I love going to this super specific trade show every year in Baltimore. Atlantic Dance Show is hosted by my excellent reps, Sandy and Roger. When they started the show years ago, I thought, oh I will get a chance to see the Harbor or tour Baltimore. Um, yea right. Each of the last two years I didn’t leave the hotel conference center for 48 hours. Oh, it’s sunny? Good thing I brought my vitamin D supplements. Ha!
I had another successful trip this past weekend. I always enjoy spending time with my colleagues that are fellow dancer retailers or small business owners/designers. It is also inspiring and informative to take the seminars and classes. Even though I have taken most of them repeatedly I always get refreshed and take home another nugget of nuance in fit that I didn’t know or had forgotten. In the mornings I worked with Gaynor Minden, Bloch, Russian Pointe and Suffolk. And after watching Mark Suffolk make a pointe shoe by hand right in front of me as well as explain what goes into the integrity of his craft and business I decided to pick up the line. That’s right- The Hip Joint will soon be carrying the “Spotlight” by Suffolk. We will let you know as soon as the shoes arrive!
As you may remember from last year, kd dance or kd dids is always our longest appointment. I sit with the designer, David Lee, for three hours and map out shipments for the entire year. We have beautiful knitwear from this fabulous designer and former dancer always coming in and out of the shop. It is wearable all year ’round! The Hip Joint loves KD!
After working all day Sunday it was fun to have the trade show cocktail party revolve around the Oscars. We walked the “red carpet,” ate, drank, danced, and watched the Oscars. I can’t believe that I had energy to do any of that but I think I just really needed it. My brain was full. New shoes. More bun covers. What colors? We are low on this. That didn’t sell. Do we want to carry that one or this one? Lots of thoughts and decisions. So at the end of the day when I could throw some money into the pot and place my picks for the Oscars it sounded easy to have a trivial thing to place my “bet” on! I put my ballot in the pile and forgot about it.
Ok- So Monday was just as busy but I was even more tired so I didn’t go running in the hotel gym that morning. (I forgot to say previously….I went on the treadmill before work on Sunday- what was I thinking!) After placing all of my orders with my tried and true vendors I stop by the booth that caught my eye when we had walked in the first morning. This was not a need but a want. (You may remember my “Needs and Wants” post from last year at this time….He He!) This year my “want” showed itself in a new shoe line called Rio Soul. It is another woman owned small business and I cannot wait for you all to see and feel these great shoes. I have plenty to say about them but I am going to write about them in detail when they come in…..I love how comfortable they are. More on this later!
As I am getting ready to leave Sandy announces over the intercom who won the Oscar pool. It was a tie! Who could it be? Not me…. OH- but it was me! Me and a few others, he he! But I won! Yay horray! It’s always fun to place a bet and win. As I was driving home I was just hoping that the new shoes that I just placed my “bet” on would be winners too! I think that they will.