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Sponsor Spotlight: Universal Windows Direct

Nov 18, 2019

We're excited to announce that Universal Windows Direct is sponsoring the 2020 Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo, March 20-22, 2020 at the I-X Center. We caught up with the Universal Windows Direct team ahead of our event to talk about their products, plans for 2020, and what folks can expect from them at the show. Enjoy our brief interview below.

Please describe your products.

"Universal Windows Direct is a complete home improvement company. We offer replacement windows, entry doors, vinyl siding and roofing. All of our products are of the highest-quality, designed to enhance and protect the integrity of each home we engage with."

What can we look forward to from you at the Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo?

"People who attend this year’s show can expect a truly personal experience. Our two-story booth allows us the space to fully engage with our customers, address their concerns, display our products, and showcase the unique qualities of our company. Strengthened by these qualities, the trust of our customers, and community, has been achieved."

What home design and decor trends are you anticipating for 2020?

"In 2020, we’re expecting the consumer to take a more active role. Meaning, people aren’t going to go into home improvements blindly, they’re going to do their research like never before. In doing so, we believe homeowners will understand the importance of investing in quality, distinctive products that will add deep, lasting value to the home, while not simply settling for the least expensive option."

What inspires your products?

"Our products are literally inspired by our customers. We actively, and persistently listen to our customers. Our customers not only desire aesthetically pleasing products, they need to save money on their energy bills. This means our products need to be both energy-efficient, and beautiful. Our focus is always on adapting our products to fit our customers’ need. Otherwise, why bother?"

What is your favorite part of the Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo?

"We LOVE the people!! It’s a genuine gift to be able to meet and interact with such a wide variety of people. No two stories are ever the same. People need help and they trust us to be the experts. That’s a huge responsibility that we don’t take lightly. We’re honored to be able to help these people. They are part of our community, therefore, they’re an extension of us. We are here to serve the people, while providing an unmatched customer experience. And guess what, that means having fun, caring and loving what we do. Win-Win!"

What advice would you give homeowners?

"We advise homeowners to take their time. Do their homework. Discover what product will truly benefit their home now, and for years to come. Quality home improvements are a great investment, but they are an investment. Make sure you’re setting your home up for long-term success with quality of product, paired with a warranty that affords you peace of mind for the lifetime of your home."

What is your creative process like?

"Our creative process is very team-oriented. We are very close-knit at UWD, and there is a whole cast of characters that reside in the walls of our offices. Most of us are homeowners as well. So, we’re in an interesting situation…we’re the company and the customer. We form conclusions based on prior success, but we’re constantly building upon that success, learning from past mistakes, listening to & respecting each other, while consistently encouraging new ideas. The innovations of our fellow employees are key. We are then able to gain and produce solutions that work for the universal consumer."

Don't miss your chance to connect with hundreds of home improvement experts, like Universal Windows Direct. Get your Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo tickets today!

Sponsor Spotlight: Universal Windows Direct

Nov 18, 2019

We're excited to announce that Universal Windows Direct is sponsoring the 2020 Great Big Home + Garde Show, January 31 - February 9, 2020 at the I-X Center. We caught up with the Universal Windows Direct team ahead of our event to talk about their products, plans for 2020, and what folks can expect from them at the show. Enjoy our brief interview below.

Please describe your products.

"Universal Windows Direct is a complete home improvement company. We offer replacement windows, entry doors, vinyl siding and roofing. All of our products are of the highest-quality, designed to enhance and protect the integrity of each home we engage with."

What can we look forward to from you at The Great Big Home + Garden Show?

"People who attend this year’s show can expect a truly personal experience. Our two-story booth allows us the space to fully engage with our customers, address their concerns, display our products, and showcase the unique qualities of our company. Strengthened by these qualities, the trust of our customers, and community, has been achieved."

What home design and decor trends are you anticipating for 2020?

"In 2020, we’re expecting the consumer to take a more active role. Meaning, people aren’t going to go into home improvements blindly, they’re going to do their research like never before. In doing so, we believe homeowners will understand the importance of investing in quality, distinctive products that will add deep, lasting value to the home, while not simply settling for the least expensive option."

What inspires your products?

