With CHA-Summer coming, there is lots of news related to CHA and the summer show to talk about:
Follow CHA on Twitter
CHA is on Twitter. In fact, they have two separate accounts. They just started an account for their tradeshow PR. Follow them at @CHA_Tradeshows for updates on the tradeshow events.
There is also a CHA Twitter account for the Craft Supershow. Tara Smith will keep you updated on announcements about the first-ever CHA consumer show with the @CraftSupershow account.
CHA Updates Consumer Website
In addition to their website for members, CHA maintains a consumer website called CraftPlace. The site has just undergone an overhaul that brought it a much more “web 2.0″ look to it, along with some more social media type features. Most notable among those features are the “Discussion Groups” – essentially a message board feature.
In addition to the new message board, the site contains a treasure trove of links to all sorts of resources for crafters of all types. The features include blogs, projects to make, and a store directory searchable by zip code.
Who won’t be at the summer show?
Some companies are opting to skip CHA-Summer 2009 for various reasons. Perhaps the biggest name on the list so far is Fiskars. Although the company will be hosting an event at Epcot on the 27th for its Fiskateers and will be sponsoring make-n-takes at the consumer show, it is opting not to exhibit at the tradeshow.
Another notable who is skipping the show is Daisy Bucket Designs. Despite skipping the show, the company is not only introducing new product but actually adding an entire new brand, called Shabby Green Door, to the company.
CHA Sneak Peeks
Lots of CHA sneak peeks are starting to come out. Some peeks that are getting lots of buzz include the hints from ProvoCraft about a mysterious new electronic Cricut accessory to be unveiled on the 27th, a new Sassafras line called “Me Likey”, and six new lines from KaiserCraft. For links to all of those and more, visit the Scrapbook Update CHA Sneak Peek page.