Here We Go – Year 2 Begins Tomorrow!!

Stay calm. Be Patient. Check the checklist. Check it again.

Year 2 is upon us. I mean … it’s really upon us… like right here… omg.. so much to do… wait.. woooosaaaaaaaaa 😉

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I cant tell you how happy and excited we all are here in our office for Glass Vegas #2 tomorrow.  We have struggled deeply to try our best to build & stay a truly connected show. A show that isn’t just profitable & successful for all that attend, but a show about the people that attend.

We here, at the GV home office, understand how to create and execute. Period.  and we have a real track record.  Shows like public QuickBooks conferences and Private GE Executive meetings.
You get it, Our list is long…

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But can we be honest for a sec?
The CHAMPS and AGE shows aren’t run by the nicest of guys. Just our experience of those 2 guys in particular, who will not be named, seriously sucked.

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We’ve heard too many accounts of the ways artists are treated before, during and after, those shows. It’s sad.  For those thatve ever had to bear the brunt… We salute you.

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Maybe that’s why we try so hard?


I hope you take the extra time to walk the industry hall, make your contributions and express yourself in a way that lets us know who you are.
I spent the last 2 weeks agonizing over the most minute details…
I can’t wait to hear your feedback!!!



As I look around at all the boxes of badges, lanyards, dope merch, tons of decor, way too many lollipop signs, fabricated fire-treated walls, hanging circle banners, way too much chalk & a trailer full of check-in computers; I am filled with that feeling.
That feeling I heard conveyed in the voices of the artists I got to personally meet and connect with last year.

That feeling some of you might still be feeling right now.

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awww.. you too?!?! I know right.. haha!

The love is real folks.

Echod from the highest peaks of social media.

Prepare to feel it.



I’ll be looking forward to all the smiling faces on the show floor tomorrow 🙂

Take care in your travels to the Westgate, everyone…

I’m off to make sure you have the best event ever.


Let’s do this…



The Big Show – Ft Lauderdale

Hello BlogLand>>>

Today me, Skye & Dustin flew to ft., Lauderdale with all our equipment and handouts for The BIG Industry Show. I know what I wanted to expect, but the reality is…  you never know whats gonna happen when flying across the country to go on site for a show…!

They lost our computer kiosks for the show,  you know, the devices that will take in all of your information.. the magic that runs the whole booth…
No big deal right!?!  um no!!!!
Southwest sends us off with a promise to call when they find our luggage, great… oh and they aren’t responsible for most electronics…. damn…
just breathe… positive vibes….. we got this!  😉

We finally roll into our Air bnb and get posted up. Beautiful place to be crashing the next few days, making this luggage insanity a little easier to deal with.   We pass out around 1:30am and then BAM>>the phone rings at 4am, I sit straight up and mumble, Helllooooo…. we found your luggage!
whew… drama solved!! Back to bed…

Next morning, get up early get to the airport and finally.. get to the convention center and get set up for a kick-ass day on the BIG Industry Show floor.  Let’s do this!!

We have arrived!!  We had some trouble with the craps table.. but got it sorted out. Carla (the dealer is so nice) but let’s be honest, to deal with us… shes gotta have a few screws loose… hahahaha!
Arrived.. refreshed.. ready for the hustle.., giving all these Buyers here at the show a good time 😉 and rolling the dice for a chance to come to everyone’s fav spot…Glass Vegas…. def winning!

I took some pictures of some of my fav people, cruised on a Jungle Boat to an island while it rained like cats and dogs… we got lei’d right when we arrived off the boat… had some dinner, good times, great people..   love our Industry!!

Thanks, Gustavo,  night one in the books, what a success!!

btw… I am writing this from my phone on the beach.  Don’t you wish you were here too 😉

Much love & see you soon…

<3 Amy <3

Only Industry People Get it! ::sadface::

So in an attempt to offset some of my immense workload, and in clouded judgment, I hired a writer to help me create some content for the internet. I couldn’t find an industry person, so I went elsewhere…

a mistake… I know…
(hindsight and all that)

I am not complaining about her work, just that as much time as I spent trying to convey what I need and what the show is all about (the zen of it), I didn’t realize that without the rEaL KnOwLeDgE of glass and the industries inner workings, I was doomed for sure.
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In an attempt to not make this a complete loss, Here it is.. 10 reasons you should attend glass vegas.

Why YOU Need to Get Here!