"Our products are literally inspired by our customers. We actively, and persistently listen to our customers. Our customers not only desire aesthetically pleasing products, they need to save money on their energy bills. This means our products need to be both energy-efficient, and beautiful. Our focus is always on adapting our products to fit our customers’ need. Otherwise, why bother?"

What is your favorite part of The Great Big Home + Garden Show?

"We LOVE the people!! It’s a genuine gift to be able to meet and interact with such a wide variety of people. No two stories are ever the same. People need help and they trust us to be the experts. That’s a huge responsibility that we don’t take lightly. We’re honored to be able to help these people. They are part of our community, therefore, they’re an extension of us. We are here to serve the people, while providing an unmatched customer experience. And guess what, that means having fun, caring and loving what we do. Win-Win!"

What advice would you give homeowners?

"We advise homeowners to take their time. Do their homework. Discover what product will truly benefit their home now, and for years to come. Quality home improvements are a great investment, but they are an investment. Make sure you’re setting your home up for long-term success with quality of product, paired with a warranty that affords you peace of mind for the lifetime of your home."

What is your creative process like?

"Our creative process is very team-oriented. We are very close-knit at UWD, and there is a whole cast of characters that reside in the walls of our offices. Most of us are homeowners as well. So, we’re in an interesting situation…we’re the company and the customer. We form conclusions based on prior success, but we’re constantly building upon that success, learning from past mistakes, listening to & respecting each other, while consistently encouraging new ideas. The innovations of our fellow employees are key. We are then able to gain and produce solutions that work for the universal consumer."

Don't miss your chance to connect with hundreds of home improvement experts, like Universal Windows Direct. Get your Great Big Home + Garden Show tickets today!

Sponsor Spotlight: Universal Windows Direct

Nov 18, 2019

We're excited to announce that Universal Windows Direct is sponsoring the 2020 Ohio Home + Remodeling Show, January 10-12, 2020 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. We caught up with the Universal Windows Direct team ahead of our event to talk about their products, plans for 2020, and what folks can expect from them at the show. Enjoy our brief interview below.

Please describe your products.

"Universal Windows Direct is a complete home improvement company. We offer replacement windows, entry doors, vinyl siding and roofing. All of our products are of the highest-quality, designed to enhance and protect the integrity of each home we engage with."

What can we look forward to from you at The Ohio Home + Remodeling Show?

"People who attend this year’s show can expect a truly personal experience. Our two-story booth allows us the space to fully engage with our customers, address their concerns, display our products, and showcase the unique qualities of our company. Strengthened by these qualities, the trust of our customers, and community, has been achieved."

What home design and decor trends are you anticipating for 2020?

"In 2020, we’re expecting the consumer to take a more active role. Meaning, people aren’t going to go into home improvements blindly, they’re going to do their research like never before. In doing so, we believe homeowners will understand the importance of investing in quality, distinctive products that will add deep, lasting value to the home, while not simply settling for the least expensive option."

What inspires your products?

"Our products are literally inspired by our customers. We actively, and persistently listen to our customers. Our customers not only desire aesthetically pleasing products, they need to save money on their energy bills. This means our products need to be both energy-efficient, and beautiful. Our focus is always on adapting our products to fit our customers’ need. Otherwise, why bother?"

What is your favorite part of The Ohio Home + Remodeling Show?

"We LOVE the people!! It’s a genuine gift to be able to meet and interact with such a wide variety of people. No two stories are ever the same. People need help and they trust us to be the experts. That’s a huge responsibility that we don’t take lightly. We’re honored to be able to help these people. They are part of our community, therefore, they’re an extension of us. We are here to serve the people, while providing an unmatched customer experience. And guess what, that means having fun, caring and loving what we do. Win-Win!"

What advice would you give homeowners?

"We advise homeowners to take their time. Do their homework. Discover what product will truly benefit their home now, and for years to come. Quality home improvements are a great investment, but they are an investment. Make sure you’re setting your home up for long-term success with quality of product, paired with a warranty that affords you peace of mind for the lifetime of your home."

What is your creative process like?

