Closets Expo’s host city is not only ‘America’s finest,’ it’s the funnest
March 7, 2022 | 7:08 pm CST

SAN DIEGO – Good times are in store for participants of the Closets Conference & Expo, co-located with Wood Pro Expo California. 

Why’s that?

According to U.S. News & World Report, San Diego, long known as “America’s Finest City, is also “the most fun place to live in the U.S.”

San Diego bested San Francisco for the top spot. Portland, Ore.; Seattle; and Nashville rounded out the nation’s top five most fun places to live in the rankings released by U.S. News in November 2021. 

While the 3.3 million people who live in and around San Diego are able to enjoy its sunny weather, 70 miles of oceanside beaches, and cultural amenities year-long, tourists who flock there can regale in all of the greatness the area has to offer. That includes the great abundance and diversity of restaurants, which U.S. News ranked No. 1 among its list of 30 most fun cities. In addition, San Diego-area parks, including the San Diego Zoo, Sunset Cliffs Natural Park and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park to name a few, were ranked No. 8 by U.S. News.

San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

Gaslamp Quarter: The ‘historic heart’ of San Diego
In its writeup, U.S. News emphatically notes that the historical Gaslamp Quarter is not only renowned not for its many styles of outstanding restaurant cuisines, but for its “vivacious nightlight throughout.”

Guests of the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, the headquarters hotel for the three-day Closets and Wood Pro event, will find themselves in the ‘historic heart’ of San Diego. 

The Gaslamp Quarter got its name during the late nineteenth century when gas lamps lit the way for getting around the city at night. Dozens of the refurbished gas lamps remain in place as a reminder of the area’s glorious and bawdy past. While the quarter quickly developed as a hub of commerce, the area also harbored dozens of houses of ill repute.

Today, there are about 100 historical buildings located within the 16 blocks of the Gaslamp Quarter. Among these Victorian-era landmarks are the Yuma building Old City Hall, Louis Bank of Commerce and the Royal Pie Bakery building.

What to do in San Diego
Here are some helpful resources for planning your days and nights in San Diego.

The San Diego Tourism Authority’s website features a plethora of relaxing and recreational activities, as well as area attractions.

The authority maintains information about area restaurants, breweries and distilleries, as well as nightclubs and bars.

There is also a website dedicated to the Gaslamp Quarter, which includes guides to restaurants, nightlife, and shopping.

 About the 2022 Closets Conference & Expo and Wood Pro Expo California

2022 Closets Expo Registration

The Closets Conference & Expo is the annual national event for closet and home storage professionals. It is co-located with Wood Pro Expo California (WPE), a regional marketplace for woodworking professionals. The events are organized by Closets & Organized Storage and FDMC magazines respectively, each part of Woodworking Network. The twin-bill event is scheduled for April 27-29, 2022, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.

The Closets Expo and WPE each kick off with a separate full-day conference on April 27, followed by the two-day expo, April 28-29, featuring woodworking machinery, supplies, and components. Additional educational programming is offered on both days of the expo. 

For information about exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, contact Laurel Didier, publisher of Closets & Home Storage. For all other inquiries, contact Kim Lebel, show manager. 


View the interactive exhibitor prospectus.

More upcoming Woodworking Network events
Executive Briefing Conference, September 15-17, 2022, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Wood Pro Expo Lancaster, October 13-14, 2022, Spooky Nook Sports Center, Manheim, Pa.

Salon Industriel du Bois Ouvré (SIBO), October 27-29, 2022, Centrexpo Cogeco, Drummondville, Quebec.

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Rich Christianson is the owner of Richson Media LLC, a Chicago-based communications firm focused on the industrial woodworking sector. Rich is the former long-time editorial director and associate publisher of Woodworking Network. During his nearly 35-year career, Rich has toured more than 250 woodworking operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has written extensively on woodworking technology, design and supply trends. He has also directed and promoted dozens of woodworking trade shows, conferences and seminars including the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo, Canada’s largest woodworking show.