winter show preview night
Preview Night was fantastic, set up was well organized and shoppers were there to buy. Traffic was steady but not crowded, I think it was the perfect amount.
Love love loved it. I usually gave $5 when I attend on Saturday or Sunday anyway!
I really like the idea of the Preview Night. This was the second time I went and it was just easier with the later hours, better parking availability, and had a more private feel 🙂
Absolutely worth it. Sales were on par with previous years and I really appreciate the opportunity to see what works/doesn’t work with my booth set up (for example, this year I thought the majority of traffic was going to come from one direction. It turned out to be the opposite so I was able to flip my booth and adjust Saturday am)
Loved attending UCU’s preview when the crowds were light. It gave me a chance to talk to the vendors, get close to the booths, and take my time.
Preview night gets better and busier each year. I think it’s great to have this extra 4 hours where customers can shop with less people. Plenty of time to set up and get going.
The Preview Night was wildly successful. We were not expecting it to be as busy as it was but we’re so glad it was. Such a great way to start the weekend and an awesome option for shoppers to get first glance at what we have to offer.
I’ve participated in two previous preview nights & this years was my most successful. This evening is clearly a favorite of so many shoppers, a lot of folks told me this was the only way they want to shop the event moving forward. The additional sales were 100% worth it & I’ll be planning inventory differently for upcoming years. The customer flow was nice, not too busy and with plenty of time to spend with the shoppers.
This was SO SO SO worth it. I loved not having to fight hundreds of folks. It was a bit crowded but nothing like the usual fight just to walk through the crowd. I would pay up to $10 for a similar experience next year (smaller crowds, raffles).
Friday was great! We loaded in, had plenty of time for set up and were ready to go by showtime. We thought the conversion of sales to shoppers was excellent!
Back by popular demand, our much loved Preview Night will take place the night before our big winter show.
This exclusive event will only be available to the first 1,500 fans who register to attend.
Your Preview Night ticket will entitle you to the following:
- Early access to all your favorite vendors
- A chance to beat the crowds and shop while inventory is fresh
- Discounted parking in the garage across the street
- Sweet and savory food options available from our delicious lineup of food vendors
- Many opportunities to win some incredible FREE raffle prizes that have been donated by our favorite local businesses.
We are happy to once again offer you DISCOUNTED PARKING for Preview Night! The deadline to reserve your prepaid ticket is Monday, November 28th, at midnight (or until the spots sell out, which often happens early). We’re sorry if you missed the window, but we need to ensure that we can get an accurate guest list over to the parking managers in time for the show.
So make it a date night, a girls’ night out, get a group of friends together, or just treat yourself!
- Swag bags will NOT be handed out at Preview Night. Swag bags will still only be given to the first 100 fans through the door each day during our regular Saturday/Sunday show days.
- This event is 21+. Sorry, no minors allowed!
- We expect this event to sell out quickly, so register today!
Parking rates at the Mercer garages during Preview Night are traditionally VERY expensive due to the Nutcracker Ballet which happens this same evening — sometimes as much as $30 for the night. We have contracted a discounted rate with the Mercer garages (one at 3rd Ave., and one at 5th ave.) to guarantee a flat $22 parking rate for our guests. If you’d like to secure this discounted rate you may purchase it along with your Preview Night ticket. When you arrive at the parking garage, your name will be on a guest list (under the name of the ticket purchaser) and you will be allowed free entry to the garage.
The deadline to purchase this discounted parking will be Monday, November 28th. The reason for this is that we need time to finalize the list and make sure the parking garage has it exactly how they need it to be able to help you out when you arrive on Friday night!