ClosetCon 2019 Recap

Every year closet companies from around the country come together for our annual trade show – ClosetCon.

To me and many of the regular attendees, it feels like a family reunion.

It consists of three days of education, networking, and new products with a few adult beverages sprinkled in.

Richelieu had a lot of new closet specific items on display.  From melamine panels to belt and hand bag racks.

Here is a recap of the newest items that Richelieu is bringing to market –

Wall Mount Hand Bag, Belt, & Tie Racks

All of the above racks feature concealed screws and are on a 32mm system.

Mount the wall plate, slip the face plate over the top and tighten the set screw.

No more ugly black plastic caps that always go missing.

Spanish Melamine

Pictured above is our 4 linen colors.  We also stock 14 textured wood grains, couple that with our matching 5-piece door program and Richelieu truly is the only supplier you will ever need.

**Special Note – We are also a stocking Tafisa distributor in FL and SC.**

Flexible LED Lighting

Our new lighting program really has a chance to disrupt the industry – you no longer need those bulky aluminum channels and plastic diffusers.

Simply put a 4mm x 10mm route in your panel and press in the tape – you’re done. Saves you time, money and looks great. There isn’t anything on the market like it.

Italian Handmade Leather Drawer Organization

They are buy one get one free until the end of the month, with delivery expected mid-June.  The quality of these trays is better than anything else on the market.

Available in two colors with complimentary drawer liners so you don’t have to be as concerned about it filling the complete drawer.

If you would like more info about any of the above products please reach out to your local rep or comment below.



Attending ClosetCon 2019 Will Make You More Profitable!

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I know that’s a bold statement but hear me out.

My success is directly connected to attending our annual trade show, becoming an ACSP board member and learning as much as I can.

Believe it or not, my story isn’t unique – Wendy Scott who will be the next ACSP President has been a closet designer since 2005.

She attended her first ClosetCon in 2014, which led to a new opportunity to help build a closet division for a leading kitchen company.  This year she partnered with Patti Miller – you guessed it someone she met at the show and launched Boutique Closets and Cabinetry.

When you attend the show this year, you can ask her for yourself if she thinks that she would be a business owner today if it wasn’t for ClosetCon.

This year’s Closet Conference is loaded with information that will help you be more successful.

Our keynote speaker is David Linda, if you have never had the pleasure of meeting him, he’s a straight shooter that launched a successful closet business in Houston, sold it and retired early.

How many of you have been doing this for 20+ years and would love to sell your business?

Do you know where to start?  I bet this session shortens the learning curve.

I have known David for years and I know this will be the best keynote in a long time.

The next speaker is Lisa Carlquist, President of Artisan Custom Closets.

She built a $9 million-dollar business in seven years and will tell you how she did it.

If you’re having problems scaling your company, this session could be the most important thing you do all year.

Next up are two panel discussions – Venturing out of the Closet and Trends in Design.

If you are not creating an offering to focus on other rooms in the home you are missing an opportunity to sell more items at a higher price.  Last week I discussed that on my blog – click here to see that post.

After a networking lunch, Mike Hoffer from Carolina Closets Plus gives us a behind the scenes look at working with HGTV’s “Love It or List It.”

He will discuss how he got the opportunity, what he learned and if it was worth it.

The day wouldn’t be complete without our annual shop tour.

This year the tour is a visit to Carocraft Cabinets a 47,000 square foot facility specializing in commercial casework and millwork.

If you think the networking ends there you haven’t been to a bar with a bunch of closet owners.

With more networking and learning events on Thursday and Friday, the Top Shelf Design Awards Reception and over 100 exhibitors I guarantee you will learn something that will make your business better.

Mike Carson once said he attends this show every year because “You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know.”

This is the fifth of a series of posts focusing on becoming more profitable in 2019, head over to if you missed Parts I – IV.

I look forward to seeing you in Charlotte, NC on March 6th.

Register today!

ClosetCon 2017 Recap

If you couldn’t attend ClosetCon this year – you missed a great show. Attendee and exhibitor numbers were the biggest since the recession.

Keynote speaker Chris Stevens – one of the founders of the Keurig energized the crowd and discussed how we could become great entrepreneurs.  No matter how big or small your company is – his message resonated with everyone.

The ribbon was cut and the show floor was packed for two days.

Here are a few pics from my booth –

The items that got the most attention was the drying rack, step stool, our new Vertiko wall system, our multifunctional bed that opens over the couch without removing any of the pillows and our new bi-folding door hardware that also slides giving full access to the cabinet.

Richelieu sponsored the red carpet Top Shelf Awards Party – attendees had a great time posing for the paparazzi.

One of the best parts of attending ClosetCon is laughing and partying with great friends.  Pics taken by the best selfie taker I know – Patrick Layne – follow him on Instagram @PatrickLayne

If you would like more info about any of the new products Richelieu had on display please send me an email or leave a comment below.

ClosetCon 2017 is this week!

Do you have your ticket?

I’m flying to Chicago right now and can’t wait to see all my friends and the latest market trends.

This is the only conference and expo that is focused on the closet industry.

“Not Showing Up To ClosetCon You Are Asking Not To Be Taken Seriously”


There is still time to register.

Can’t make it Tuesday? There is plenty going on Wednesday and Thursday to make it worth your trip.

Start the day with SEO and Goggle specialist Lauren Mobyed and Todd Barstow. They will give us the latest in online trends for cabinet and closet companies.

Attend the software design round table – learn shortcuts, tips and design tricks.

An hour of peer to peer round tables – You pick the topic – What’s your problem?

End the night with the Top Shelf Awards Reception – Richelieu is sponsoring this year so you know it will be a good time. Network, eat and maybe have a drink or two.

All of this plus nearly 100 exhibitors that are focused on your industry.

Like Al Bundy said you don’t want to miss ClosetCon!!

Hope to see you there.