My Beautiful Home Show

January 23, 2016

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.

January 16, 2016

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.

Shed Shed at the NARI Home ShowThis 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.


January 9, 2016

Tom Wolski is the owner of the Red Rhino franchise in Ohio. Red Rhino is a premium provider, supplier and installer of environmentally friendly epoxy and urethane cement protective coatings that can be used in residential and commercial settings. It comes in an array of colors that can be used alone or enhanced with vinyl color chips or metallic quartz. For more information, call 330.615.7762 or visit the website.

Chuck Buechle of Mouldings One says his company can reproduce just about any moulding needed in a home renovation project. The company also makes new mouldings, doors, butcher block counter tops and even cutting boards out of many different species of wood. Visit the Mouldings One booth at the upcoming NARI home show Jan. 21-24 or at the Great Big Home Show Feb. 5-14. Both shows will take place at the I-X Center in Cleveland. The company also has a showroom in Burton. For more information, call 440.834.3420 or visit the website.

The first of the year is always a good time for taking care of business that you've put off. That includes making prearrangements for the event that will eventually happen to all of us but that we don't want to think about. Tim Eberhardt, owner of the House of Eberhardt, the Portage Lakes funeral home, says that you don't have to pay up front, but it's a great idea to get your wishes down in writing so that your family knows what to do. He's available for free consultations. Give him a call at 330.644.5005 or visit his website.



January 2, 2016

Louise Sturmi, president of MTO Cleaning Services in Cuyahoga Falls, says that her company's services run the gamut from residential/commercial cleaning to post-construction detail, one-time special cleans, and carpet cleaning. And they do windows, too. You can reach MTO Cleaning by calling 330.971.7777 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Visit the MTO website

Steve Sherag is the show manager for the annual Hudson, Ohio Antique Show, which takes place this year on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Clarion Inn, 6625 Dean Memorial Parkway, at the Ohio Turnpike and Route 8. There will be 55 exhibitors, and admission is $8 per person. If you are under 30 years old, admission is free. For more information, visit the website

Pat Gibson of the Artistry of You is an image consultant who is trained to help people know what to wear. She offers color analysis and spa consultations that take your face shape and body type in consideration. She also performs closet audits, which includes removing the clothes that don't look good on you as well as teaching you not to make the same mistakes in the future. To reach Pat, call 440.212.2269 or visit her website.


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