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Organizational Goals to Accomplish Before Your 2020 Resolutions

Nov 02, 2019
It’s that time of year! As the seasons change and a new year is on the horizon, we all have a list of goals and resolutions, but there is some organizing you should probably do first. Whether your dream is to lose weight, redo your master bathroom or create a beautiful garden, here are some ways to optimize your chances of success:

For healthier eating, reorganize your kitchen
Many people swear off junk food, alcohol and sugary treats in January, but your kitchen might be making it more difficult. If you routinely have unhealthy foods in plain sight, you’re more likely to eat them. By rearranging your kitchen to showcase healthy options, you’ll be making it a little easier to choose carrots and hummus over potato chips.

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Have a designated (and clean) “catch all” room to put stuff
The holidays result in a lot of new items for many people and that can mean stuff accumulating and ultimately leading to messy, crowded living areas. Choose a place in your home, whether it’s the basement or an unused bedroom, and place items you don’t utilize in there.


Tidy garages and sheds lead to beautiful yards
You’ve been dreaming about a beautiful rose garden and immaculate green lawn for months. But before that can become a reality, make sure your gardening and landscaping tools are clean, easy to find and ideally located for frequent use.

Planning Your Renovation

Nov 02, 2019

Deciding to renovate your home can be both scary and exciting. Visions of beautiful kitchen cabinets and marble bathroom floors conflict with those of sawdust coating every square inch. While the process can be long and arduous, here is a guide for how to start.

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1. Hit the Web
Start brainstorming ideas for what you want. By getting a feel for the styles, materials and finishing touches you like, you’ll save time during the design process.

2. Plan It Out
Priorities and budget are paramount during a renovation. Know exactly how much you have to spend and then allocate it towards what you want the most.

3. Do Your Homework
Check out a contractor through NARI, Better Business Bureau, state attorney general’s office, etc. There are a host of peer review websites now, so you should never hire a contractor without thoroughly checking prior feedback.

4. Go With Your Gut
When interviewing contractors, your “gut” feeling tells you if you are comfortable with this person/company “living” in your home for weeks or months!

5. Keep Your Perspective
Remodeling can be disruptive to your normal household environment.  Sometime deadlines are extended due to what they find behind the walls.  Cabinet orders that take 4-8 weeks can now take 8-12.  Take a deep breath and be patient! 

Need more help? Ask an Expert by NARI is the perfect place to speak with local professionals who can give you all the insider information you need to make informed choices.

For more inspiration for your next home improvement project, come hear what the pros have to say at the Johnson County Home + Remodeling Show at the Overland Park Convention Center from Nov. 1-3, 2019. There will be more than 200 home improvement experts on hand all weekend to answer your biggest questions. Get your tickets NOW!

Your Home + Remodeling Show Checklist

Nov 02, 2019

The Johnson County Home + Remodeling Show is the perfect place to meet industry experts, get design inspiration and price out your home projects. However, with hundreds of vendors, the show can be overwhelming. It’s easy to forget why you’re there or what you need if you don’t have a show checklist!

First, write down a list of the industries you’re interested in learning more about. These could include the following: home renovation, solar power, foundation repairs, tree trimming and landscaping. Then make note of specific projects you want to pursue in those categories. This will give you a great starting place for doing research on the show exhibitors.


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Visit our website where you can see a comprehensive list of the companies attending. Make note of the booth numbers and business names of the relevant exhibitors. You can also view the floor plan on the website and mark where you want to go.

Finally, do some brief research about the various industries. What questions do you really want to ask? By having a set list of queries, you can stay focused and not get distracted by other avenues of conversation.

There’s a wealth of information and opportunity at the home show. All you need to do is be organized, purposeful and excited to learn about how you can make your home better than ever!

Get To Know The Celebs At Our Show

Nov 02, 2019

Julia Collin Davison from America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country 

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One of the original cast members of America’s Test Kitchen, Julia Collin Davison, is known for her delicious recipes and insightful home cooking tips. She was a fan favorite for 16 seasons, ultimately becoming a co-host with Bridget Lancaster and going on to also host Cook’s Country. Whether you’re a fan of the show, her recipes or just looking for some excellent culinary advice, she’s sure to check all the boxes during her stage presentations at the Johnson County Home + Remodeling Show! Julia will be on the Fresh Ideas Home Stage on Friday & Saturday.

 

HGTV’s Matt Fox
Matt Fox will be  this year’s Fresh Ideas Home Stage emcee where he will delight show visitors with his quick wit, home improvement knowledge and special educational presentations.

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Fox is best known for creating and co-hosting the first and longest-running show to air on HGTV, “Room by Room,” as well as hosting and producing the public television series “Around the House with Matt and Shari.” Learn more from his website, mattandshari.com. Matt will be on the Fresh Ideas Home Stage daily

Energy Efficiency Tips for Fall & Winter

Nov 02, 2019

It might have been one of the warmest years on record, but temperatures are quickly plummeting in Kansas City. As you’re hauling your winter parkas and boots out of the closet, here are some tips to increase your savings and energy efficiency.