Glass.Vegas is coming in less than a month! (Can you hear our ultra-prepared yet still strangely panicked deadline screams echoing as you’re reading this? No? Good. We were afraid you could!!) Anyway, there are a zillion reasons why YOU need to get to our 2nd Annual Glass Vegas American Functional Glass Convention and Trade Show. Here are just a few of our personal favorites!

  1. Boost your business. Seriously – some of the most recognized exhibitors and buyers from across the country will be here under one glamorous and utterly decadent casino roof. So YOU need to be here, too.
  2. Get personal! Meet the artists and the buyers for yourself. Forge connections that you just can’t make over the phone or via email and put your hands and/or lips on some of the hottest functional concept art you’ll ever see.
  3. Feel the heat. See some awesome flameworking demos as you get a feel for how many of these talented artists work – and if you are one of those talented artists – show off your stuff and your process!!
  4. Compete in the World Series of Glass. Have your works recognized and win awesome prizes in these categories: functional, millie, collab, and shot glass. Cheers to that!
  5. Chill! Did we mention that the amazingly talented E.N Young and the downright smoothest bunch of vintage reggae revivalists, The Expanders, will be up close and personal on the show floor? Yeah. They will be. That’s worth using this prime excuse to get out of the office for right there!
  6. It’s a top secret meetup. Our secret after-hours party in a prime spot has become legendary after just one year– so isn’t it time you got in on a little side action of your own?
  7. Live life in the fast lane. Of course, we’re talking about the 2018 Derby in the Desert with 64 cars and 2 days of racing! Get revved up to see the other sleek projects these artists have been working on.
  8. A grown-up Christmas in February! Didn’t get what you wanted this year? Don’t lose your marbles – get your revenge at the coolest “Secret Santa” game ever during our marble exchange!
  9. A sweetheart of an excuse. Come on – it’s Vegas in February from the 5-7. That works as either a “Honey, I’m taking you to Vegas for an early Valentine’s Day and we’re stopping at this cool show,” or a “Honey, I’m going to Vegas for a BOOORIINGGG show that I just HAAVVVEE to go to but of course I’ll be home to you in time for Valentine’s Day.” Your choice. We gave you both options.
  10. What happens in Vegas…well, you know.

Now, go – get registered, get booked and GET HERE!

(Check out the rest of our site for even more reasons why you should!)




I’ve learned my lesson kids…won’t happen again
Probably… 😉

32 days till GV 2018!

With only a month away from our official Year 2 launch,
I felt it best that we begin with a blog post… FINALLY…
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i know.. i know…


Glass Vegas is comprised of a team of 11 of the mostly dedicated, hella dope, slightly distracted, definitely amazing individuals known to mankind. I may be biased cause I’m related to a few.. (shhhhh)

Now I don’t know if YOU could ever work with YOUR family, but I can tell you that its just wonderful everyday and sooooo much easier than the world makes it out to be.  😉
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If you’re not “in the know”, let me enlighten you.

LeeAnne is our fearless leader…
….except that she might be scared of a few things; sushi being one of them and social media coming in at a close second. 😉
LeeAnnes eagerness to help solve the glass communities problems is job #1. It shows in everything she does. Her willingness to give back is unprecedented and her attention to detail make her the most unparalleled queen bee ever. Without her, all would be lost.
and she is, of course, my mother-in-law.

Here she is her handing out toys to the needy..
no joke.. she is a frikkin saint.



Amy is our show manager…
… and boy does she manage the show. Her fingers are in EVERYTHING.
The Music, the Artists we choose, the Vendors, the Buyers, getting those contracts signed, collecting that cash and, my fav, yelling at us during the meetings ::kisses::
(do you think ill get in trouble for that comment?)
I kid .. i Kid… But honestly, her freely shared compassion and dedication is something to be admired. Her heart out-pours into every facet of this show. She works tirelessly, day and night, to ensure that everyone one of our artists and vendors feels the love we have for them. Her heart is the heart of this show. She cares. truly.

Did I mention that she runs the J&S Hope Foundation for
“The lost children of Boulder Highway”..
yep .. another saint..
AND she is my sister-in-law…
sheeesh 😉



Dustin is our Front boy/Sales Kingpin/Exhibitor pimp…
Dustin was and continues to be our “IN”.  He helped us transition from our much more mainstream 20+yr Glass Craft & Bead Expo Show to the seedy underground Functional space we now live in with each of you.
D Lives and breathes the cannabis heady worldview and without his guiding hand (and his over 1000 social media posts) to keep us focused on the real, we may not have made it thru year 1.
The “OG” exposed the dirty underbelly of the more well known shows in the industry and pointed the tip of our spear in the right direction.
also.. I’m supposed to always plug his brand or i could face dire consequences (Genius papers & Official Genius)
((((disaster adverted)))))

Here he is with some guy..



