winter show preview night
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)
Because of the preview’s restricted numbers the crowds were so much better. It was so full the last time we attended we were thinking of skipping it all together this winter. but the preview night was sooooo much better.
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!
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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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).
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
- Sweet and savory food options available from our delicious lineup of food vendors
- We’ll also be serving beer & wine at this event! We’ll have some great food vendors participating in the show, as well as the concessions stand which will be open to serve beer, wine, and delicious food like what you saw at our summer show this year. More details to come!
And many opportunities to win some incredible FREE raffle prizes that have been donated by our favorite local businesses like the ones you see listed below:
Win prizes from all these fantastic local businesses, just by attending Preview Night! Winners will be chosen from our list of ticketholders, the week before the show. So buy your tickets early for a chance to win!
This winter, Karachi Cowboys will be taking over the Concessions stand once again! They offer both traditional and non-traditional Indian/ Pakistani food, sometimes with a Texan twist.
For this year’s menu, they are serving (listed in order of heartiness – from snack to meal sized portions):
- Spicy Curry Popcorn
- Molten Gold Snack Mix
- Papadum and Chutneys
- Garlic Hummus with choice of pita chips or vegetable crudités (or both)
- Red Lentil Dal with Fragrant Basmati Rice
- Grass fed Beef Kofta Kabobs in Rich Tomato Curry with Fragrant Basmati Rice
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 $25 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 $14 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, December 2nd. 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!
GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY!
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 and over. Sorry, no minors!
We expect this event to sell out quickly, so buy your tickets today!