"Our creative process is very team-oriented. We are very close-knit at UWD, and there is a whole cast of characters that reside in the walls of our offices. Most of us are homeowners as well. So, we’re in an interesting situation…we’re the company and the customer. We form conclusions based on prior success, but we’re constantly building upon that success, learning from past mistakes, listening to & respecting each other, while consistently encouraging new ideas. The innovations of our fellow employees are key. We are then able to gain and produce solutions that work for the universal consumer."

Don't miss your chance to connect with hundreds of home improvement experts, like Universal Windows Direct. Get your Ohio Home + Remodeling Show tickets today!

Exhibitor Spotlight: Eric Ouimet Studio

Nov 17, 2019

We're excited to welcome Eric Ouimet Studio to the 2020 Winnipeg Renovation Show, January 10-12 at the RBC Convention Centre. Before you visit them in section Art E, enjoy our brief interview with owner and artist Eric Ouimet.

Eric Ouimet Studio

Please describe your products.

"Original hand pulled limited edition screen prints. Framed and unframed works available to bring home."

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

"Nothing makes a room shine like original art does."

What are your featured items this season?

"The average framed size of my art this season is 24x36 inches framed. The subject matter is usually pretty local through a contemporary lens."

Eric Ouimet Studio

What are your home and garden pet peeves?

"Why have something on the wall that doesn't make you happy. Buy art that makes you smile every day of the year. Thats what good art does, it's more that just something on the wall."

What is your favourite part about being in the Winnipeg Renovation Show?

"I love how the show is a one-stop-shop for everything home related, from the foundation to the art on the wall."

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

"I'm a local artist that specializes in silk screen art. The inspiration is often Manitoba/Winnipeg related, but represented with clean lines and vibrant colours."

Don't miss your chance to connect with hundreds of unique vendors, including Eric Ouimet Studio. Get your Winnipeg Renovation Show tickets today!

Sponsor Spotlight: Everydry Waterproofing

Nov 17, 2019

We're excited to announce that Everdry Waterproofing is the title sponsor of the 2020 Indianapolis Home Show, happening January 17-26, 2020 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. This innovative company will have three booths at the show. Before you visit them, enjoy our brief interview with representation Bruce Cutler.

 

Everydry Waterproofing

 

Please describe your products and services.

"Waterproof basements and crawlspaces. Repair cracked foundations and encapsulate crawlspaces. We offer three different methods of waterproofing."

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

"Make sure your downspouts are extended away from the home and you have proper grading."

What are your featured items this season?

"We are giving away a $500 gift card at the end of the home show to Home Depot/Lowes/Menards. We are also giving away T-shirts or backpacks if you fill out a drawling card to win the $500 gift card."

What are your home and garden pet peeves?

"Starting on any project without doing proper research first. I always have to redo something if I do not do the research first."

Everydry Waterproofing

What is the strangest client request you've ever received?

"To place animal and rodent traps in a crawlspace while doing an inspection to try and catch the wild animals that were getting in there."

What is your favorite part about being in the Indianapolis Home Show?

"The energy on the weekends. The special guests that come and speak to people on the stages."

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

"We are the largest waterproofing company in Indiana. We offer multiple solutions for your problems. We give you a free print out of all of our inspection findings and a free air report test of your basement or crawl space."

Don't miss your chance to connect with hundreds of trusted home experts, including Everydry Waterproofing. Get your Indianapolis Home Show tickets today and get ready to make your dream home a reality. 

Exhibitor Spotlight: Bold Apparel Company

Nov 16, 2019

We're excited to welcome Bold Apparel Company to the Holiday Boutique, November 14-17 at the Overland Park Convention Center. Before you shop this unique vendor in Booth #18 check out our brief Q&A with the Bold Apparel Team.

Bold Apparel

Please describe your products.

"We are a t-shirt company started by 6 twelve year olds with a commitment to cozy. Check out our t-shirts, sweatshirts and hats in kids and adult sizes."

What are your best tips for the holiday season?

"Be BOLD."

What are your featured items this season?

"We have the softest t-shirts and sweatshirts."

What's your best holiday shopping advice?

"Be thankful, be thoughtful, and be thorough! kcBOLD fits nicely under the tree."

