My Beautiful Home Show

February 28, 2015

Andy and Kathy presented "My Beautiful Home" live on the main stage of the HBA Akron Home & Flower Show on Friday, Feb. 27. We had three guests speaking on "From Chaos to Serenity: Cleaning, Clearing and Beautifying Your Home." The guests were Karen Starr, interior designer, author, singer and co-owner of Hazel Tree Interiors; Margie Toombs, co-owner of Maid Brigade of Summit and Stark counties; and Mary Ann Winkowski, author and paranormal investigator who was the inspiration for the TV show "The Ghost Whisperer." All three experts gave terrific advice and told great stories. To learn more about what they do, visit their websites: Hazel Tree; Maid Brigade; and Mary Ann Winkowski.

The next morning, we were back at the John S. Knight Center to do our remote broadcast from the Home & Flower Show. Our guests were Chris Eyerman of Eyerman Landscaping; Jacob Grimm of Brothers Grimm Landscaping & Design, who's co-chair of this year's home show; Jim Sukys, director of development for Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, the Saturday bag sponsor; and Don Brown of D.F. Brown Construction (330.815.3688) and HBA's Professional Remodelers Council. Don is the president of the council, which sponsored the Giving Tree raffle at the home show benefiting Akron Children's Hospital's Doggie Brigade. If you're reading this before 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, when the home show ends, you still have time to talk to Chris, Jacob, Jim, Don or any of their associates at their respective booths. If not, visit next year's show -- it will be worthwhile and fun.


"My Beautiful Home" Live on the Main Stage

 Andy January and Kathryn DeLong present: "From Chaos to Serenity: Clearing, Cleaning and Beautifying Your Home."

Clear out your home and spruce it up with the help of our expert guests who will join us on the main stage at the Akron home show later this month. Margie and Ray Toombs from Maid Brigade will tell you how to clear out the clutter and give your home a thorough cleaning. Karen Starr of Hazel Tree Interiors will provide tips on how to stage your home once it's decluttered and clean. And Mary Ann Winkowski, who was the inspiration for the TV show "The Ghost Whisperer," will offer advice (and ghost stories!) on ridding your home of negative energy and ghosts.

Join the fun at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, on the main stage at the HBA Akron Home & Flower Show, which takes place at the John S. Knight Center, corner of Mill and Broadway in downtown Akron. Print your free admission ticket and bring it to the show. See you there.

HBA Akron Home & Flower Show Free Friday Ticket

HBA Akron Home & Flower Show Friday Ticket

               HBA Akron Home & Flower Show Complimentary Friday Ticket

EVENT: The 21st Annual HBA Home & Flower Show at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron

VOUCHER: Attendee Ticket-Value $10.00.

DATE OF USE: Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 - only

INSTRUCTIONS: Print this ticket and present it at the box office for a complimentary admission.

Can't attend on Friday? Click here to purchase tickets online. Save $3.00 thanks in part to Unique Home Solutions. Visit them in booth #328.

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February 21, 2015

WITAN is having its 38th Annual French Market on Feb. 27 and 28 at Todaro's Party Center, 1820 Akron-Peninsula Rd., Akron. Kim Nickerson is the chair-elect of the event, which will feature 56 juried artists and craftspeople, lunch prepared by two nonprofits, Hattie Larham and Tastebuds, spring flowers and plants, a raffle and baked goods including biscotti and scones. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. WITAN, which stands for Women in Touch with Akron's Needs, gives all proceeds to organizations that benefit people in the community. For more information, visit the website.

The HBA Akron Home & Flower Show also takes place next weekend. Like the French Market, this is a great local event with a Giving Tree and raffles benefiting local charities, plenty of cool things for the kids, including Super Hero Saturday and miniature golf, more than 100 exhibitors and over 7,000 square feet of gardens. Don Brown of D.F. Brown Construction is the president of the Home Builders Association's Professional Remodeling Council, which will have a booth at the show. The council also is presenting the Giving Tree, which benefits HBA Charities and the Doggie Brigade at Akron Children's Hospital. Chris Eck is a spokesman for First Energy, the presenting sponsor of the show. First Energy, which gives millions of dollars back to the community through its foundation, will have a booth showcasing some of its consumer products. For more information, visit the HBA website.

February 14, 2015

In honor of Valentine's Day, Chris Stranahan of Wild Birds Unlimited on Howe Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls says to take care of your tweetie -- actually, all the little tweety birds in your backyard. February is National Birdfeeding Month, so Chris and all the other birdfeeding experts at his store have a seed sale going on. Also, he reminds listeners that the Great Backyard Bird Count is going on this weekend, through Monday, Feb. 16. For more information, visit the website for the yearly event. For more on Wild Birds Unlimited, visit the store's website.

Mark Hushcroft of MJH Contractors is the garden sponor of the upcoming HBA Home & Flower Show, which takes place Feb. 27-March 1 at the John S. Knight Center. There will be 7,000 square feet of garden exhibits, including Mark's garden, which will have a pergala, a modular fireplace and a bubbling-urn water feature, among other enticing outdoor enhancements. For information about the Home & Flower Show, visit the show website. To reach Mark or to learn more about his company, which does outdoor living spaces as well as general remodeling, visit his website.

Rob and Joyce Bailey of Holland Remodeling will be in booth 638 at the HBA Home & Flower Show. This is important for two reasons: One, they'll have vignettes of various home remodeling projects, including a closet, fireplace and kitchen. The other big reason is that they'll be giving out little chocolate hammers, in milk, white and dark chocolate. For more about their business, which includes residential and commercial remodeling and a handyman service, visit their website.

"Hearts for Andrea," a fundraiser, is taking place today for Andrea Rubin, who was severely injured in a car accident in October. The event continues until 9 tonight at the Banyan Tree, 2242 Professor Ave. in Tremont. There will be great food, wine and raffles, but even if you can't attend, you can mail donations to 1464 W. 116th St., Cleveland, OH 44102. Please make checks payable to Andrea's longtime friend Amy Waxman. A portion of all sales at the Banyan Tree today go to Andrea's fund and all other proceeds from the benefit will help offset Andrea's care. For more information,visit the website. Thank you.


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