Remember the energy of NeoCon 2023? Our team had a blast buzzing around the Mart, connecting with designers, reps, and everyone in between. To capture the vibe, Spartan rep Kelli Mildren asked unsuspecting NeoCon 2023 attendees some random questions, getting hilarious, insightful, and surprising results.

These candid moments offered a unique peek into the world of commercial interior design. What fuels this industry? What trends have people been talking about? Let’s relive the fun ahead of NeoCon 2024!

Coffee vs. Tea: The Debate Rages On

An age-old question: coffee or tea? While coffee seemed the winner among NeoCon-goers, tea lovers held their own. Turns out, a good cup of tea never loses its appeal.

Flooring Wars: Hardwood, LVT, and a Cork Comeback

Hardwood’s classic beauty and easy upkeep made it a top pick. LVT took second, many impressed with its durability, and cork fans touted its eco-credentials.

Podcasts, Dream Cars, and Tattoo Regrets

We uncovered hidden podcast loyalties to true crime hits and “The Skinny Confidential Him & Her.” Dream cars ranged from vintage Mercedes convertibles to adventure-ready Broncos. Even regrettable tattoos made an appearance – proof that self-expression sometimes has lasting consequences!

Chris Hemsworth vs. Chris Evans: Hollywood Showdown

We took a quick poll on Chris Hemsworth vs. Chris Evans, and Thor just barely managed to snag the win.

And the Biggest Lunch & Learn Mistake is..

Forgetting the food at a Lunch & Learn is a serious mistake. Reps, take note: hungry attendees are cranky attendees.

The Best (and Worst) of NeoCon

The best part of NeoCon is the energy – meeting new people, getting inspired, and seeing what’s happening in the industry. The downside? Those late nights and early morning commutes can be brutal!

Anticipation Builds for NeoCon 2024

As we reminisce, excitement for NeoCon 2024 grows. The networking, the ‘free stuff,’ the trends – this industry’s energy is unmatched! While you wait, here is a quick video going over this years event:

We hope you enjoyed Spartan’s Questions on the Streets as much as we did! We can’t wait to see you again for NeoCon 2024 – partnering with American Biltrite & AVA by Novalis to bring you the best NeoCon combination: Tacos & Pampering. Stay tuned for more news this Spring!


Spartan Surfaces, a subsidiary of Floor & Decor, is a specialty flooring supplier headquartered in Bel Air, MD. Employing over 150 team members, Spartan holds warehousing and offices in Maryland and Minnesota with showrooms in D.C.and Chicago.  Its geography encompasses eighty-five percent of the United States, with continued expansion on the horizon. Taking a human-centered approach, Spartan prides itself on great people dedicated to great products, great families, great friendships, and great happiness. Whatever you’re working on, we’ve got you covered!