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

"We have met many other vendors who have been so encouraging and supportive to us. We also love meeting all of the new customers and telling them our story."

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

"The six of us can't agree on one, so we ranked our top 3. #1 is Elf #2 is A Christmas Story #3 is Polar Express (we still go watch this together every year at Union Station."

Don't miss your chance to shop hundreds of unique vendors, including Bold Apparel Company. The Holiday Boutique is happening this weekend - get your tickets today!

Exhibitor Spotlight: Front Porch Boutique

Nov 14, 2019

We're excited to welcome Front Porch Boutique to the Holiday Boutique, November 14-17 at the Overland Park Convention Center. Before you shop this unique vendor in Booth #1037 this weekend, check out our brief interview with owner Lisa Stubblefield. 

Please describe your products.

"Women’s and Kid’s Apparel and Accessories, Gifts, Home Decor."

What are your best tips for the holiday season?

"Shop early so you can enjoy time with friends and family!"

What are your featured items this season?

"$14.99 scarves."

What's your best holiday shopping advice?

"Don’t let the deals lead. Find what your gift recipients really want!"

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

"Getting in the Christmas Spirit and meeting new people!"

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."

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

"We ship daily."

Don't miss your chance to shop hundreds of unique vendors, including Front Porch Boutique, this weekend! Get your Holiday Boutique tickets today.

Keep It Simple! With C&J Water And C&J Well Co.

Nov 12, 2019

On his hit show Kitchen Nightmares, Chef Gordon Ramsey definitely brings the drama. The show features a failing restaurant that has petitioned Gordon for help turning the business around. If you’ve ever seen an episode, it is filled with staged melodrama, extensive nervous breakdowns, elaborate twists and turns, and, unfortunately, profanity-laced tirades from Ramsey. One consistent theme among these quagmires is Ramsey’s admonition to, “Keep it simple!” Chefs often overload and overcomplicate their menus, because there are so many dishes they enjoy cooking. This tendency leads to all sorts of problems like waste, less content consumers, more stress and work for staff, and brand confusion..

C and J Water

Your visit to the Indianapolis Home Show has the potential to be like one of Ramsey’s Nightmare kitchens—too many options on the menu can lead to information overload and hamstring wise-decision making.

C&J’s advice? Keep it simple and go with the pros! We know water from the ground to your tap.

Water Treatment
At C&J Water, our treatment solutions can ensure you don’t have unwanted particles in your water. Our water softeners prevent mineral deposit build-up in appliances, while using less soap and detergents. A whole-house sediment filter is used to protect your water softening equipment and plumbing fixtures from larger particles that might come into your home. Our reverse-osmosis filtration system has several filters and membranes that remove organic and inorganic solids from your drinking water..

C and J Water

Well Drilling
Using our decades of experience, as well as the latest geological information available, our well drilling crews are able to help you locate a good place on your property that yields the best results for your needs, while complying with state regulations. Whether you need a well for a new home, or an emergency replacement well for an existing property, you can trust C&J.

Well & Pump Service
Whether you have a no-water emergency, or you’re having low pressure in your water system, the experts at C&J will work to diagnose and solve your issue. We can effectively service your interior equipment like tanks and pressure switches, as well as dig up and repair outside leaks and water lines. Our licensed technicians are more than equipped to handle even the the most complex problems.

This year at the Indianapolis Home Show let C&J simplify your water needs, whether it be a new well, service on your existing well, or water treatment solutions. Stop by BOOTH #201 for more information!

C And J Water

Helpful Hints for the Holiday Boutique Shopper

Nov 11, 2019

Attention all retail therapy lovers, the shopping event of the season is almost upon us and we are here for it! Head down to Overland Park Convention Center November 14-17 to tackle your holiday gift list in one fell swoop. To help you make the most of your trip, we’ve compiled a list of our best holiday boutique shopping tips! 

Buy Online
If you take any of our advice, please follow this first tip. By purchasing your tickets online in advance of the show, you’ll automatically save $2. It’s one small way you can make your holiday shopping budget go farther.


