Boutique Design West (BDwest) is just a few days away. You’ve already booked your flights, reserved a hotel in our cool-as-all-get-out room block and pre-registered for our Women Leaders in Hospitality breakfast and panel discussion, the B18 and Up-and-Coming Hoteliers celebration and the Hospitality Fashion Challenge Runway event. And you did it because you wanted to be in the thick of the action, expanding your skill set and contact list, shopping your way through innovative products and catching up with your far-flung work besties. Right? If not, know that there is no JOMO (joy of missing out). I’ll wait right here while you go to boutiquedesignwest.com to see details and register.
So, now that you’re all set, what’s the last-minute checklist for a successful BDwest experience? First off, plan your BDwest. Yes, that’s a shameless rip-off of NAMM’s Plan Your NAMM email campaign. But, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and they’re right. Every year, people tell us that time just flies by and the event is over before they know it. We appreciate the compliment, but we want you to be able to hit all the high points that BDwest has to offer.
As your mom probably told you, you’ve got to be on time. That’s especially true at BDwest, where each morning is energized by a can’t-miss panel that will caffeinate your mind (grab your liquid pick me up at any of our six Designed Spaces beforehand). To open the fair, “ROI of Design: Convincing Clients to Invest in Your Vision,” March 13, 10 AM – 11 AM will give you all the details on how to collaborate with owners and brands to prevent your concepts from being VE’d into blandness. On Thursday morning, “Women Leaders in Hospitality,” 9:30 AM – 11 AM, one of our signature sessions, puts you face to face with some of the most eminent executives in this industry.
Need to master a fast-growing emerging market? Check in to our workshop on senior living design, 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM March 13. Want to hit the “highest” point? Sign up for our groundbreaking workshop on cannabis venue design, 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM March 14. These sessions not only give you the chance to learn from leaders in their sectors, but to get detailed feedback on your burning questions.
“Brand Central,” 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM March 14 will get you inside the heads of the operators behind impactful pipelines and industry-leading disruption.
To get a sneak peek of what’s ahead in the industry from the next generation of superstars, mark your calendars (or put a reminder on your smartphone) for “Boutique Design’s 2019 Up-and-Coming Hoteliers” March 13 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM and “Boutique 18 Roundtable” March 14 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM.
Remember that you have seven hours each day to explore the latest, greatest and coolest products out there, so there is no excuse not to shop ‘til you drop (or preferably, until you need to take a break). We’ve got you covered for noms, too, with our on-the-floor bistros.
We can’t wait to see you in LA. Bring your sunglasses and enjoy California, but also bring a jacket because the forecast is chilly for LA and goosebumps are never in style.