Dave Megge, director of the kitchen and bath program at Carter Lumber, says that Carter offers a design service that helps you make informed decisions about the many choices in home and bath decor and then helps you realize your kitchen and bath dreams. Dave will present seminars at the HBA Akron Home & Flower Show on Feb. 26-28 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. For more information about the Home & Flower show, visit the website. For more about Carter Lumber, visit one of Carter's local design centers or visit the website.
Sarah Binder is co-owner with her partner and fiance Ron Lardie of Ohio Stone Restoration. Sarah also is the outgoing president of the Greater Cleveland Chapter of NARI, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and she's an expert in kitchen counter design and care. Ron, who has 30 years' experience in restoring natural stone countertops and floors, can restore granite, marble and travertine to its original beauty. He also repairs chips and other damage. To reach Sarah and Ron, call 216.644.4176 or visit their website, which has many before and after photos.
The Great Big Home + Garden Show is taking place through Valentine's Day at the I-X Center in Cleveland. It features more than 600 exhibits, hundreds of home industry experts, appearances by home and garden celebrities, and returning favorites from the 2015 show. You can take your sweetie to the show and enjoy, among all the other attractions, the popular Garden Showcase, featuring Celebration!-themed gardens created by some of Northeast Ohio's top landscapers. For more information and discount tickets, visit the Great Big Home + Garden Show website.
Rosanna Hrabnicki, show manager of the Great Big Home + Garden Show, says that this year's event will be bigger and better than ever, with more than 600 exhibits, hundreds of home industry experts, appearances by home and garden celebrities, and returning favorites from the 2015 show. It opens this Friday, Feb. 5, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 14, which happens to be Valentine's Day. You can take your sweetie to the show and enjoy, among all the other attractions, the popular Garden Showcase, featuring Celebration!-themed gardens created by some of Northeast Ohio's top landscapers. One of the gardens will celebrate Mardi Gras, our other adult party holiday in February. For more information and discount tickets, visit the Great Big Home + Garden Show website.
Speaking of celebrating adult holidays, Marilee Pocock, owner of Mr. Fun's Costumes and Magic Emporium, was dressed in purple, yellow and green, the official Mardi Gras colors. Her store has festive beads, masks and all the other accessories to help make Mardi Gras a fun and celebratory event, whether you're in New Orleans or Northeast Ohio. Marilee also gave away one of her favorite ensembles, which can be used for Mardi Gras or Valentine's Day. Or both. It consists of a red and dark chocolate-colored boa, a brocade-like red and brown mask and, to finish the look just right, black fishnet stockings. Mr. Fun's, which is located at 4130 State Rd. in Cuyahoga Falls, offers costumes for sale or rent and has its own repair shop. For more information, call 330.923.3339 or visit the website.
Jane Ann Turzillo will be signing four of her six books at the Medina Train Show next Sunday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. She's the author of Murder & Mayhem on Ohio's Rails, Ohio Train Disasters and Wicked Women of Northeast Ohio. Her latest, which was published in December, is Unsolved Murders & Disappearances in Northeast Ohio. Not solely focused on crime and nefarious acts, Jane also has written histories of Bath and Hudson. Her books are available at the Learned Owl in Hudson, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and wherever else books are sold. For more information, visit her website. You can check out her blog as well: darkheartedwomen.wordpress.com.
Lisa Williams is co-chair of Law, Love & Chocolate, which happens on Thursday, Feb. 4. Presented by the Akron Law Alumni Association and the Stark County Bar Association, the sixth annual event features chocolate delicacies, a cash bar, chocolate-infused hors d'oeuvres, a Champagne welcome, live entertainment and much more, including legal luminaries handing out the chocolate samples. It all takes place at the Historic Onesto Lofts Grand Ballroom and Lobby, 225 2nd St. NW in downtown Canton. Pre-sale tickets are $55 per person and $100 per couple; after Jan. 26, the cost goes up to $65 and $120. Tickets also are available, at $35 per person, for the limited VIP reception featuring an open bar from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.; after that, the main event takes place until 8 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Pegasus Farm, which offers equestrian therapy to veterans and people with disabilities. For tickets, visit the Stark County Bar Association website or call 330.453.0685.
Clinton Matthews, co-owner of Rubber City Construction, is one of the builders of the tiny houses that will be on display in late February at the HBA Akron Home & Flower Show at the John S. Knight Center. His company, which is based in Tallmadge, does all types of construction work, from small projects like painting a wall to whole-house remodeling. Visit Clinton's Facebook page or call 330.491.7775 to talk over the scope of your project and get a reliable estimate of the price.
Sarah Binder, the president of the Cuyahoga County chapter of NARI (the National Association of the Remodeling Industry), talked to us from the NARI Home Improvement Show, which runs through Sunday at the IX Center in Cleveland. The show is open until 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow. Among the many highlights are the live presentations on the main and secondary stages; the urban farming displays; the "She Sheds," which are feminine versions of man caves; and numerous exhibitors who are among the best local and national contractors, suppliers and distributors in the home improvement industry. And you get to meet them face-to-face under one roof. For more information, visit the NARI website.
You probably have seen billboards and ads about Shen Yun, which brings to life 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Dr. Tianlun Jian is one of the people responsible for bringing the performances to Northeast Ohio year after year. Shen Yun revives stories and legends from Chinese culture with richly expressive dance, music and stage effects. With all those centuries of traditions, the performances differ from one year to the next. The awe-inspiring shows, which feature 400 performers including dancers and a live orchestra, take place Jan. 30 and 31 at the State Theatre in Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland. There are three performances: 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31. To order tickets, call 216.241.6000 or 888.974.3698 or visit the Playhouse Square website.
Mark Mucci, sales manager for SERVPRO and Orion Construction, says that it's important to hire insurance specialists if a disaster ever strikes your home. The bonded and insured experts at SERVPRO and Orion, based in North Canton, know the rules and procedures for getting you the settlement you need to restore your home in the event of fire, water or other damage. SERVPRO will do the cleanup, and Orion will do the restoration work. The 24-hour emergency service number is 330.244.9708. You can reach Mark by calling his cell at 330.904.2395. Visit the website for more information.
Dan Krawczonek, owner of the Closets By Design franchise in Northeast Ohio, says that his company can help you organize just about any area in your home, from garages to mudrooms, pantries to bedroom closets. Closets by Design has a showroom at 15504 Madison Ave. in Lakewood so you can browse and be inspired by the different styles and options that are available. Or visit the company's website to schedule an in-home consultation. Or you can call 216.221.1300.
This is the 35th year for the NARI Home Improvement Show. NARI stands for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Sarah Binder is the president of the Cleveland chapter of NARI. She says that this year's show, which takes place Jan. 21-24 at the I-X Center in Cleveland, will feature She Sheds, the feminine version of man caves, and an urban farming pavilion along with hundreds of exhibitors. Visit the show's website for more information and discount tickets.