Charlotte Tastemaker Summit Insight

Queen City, bka Charlotte, North Carolina is where you can find many great things, including Today’s Unique Furniture Trends. Luckily for those of you who are attending the Charlotte Tastemaker Summit, TUFT is the space where the event will be held. TUFT is the company owned by Black Southern Belle and panelist, Danielle McKim, where she literally offers Today’s Unique Furniture Trends (where her store acronym derived). Among these unique furniture trends, the Dynamic Danielle offers full design services, custom furniture designs, art from local artists, local craft makers, custom pillows and draperies and a showroom filled with unique furniture creations! Danielle founded TUFT  August 30, 2014 and the business has been constantly growing since.

steve space

Space by Steve & Jill McKenzie

As we take over the fabulous Queen City with all things spectacular and Southern, there are interesting things to look for. I assure you will want want to arrive on time and never want to leave such an exciting event! Down below [in no specific order] are ten things that you should look for at the Charlotte Tastemaker Summit.

1- Great food throughout the event

2- Lunch Keynote Panel – Building Your Brand Through Partnerships- Mary Guerry, National Sales Manager, Charleston Visitors Bureau/ LaVonndra Johnson, Owner, ELLE VJ & Dainty Dames/ Cheryl Luckett, Owner, Dwell by Cheryl

3- Southern Floral Styling and Design Workshop- Stephanie Gibbs, Owner, Stephanie Gibbs Events

centerpiece arranged by Stephanie Gibbs

centerpiece arranged by Stephanie Gibbs

4- Table Top Workshop – Southern Styling for Social Media- Steve McKenzie, Owner, steve mckenzie’s/ Jill McKenzie, Owners, steve mckenzie’s

5- Building Your Brand Through PR and Business Development- LaVonndra Johnson, Owner, ELLE VJ & Dainty Dames/Jennifer Burnham, Owner, Pure and Simple Organizing/ Leah Knepper, Associate VP, French West Vaughan

6- Owning a Space – Adding a Storefront or Studio to your Lifestyle Brand- Nicole Clayton, Owner, Cloth Mill at Eno River/Jill Mckenzie, Owner, steve mckenzie’s/Ariene Bethea, Owner,  Dressing Rooms Interiors

cloth mill

Cloth Mill at Eno River, Owner, Nicole Clayton


Room designed by Ariene Bethea

7- Artisans

8- Artists

9- Industry-specific vendors

10- Special gifts and offers

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