Last weekend we went to the Seattle Electric Bike Expo at Southcenter Mall in Tukwila, WA! The event was July 15-July 17 and had an attendance of about 6,000+ people. It was a pleasure being amongst other vendors and guests who were all interested in e-bikes.
The first day we arrived, it was a beautiful sunny day and time to get our booth ready for the weekend. We worked as a team to close off our area with some truss work and Seattle E-bike start and finish lines. Enclosed in a 40 x 20 space, we displayed our bike gallery. In the remaining 20x10 tented area, we set up our hospitality booth and seating area. To keep people happy and hydrated we served Vita Coco coconut water, water, coffee from Cone and Steiner General, Clif Bars, and truffle popcorn all weekend long.
Caption: The view from one of the tables in our hospitality booth. Taken right after set up on July 15, 2016.
The test track attracted many people driving by and brought in quite a few people on the first day, even though it was a short day from 3:00pm-7:00pm.
Day 2 started off bright and early. Little did we know, we were in for a couple surprises. The first surprise of the day came right after noon. Sammy the Batsquatch showed up to our booth and took our custom at bikeboard out for a spin on the test track. He was spotted earlier that week on KING5 Evening Magazine. He caused quite a spectacle as he whipped passed people on a vehicle that looked like a bike and skateboard hybrid.
Caption: Sammy the Batsquatch at the Electric Bike Expo, before he hopped on the bat board to ride on July 16, 2016.
The second surprise of the day came a lot later in the day, at the VIP party that Seattle E-Bike hosted for all the vendors and some special guests. We were all blown away by the performance of head mechanic, Purple Perry. As he swayed the room and made everyone fall in love with his original songs. It was a perfect way to end the longest day of the expo; with good music, good company and good food.
Caption: Purple Perry, jamming out on our Seattle E-Bike Stage on July 16, 2016.
The third and final day at the expo, started off with brunch for everyone, compliments of Seattle E-Bike. Even with all the attendees, we still had a ton of food left over. Rather than wasting it, we decided to share it with everyone at the expo! After a late night for some, it was the little boost they needed to conquer the last day of the expo. It made our entire team happy to see that by noon, all the food was gone and everyone at the expo was well fed.
Caption: Deb, the Social Media Coordinator and Jeremy, Senior VP, posing behind the brunch bar on Sunday, July 17, 2016.
Sunday was sunny and full of test rides, but it was unfortunate that the event was coming to an end. As the day winded down, we made sure to give a small thank you bag to each vendor, thanking them for coming to our VIP party and helping to make the event a success.
Caption: Deb, the Social Media Coordinator, before riding off to deliver thank you bags to all the expo vendors on July 17, 2016.
To end the weekend on a sweet note, the entire Seattle E-Bike team was rewarded with dinner on our awesome CEO, Brian Nordwall. We enjoyed participating in the Seattle Electric Bike Expo. We were able to make great connections with e-bike enthusiasts, e-bike manufacturers, and with other electric bike dealerships. Huge thanks to our hospitality sponsors; Vita Coco, Clif Bar and Cone and Steiner General, for making our booth a destination for all attendees. We would also like to thank all of the Expo staff members that kept the event running smoothly form setup to break down. They were very professional and courteous. Last, but not least, thanks to all of you who came out to the expo to check out some of our bikes and for visiting our store in the days following.