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.
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.