The best place to meet
TORONTO – The crowds weren’t all that big at this year’s Canadian Furniture Show but those who attended were enthusiastic about their experiences walking the floor at the International Centre, as the viewer will see in the first in a series video reports Home Goods Online will post and promote over the coming weeks.
Here, HGO marketing director Corrie-Ann Knell chats with several people from across the industry – both attending retailers and exhibitors – about their impressions of the show and why they believe it remains important in the lives of the people who work in Canada’s furniture industry.
“I’m a retailer in Saskatchewan, excited to be at the show to see and learn new things,” says Shannon Houff, the owner of Front Porch Interiors in Wawota and author of a blog called That Girl Shannon. “There are beautiful things, I mean in Canada we are edgy, we like to bring in the new trends and colours, lots of things that just kind of make your room different.”
Elizabeth Betancourt, the brand ambassador for exhibitor Style in Form, a full-line resource based in Burnaby, British Columbia, was equal in her praise for CFS. “Its always great to connect with people we’ve known for many, many years and see people from across the country as well as connect with our retailer customers, stagers and decorators.”
Raffaele Laserra, assistant vice president of home furnishings for Cantrex Nationwide noted CFS is a great platform for simply meeting people. “It’s been a great experience,” he says. “I think we had an opportunity to spend a lot of quality time with our retailers, meet a lot of potential customers and also have a lot of good conversations with suppliers so I feel that it was a good show.”
Perhaps the best reasons for attending CFS are selfish ones. Retailers need to know what’s coming, so they can get there before the customer does.
“If you’re not here you’re not bringing in the new stuff that is needed to be shown to your clients in your stores. So, this is the place you get inspiration, this is the place you see what’s new and what your clients are looking for,” Houff says. “It’s kind of our job to let them know they don’t even know what’s out there, yet you know we have to be ahead of it before they find it in a magazine and come looking. If we don’t have it in our store, then we’re behind the game.”
The next edition of the Canadian Furniture Show will be held from 16 to 18 January 2020 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.