The Early Shopper
Each year Holiday Boutique sees over 40,000 shoppers. This is Kansas City’s largest holiday shopping event and we want you to have an incredible time! By arriving early before the doors open, you’ll be ready to have the best experience possible.


Have a Plan

With over 300 vendors, our holiday shopping extravaganza has the perfect present for every friend, family and coworker. A simple way to ensure you find everything you need is to make a list in advance with gift ideas and recipients. 


Boutique Bucks are the Best
Once again we’ve partnered with Thermal King to give you a great way to shop even more…for free! We'll be giving away $50 in Boutique Bucks every hour, and a grand prize of $250 each day!


Check out the Lower Level
For the first time ever, we have a holiday stage on the lower floor! Guests can enjoy festive performances from local talent as they make their way into the show. Located on the lower level of the Overland Park Convention Center, the Holiday Entertainment Stage will feature seasonal fun daily from 9 am to noon.


The Holiday Boutique is coming to the Overland Park Convention Center November 14-17, 2019. With hundred of vendors to choose from, you're sure to find something for everyone on your list.  Buy your tickets online and SAVE $2!

Transportation Tips for 2019

Nov 11, 2019
The Overland Park Convention Center parking lot is located on the north side of the building on 110th street. There are over 5,000 FREE spaces for staff, participants, and attendees. Spaces are available on a first come first serve basis. There will be additional parking and shuttle service at both Black & Veatch and the Marriott Overland Park. See below for locations and shuttle hours.

GREEN SHUTTLE

BLACK & VEATCH LOT - 112TH AND LAMAR Starting at 5:30 pm on Thursday the 14th we will have a free shuttle running from the Black & Veatch parking lot at 11401 Lamar Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66211. This shuttle will continue to run each day of the Holiday Boutique .
Runs continually during hours listed below
Thursday, Nov 14th 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday, Nov 15th 9:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday, Nov 16th 9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sunday, Nov 17th 9:00 am - 5:30 pm


RED SHUTTLE

MARRIOTT OVERLAND PARK - 10800 METCALF AVENUE
A complimentary shuttle service will also be running between the Marriott Overland Park and the Overland Park Convention Center during show hours.

The shuttles will leave the Marriott on the hour and at 1/2 after the hour for the Overland Park Convention Center. Shuttles will leave the Overland Park Convention Center at 1/4 past and 45 minutes after the our for the Marriott. Shuttles will drop off and pick up at the 110th Street doors of the Overland Park Convention Center.

Picks up on the Hour & 1/2 Hour from the Marriott
Returns from the OPCC at 15 & 45 after the hour
Thursday, Nov 14th 9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday, Nov 15th 9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday, Nov 16th 9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sunday, Nov 17th 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Sweet Confections for the Season

Nov 11, 2019

Holiday Boutique has a vast array of items available to purchase from over 300 vendors. Beautiful clothing, handcrafted jewelry and the latest trends in home décor are just a few of categories you’ll find at Kansas City’s largest holiday shopping experience. However, don’t forget to shop for your favorite foodie! Whether you’re looking for savory snacks or sweet treats, our artisanal food options will have your mouth watering.

 

Belle Toffee logo

Belle Toffee (booth 406) - Take one bite into this toffee and you will be buying some for yourself. Their half-century-old recipe showcases almond toffee enrobed in Belgian Chocolate. Belle Toffee is proudly made by hand in Kansas City and the perfect stocking stuffer for everyone on your list.


Pickens Sweet Treats

Pickens Sweet Treats (booth 724) - Pickens Sweet Treats creates gourmet handmade toffees, fudge and novelty chocolates. This sister duo makes every batch right here in Kansas City. They’re an attendee favorite of the show and provide a variety of gift boxes for all occasions, as well as specialty items.

 

The Cordial Cherry (booth 1335) – Specializes in wonderfully whimsical chocolate covered cherry cordials like nothing you've seen before. Each chocolate covered cherry cordial is made from scratch and hand-decorated, resulting in one-of-a-kind pieces of chocolate art. The combination of a sweet liquid cordial center with a dark, milk or white chocolate coating is truly divine. You're sure to enjoy eating our unique chocolate cordial cherries as much as you enjoy looking at them. All of the decorations are edible and made of candies, chocolate, and/or sculpted fondant.

