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Monday, September 29, 2014

The Fabulous Beekman Boys At The Jacksonville Home + Patio Show

Guests at the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show will get to hear all about city-meets-country antics and life on a farm with 100+ goats when The Fabulous Beekman Boys appear live at the show, October 3-5, 2014. Before asking Dr. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell to leave the farm behind and spend a couple days with us, we asked them a few questions about sustainable living. Enjoy a sneak peek of what to expect from them at the show and get some vegetable cooking inspiration.

The Fabulous Beekman Boys

Marketplace Events (MPE): What is your favorite fall vegetable to cook, and what are your favorite ways to prepare it?
  • Beekman Boys (BB): "We love all of the winter squashes. One of our favorite (and one of the easiest) ways to prepare butternut squash, Butternut Squash Lasagna Rolls, can be found in our original cookbook, The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook."
MPE: The farm to table movement continues to be popular. What tips do you have for individuals looking to better connect with and support their local farms?
  • BB: "We know that all consumers are budget conscious and have a dedicated amount each week or month to spend on their family's food. We encourage people to take 5 or 10% of that budget and commit to spending just that amount at your local farmer's market."
MPE: The holidays are around the corner. What vegetable side dish do you recommend for those who want to WOW their guests with something other than the same old green bean casserole? 
  • BB: "These are so many options. How about celery root puree? Or perhaps Brussels sprouts au gratin?"
MPE: You won The Amazing Race. What two celebrity chefs or lifestyle experts would you love to see compete on the show?
  • BB: "When we were speaking with our friend Martha Stewart right after the race, she seemed VERY intrigued, so we think she and her daughter, Alexis, should make a run."
MPE: Everyone loves the baby goat cam at your farm. What life lessons have you learned from your goats?
  • BB: "What we try to do at Beekman 1802 (and help others do, via our website, Beekman1802.com), is to help people make the very most of each season. Anyone who lives on a farm will verify you just never know what the next one is going to bring."
Don't miss The Fabulous Beekman Boys at the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show. They'll grace the Fresh Ideas Stage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Make sure to buy your show tickets online to get the best deals - right now, you can get two tickets for the price of one when you like us on Facebook. What are you waiting for? Save today. We can't wait to see you at the show!

The Art Of Entrepreneurship

As the Toronto Show Manager, I recognize the importance of and have only the utmost respect for entrepreneurs. These innovators create and grow their businesses, driven by talent, determination, and hard work. Consumer and trade shows are a key component of most companies' marketing efforts, which allows me the privilege of working and connecting with many entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Entrepreneurs have plenty to gain from exhibiting at a consumer or trade show. Due to the generally low cost of entry and small initial investment, these events are an ideal way to jump-start your business or take your already established business to the next level. The affordable pricing at consumer shows also allows you to compete with larger businesses in a way that other advertising and networking formats simply do not allow. For small businesses, shows are especially beneficial as they provide an opportunity to reach a plethora of potential customers, industry prospects, and media over a very short period of time. They're something that most entrepreneurs can't afford to miss out on, and here's another event entrepreneurs would be wise to attend.

Coming to Toronto on October 7th is an inspiring and informing celebration of entrepreneurship: The Art of Entrepreneurship. This highly anticipated engagement is recommended for entrepreneurs and business leaders who are focused on business growth and want to achieve significant results within their organization. The one day event brings an exciting blend of cutting edge thinking and real world experiences on key issues to help business owners focus on what matters: moving their business forward.

Headlining speakers include:
  • Alexis Ohanian - Co-Founder of reddit 
  • Gary Vaynerchuk - Founder of Wine Library
  • Debbie Travis - Design superstar
  • Eric Ryan - Co-Founder of Method
  • Chris Guillebeau - New York Times Bestselling Author of The $100 StartUp
I am so excited about attending this event, especially with Debbie Travis and Gary Vaynerchuk on the agenda.

Debbie Travis is a design superstar and entrepreneur behind one of Canada's most recognizable brands. As a TV personality, author, entrepreneur, and mom, Debbie never stops. Her innate talent for design, coupled with her brand savvy and British wit have made Debbie a beloved, trusted, and inspiring media icon in Canada and throughout the world. Debbie, with her high energy, encourages those surrounding her to elevate their performance level, and give the extra effort that differentiates the exceptional from the ordinary.

Due to her entrepreneurial success, Debbie has turned her focus towards providing busy women with the tools and support they need to get through the day. Her autobiographical book, Not Guilty, is a humorous account of how she coped with juggling a busy career, building a large business, and raising her children.

I have always admired her hands-on approach and practical advice. Debbie brings her presentation, "Dream it. Do it. Live it: How To Make It Big", to life. She talks about why hard work, failure, passion, and pushing forward are critical to success as an entrepreneur.

Gary Vaynerchuk is the Co-Founder and CEO of VaynerMedia, Founder of Wine Library, an entrepreneur, and a New York Times Bestselling Author. Gary is always sharing hard-won advice on how to connect with customers and beat the competition. Gary presents "Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World".

"My core thesis has always revolved around one question: are you marketing like the year you actually live in? That's it. It's not about where things are going to be in five years, and it's definitely not about how we've always done it. Do what works. Right now."

