The MJSA Shows are a greatly under-utilized resource for bead stores and large scale jewelry designers. There are representatives from some of the largest names in the industry. Since it's not a cash and carry show you get personalized service from prospective vendors and you're able to make informed decisions about product lines before you buy.
On a lighter note, I've included the picture below for fellow west-coasters as evidence that I was in fact, partaking in east coast culture:
I hadn't been to a Dunkin' Donuts in over 20 years! It was my guilty pleasure throughout the week and I was surprised to see them on just about every corner. Even the Rhode Island convention center was sponsored by Dunkin' Donuts!