So, I am sitting here in a little french espresso shop waiting for my cafe mocha(with soy) & grilled veggie panini. The shop owner is a petite, soft-spoken woman who’s first thought was, “We must put on some nice music for you to enjoy.” Awww…NYC!! The sounds, the scurry, and the best people watching in the Northeast.
We are exhibiting at the NYIGF, where over 35,000 international buyers from all industries; ranging from gift to hotel, spa, airlines, corporate amenities, department stores, etc. Everyone eager to find the next, perfect link to make their quarter. We connected with our longtime customer Henri Bendel, and made some other great contacts, soon to unfold.
I brought along Happiest Happy; a room spray I designed to uplift, while purifying the air. Such a delight to mist throughout the day to keep our booth fresh, and inviting…not to mention the side benefit of enjoying pure essential oils of bergamot, grapefruit, lime, and rosewood. A multi-functional, must have on the travel check-list.
Today, I am going to explore EX*Tracts, a division of all natural bath & body care products within the gift show. Looking forward to scoping the scene, and being on the other end(as a customer) for a change.
…And the story continues:
Ex*Tracts was the most beautiful part of the show. Smaller companies, with the love for handmade, and the utmost attention to detail. Of course, my first question was how PURE the product lines offered were. It was an interesting mix of bumbling, and rationalizing; with one response that pretty much generalized all “really natural” products being more of an allergy hazard, than the synthetic variety. Ha!
But, one company stood out from the crowd- Farmhouse Fresh. A Texas based company known for their “Country Cool” appeal. And that it was. Packaged in old-fashioned glass milk bottles & ice cream dishes, this line was fresh & clean, with a touch of intellectual whimsy. Each product is clearly marked if it is vegan or gluten-free, and what percentage the all natural portion is(ranging from 88-99%). Plus, every item is paraben, and sulfate free. Great to know main stream retailers like The Ritz-Carlton, Waldorf Astorias, & The Mirage are now offering their line- which is so awesome for us savvy consumers!
Hmmm, back to the homestead. The month of trade show travel is now complete!
Until next time…