Jack is our softer side of Sales/Exhibitor Heartbeat/our smooth Phatty J…
Few can express what its like to be totally in touch with the inner feelings of the functional community… Mr. Dope-Ass himself is a solid member of our glass fam. The 1st and the last to ALWAYS bring the love. This boy is relentless at “heart” and he reflects the light all throughout the show floor.
He keeps us smiling, happy and focused.

J — chillin with the man himself…



Skye is our social media rockstar…
What Skye brings to the table, most companies only dream about. Her never ending journey to GET THE WORD OUT is simply relentless. Chances are if you have seen a post oN tHe iNtErNeTs… it was because of her love and dedication to our show. Our show might be amazing, but the reason you even know about it is directly based on her hard line of daily diligence. Her shiny personality brightens our office, our meetings and our show.  She is the #hashtag# goddess and we <3 her.

#Hashtag #HashtagHashtag #HashtagHashtagHashtag
#2018Hashtag #BlowinUpDaGram


Although the next few people are not as well known to y’all…
without them… <<<ALL WOULD BE LOST>>>
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get it.. lost reference.. ugh i’m old…


Ramona …. the back-end contract coding/sales portal devgurl…
Chances are you’ve used the portal that allows most of our contracts and transactions to live and breathe online. This bEaSt of a system was dev’d by our recently relocated resident of flaaarida… Miss Ramona Herself.
and we are thankful everyday for her attention to detail and her willingness to educate our “more tech challenged” staff in the right and wrong ways of the matrix.

damn.. even her paintings are dope..


Jeff.. our secret “ace in the hole” website & graphics GOD…
Ever went to our website and said.. DAMMNNN.. Yep.. that was Jeff.
In fact, just about every cool thing to ever hit the Glass.Vegas domain is because of this mouse and keyboard superstar. Humble and quiet might be his preferred demeanor, but LIT AS F***K are his displays. We owe almost our entire image to this mild mannered graphics spin doctor.

why are gurus always at the top of mountains?



Jennifer is our WORLD SERIES OF GLASS empress… 
Although, Jen might be the rock-star show manager for our biggest of big shows; the Glass Craft & Bead Expo, she has decided to share her talents by running the MOST AMAZING>> MOST ILLUSTRIOUS>> DOPEST GLASS COMPETITION EVA>>> the WSOG!!!
You need someone strong to run an honest, impartial & fair contest (with the illest of prizes) in a show industry that is renowned for doing just the opposite.
Flirt all you like, but with her at the helm, everyone can rest assured that only the best will win.

step off boys.. my sis-in-law is taken!



Bryan is the bearded Pre/During/Post show support authority…
“b” is the hippiest, hipsterish bearded moon dog around. When he isn’t expanding his mind at music festivals all around the country, his job is to solve problems, throw shade, fill in the blanks, spread the love, and keep the locals in line.  His show guide last year was on point, as well as his mustache. 😉
Spend some time with him and he’ll wire wrap your heart.

The “Moon” is an astronomical body that orbits planet Earth.




Leslie.. the sweetest hotel room management virtuoso…
Did you like your room last year? who made is happen?
Leslie.. that’s who!!!
When shes not working, you can catch her dancing and giggling at a Brooklyn Bowl reggae show.  When she is working… the sound emanating from her cube is.. yep.. you guessed it.. the sweet-sweet cali sounds of Soja, Tribal Seeds and her fav… Fortunate Youth.
Dan from FY made her blush more than 1x at our show last year 😉

Always warm and sweet.. dancing the night away…




Then there’s lil ol me. Teddy; The creative design & tech everything dork.
Most of the verbiage, all of the show creative and design PLUS the visionary behind all the connected webs.. fear me.. not cause I’m amazing, but rather cause I am the LOUDEST around 😉
yep.. I’m a pusher..
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My blog.. my rules.. DEAL 😉
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Look.. its my job to be like this.. why cant we all just get along..
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ok.. ok.. sheesh..  can I at least tout a pic of myself before I end this blog post?
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thank you!!!!


Dammit … I’m just tryin to share the love..

<<<Till Next time fam>>>