. Bank Stadium November 8-10 for the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique. Who's ready to get a jump on their holiday shopping? With 200+ vendors, including Brevena Skincare, you're sure to find something for everyone on your list - plus a treat (or two!) for yourself. Before you visit Brevena Skincare in Booth #722, check out our brief interview below.

Brevena Skincare

Please describe your products.

"Clinical grade, made in MN skincare."

What are your best tips for the holiday season?

"Set aside time to regroup and pamper yourself between the chaos start shopping early to save your sanity."

What are your featured items this season?

"30% off our entire line at the event."

What's your best holiday shopping advice?

"Start early, make a list, and stick to your budget."

What's your favorite part about being in the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique?

"Meeting customers who love the brand already, and showing new customers how fantastic the moisturizer are (especially for sensitive skin)."

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

"It's A Wonderful Life."

Is there anything else you think folks should know about your business?

"Our products are designed to hydrate and replenish all skin types, even the most sensitive. And we pride ourselves on our above and beyond customer service."

Don't miss your chance to shop 200+ vendors, including Brevena Skincare, get your Minneapolis Holiday Boutique tickets today. We can't wait to see you at U.S. Bank Stadium November 8-10. Happy shopping!

Exhibitor Spotlight: Kettle/Black Teahouse

Oct 24, 2019

A trip to the Des Moines Holiday Boutique is the perfect way to start your Christmas season. With 200+ vendors to shop, including Kettle/Black Teahouse, you're sure to find something for everyone on your list. Before you visit this delightful teashop in Booth #701, enjoy our brief interview below.

Kettle/Black Teahouse

Please describe your products.

"Thoughtfully selected loose-leaf tea and teaware."

What are your best tips for the holiday season?

"Prepare! Prepare! Prepare! Then slow down and enjoy the season with your friends and family. Create traditions, memories, and live in the moment!"

What are your featured items this season?

"We have several delicious limited-edition holiday teas: Winter Berry Wine and Brown Sugar Praline! We also offer a variety of gift boxes, loose-leaf starter sets, and 24 varieties of high-quality teas and various teaware including strainers, French Presses, teapots, and teaspoons. (And at the Boutique we will be offering a discount on merchandise bought... stay turned!)."

What's your best holiday shopping advice?

"One of the best parts about the holidays is finding the perfect gift for the right person! Slow down and look for something unique. That’s what we love about small business! You’ll find the most unique products produced by hands that truly care. By attending events like the Holiday Boutique, you’ll be supporting local and will find the most unique items to put under the tree!"

What's your favorite part about being in the Des Moines Holiday Boutique?

"The chance to connect with so many people! Our favorite part of any event is connecting with tea lovers and novices alike. Being able to meet people in our community (and share our love for tea) is awesome!"

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

"I can proudly quote White Christmas by heart. Stop by the booth and let’s pretend we’re Bing Crosby and Danny Kay, okay?"

The Des Moines Holiday Boutique will be steeped with hundreds of unique vendors to help you start your Christmas shopping right. Be sure to visit Kettle/Black Teahouse to find wonderful gifts for your family and friends!

That's a wrap! Edmonton Fall Home Show 2019

Oct 23, 2019

Bryan Baeumler- Website Cooking Stage- website 

Makers Keep- websiteCreative Hive- website2Turquoise Chair website

And just like that, the Edmonton Fall Home Show is over. With perfect fall weather in the capital city, Edmontonians jumped to the Edmonton Expo Centre to get their much needed advice on home improvement from some of the industry’s best. There surely was something for everyone with over 200 exhibitors, a slew of amazing features, and workshops for attendees all weekend long.

The HGTV Canada Main Stage was the place to be with celebrity guest Bryan Baeumler flying in from the Bahamas to give showgoers an inside look on his new resort, behind the scenes stories and expert advice on the real value hiding in your home. Edmontonians love Bryan and some lucky attendees got to have their questions answered live on stage by the beloved contractor himself. 

Plus, the newly designed Cooking Stage presented by Canadian Appliance Source and designed by Jamie Banfield was cooking up the best bites with some of YEG’s best local foodies. From bloggers, to head chefs, attendees were treated to culinary delights and were ready to take their new learnings home and dig in!

The features at EFHS19 were aimed to inspire and add extra local love. The little flower truck co. parked itself to give attendees the freshest of the season’s floral's and Dinner x Design by Turquoise Chair inspired show goers to take their table settings to the next level. With three amazing table-scapes that included a bohemian style vignette, attendees were wow’d and eager to try their take on extravagant eating areas for their next event or holiday. 

For extra local flair, The Makers Keep pop-up hosted home-inspired workshops all weekend long from some of Edmonton’s best makers as well as a market filled full with YEG made product to purchase. Not to mention, The Creative Hive booth was buzzing all three days by hosting free workshops by some of the entrepreneurs who share space in one of the biggest co-working spaces in the city. 

We can’t wait to share more at the Edmonton Renovation Show January 24-26th, 2020. We’ll be back at the Edmonton Expo Centre with even more features on the latest trends and bringing in the experts you need to tackle your renovation projects. Can’t wait to see you there!