My Beautiful Home Show

February 15, 2014

Jamie Crabtree and Carol Null, co-chairs of the 2014 Witan French Market, said that this year's event will feature 40 carefully selected artists selling their works. Also available for sale are homemade baked goods, quiche at the La Bonbonerie, Witan's own pepper jelly, and spring flowers and garden plants. Admission is $6. The French Market is open until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Todaro's Party Center, 1820 Akron-Penninsula Rd., Akron. For more information: WITAN French Market

Mark Hushcroft, owner of MJH Construction, is the major sponsor of the HBA Akron Home & Flower Show gardens.Those great sights and scents of spring will be on the second floor. Visit Mark there. For more information: HBA Akron Home & Flower Show or to contact MJH Construction: 330.714.9300 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Julie Lewis, owner of Lewis & Associates Designs, is today's co-host for My Beautiful Home. She also is working on the HBA's Professional Remodelers Council (PRC) booth. It will feature two identical bathrooms side by side -- one old and the other new.Also, you can bring your drawings or blueprints for advice from the remodeling experts. For more information: 330.416.3114 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Discount tickets for the HBA Akron Home & Flower Show are available at Discount Tickets.

 

February 8, 2014

Chris Stranahan of Wild Birds Unlimited points out that February not only is National Birdfeeding Month, it's also when the Great Backyard Bird Count happens. That would be next weekend, Feb. 14-17, when birdwatchers in more than 100 countries count the birds in their backyards. For more information: 330.922.4990 or Wild Birds Unlimited

Brian Echols of Echols Heating & Air Conditioning says that his family's business is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, meaning that the Echols experts go through rigorous training before they install and maintain Carrier's innovative line of heating and cooling equipment. Echols, along with other companies, will be well-represented at the Carrier booth at the Great Big Home + Garden Show Feb. 8-16 at the I-X Center in Cleveland. Echols will have its own booth later in the month, at the HBA Akron Home & Flower Show at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. For more information about Echols: 330.773.3500 or Echols Heating & Air-Conditioning

Ric SirLouis is the owner of Home Sweet Home Remodeling and the chairman of the HBA Professional Remodelers Council (PRC). You can talk to him and other HBA members at the PRC booth at the Akron Home & Flower Show Feb. 28-March 2. To contact Ric: 330.696.1697 or Home Sweet Home Remodeling

 

 

 

February 1, 2014

Rosanna Hrabnicky, show manager of the fifth annual Great Big Home + Garden Show at the IX center in Cleveland, says that there will be more than 600 exhibits this year along with a Garden Showcase, the model Idea and Vacation Homes and many other highlights. The show runs from Saturday, Feb. 8, through Sunday, Feb. 16. For more information and discount tickets: The Great Big Home+Garden Show

Rick Thoerig, manager of Habitat for Humanity's ReStore, gave listeners some tips on how to protect your home and family during the bitter winter weather. For example, Rick suggests opening the cabinet doors under the kitchen and bathroom sinks to allow heat in so that your pipes don't freeze. And definitely be careful if you use space heaters -- keep flammable materials away from them and always turn them off when you leave the room. Regarding ReStore, Rick says that if you are looking for a great deal on furniture, appliances or building materials, visit Habitat's store at  2301 Romig Rd., Akron. ReStore is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information, including how to make donations: 330.745.9098 or Habitat Summit County ReStore

Bob Doherty of Wolff Bros. Supply says that the 20th annual HBA Akron Home & Flower show, which runs Feb. 28 through March 2 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, has an entire area dedicated to environmentally friendly home products and services. The always popular exhibit area is sponsored by Wolff Bros. For more information about the show or discount tickets: Akron Home & Flower Show

January 25, 2014

Kathleen Crowther of the Heritage Home Program℠ says that the nonprofit organization offers low fixed-interest financing in addition to impartial technical advice. Kathleen and the rest of the staff  "believe in old homes" -- houses that are 50 years and older -- and will send a specialist to your home to tell you how to retain the architectural features and increase functionality and value. The Heritage Home Program℠ is based in Cuyahoga County; participating communities in Summit County are Akron, Green and Hudson. For more information: 1.855.897.1949 or Heritage Home Program

Toby Franks is the manager of One of A Kind Pet Rescue Spay and Neuter Clinic. That's his day job. On nights and weekends, he is the trapper extraordinaire and vice president of Cripple Creek Ferals and Friends. Toby has trapped more than 600 feral cats. He says that the only effective and humane way to manage a feral cat population is the TNR ( trap, neuter and release) method. To learn more about feral cats, plan to attend the One of A Kind Pet Rescue Feral Cat Seminar on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the One of A Kind Adoption Center, 1929 W. Market St., Akron, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but donations are welcome. For more information: 330.865.6200 or One of A Kind Pet Rescue

Carmine Torio, executive director of the Home Builders Association of Greater Akron, says that the theme of the 20th Annual HBA Akron Home & Flower Show on Feb. 28, March 1 and 2, is "20 Years of Inspiration." With hundreds of home improvement exhibits, flowers and gardens, sustainable eco-friendly products, stage presentations and arts and crafts vendors, there is something for every member of the family. There are discount ticket coupons available. For more information about attending the show or to reserve a booth: 330.869.6800 or Akron Home & Flower Show

It's definitely home improvement season. Visit the NARI Home Improvement Show today until 9 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the IX Center in Cleveland. You'll get lots of ideas for redoing your home. For more information: NARI Home Improvement Show

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