Attendee Spotlight: Alison Bevis

AFCI Member, Alison Bevis owns The Crafty Chain in Brisbane, the capital of and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland.

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AFCI Members (left to right): Anita Takemoto, Cheryl Stapleton, Alison Bevis, Brooke Snyder, Cindy deRosier

Earlier this year, Alison completed the post-Creativation survey that was sent to all attendees. She shared that she would prefer other locations than Phoenix for the trade event. (It’s a long trip from Australia!) And, she wasn’t the only person who felt this way. So, in conjunction with the City of Phoenix, AFCI invited Alison and four other attendees who had a similar opinion to revisit Phoenix and explore the culture and things to do.

We spoke with Alison after the trip to learn what she discovered and if her opinion of the location changed.

What are some of the places and things you discovered that Creativation attendees should know about?
“The Downtown Phoenix Ambassador Program is really unique. We have community volunteers in some country shires in Australia, but to have people who will walk you back to your hotel at night or help you carry bags to your car…well, that is just the best service!!”

What was your favorite Phoenix business or place you visited and why?
“I really enjoyed visiting Porter Barn Wood; what a cool forward-thinking young bloke – he will do well in this world!! The (Hazel & Violet) printing shop was a highlight too! It would be a nice workshop with some friends while in town.”

The favorite Phoenix restaurant you tried?
“My goodness…we didn’t have a dodgy meal anywhere!!”

Why are you looking forward to attending Creativation?
“Besides catching up with all my NEW friends!! It is the best place to see new product from the wholesalers, manufacturers and to place orders (before many other businesses) and see the demos with these products to take this knowledge back to my store.”

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Join thousands of creative businesses for Creativation, January 17-21, 2019 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Education will start on January 17; the trade show will open January 19-21. Register for your badge, classes and events today at

Thinking about extending your stay to explore Phoenix? We’ve partnered with the City of Phoenix to provide you with resources to help you plan your trip. Click here to explore trip ideas, see things to do nearby the Phoenix Convention Center, and find free virtual travel guides.

Need a hotel? We’ve made it easy for you to book hotels near the event in Phoenix through our new hotel booking partner, Hotels for Hope. Hotels for Hope’s 600,000+ hotel partners allows us to expand the number of hotels at great rates available for Creativation, which gives your company more choices of where to stay! Plus, for every Creativation hotel room night booked through Hotels for Hope, $2 will be donated to the Kids In Need Foundation, AFCI’s Charity of Choice. Book your hotel now!

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