 

Looking for more delicious gifts? Go to https://kcholidayboutique.com/exhibitor-list/exhibitors/category/food to see the entire list of food vendors at this year’s Holiday Boutique.

Savory Addictions Creates a Holiday Classic

Nov 11, 2019

Savory Addictions logo

Courtesy of one of our Artisan Vendors, this recipe is the perfect entertaining recipe for having friends and family over to your home. Make sure to visit Savory Addictions during the show at Booth #831!

These nuts are easy to make and are a fun, tasty snack.

Ingredients
½ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
⅛ to ¼ teaspoon cayenne
¼ teaspoon 5 spice (optional)
2 Tablespoons water
2 cups mixed roasted nuts

Instructions
Combine all ingredients except the nuts in a skillet and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is bubbling. About one to two minutes.
Add the nuts and cook for an additional 3 minutes, stirring to coat the nuts in the glaze. Remove from the heat, and spread the nuts out on parchment paper to let them cool completely. Break apart, and serve.

A Spicy Recipe for Your Guests

Nov 11, 2019

Just Enough Heat


Just Enough Heat
is a local company specializing in everything spicy and savory. Isham Nelson shared one of his favorite holiday recipes with us and here it is:

CHEESY BACON PARMIAGO STUFFED MUSHROOMS
– 2 Shakes Black Pepper
– 1 Pound Large Mushroom Caps
– 2 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan Cheese
– 3 Slices of Bacon
– 1/2 (8 oz) Package of Cream Cheese
– 3 Tablespoons Any Flavor Parmiago
– 3 Drops Worcester Sauce

Original ParmigianoCHEESY BACON PARMIAGO  STUFFED MUSHROOMS DIRECTIONS:
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cook bacon in large skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until crisp and evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices and crumble into a bowl. Stir in the cream cheese, Parmiago,, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper until evenly mixed. Spoon the filling into the mushroom caps and place into an 8×8-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Bake in the preheated oven until the mushrooms are tender and the filling is golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.

Look for Just Enough Heat at Booth #1001.

Stay In An Attitude Of Gratitude This Season

Nov 08, 2019

You start your holiday preparations dreaming of creamy slices of pumpkin pie and hanging stockings in front of a roaring fire. Yet by the time the new year rolls around, you just might find yourself worn out by a list of never-ending seasonal activities you felt obligated to participate in. That’s why we dreamt up some ways to help you stay focused on gratitude this year.

Christmas

Forget the frenzy, take a few deep breaths and redirect yourself toward the true spirit of the season. Consider the following tips to stay grateful and avoid your inner Grinch.

1. Before your guests dive into the turkey and stuffing, encourage a grateful spirit at your Thanksgiving table. Attach gratitude cards made with scrapbooking paper and fun supplies like glitter, stamps or stickers to each place setting. Ask guests to write down what they’re thankful for when they arrive. Then as the cranberry sauce disappears, encourage everyone to share what they wrote.

2. Put pen to paper and write a heartfelt message to someone who has truly made a difference in your life. It could be a friend who was there for you during a difficult time, a teacher who challenged you to reach your full potential or a coach who never gave up on you. Encourage your children to join in on the warm fuzzies with a visit to our Kids’ Craft Corner sponsored by Carolina Home Remodeling where they can make Christmas cards for family, friends and teachers.

3. Let visions of sugarplums dance through your head! Show your appreciation for the firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel who serve our community by bringing them some sweet treats this holiday season. After you find the perfect dessert from one of our food vendors, make sure you say hello to members of the Charlotte Fire Department who will be at the show this year.

4. Pick up a one-of-a-kind commemorative bag when you arrive at the show to store all of your great finds in! They sell for $5 at the show’s entrance, and proceeds from the bags will support the Shriners Hospital for Children.

5. Think about an older adult in your life who is unable to attend the show. Visit some of our home décor vendors and then take your favorite finds to their home to help deck the halls! They’ll love how you thought of them and took the time to do something meaningful and lasting.

