A month ago, I made my first trade show trip to Las Vegas. Why would I fly 1700 miles to attend a trade show if I’m an ECO-boutique? Well, there are several reasons. There were 3 separate shows running concurrently. I wanted to speak face-to-face and create new supplier relationships with people that have the same values I do. And lastly, the Las Vegas shows attract eco-friendly companies from all over the United States. Naturally, I thought 3 separate shows running at the same time in Vegas would make an efficient one-stop shop and produce lots of supplier possibilities in a very short time. I was right. 😉
I went into this thinking I was headed for the “snake pit”. I’d expected pushy, aggressive people that were trying to meet their sales quotas, but that couldn’t have been further from my experience. Almost every single person I met there was friendly and just wanted to explain what their products had to offer in hopes that it would meet my needs. They were happy to answer my 20 (million) questions and seemed interested in what I am creating. Between the 3 separate shows, every type of supplier imaginable had to be there. Luckily, I had an idea of which suppliers were attending beforehand and narrowed down my list. And, I’m really glad I did.
I was lucky that Mom and I got to go on this trip together. It’s been 13 years since I was in Vegas, and I couldn’t help but marvel at the gorgeous desert landscape. I had forgotten how beautiful it is in person. We ate dinner the first night at Benihana, which was a gorgeous restaurant. I’d bet the Vegas Benihana is 3-4 times the size of the one near where I live.
2 of those 4 days were spent walking at the shows and speaking to suppliers until our feet hurt. At one of the shows, we were served 4 mimosas before noon (two each, of course)! Sorry, Mom, I’m sure that one was supposed to “stay in Vegas”.
One evening, we saw Mystere by Cirque du Soleil. It’s one of the best shows I’ve seen, hands down. Highly recommended. The last night we were there, we ventured out to Hoover Dam. The grandeur of the mountains, the bridges, and the massive dam itself is simply awesome. Pictures don’t do it justice.
Driving back from the dam, we happened upon the Hoover Dam Lodge Casino. Inside the building is a steakhouse that reigns supreme. Mom commented that her steak was “the best she’s ever had”. I had a roasted chicken dish that was heavenly.
As much as I enjoyed Vegas, I’m not a big gambler. I’m more of a tours and sightseeing kind of gal, and I like to be on the move. There are so many interesting places to see within such close proximity to one another! Admittedly though, my mother, who LOVES the Wheel of Fortune slots, forced me (okay, coaxed me) to feed a machine $40.00. Remarkably, I left Vegas $150 bucks ahead!
A well-spent (no pun intended) trip indeed.😄