Evelyna Nightingale, speaker, baker and all-around amazing person, is the owner of The Avocado Tree,a
specialty bakery and food artistry business in Parma. She made some fabulous goodies for the show, including pecan brownie cupcakes, gluten-free mocha crinkles, which were adapted from a 1901 cookie recipe, and chocolate buttercream truffle tarts. To go with the treats, she also made toasted almond hot chocolate with optional shots of amaretto. Decadent and delicious! To order some of Evelyna's vintage-inspired baked goods, call her from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 440.884.2165. Evelyna also gives presentations and serves some of her baked goods at the Hower House on the University of Akron campus. One of Hower House's upcoming events is "In the Company of Extraordinary Women," which is a play and a tea taking place March 16 and 17. For more information: 330.972.6909 or Hower House
Ric SirLouis is chairman of the Professional Remodelers Council (PRC) of the Home Builders Association of Greater Akron. The council is made up of bonded and insured professional contractors who must maintain a high standard of ethics and performance to become and remain members. You'll have a great chance to meet some of the members and see what they can do for you when you visit the PRC booth at the 19th Annual HBA Akron Home & Flower Show, Feb. 22-24 at the John S. Knight Center. For more information: HBA Akron Home & Flower Show
Ric also is the owner of Home Sweet Home Remodeling. For more information: 330.696.1697 or homesweethome.co. To reach the Professional Remodelers Council, visit its recently updated website: RemodelwithConfidence.com
Jacob Grimm, owner of Brothers Grimm Landscape & Design Company, is a major sponsor of the HBA Home & Flower Show, which will bring the sweet smell of spring indoors to the John S. Knight Center in Akron on Feb. 22-24. People who attend the Home & Flower Show will find an abundance of gardens, including a beer garden, and a lot of features like outdoor kitchens that could enhance your landscaping. If you've been thinking about creating an outdoor living space, putting in a swimming pool or just sprucing up your back yard, contact the Brothers Grimm, 6408 S. Main St., Clinton, Ohio 44216. Call 330.882.4639 or visit Brothers Grimm. The company also has a booth at the Great Big Home & Garden Show taking place through Feb. 10 at the IX Center in Cleveland. The Brothers Grimm booth at both home shows features a swimming pool and other features that will give you great ideas for your own back yard.
In most homes tomorrow, the TV will be on for the Super Bowl. But a percentage of the game's 100 million viewers are tuning in because they're as curious about seeing the clever commercials as they are about the outcome of the game. This year, however, they don't even have to wait until Sunday because a lot of companies are previewing their commercials online. Steve Caler, owner of Caler & Company, says that this is a wise move, because the advertisers are fostering more engagement with the viewers. For instance, Budwieiser is encouraging views to log in and vote on the name for the newborn Clydesdale foal. Steve writes about Super Bowl advertising in his blog on Caler.com. Calor & Company, which specializes in communications, marketing, design and public relations, is located in the historic North Hill area at 66 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave. in Akron. His number is 330.535.8053.
Robin Brechbuhler, an award-winning interior designer, is going to tackle the dining room of this year's Junior League Designer ShowHouse, which will open to the public in May. We'll be posting many of the before pictures in the weeks leading up to the show. Pictured below is the dining room in its current circa 1994 state. The photos show all four views of the room as well as a close-up of the upper and lower wallpaper. To see the totally new look of the home, which is located at 657 Ridgecrest Rd. in Akron, mark your calendars to visit the Junior League Designer ShowHouse May 4 through 19. Junior League Designer Show House. By the way, congratulations to Robin, who's the new president of the Interior Design Society of Northeast Ohio. To contact her, call 330.499.7602 or visit Brechbuhler Design.
Chris Stranahan doesn't want our listeners to forget that our outdoor feathered friends need a high-fat diet in the
extreme cold. Wild Birds Unlimited has fatty bird food, heated water bowls, and lots of great stuff to make the birds in your back yard happy. Next month, Feb. 15 to 18, is the Great Backyard Bird Count, the national bird census. Wild Birds Unlimited is a major sponsor. To participate, contact your local store. Wild Birds Unlimited is located at 597 Howe Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221. To get its e-newsletter, which always offers great tips for birders, or for more information, call 330.922.4990 or visit Wild Birds Unlimited, Cuyhoga Falls. To find out how to participate in the bird count, visit Great National Bird Count. By the way, January's bird of the month is the woodpecker. Pictured on the left is the Red Bellied Woodpecker, photo courtesy of Wild Birds Unlimited.