Still looking for a way to brighten someone’s day and spread a little Christmas cheer? Be a jolly elf and buy a show ticket for the person standing behind you in line! It’s guaranteed to bring a smile to his or her face and will set an ultra positive tone for your day exploring our Woodland Christmas-themed wonderland.

Exhibitor Spotlight: MN Brands For Good

Nov 07, 2019

We're excited to welcome MN Brands For Good to the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique, November 8-10 at U.S. Bank Stadium. Before you visit this unique vendor in Booth #536, enjoy our interview with owner Gina Moore.

MN Brands For Good

Please describe your products and services.

"We are professional fundraising organization helping Minnesota groups and non-profits raise funds through Minnesota made products! Shop for a cause from 8 local socially responsible artisans. We've got all your gift giving needs from popcorn to bbq sauce to candles and more!"

What are your best tips for the holiday season?

"Show your Minnesota pride and shop local brands and boutiques this year. Our home state offers hundreds of locally made items that make amazing gifts. Find that "win/win" gift that delights, supports local business all while being socially responsible. If you want to be the gift-giver extraordinaire of your circle this year, take the time to make your gifts both meaningful and impactful."

MN Brands For Good

What are your featured items this season?

"Chocolate covered caramel popcorn has been very popular! We have a Minnesota cocoa pack with artisan handcrafted marshmallows that makes a great gift. Our Fresh Fir candle from Excelsior Candle Company is a must have stocking-stuffer. You'll find something from everyone in our collection of best-sellers from 8 unique brands across gift, home, personal care and gourmet specialty food."

What's your best holiday shopping advice?

"Make a list and check it twice and be sure to keep a stash of hostess gifts on hand at all times!"

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

"We can't wait to share with customers how their purchases will go towards furthering our Minnesota community."

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation of course!"

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

"If you have a student group, PTO/PTA, hockey team or non profit organization we'd love to speak with you about organizing a fundraiser of MN made products."

Don't miss your chance to shop hundreds of unique businesses and see the folks from MN Brands For Good. Get your Minneapolis Holiday Boutique tickets today!

Exhibitor Spotlight: Profile By Sanford

Nov 05, 2019

We're excited to welcome Profile By Sanford to the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique, November 8-10 at U.S. Bank Stadium. Before you visit this unique vendor at the show this weekend, enjoy our brief interview with Bianca Lenz.

Profile By Sanford

Please describe your products.

"Profile by Sanford was designed by researchers and physicians at Sanford Health to bring health and wellness to the masses. Our members will coach 1-on-1 with a certified Profile coach to work on their nutrition, activity and lifestyle!"

What are your best tips for the holiday season?

"Plan ahead. This time of year is very social with a food and drink focus. Eat before the party, browse the table first and decide what you're going to choose, have a "mock-tail" vs a cocktail, or stop into Profile and talk to a coach about making a plan to stick to your goals!"

What are your featured items this season?

"The gingerbread shake is amazing! It helps to curb the cravings with all of the holiday treats around."

What's your best holiday shopping advice?

"Plan ahead for the stores you want to visit and look up the deals online first, then you can be quick to the things you want once you arrive!"

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

"Feeling like we're in a winter wonderland."

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

"Jack Frost."

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

"We're here to help in any way we can."

Don't miss your chance to shop hundreds of vendors including Profile By Sanford - get your Minneapolis Holiday Boutique tickets today. We can't wait to start the holiday season with you!

Exhibitor Spotlight: Opulenza Designs

Nov 05, 2019

We're excited to welcome Opulenza Designs to the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique. Before you visit this unique vendor in Booth #1325, enjoy our brief interview with owner Katee Dupont.

Opulenza Designs

Please describe your products.

"Sterling Silver Jewelry, handcrafted by artisans Women owned, just turned 3 years old! Looking for a side hustle? Join us today! Sisterhood and training at its best."

What are your best tips for the holiday season?

"Shopping with friends makes it much more enjoyable."

What are your featured items this season?

"DIAMOND CUT ITALIAN SILVER LARIAT NECKLACE (N1080).

What's your best holiday shopping advice?

"Shop early so you are guaranteed product availability."

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

"Meeting new people and sharing the brand Opu.

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

"A Christmas Story."

