I’ve been coming to the Americasmart for over 20 years. I started off staying in Downtown hotels and, about six years ago, decided to relocate to Midtown Atlanta. Although its a little less convenient getting to the convention center, it’s worth it to have great restaurants all within walking distance. We always stay at The Georgian Terrace Hotel, which has been an Atlanta landmark since … Continue reading Atlanta…our home away from home
Renee and I are in Atlanta at Americasmart, one of the largest Gift Shows in the Country. We come here twice a year, for six days, to do the majority of our buying. At the January show, we set our themes for the following Christmas, and fill in Spring and Summer merchandise. At the Summer show, we finish up our Fall and Christmas buying and, … Continue reading What season is it?!
Any foodie worth their word knows that Brooklyn is “the place to be.” In recent years, the restaurant scene has been getting lots of attention and it seems as if every hipster on the block is starting up their own artisan food company. From kimchi to marshmallows and everything in between, these small companies are pumping out some amazing products and today, the first ever … Continue reading Brooklyn Eats
My husband Brian and I are out visiting our son Travis, who recently moved to Aspen to apprentice under one of the top Jewelry Designers in Aspen. We are lucky enough to be here during the Food and Wine Classic! Tickets to the event were completely sold out months ago, but we were able to get tickets to the Last Bite Dessert Party held at … Continue reading Aspen Food and Wine Classic 2013
Renee and I are on the road again at the Sweets and Snack Expo in Chicago. There are 15,000 attendees from 70 countries representing a 300 billion dollar industry. With more than 3 acres of candy and snacks to sample, we are up for the challenge….or are we?! In the lobby of the convention center they had these fabulous candy wrapper dresses on display! There … Continue reading How much candy is too much candy?!
Megan and I have had a couple of hectic days trying to finish up the show. On Monday, the Convention Center was so crowded you could hardly get down the aisles, no less try to see what the vendors were selling! Luckily by noon we were out of the convention center and onto a bus tour of independently owned markets around the San Francisco area. … Continue reading Damn we have a beautiful store!
Hello everyone, it’s Megan this time! Yesterday was our first day in San Francisco and I just woke up and can barely move. Yesterday, my mother/ boss/ got me up at 7 am to climb the hills of the city for an hour before we spent the entire day walking around the show. I thought my feet hurt after that, but then I was informed … Continue reading An Uphill Climb
My daughter Megan, our Executive Chef and I, are in San Francisco at the Fancy Food Show. What’s that?! The NASFT (The National Association for Specialty Food Trade) was started in 1952 to foster trade in the 75 billion dollar specialty food industry. Twice a year they hold shows in San Francisco and New York City that bring in more than 40,000 attendees from more … Continue reading On the road again..this time it’s for eats!
Today we finally made it to Building Three where most of the temporary vendors are located. This building is the Apparel Mart. I can only imagine what its like during market when all the clothing manufacturers are here. It’s a really cool space!!! This year you will be seeing these colors in all the stores. From placemats and tablecloths to pillows and rugs, I think … Continue reading Day Six – Finding Great Pics!
We have gone crazy for Vintage Christmas…….It’s so beautiful, abundant and hard to resist! This is THE trend for Christmas 2013! The showrooms are filled with sparkling silver glitter and lots of old fashioned “mercury” glass and silver accents from tree decorations to home decor. Reindeer, candles, hurricanes, votive holders and so much more! We can’t wait to share it all with you. We agree…..”Life … Continue reading Day Five – Vintage thrives!