Dominion East Ohio is the lead sponsor of the 22nd Annual HBA Akron Home & Flower Show, which opens Friday, Feb. 26, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 28, at the John S. Knight Center, at the corner of Mill and High in downtown Akron. Terry Glidden, manager of gas operations for Dominion East Ohio, says that her company will have a booth and do a main-stage presentation. The focus of both will be safety, value and community, she says, adding that there will be giveaways, a raffle, information for consumers on gas grills and other gas appliances, a photo booth for kids, and numerous examples of Dominion's activities that benefit communities.
Gervasi Vineyard is the exclusive winery for the Home & Flower Show. Winemaker Andy Codispoti has a long history of winemaking, starting when he was stomping grapes in Italy when he was no older than 4. His parents immigrated to Canton when he was 6 years old and continued making wines for the family. For decades, Andy made wine as a hobby while working as an engineer at Timken. He was asked to come out of retirement to develop the wine program at Gervasi before the vineyard opened in 2009, and he's been there ever since. Last year, he made 20,000 gallons of wine. You can taste some of it at the show, where Andy and Gervasi's chef, Jerry Risner, will present about food and wine pairing next Saturday on the main stage. For information about Gervasi Vineyard, which is located in Canton, visit the website.
Peter Paino, president of the Home Builders Association of Portage & Summit Counties, was on the team that built Dawn Jones' tiny home, which will be on display next weekend at the HBA's Home & Flower Show. The 196-square-foot house was built on a trailer and will be moved to Dawn's mother's land near Louisville after the show ends. Dawn says it has everything she needs for herself and her three dogs: a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. It even has a second floor with what Peter says is an unusual staircase. Dawn says she trained herself to live in a small space by first getting rid of as much as she could and then moving into a 200-square-foot area in her current home's basement to get used to tiny-house living. Check out her new house at the home show. You can even go through it, Peter says, adding that there will be two more tiny homes on exhibit as well. Other show highlights are a "home without walls" in the rotunda and a presentation by Dr. Lori, from the TV show "Auction King." The Home & Flower Show is extremely family-friendly, with Super Hero Day on Saturday and presentations by the Akron Zoo. Bring the kids dressed in their favorite hero costumes, and the zoo will bring animals.
Chris Stranahan, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited on Howe Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls, talked about the Great Backyard Bird Count, which is going on this weekend. Birding enthusiasts all over the world count the birds in their backyards and submit the numbers online. This year, the first counts came in from India. You can learn more about birds and what to feed them at Chris' store or by visiting his website.
Just as Chris is a bird expert, Bob Doherty, regional sales manager for Wolff Bros. Supply, is an expert in lighting. He suggests that consumers read the lighting facts on the box whenever they make a lighting purchase. He also says that the American Lighting Association offers a lot of great information about lighting your home. Wolff Bros. is a distributor of kitchen, bathroom, plumbing, HVAC and electrical supplies. For more information, go to the Wolff Bros. website.
Erin Chenault is the owner of Viva Bene Gourmet, a shop in downtown Hudson that sells beautiful organic pasta from Italy, cheeses, gifts for food and wine lovers, and, perfect for Valentine's Day, chocolate and Champagne. Erin's store, which is tucked away behind All Brides Beautiful on Hudson's Main Street, is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 330.653.9800 or visit the website.
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.