With the show floor cut in half, booths relegated only to the upper level, wider aisles, and plentiful gathering spaces that offered room for show-goers to really stretch out, this Winter Market was smaller and quieter than any before. Some exhibitors we spoke with felt it was a waste of time and resources, citing appointment schedules that were only 50 percent booked. Others said the intimate nature led to more meaningful meetings. Many conversations centered around the debate about whether we really do need three big national shows per year or whether smaller, more intimate regional gatherings are where the value is.

We want to know your honest opinion: What's your take?

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