Convention #2!! This week we were off to the 2014 Husqvarna Viking Convention in Milwaukee, WI. I have also been looking forward to this trip ever since I became manager! I was definitely not disappointed!!
Monday evening was the opening ceremonies with lots of presentations from the top level of Husqvarna Viking, and a great dinner. There was so much excitement about all the great new products that Viking is launching this year! Don’t worry, we ordered a little bit of everything!! The keynote speaker was amazing! He was funny and enlightening at the same time.
Classes started Tuesday morning and there were so many to choose from! The educators were very knowledgeable and excited about the new machines, so we were too! The new Ruby Royale has many new features, and I can’t wait to get one in the store to explore all the fun stuff we can do with it! ( I loved the Topaz 40, too.)
The food was really good, and being surrounded by all the great people and products has definitely got me excited all over again! (Those who know me, know this isn’t really new.) I’m looking forward to bringing some of this excitement back to the store.I took a couple of classes using the new Felting Foot and Yarn Embellishing Foot, so look for some fun new projects and new classes using these great feet!I also got to see the new Inspira Studio line of organizational stuff, and let me tell you, this is very nice furniture! If you’re looking to get your sewing room organized, this is for you! They worked with ClosetMaid and came up with some great solutions for organizing not only sewing stuff, but all kinds of crafting supplies.Well, now I’ve been to both Husqvarna Viking and Baby Lock conventions, and I have to say, I can’t wait until next year to go back! They were so much fun! The exchanging of ideas and talking with other dealers was great. I love learning new things, and I was not disappointed in anything. But, I must say, I’m looking forward to being in the store for a little while to use some of these new things!!
My next adventure is the Fall Bus Shop Hop where I get to be the “Bus Mom” for our store again. This time we go to 8 stores in Indiana and Ilinois. I love traveling with the fun ladies who go on these trips with us, and of course seeing all the stores, but I’m always glad to get back to the greatest store, Erica’s!! There are still a few spots left on the bus, so if you want to join us, sign up!
Editor’s note: Seems like Kim was excited about the food, too, seeing that she added food photos to both her convention blog posts!