Small Business Spotlight

Paradise City Arts Festivals grew from a local arts fair to a thriving, regional arts institution

Paradise City Arts – Founded by Artists to Promote Artists

Aerial view of the Arena Building
Paradise City was founded by two practicing artists in 1995 with a mission to connect established and emerging artists and craft designers with an ever-growing base of collectors. Holding innovative exhibitions of curated work could create new avenues of artistic expression and fresh opportunities for furthering artists’ careers. With a unique understanding of the fine and functional arts market formed by 20 years of arts exhibition experience, Paradise City’s initial shows quickly developed a a loyal local following of both exhibitors and attendees.

Growth Requires More than Exciting Shows

A deep understanding of the contemporary arts & crafts industry launched Paradise City with a competitive advantage. However, sustainable growth requires the ability to accurately forecast improved revenue, identify operational, sales and marketing expenses, and develop budgets and plans that track results and guide investments. With founders who had created a unique product, Paradise City turned to The Post Group to develop the operational procedures and business infrastructure that forms a foundation for profitable growth.

Increasing Revenue while Reducing Expenses leads to Sustainable Growth

The Post Group reviewed Paradise City’s past results, researched competitors and created a forward-looking financial model and budget for future shows. We designed and put in place improved accounting and bookkeeping procedures and systems to more accurately track revenue and expenses. Armed with new monthly reporting capabilities, Paradise City identified expenditures that could be eliminated or addressed with IT automation. Newly developed database and document management solutions reduced the time and expense of paperwork processing and back office operations. Paradise City had a new found capability to build revenue without a corresponding increase in expenses.

With better insight into operations and improved margins, attention now turned to building profitable revenue. Reviewing comparable shows informed the design of a competitive pricing model for both exhibitors and attendees that immediately improved the top line. Newly designed marketing programs and customer database system started capturing contact information for 80% of show attendees. A database marketing system was developed to target direct and electronic mail campaigns that increased attendance and maintained strong exhibitor sales. Sustainably strong sales led to increased demand of additional exhibition space and additional shows.

Becoming an Arts Institution

With increased attendance, exhibitor demand, and a low-cost operational infrastructure, Paradise City was poised for profitable growth. Within three years, Paradise City had doubled its number of shows, doubled its revenue and had grown from a local arts fair to a well-known national organization with exhibitions up and down the east coast. Paradise City has consistently ranked in the top 10 fairs nationwide according to AmericanStyle magazine. As American Craft magazine states, “Drawing artists from California, Colorado and every state in New England, Paradise City has become a destination for imaginative home furnishings…. a shopper’s paradise!”

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