Evaluate your home for “heat leaks” 
Older homes are susceptible to leaking heat for a number of reasons. Outdated windows or doors may lack some of the newer technologies that improve insulation (saving you money whether it’s hot or cold outside). Also, depending on whether your walls are plaster or drywall may affect the amount of energy transfer. Using an infrared camera can show where the cold spots are, getting you one step closer to an energy efficient home!

Have your furnace cleaned 
Many homeowners only look at their furnace when the worst happens…it stops working. But by checking your filter monthly, you can increase energy efficiency throughout the entire year. If you haven’t had your furnace looked at in awhile, an inspection can result in significant savings down the road by identifying potential issues in advance.

Celebrate the season with LEDs
Holiday lighting is a great way to show your festive spirit. In terms of energy efficiency, LEDs are far superior to other bulbs. By switching incandescent Christmas lights to LEDs, you’ll cut down energy costs that otherwise might dampen your merriness when the energy bill arrives in the mail.

Learn more about solar 
While there is an upfront investment in utilizing solar-powered generators, these eco-friendly, and energy-efficient products represent the possibility of significantly reduced energy costs over the next several decades. And depending where you live, there may be federal or state incentives for adopting this up-and-coming technology!

Many of our exhibitors at the Johnson County Home + Remodeling Show are experts in the fields of home renovation, heat & cooling, lighting and solar power. Make sure to stop on by and see what they can offer to improve your home’s energy efficiency this season, and for years to come!

 

Christopher Straub's Déjà Vu

Nov 02, 2019

Christopher Straub is feeling like it is 2009 all over again! Our charming local designer was a contestant on season six of the hit TV show Project Runway, which aired that year. On the show, he was challenged to make wearable garments from materials given to him.

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At this year’s Minneapolis Holiday Boutique, Christopher has been given a similar challenge - this time using items from four select vendors. From tea towels and wooden spoons to cashmere and pillow cases, Christopher has assembled incredible ensembles.

Christopher Straub’s “Holiday Runway Challenge” garments will be displayed on mannequins near the event entry on the concourse level – perfect for your first Instagram post of the day! Don’t forget to vote for your favorite look.

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In addition to the festive fashion display, once again, the design master has chosen “Christopher’s Favorite Finds" to help with your holiday shopping. Christopher perused the hundreds of vendors and chose ten of this year’s must-have gifts. The list includes: Cambria Life + Style; FSR Minnesota Soap & Candle, Generation Bee; Heavenly Treats LLC; Homespun Gifts & Decor; Hunter's Reserve; Realia by Jen; Sebesta Apothecary; Softies; and Christopher’s own line of gifts for kids.

“I wanted to cover a wide variety of gift-giving categories including jewelry, items for the home, kid's gifts, stuff for the guys in your life, wearables and tasty treats,” Christopher explained. “This year's vendors have the most impressive offerings that I've seen in my four years at Minneapolis Holiday Boutique. The ‘Christopher's Favorite Finds’ list is a great place to start when making your holiday shopping list.”

Make sure to stop by Christopher’s Booth (#229) to say hello and check out his line of children’s books and plush toys. And, thank you to Christopher for helping make the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique so stylish and fun!

Exhibitor Spotlight: First Sgt Woods

Nov 02, 2019

We're excited to welcome First Sgt Woods to the Christmas Gift + Hobby Show. Before you visit this unique vendor in Booth #105, please enjoy our brief interview with owner John Marchal.

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Please describe your products.

"Bandsaw puzzle boxes, Banks made with original PO box doors. Some of the banks are in the shape of trucks. All are made with hard woods, with most made with exotic woods. We also have a variety of crocheted animals. All items are made locally Every thing is one of a kind."

What are your best tips for the holiday season?

"If you see something that strikes your fancy, don't wait to go back later to get it as it may be gone."

What are your featured items this season?

"Cell phone amplifier. A limited quantity."

What's your best holiday shopping advice?

"Pace yourself."

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

"How The Grinch Stole Christmas."

Don't miss your chance to shop First Sgt Woods and other unique vendors. Get your Christmas Gift + Hobby Show tickets today! We can't wait to see you at the Fairgrounds November 6-10.

Exhibitor Spotlight: FSR Minnesota Soap And Candle

Nov 02, 2019

We're excited to welcome FSR Minnesota Soap And Candle to the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique. Before you visit this ALL NEW vendor in Booth #636 at the U.S. Bank Stadium November 8-10, please enjoy our brief interview with owner Tina Taylor below.

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Please describe your products.

"We make natural artisan bath/body products and candles. We specialize in MN themed products that make unique and wonderful gifts."

What are your best tips for the holidays?

"Enjoy them! It's such a great time to continue and create memories and traditions for your family. There are so many fun things to do ranging from holiday concerts to baking to decorating the tree!"

What are your featured items this season?

"MN shaped soaps, MN themed soy candles and our holiday soap and candle bar will be really fun and is intended to recreate a European Christmas Market experience. Our holiday soaps and candles are Sugar Plum Fairy, Pomegranate and Pear, Peppermint Twist, and Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh."

What's your best holiday shopping advice?

