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Drive your Sales to Charlotte

The VDTA•SDTA is excited to announce that next year's international trade show and convention will be held in Charlotte, NC ‒ March 24-26, 2018

Bottom: NASCAR Hall of Fame, Glory Road.
Left: EpiCenter plaza with restaurants, live music, and more in Charlotte's city center.
Right: Firebird sculpture in uptown Charlotte.

The 2018 VDTA•SDTA Trade Show and Convention will be moving to a brand new location: Charlotte, North Carolina. Moving cross country for this event, the VDTA is gearing up for an adventure that bids new opportunities and business to both dealers and exhibitors.

Why Charlotte?
While the buzz and opulence of Vegas can't be beat, Charlotte offers a fresh-faced occasion for business in another wonderful part of the country. You won't be gazing at the Luxor's pyramid or a replica of the Eiffel Tower, but you will be enjoying a small metropolis – population 800,000 – nicknamed the Queen City after the German Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz who married King George III of England. King George III still ruled the American Colonies when settlers established Charlotte back 1768. You'll soon find that Charlotte offers small-town appeal with big city amenities – a nice complement to the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas.

Plus…FACTORY TOURS! The VDTA is arranging factory tours with some of the area manufacturers, including a tour of Plastiflex, sponsored by Wessel-Werk and Plastiflex.

Where will the Trade Show be?
The Charlotte Convention Center is located in the heart of uptown (actually the "downtown") at 501 S. College St. The 550,000-square-venue is a stone's throw away from many great museums, attractions, and eateries.

  • The Charlotte Convention Center boasts:
  • 280,000 square feet of exhibit space.
  • 37 meeting rooms, the 40,000-square-foot Crown Ballroom and the 35,000-square-foot Richardson Ballroom.
  • 43,000 square feet of concourse space.
  • Full-service, in-house food and beverage.
  • And more.

What's there to do?
The better question is…what isn't there to do? Charlotte is a great amalgam of history and modernity, with popular attractions such as the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Mint Museum, and Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. If you like being active, take a day and visit the U.S. National Whitewater Center to raft, kayak, rock climb, and zip line!  

A visit to Charlotte wouldn't be complete without touring the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Connected to the Convention Center, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is both interactive and entertaining for all age groups.

The venue opened in 2010 with a mission to "create an enduring tribute to the drivers, crew members, team owners, and others [who] have impacted the sport in the past, present, and future."

Its High Octane Theatre seats more than 250 occupants and features films about the history of NASCAR. The large, open greeting area known as The Great Hall highlights rotating displays and real-life video. One of the most popular aspects of the venue – Glory Road – guides visitors to the second floor on a banked ramp with 15 historic cars. For the true NASCAR fans, the Racing Simulators provide a state-of-the-art experience from the driver's-eye-view on raceday…but be careful not to crash!

If you travel for the cuisine, Charlotte's city center has over 200+ restaurants. A few exceptional places that make our list include:

  • Halycon, Flavors from the Earth: Noted for European cooking techniques, pastoral dishes
    (I don't mean vegetarian, though I'm sure veggie-friendly options are available), and eclectic wine.
  • Bistro LaBon: Looking for a cozy little place with your choice of international flavors? You'll find it here.
  • Amelie's French Bakery: Few things can beat a cup of tea and freshly-made éclair from a French bakery!
  • Fahrenheit: A venture of Chef Rocco Whalen, this restaurant is located on the 21st floor of the high-rise Skye Condos. Guests enjoy both indoor and outdoor dining with an inventive American menu. Always look for something new and locally sourced; private dining available for large parties.
  • Five Guys Burger and Fries: A classic across America, and we're glad to see it in Charlotte, too.
  • Flemings Steakhouse and Wine Bar: Noted dishes include the 22 oz Bone-in Ribeye and Barbeque Scottish Salmon Filet…plus their collection of 100 wines by the glass.
  • Fitzgerald's Irish Pub: In need of a pint or some hearty Bangers and Mash? No need to look further than Fitzgerald's.
  • Mert's Heart and Soul: Featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, this restaurant is tucked away on College Street but offers the BEST (and I'm speaking from experience) catfish, Southern fried chicken, and mac and cheese.

We look forward to keeping you updated on developments for the 2018 VDTA•SDTA Trade Show and Convention in Charlotte!

Reprinted from Floor Care & Central Vac Professional & SQE Professional, March 2017