Open Shop: Gregory Paolini Design

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
to Friday, May 10, 2024
Category: Regional Events


Gregory Paolini will be opening his shop in Canton, North Carolina (near Asheville).

Greg is opening up his shop in May, plus we have special access to tour some of our Associate partners in North Carolina!

Due to his reasonably close proximity to some of the larger suppliers, we’ve been able to arrange plant tours with some of our CMA Associate members.

We've shared the closest airports to each event, in case you want to fly into those particular destinations to take advantage of those events.

You are responsible for your own for transportation – If you're flying in, we definitely encourage rental cars and potentially carpooling.

Tues May 7th   Archdale NC

1pm - 4pm  Tour of Hafele, Archdale NC – Advance registration required

Recommend flying into GSO Greensboro/Highpoint airport – 30 minutes from Hafele

Or Charlotte CLT which is about 80-90 mins from Hafele

Wednesday May 8th   Mooresville & Charlotte NC

8am - 11am Tour of Weinig HolzHer, Mooresville NC– Advance registration required

12pm - 3:30pm Tour of Blum, Stanley NC (Blum will be providing lunch upon arrival) – Advance registration required

Charlotte CLT is the closest airport

FYI It’s about a 2 hour drive from Blum to Asheville/Canton

Thursday May 9th Asheville (Canton) NC

GPD Shop & regular production opens at 7am

Event starts at 9am

12pm  Lunch sponsored by Federated

5:00pm  Dinner sponsored by General Finishes

Seminars throughout the day include:

Guided Tour of GPD with Q&A along the way

LEAN Bootcamp presented by GP - Review of Lean concepts, and how they are implemented at GPD

Federated - Risk Assesment Seminars

Hafele - Comprehensive Lighting - The latest technologies, and simple ways to add lighting to your proposals and projects

General Finishes - Competitive and Financial Advantages of Waterborne Coatings for the custom cabinet shop

General Finishes - 1K vs 2K coatings and what is a true 2K?

Friday May 10th Asheville (Canton) NC

Seminars at GPD begin at 8:45am

12pm Lunch sponsored by Weinig HolzHer

Event wraps up at 3:45pm

Seminars throughout the day include:

General Finishes - Pigments: Opacifying vs Micronized – results achieved in spray no wipe

General Finishes - Stain Blocking Technology - Chemical vs Physical barriers

Weinig HolzHer - Investing in an edgebander for today, and tomorrow's growth

Weinig HolzHer - Set Up, Maintainence, and tips/trick for edgebander operation

Profit First - Presented by GP

The closest Airport to GPD is Asheville AVL – 40 mins away

There are hotels in and around Canton, but there’s not much to do in Canton after 5pm  – So lodging in Asheville may be preferred

There are a ton of hotels in Asheville, and Yelp is going to be your friend here in deciding what works best.

However, GPD has had a fair amount of visitors to the shop who have stayed at the Holiday Inn Biltmore West and have reported back that it’s a decent hotel:

Asheville Hotel Near Biltmore Estate | Holiday Inn Asheville - Biltmore West | Newly Renovated (

It’s about 12 minutes from the shop, and it’s about 10 mins to downtown Asheville (which has a bunch of nightlife)

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