Rosanna Hrabnicky, show manager, says that this is the best Great Big Home & Garden Show ever. Get advice from home experts in every aisle of the show. You will be able to visit more than 650 exhibits. Best of all are the enchanting aromas of spring that you get when you stroll through the beautiful themed gardens. There also will be a 4,000-square-foot model home, a 2,000-square-foot dream basement with wet bar and home theater, among many amenities, and even a white-tablecloth restaurant in the garden area. It will be a fun experience for the whole family. The show runs from Feb. 2 to 10. To get discount tickets, a list of exhibitors and the hours of operation, call 440.248.5729 or go to the Great Big Home & Garden Show
Julie Lewis of Legacy Builders and Remoders says that now is the time to start planning if you want a new kitchen for your summer entertaining. Remodeling is a process that starts with your dreams and, with the help of professionals like Julie, becomes a reality in keeping with your budget and the architectural character of your home. Speaking of a process, Julie is designing Legacy's new showroom, which will open later this year at 5751 Darrow Rd., Hudson. For more info: 330.459.3361 or Legacy Builders & Remodelers.
Margie and Ray Toombs, owners of Maid Brigade of Northeast Ohio, offer a vapor clean system that uses a patented steam-cleaning process to disinfect hard surfaces, from tile floors to ovens; eradicates dust mites from mattresses; and gets rid of pet hair from your furniture. There's a special on Maid Brigrade's oven-cleaning service right now: $50 for a cleaning that will make your oven look brand-new. Maid Brigade employees are experts at what they do and are thoroughly background checked for your confidence. You can call Maid Brigade for a one-time cleaning or establish a cleaning schedule. Call 330.453.6000 or visit Maid Brigade.
Ohio Design Centre is holding its annual sample sale on Feb. 25 and 26. The Ohio Design Centre, the only home-furnishings resource of its kind between New York City and Chicago, is now open to the public all year long, according to spokeswoman Crickett Karson. Next weekend's sale, which runs 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday the 25th and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, offers homeowners a unique opportunity to purchase high-end home furnishings (custom furniture, decorative accessories, rugs and lighting) directly off the floor at a dramatic savings of up to 70 percent off the retail price. Admission is $5, which benefits the Cleveland Furniture Bank. The Ohio Design Centre also has a designer referral service. To find a designer or more information on any Ohio Design Centre programs, call 216.831.1245 or visit Ohio Design Centre. The Ohio Design Centre, 23533 Merchantile Rd., Beachwood, OH 44122.
Robin Wilson, owner of Robin Wilson Home, believes that creating an eco-freindly home does not have to be an overwhelming project. Check out Robin's simple tips on Your Beautiful Life. Robin has been featured on Fox Business, the Huffington Post, and Bloomberg Business Week. Her new line of hypoallergenic bedding is available at Bed Bath and Beyond online and soon will be available in stores. For more information: Robin Wilson Home
ServiceMaster by Corbett has been cleaning up after home disasters since 1980. If you have experienced a flood, fire or any other kind of disaster, ServiceMaster by Corbett can be there immediately to start the cleanup process. Don Corbett offers plenty of advice for the average homeowner seeking to avert a disaster. For instance, to prevent flooding, know the location of your main water shutoff valve and replace rubber washing machine hoses every two to three years. Call 330.864.7300 when disaster hits. ServiceMaster by Corbett is located at 1325 S. Main St. in Akron. Visit ServiceMaster by Corbett.
Ages Tribal Arts owner Eric Schickendantz is the largest tribal arts dealer between Chicago and Philadelphia. His gallery, at 194 Myrtle Place near the corner of W. Market and Maple St. in Akron, is open by appointment. It's bursting at the seams with decorative items such as tribal masks, fossilized carvings, statues, jewelry, and textiles. Call 330.434.1010 or visit the marvelous website Ages Tribal Arts.
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