This past weekend, the Michigan Floral Association hosted the 2016 Great Lakes Floral Expo at the Devos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This was an eventful weekend filled with multiple education sessions, trade fair, and numerous design competitions. Mayesh sponsored two of the hands on education sessions – “Events…Selling and Designing Profitably” featuring Robbin Yelverton and “Weddings – The Next Level” featuring Tracy Park.
Our booth in the trade fair featured Dutch Product from Tuning Flowers and novelty plants from Ravensbergen Greenhouses in Canada. From Holland we had Vanda Orchids, 15+bloom Cymbidiums, Walter Grootscholten Phalenopsis Orchids, color enhanced Echeveria and new varieties of novelty tulips. The Phalenopsis in particular were a HUGE hit, and almost everyone that walked by stopped to comment on them. In plants there were Oxalis, Stephanotis vine hoops, and Rex Begonias. Conseulo Lovelady and Megan DeMara from Mayesh Detroit coordinated the rest of the display items and were our staff for the weekend. The two very talented designers from the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island, Laureen Williams & Marie Carnell, used their amazing abilities to put the booth together with the product provided. Mayesh was the only floral wholesaler with a booth at the trade fair, and was very well received.
Saturday night festivities included the President’s cocktail reception, followed by the “Together We Bloom” banquet. The current MFA President and Mayesh Design Star, Jerome Raska was the host for the evening at the dinner as well as presiding over the Designer of the Year Run Off. During the Industry Awards portion of the dinner, Mayesh Detroit was recognized as “Michigan Wholesaler of Year 2016”, as voted on by peers in the industry. Andrew Arthur was on hand to receive the award on behalf of the company, with Megan and Conseulo in attendance for moral support.