By; Ben G. Rowin
Photos By: Brom R.
The C.H.A.M.P.S trade show (Contemporary Handcrafted American Made Products Show) has been taking place for over 13 years. This show is for tobacco accessories, hand-blown glass, clothing, incense and more! I decided to take a bunch of the NUG staff out to Vegas for the show in February. We had a great time and met a bunch of product manufacturers. I will be reviewing some of the cool products I found at the show over the next few months in my product review section, so keep an eye on it and donâ€™t miss out on the newest and sickest stuff that caught my attention.
The crew and I rolled into Vegas on Wednesday, which was too late for the show, but just in time for the after parties. Hemp Beach TV and Jonny B, the creator of the Digger One Hitter, had a smoke filled suite at the MGM Grand where the NUG staff and I were staying, and GLOW Industries had an awesome event at the Bellagio.
Tired, but ready for the show, we headed over to the Las Vegas Convention Center on Thursday to catch the last day of the event and ran into a bunch of our friends in the industry. Cannabis Planet TV was there doing coverage, and Pony Boy from Los Marijuanos as well as Aaron Evans of the Green Brothers were in attendance. We also spent some time chillinâ€™ with Mean Green (keep an eye out for his new album!). Of course, we had to say whatâ€™s up to San Diegoâ€™s own SeedleSs, who was holding down a booth promoting their clothing. 420 Football also had a booth and were showcasing their line of glass.
We were also lucky enough to run into Joanne from Girly Glass, who we showcased in a previous issue. Iâ€™ve gotten so many requests for Girly Glass since we ran the article that I had to break out some cash and buy some pieces for the ladies of NUG.
The after parties that night were insane! Kron went and represented NUG at the Glass Gripper party in the Hugh Hefner suite at the Palms, and the rest of the NUG crew and I cruised the strip, passing out NUGs and T Shirts to promote the brand. An amazing time was had by all and weâ€™ll definitely attend CHAMPS again.