Here's our agent, Sharon Morris, in our booth at Surtex '09. We had banners printed to fit within the booth panels, which made our setup and take down SO much easier this year. Also, the booth had a more pulled-together look, since we designed the panels to compliment each other. I like how the little striped awning at top makes it look like a shop. "Hello! We're open for business."
The 10' x 10' booth looks a little cozy here in this shot with the Deb Melmon, me and Sharon Morris behind the counter. We found the attendance to be better than some feared, a little bit slower perhaps than the past couple of years. Surtex started charging non-buyers $150 to get in, so I think that cut down on the numbers of people just looking.
These are my two panels, well, the top portion of my two panels.
Marjaleena and Greg did not come from Australia this year, so the booth next to us was empty and covered over. At the last moment we found out that we could use one of the aisle panels for extra signage. Deb & I nipped over to Kinko's at Bryant Park and muddled our way through using one of their PC's to create a last minute sign with my White Roses image that I had brought on a flash drive.
Here's the "view" from my room at the Hotel Wolcott. It's an older hotel near Herald Square. The lobby is magnificent, all gilded and crystal chandelliered. The bathrooms are narrow and feature "attack" shower curtains that kept billowing and clinging to me. But it was clean and quiet and the cheapest hotel on Travel Planners list. Beware the numerous sales and room taxes and charges they tack on in NYC...ouch!
Carol Eldridge and The Captain were our gracious hosts at the Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead.
Steve flew out to join me in Marblehead after the show. I took Amtrak's Acela Express train to Boston, which was really relaxing compared to flying. I saw swans with cygnets and osprey flying and on their nests from the train.
My brother's cat Coco was there to welcome us for our stay at Mom's house in Marblehead. The rest of the photos are on Steve's camera. He's coming home tomorrow, so stay tuned.