CHAMPS Trade Shows, in business since 1999, is the world’s largest counter culture business to business expo. They held their 32nd Las Vegas show this past February 3-5 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Over 600 vendors showed off the latest and greatest products for the counter culture industry.Each CHAMPS Trade Show features the best in contemporary smoking/vaping accessories, hand blown glass, clothing, and many interesting items in the specialty gift market.
The 2015 Glass Games Masters Finals were a highlight of the show.This year saw 32 ofthe world’s finest glass artists blowing glass live for 2 days during the show. They each created one-of-a-kind glass masterpieces exemplifying the theme “Things That En•Light•En You.” Over $65,000 in cash and prizes were awarded to the top 8 pieces. First place and the $10,000 check went to AKM of AKM Glassworks with his “pipes on the brain” skull masterwork. Grimm of Grimm Glassworks came in 2nd and received $5,000 for his Alice in Wonderland inspired submission. Justin Jenicke grabbed 3rd place and $4,000 with what he said was the piece that most represented him as a person and an artist. Emily Marie was ecstatic when it was announced that she won 4th place and $3,000 for her piece that balanced organic and mechanical forms. The 1st-4th place winners will also now be judges for the Emerging Artists competition at the next CHAMPS show this May in Atlantic City.
CHAMPS 32nd Las Vegas show saw the continuation of CHAMPS popular new promotion, Independent Smoke Shops. In this exciting promotion CHAMPS is partnering with local mom and pop smoke shops, cigar bars, hookah lounges and vapor shops all across the U.S. and Canada to bring the public the best deals, information and promotions in the industry. The Independent Smoke Shops promotion was started as a way to help the public find counter culture friendly smoke shops in their local area. It kicked off at CHAMPS Denver show last October and to date has signed up over 400 shops. According to CHAMPS owner Jeff Hirschfeld, “After every show we’re spending around $50,000 to advertise in newspapers all over the country and doing social media campaigns. We want to help out the little guy.”
At the web site IndependentSmokeShops.com you can find an affiliated smoke shop near you as well as get coupons for store discounts and find out about manufacturers promotions. Recent promotions included 25% off coupons and pipes for 99¢.Coupons have also been appearing in local newspaper ads, sponsored by CHAMPS, all across the country. To date ads have appeared in over 120 newspapers,periodicals and magazines. The promotion has also targeted social media on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The Independent Smoke Shops tag line says it all – Get Informed • Shop Local • Smoke Smart.
CHAMPS next show is May 19-21, 2015 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The next Las Vegas show is July 21-23, 2015. For more information go to http://www.ChampsTradeShows.com or call
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