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

"We are growing and expanding. If you love jewelry and sisterhood this is the company for you!"

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

Exhibitor Spotlight: Omniwall

Nov 05, 2019

We're excited to welcome Omniwall to the Christmas Gift + Hobby Show, November 6-10 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Before you visit this unique vendor in Booth #483, enjoy our brief interview with owner Brieann Sweeney. 

Omniwall

Please describe your product.

"The ultimate wall organization system with metal pegboard and accessories that lock into place. Great for the garage, laundry and mud room. Also great for the kid’s room where you can display ribbons, trophies and other items."

What are your best tips for the holiday season?

"Keep it simple and organized!"

What are your featured items this season?

"Magnet pads and a 16” x 16” kid’s room kit. Also 20% off any of our kits."

What's your best holiday shopping advice?

"If you think they will love it, then buy it or get a gift card toward it. If you aren’t sure, take them to lunch and ask questions."

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

"Sharing a product that we feel is important to family time. If your tools or home is organized, there is more time for the projects and less time looking for the tool you need."

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

"Miracle On 34th Street."

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

"Made in America."

Don't miss your chance to shop Omniwall and hundreds of other unique vendors, get your Christmas Gift + Hobby Show tickets today. We can't wait to start the holiday season with you!

Get In The Ringing Spirit

Nov 05, 2019

The Circle City Ringers are back by popular demand at the 2019 Christmas Gift + Hobby Show - and they’ll be doing TWO performances this year! See them on Thursday, November 7 at 6pm and Saturday, November 9 at noon.

City Circle Ringers

“We will be doing a few of our favorites from last season, such as ‘The First Noel’ and ‘Sleigh Ride,’ but we have also added a few new songs to our repertoire,” said member Marcia Poisel. “We are excited to be adding ‘The Man with the Bag,’ ‘We Need a Little Christmas,’ ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ and ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?”

The ringers will end their concert with the crowd favorite “Wizards in Winter.”

“The Christmas Gift + Hobby Show has established itself as a staple in the community for the holiday season,” Marcia said. “Many of our members enjoy visiting the show each year, so it was especially exciting to have been invited to the stage in 2018. That particular performance was one of our favorites last season. We were welcomed by vendors, organizers and patrons who really made the day memorable for us. The ‘spirit of the holidays’ was palpable when we were there, and we can't wait to experience the joyous and festive atmosphere again this year. We're honored to have been invited back in 2019, and we're excited to see everyone at the show!”

Marcia thinks handbells go hand-in-hand with the holidays - and handbells are certainly the specialty of the Circle City Ringers!

“We focus on having fun while we perform the highest-quality, advanced-level music,” Marcia explained. “We commonly hear comments like, ‘I've heard handbells before, but never like THAT!’ We absolutely love what we do, and we want to share this art with as many people as we can. Our ringers have spent many hours in rehearsals preparing some beautiful music to put you in the holiday spirit — you won't be disappointed.”

Come see the Circle City Ringers on the Holiday Entertainment Stage next week. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season at the Christmas Gift + Hobby Show, November 6-10 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Home For The Holidays

Nov 05, 2019

Like those song lyrics proclaim, “there's no place like home for the holidays.” In addition to being a shopping extravangaza, the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn how to spruce up their home - just in time for the season of entertaining.

Home

Santa’s Workshop, located on the northeast end of the field at U.S. Bank Stadium, will host exhibitors providing a variety of products and services. Meander through this area aims and get inspiration and ideas for improving and updating your home. Vendors in Santa’s Workshop will include:

• Above and Beyond Construction
• Champion Window
• CRI Custom Remodelers, Inc.
• Firebuggz
• Home Pro America
• LeafFilter Gutter Protection
• Reface Experts
• Renewal by Andersen

Remember to bring your questions and stop by to chat with these service and product expert “elves” within the Santa’s Workshop area.

Of course, the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique is filled with hundreds of vendors providing a vast array of items to beautify your home for the holidays and year-round. Personalize your space with one-of-a-kind décor, locally-made artwork, handy kitchen products, table toppers, seasonal decorations….the “good” list goes one. And, naturally, fresh flowers always bring beauty and aroma.