"Buy something quality, unique, and handcrafted. There are so many talented artists that put their hearts in to what they create. They often don't have budgets to have marketing and creative teams - they do it all themselves! It's also meaningful to receive a gift with a story behind it."

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

"This is my first year in the show and I can hardly wait!"

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

"Elf."

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

"Our company name is FSR. My son started the company when he was 14 years old and we've worked together for three years now. He is very active with design and fragrance creation. I am a very proud mother and grateful to have this experience with my son."

Don't miss your chance to shop 200+ unique vendors like FSR Minnesota Soap And Candle, get your Minneapolis Holiday Boutique tickets today.

Exhibitor Spotlight: A Wink & A Nod

Nov 01, 2019

We're excited to welcome A Wink & A Nod to the Southern Christmas Show, November 14-24 at The Park Expo And Conference Center. Before you visit this unique vendor in Booth #3625, check out our fun Q&A with owner Stacy Bryant.

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Please describe your products.

"A Wink & A Nod is a specialty boutique offering a unique assortment of bags, accessories, and gifts all at great prices."

What are your best tips for the holiday season?

"Visit the Southern Christmas Show for all of your holiday shopping needs!"

What are your featured items this season?

"My entire booth will be buy 1 item, get the 2nd item for 20% off. The entire shop! Mix & match between handbags, jewelry, state merchandise, etc. I will also have some great $5 gift deals while supplies last!"

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What's your best holiday shopping advice?

"Create a list with who you need to buy for and how much you'd like to spend to keep up with who you've bought for and how much you've spent."

What's your favorite part about being in the Southern Christmas Show?

"The Southern Christmas Show puts you in the holiday spirit! As soon as you walk in you are greeted with beautiful holiday decor, fully decorated Christmas trees, music, and the air smells like Frazier fur and cinnamon!"

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

"Christmas Vacation and Four Christmas being a close runner up!"

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

"I work really hard to bring unique products at great prices to my store and to offer a 1-stop shopping destination!"

The Southern Christmas Show is the place to get a jump on your Christmas shopping! Don't miss your chance to shop 350+ unique vendors, including A Wink & A Nod. Get your tickets today!

Exhibitor Spotlight: Norwex

Nov 01, 2019

We're excited to welcome Norwex to the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique. Before you visit this company in Booth #514 at the U.S. Bank Stadium November 8-10, please enjoy our brief interview with representative Sarah Cartwright.

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Please describe your products.

"Creating safe havens by reducing chemicals in your homes."

What are your best tips for the holiday season?

"Enjoy the holidays by cutting your cleaning time in half. Focus on one area of your home at a times to decrease stress."

What are your featured items this season?

"Counter cloths for quick clean ups in the home!"

What's your best holiday shopping advice?

"Make a list of those you typically shop for ahead of time and come with a game plan of what is on your list and their list!"

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

"The energy at this event is uplifting and I love seeing familiar faces and meeting new people!"

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

"Miracle On 34th Street."

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

"My number one goal is to help families and I strive to do that with all of interactions."

Don't miss your chance to shop hundreds of vendors and find something for everyone on your Christmas list, get your Minneapolis Holiday Boutique tickets today. We can't wait to see you at U.S. Bank Stadium!

Exhibitor Spotlight: Fleur de Louise Flower Studio

Oct 31, 2019

It's almost time to deck the halls and you can find everything you need to make your Christmas season merry and bright at the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique! Be sure to visit the Make It, Take It workshop with Fleur de Louise Flower Studio to create unique gifts and holiday decor with the help of an expert.

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Located in the Upper Concourse, guests can take advantage of these workshops on Saturday, November 9th from 1pm-5pm. Fleur de Louise Flower Studio will provide the materials and guidance, you bring the elbow grease. Cost per participant is $20. Seating is limited, so arrive early to tackle a project!

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Can't wait to start crafting? Check out our fun Q&A with owner Jenn Hovland, to learn more about the Fleur de Louise Flower Studio and what you can expect from this fun feature next weekend!

Please describe your products and services.

"Bespoke floral design for your home and your holiday events. Seasonal containers and beautiful outdoor porchscapes."

What are your best tips for the holiday season?

"Create an inviting space to entertain and enjoy your holidays by telling a story. Layer in colors, textures and natural elements to create a warm and cozy space to enjoy the special moments and the people who surround you this holiday season."

What are your featured items this season?

"Need the perfect gift? Send a floral subscription! Bespoke seasonal arrangements delivered to the recipient's door once a month. 3 mo, 6 mo and 12 mo options available. (Delivery to same address- Twin Cities metro). Learn more at www.fleurdelouiseevents.com"

Is there anything else you think folks should know about Fleur de Louise Flower Studio?

"I am inspired by nature and Nordic design. Through the layering of colors, textures, and natural elements, I use this inspiration to tell the perfect story and make your home or event truly memorable."

Don't miss your chance to enjoy the Make It, Take It workshop with Fleur de Louise Flower Studio at the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique. Pick up your tickets today! We'll see you at U.S. Bank Stadium November 8-10.

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.

 

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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!"

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!