After closely monitoring the risk and impact of COVID-19 and speaking at length with members of the community and hotel property, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Boutique Design’s Senior Lifestyle Design Match (SLDM), which had been rescheduled for August 1-3, 2021 in Portland, Maine. 

Recent developments in the state of Maine have made it impossible to effectively produce a BD SLDM that delivers the level of connection and signature one-to-one meeting experiences you’re accustomed to while ensuring the comfort and safety of all attendees. This is due to the ongoing progression of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the latest government data, measures, and guidelines on the phased reopening plans in Maine, which involve 14-day state visitor quarantine restrictions and guidelines; the number of confirmed cases worldwide and domestically; current quarantines, containment areas, stay-at-home orders, and restrictions on congregating and large gatherings imposed by states and other government and public health authorities; and the various company-imposed travel restrictions on employees affecting attendees and participating companies. Maintaining the health and safety of each of our customers, partners, and employees remains paramount to us.

While we will not be able to gather in-person this year, we are planning a series of virtual events starting in October and hope you can join us. Further details on the debut of SLDM Virtual can be found here

For any concerns or additional information, please reach out to Boutique Design’s conference & event manager Keisha Byrd at keisha.byrd@emeraldx.com or vice president Michelle Finn at michelle.finn@emeraldx.com.