My Beautiful Home Show

January 14, 2017

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Kris Toth, president of the Cleveland Chapter of NARI (the National Association of the Remodeling Industry) and president of his own company,Toth Painting Solutions, gave two lucky listeners free tickets to the NARI Home Improvement Show next weekend at the I-X Center in Cleveland. Highlights of the show, which runs Jan. 19 to 22, include 200 exhibitors, appearances by HGTV's Matt Muenster of "Bath Crashers," an indoor-outdoor master suite retreat, and Kohler's mobile showroom featuring displays of the latest in plumbing fixtures. For more information and discount coupons, visit the website.

Peter Martin, director of sales, marketing and IT for Tower Industries, says that this is the time to start planning for your spring remodeling projects. One way to do that is to check out Tower Industries' showroom at 2101 9th St. in    Massillon, which has plenty of inventory including sale items. The company manufactures granite and quartz countertops, as well as solid surface shower basins and wall panels. The company also in the midst of an exciting DD Stage.Mockup B    DD Stage.Overall Bproject for Dean & Deluca, the gourmet food purveyor in Manhattan, which is looking to expand to over 1,000 new locations worldwide. Tower Industries is making solid surface self-serve countertops with contours that remind Peter of the Swiss Alps. Food can be warmed or cooled in the hills and valleys of these countertops, which will be used in all the new Dean & Deluca stores. Tower Industries is a short drive from Akron to Massillon. Check Tower Industries' website for details and directions.

Businessman and entrepreneur Lou Fidanza wanted something a little different in his home so he began the process of creating a replica of the Oval Office. With the help of commercial artist Jeff Scott, the project is almost finished, and the two will do some celebrating there on Inauguration Day. Pictured below is Lou's almost finished Oval Office. Visit for more information or to contact Jeff if you have a dream project of your own that you'd like to make a reality. 

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From left to right: The Lou Fidanza Oval Office; plaster crown moulding; the presidential seal; an unfinished exit door; and a lighted shell alcove with adjustable lighting

January 7, 2017

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Chuck Buechele of Mouldings One gave away two tickets to the NARI home improvement show that's coming up later this month in Cleveland. Mouldings One, which specializes in distinctive wood countertops, floors and mouldings, will have a booth at the show, which takes place the weekend of Jan. 19 at the IX Center. Chuck also gave away a set of beautiful cutting boards made out of fine hardwood such as maple and walnut. You can see some of Moulding One's creations, including cutting boards, in person at the booth or at the company's showroom in Burton, Ohio. For more information, visit the website.  

We met Dashiel Rowland through his mom Lisa (you can read about Lisa below). Dashiel, a freshman at Loyola University in New Orleans, is already an accomplished musician and composer. In fact, he's been playing publicly since age 3, his mom says. Dashiel has created two extended-play CDs, which he'll release soon. His style is an eclectic mix of '50s and '60s pop, hip hop and spoken word, with profanity thrown in. You can check out his music here: Dashiel on SoundCloud

Lisa Rene DeBenedictis, who spent years in Los Angeles as a screenwriter for such popular TV shows as Mad About You, is the author of Short Skirts and Shorter Stories: Musings about Life, Love and Lust. Lisa, who moved back to Akron to care for aging parents, is a big proponent of Northeast Ohio and its many great attributes including top-notch cultural organizations. She spoke highly of the Cleveland Orchestra, for example, and Akron's own Tuesday Musical Society. She also gave away copies of the audiobook version of Short Skirts to two lucky listeners. Her book, which is well-written and engaging, is available on Amazon and can be downloaded on Bandcamp. You can visit Lisa on Facebook

December 31, 2016

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Steve Sherhag runs the Hudson, Ohio Antique Show, which takes place this year on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Clarion Inn, 6625 Dean Memorial Parkway, Exit 180 off Route 8 at the Ohio Turnpike. Steve, who also runs shows in Zoar, Ohio, and in Vermont, carefully chooses the vendors at each event. There will be 55 exhibitors in Hudson with an array of items including advertising signs, rifles, high-end toys, country furniture, textiles, glass, folk art and mid-century pieces. Admission is $9.00, but if you pick up a postcard at local antique malls or at January Paint & Wallpaper, bring the card to the show and get $1 off the admission. Even better, if you tell the person at the door that you heard Steve on "My Beautiful Home," you'll get $2 off. Plus, anyone 30 and under is free. For more information, call Steve at 330.207.2196 or visit the website.

Don Corbett of ServiceMaster by Corbett is offering listeners a great deal on carpet and furniture cleaning in January. Call 330.864.7300 and say that Don said to give you 20 percent off. You also can call that number to get a free yellow tag to put on your main water shut-off valve. Don says that some people don't know where the valve is located, so the tag will help you find it, thus limiting the damage caused by a water problem. ServiceMaster does everything from disaster restoration work to routine cleanings, and when you call the office, you'll get timely service. ServiceMaster's expert technicians even wash walls. Visit the website for more information, or call the number in bold above.

Julianne Stein is an excellent editor and all-around wordsmith. She also reads Tarot cards, and she's great at that endeavor also. When's a good time to get a reading? When you're at a crossroads, when things aren't going well, when you feel stuck, or when you feel good about where you are and want confirmation about where you're going, Julianne says. Andy and Kathy like doing this from time to time because, as with any form of counseling, a reading gives us a perspective outside our limited views. Julianne is a lot of fun, as well. She can be reached by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


December 17, 2016

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Judi Bar, Yoga Program Manager at Cleveland Clinic's Wellness Institute, says that you don't have to pull on tights and get down on the floor to get benefits from yoga. Judi, who has developed a style of yoga that's accessible to people of all ages and abilities, talked about ways to de-stress during the holidays. No matter how crazed you may feel, put aside 10 seconds to take a breath, do a little stretch and appreciate the moment and all the gifts and blessings in your life. Finally, she says, say something positive to yourself, such as, "I have enough time. All is well." Now that's a type of yoga that anyone can do. For more information on yoga and other wellness programs at Cleveland Clinic, call 216.448.HEAL, ext. 4, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Irv Korman is the author of four books, the most recent of which is Antuan Was Hear: 30 Years of Kids' Quotes. Irv worked in the Akron Public School System for 30 years, and he collected an array of memorable quotes from his students. Straight from the inked margins of his tattered grade book, Irv is sharing some of these verbal gems in "Antuan Was Hear." His books are available at the Learned Owl in Hudson, Kent State University's bookstore and through Amazon and other national retailers online. For more on Irv and his books, visit his website.

Lisa Rene DeBenedictus, who has had a long career in screenwriting for TV and film, is also the author of Short Skirts and Shorter Stories: Musings on Life, Love and Lust. She will be signing copies of her book on Thursday, Dec. 22, and Friday, Dec. 23, at Linda's Kitchen, 141 Northwest Ave. in Tallmadge. The bakery and coffee shop is owned by Lisa's friend, Linda Lorkowski. Lisa's book is available at the Learned Owl, Dorrie's Booktique in Canton and on Amazon, Bandcamp and other online stores.

We will not have a live show on Dec. 24, so Andy and Kathy wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season, and we'll be back live on New Year's Eve. And for all those last-minute gifts, please consider buying books from local authors like Irv and Lisa. 

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