Trade show season is coming up soon, so we asked Agenda President Aaron Levant some questions about the upcoming shows in New York and Long Beach, including why Agenda will head to the Long Beach Convention Center this summer.
The new venue in NYC is really amazing. It’s more centrally located in the heart of SoHo at 82 Mercer St. between Spring and Broom Streets in Manhattan. We could not ask for a better location.
The new venue is much nicer inside compared to our past NYC venue and has original wood floors and views overlooking Broadway. All in all, I think it will make for a much better show.
See photos of the new NY venue here.
The NYC show is coming along great. The show continues to expand each season to the size of the venue we can get. In NYC, it's really hard to get a large venue unless you want to go to the Javits Center and that’s not what we are looking to do there just yet. It's only our sixth show in NYC and we want to grow it organically, the same way our California show has grown.
Right now, the NY show is setting itself apart from the California show due to it's stronger focus towards men's street and skate brands. Lastly, just like California, as the years go on we will slowly add more categories and bigger action-sports brands into the mix.
We are excited to return to Long Beach this summer, we had a great show there in January and this summer will be bigger and better now that we have a feel for the place.
The decision just came down to space. There was simply not enough space in HB for the show and not enough hotel rooms.
We still timed the show this summer to coincide with the US Open and we just moved the show up PCH a short drive, so we feel there is still a strong synergy there between the two events. Plus we are still working closely with the team at Hurley to coordinate with retailers so they stick around through the weekend and check out the finals of the U.S. Open and all the festivities.
See Page 2 for the range of brand exhibiting, including one large surf company that is coming to Agenda for the first time.