Bronner Bros. Hosts First Show In New Orleans
Last weekend, BOSSIP’s Sr. Content Director Janeé Bolden traveled to New Orleans for Bronner Bros. first Spring show held in the Crescent City. For years Bronner Bros has held the bi-annual show in Atlanta, but this year thousands of exhibitors and attendees had Louisiana’s Ernest N. Morial Convention Center teeming with activity.
The weekend kicked off Friday with a special VIP welcome reception that brought the Mardi Gras spirit to the show with plenty of feathered and beaded decor. The parades continued marching in Saturday morning, when attendees were treated to a second line that came complete with brass band, stilt walkers and costumed beauties.
Onlookers had plenty of time to get into the revelry before heading into exhibition hall to stop by the hundreds of booths where everything from hair products to custom salon smocks and makeup and lashes were being sold by the many merchants in attendance. We made a stop by the Bronner Bros. booth where a live demonstration showcased the family owned brand’s Tropical Roots line. In the meantime, the Champion of Weaves competition offered up some midday entertainment to show goers. Exhibition Hall can get pretty intense too so it was great that Saturday night Marlon Wayans was brought in for a special comedy show for Bronner Bros. attendees.
Sunday’s Beauty Over Brunch panel was a major attraction, with celebs like Niecy Nash in the audience to learn gems from an esteemed lineup of experts including celebrity makeup artist Mimi Johnson, Jesseca Dupart, CEO of Kaleidoscope Hair Products, Maya Smith, Founder & CEO of The Doux, Peakmill, Sheila Bronner, celebrity hairstylist Ashanti Lation, BFirmPR publicist Erica Dias and our very own Sr. Content Director Janeé Bolden.
Brunch was followed by the Fantasy Competition, one of the biggest attractions at each and every Bronner Bros. show. We won’t spoil it for you by telling you the winner, but just know that if you make it to a Bronner show — this is the competition you can’t miss. Classes and exhibitions continued into Monday as well. With over 100 classes ranging in topic from credit repair, to social media, marketing, barbering, coloring, cutting and weaving, we’re not able to list the full offering but classes like For The LOVE of Locs, Banking Six Figures in Men’s Non-Surgical hair Replacement, Blowout Fortune, Re-Grow Edges In 2 Weeks, Let’s Make A Wig Sewing Machine Edition, Frontal Frenzy and Manweaving 101 were just a few of the courses to catch our eye.
If you missed it, you may want to start preparing now for the show’s return to Atlanta August 17-19. The spirit of black entrepreneurship is truly alive and thriving at each and every Bronner Bros. show.
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