This past Labor Day Weekend our team traveled to San Jose to attend Crunchy Roll Expo at the San Jose McEnery Convention center! We were in the vendors hall at booth #1434 and boy did we have FUN. It was such an amazing experience meeting and talking to everyone. We made a few friends there, and also gained a few fans. THANK YOU for the loveeeeeee! Our team honestly had a blast, cosplaying characters from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Revolutionary girl Utena...our Loli-Kei outfits didn't make it to the event, but hopefully they'll debut at the next event!
Day 0: Load in was a nightmare! There was a little snafu with our booth as the booth behind ours had a lot of stuff blocking our booth. It took about an hour for their stuff to be moved so we could access our booth and start setting up. Alas, we finished setting up and headed back to the hotel to prepare for the next day.
Day 1: Set up started at 8, with one of our team flying in that morning, and another coming in at 9:30 for a 10AM start! It was hustle, hustle, HUSTLE to get all our goodies displayed, and to decorate everything. At Anime Expo, we had a lot of vintage and limited edition figurines, as well as other fun kawaii items that we've collected over the years. For Crunchy Roll, we thought we'd have butterflies and macarons out! We even got a fun backdrop to make it look like a little bakery or tea cake shop. Too bad the lighting at CRX was SO DIM that we had to lower one of our backdrops so we could borrow light from the booth next to us. It was a tad bit hard to see some of the gorgeous glitters and metallic designs due to the poor lighting. But alas, they were still dazzling in our eyes ;-)
Day 2: More fun! We did so many demos that day! Everyone walked away with some serious bling fingers <3<3<3. There were a bunch of cute designs and even I was amazed at how creative some of you all were. The combination of nail pops and nail decals to create such super KAWAII designs blew me away. WOW. There was a lot of talent and y'all had a very good eye for creating even cuter designs.
Day 3: Another fun day! We got to spend some time checking out some of the other booths and picked up some pins, stickers, ocarinas (OMG WE GOT THE SAILOR MOON AND SUSHI ONE), and mystery snack box. We hope to support other artists and collect pins to decorate our Cutie Pop Nail Shop Aprons. Maybe we could even get a pin of our own made XD.
Thanks again everyone for making our 1st Crunchy Roll Expo a success <3 <3 <3
Don't forget to check out our Instagram @cutiepopnailshop and @cutiepopnailshopfans if we took pictures with you! Our next event will be Solano Stroll in Albany, CA on 9/8/19. Come say hi to us!