From passion and ambition to storytelling, his entrepreneurial spirit inspires others to become the best that they can be in today's busy business world. With his social media successes and engagement, it is no surprise that I first encountered Gary on Twitter. His philosophy of understanding what the consumer wants and his storytelling ability will get you hooked like I did - finding inspiration in his three books and still hungry for more. I agree with his belief that content is king, while communication is still key, context matters more than ever.

I admire his continued success in a noisy, social world. If you are looking for motivation to pursue your passion and insights into how to take advantage of the current business environment, Gary Vaynerchuk delivers.

As a small token of appreciation to entrepreneurs and business leaders, I'm pleased to offer you a special discount on tickets to The Art Of Entrepreneurship. When you purchase tickets online, please use promo code CONNECT26 to save $50 per ticket, or $100 per ticket if two or more tickets are purchased.

Don't miss out on your chance to gain a competitive advantage and network with over 1,300 of Canada's most influential entrepreneurs.

I look forward to seeing you there,


Toronto Show Manager, Tina Holmes, a.k.a. @TinaLovesPinot

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Friday, September 26, 2014

On Display: Sleek Shelving Ideas

Do you have a large book collection or some interesting knickknacks you aren't sure how to display? You're not alone. Many homeowners are aware of the impact these items can have on a room and fear overpowering a space. So in the case of cute versus cluttered, how do you incorporate several items into a design without it seeming excessive? Is there a correct way to stock a shelf? Check out the shelving layouts below for some easy tips and inspiration.

5 Shelf Styles We Love!

1. Switch it up - Try adding different colors, textures, and shapes.

Image via Lonny

2. One size does not fit all - Unity can be a good thing, but in this instance having varying dimensions is more visually pleasing.

Image via Lonny

3. Mix and match - Include different objects as part of your collection to spice things up and draw focus.

Image via House & Home

4. Make room - Leaving some empty space will help to add balance.

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5. Have fun - Playful touches keep things light and bright.

Image via House & Home

Since we've given you some tips on how to display your collections, we've got to ask: what do you collect? Coins? Stamps? Figurines? Let us know below! And for more home design and decor advice make sure to stop by the Marketplace Events home show nearest you - US Shows & Canadian Shows.

Keep Calm & DIY At The Jacksonville Home + Patio Show

Want to channel your inner Martha Stewart and have an excuse for inviting friends over to help you drink some wine? We've got you covered. All you need is a little DIY magic from Chris "The DIY Guy" Tice, and voila - you've got a wine bottle chandelier.

Chris is an army veteran and DIY expert. This Florida native has worked with electrical applications in both commercial and residential facilities for over a decade. He claims that doing a lot of kitchen and bath remodeling during high school helped mold him into a DIY addict.

Chris says that people love the look and functionality of the recycled bottle lighting fixture, particularly when it's made with dark green bottles, but the intimidation factor of cutting glass is pretty high. He's got a simple solution: just add hot water.

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Check out Chris' step-by-step instructions (with photos!) on his blog to learn how to make this wine bottle chandelier yourself, and visit him in person at the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show, October 2-5, 2014. Chris will present four DIY demonstrations daily - like how to install LED lighting under cabinets. He'll be joined at the show by other DIY and home improvement experts including The Fabulous Beekman Boys, Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell.

Remember, buy your show tickets online to get the best deals - right now you can get two tickets for the price of one when you like us on Facebook. Grab your tickets now so you don't miss out; we can't wait to see you at the show!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Holiday Boutique Exhibitor Spotlight: Cutie Bowtutie

We're excited to have Cutie Bowtutie joining us at the Holiday Boutique show, November 6-9 in Kansas City at the Overland Park Convention Center.

Before you check out this adorable exhibitor at the show, enjoy our interview with them below...

Name: Erica DePrima

Booth Number: 1039

Describe your products:
Everything girly! Women's and children's accessories (hair bows, headbands, scarves, leg warmers, gloves, etc...), 15" - 18" doll clothing and accessories that fit dolls like American Girl dolls.

Price range:
$ - $0-$20

What are your featured items?
Cutie Bowtutie is known for its crazy cheap hair bows! Mini bows .25, small bows $1, medium to jumbo bows $2, and gigantic 7.5" - 9" bows $3. Cheer bows are only $3.75 and come in unique colors like neon and aquamarine.

All headbands are $1-$2, including your cloth boutique hair wraps, elastic headbands, sequin headbands, floral headbands, lace headbands, and ruffled headbands.

Dolls - Frozen inspired Elsa and Anna doll dresses for 18" dolls are available from $18-$22.

Why would your products make the perfect holiday gift?
Doll lovers will be beyond excited to receive Elsa and Anna Frozen inspired doll dresses as gifts!

If you are looking for a trendy and affordable gift for someone in your life a Cutie Bowtutie scarf is perfect for only $10-$15!

What is your favorite part about the Holiday Boutique?
It gets you into the holiday spirit!!

You can see Cutie Bowtutie at the 2014 Holiday Boutique, November 6-9 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Kansas City. Make sure to grab your tickets online to get the best deals - right now you can get two tickets for the price of one when you like us on Facebook. Buy your tickets soon; we can't wait to see you at the show!