Andy January, co-host extraordinare, was in Phoenix this week for the ALLPRO buying show for independent paint and wallpaper stores. On April 1, ALLPRO will go live with a consumer-friendly blog that will have home decorating advice, such as what kind of window treatment to use in a nursery, how to decorate your front door and how to prepare and stain a deck. Go to ALLPROcorp.com and look for the blog tab.
Scott Blakely is the inventor and owner of Grabcessories, a noninstitutional-looking, safe, beautiful and affordable fall prevention system for the bathroom. Scott is expanding his business beyond grab bars and paper holders to make other areas of the home equally safe and stylish. For more information: 440.318.5916 or Grabcessories.com. The products are available on ATGstores.com and at Wolff Bros Supply.
Rachel Wolf, the owner of Rachel Cooks For Me, has heard the best compliments from her catering clients and their guests. Newly arrived party guests make a beeline for the food table, having already heard through the grapevine how tasty everything is. Rachel will customize the offerings, based on tastes, preferences and dietary needs. Check out her Facebook page or call her at 330.714.8053.
Lauren Purcell is the editor-in-chief of Every Day with Rachael Ray, the magazine. Lauren talked about the March issue, which offers 85 breakfast recipes, many of which are suitable for any meal of the day. Case in point: a savory version of French toast made with black pepper and Parmesan. The recipes are available online. Lauren also is the co-author with her sister, Anne Purcell Grissinger, of the book Cocktail Parties, Straight Up!, available on amazon.
Rosanna Hrabnicky, show manager of the Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo, says there are more than 257 exhibitors at the show, which runs through Sunday, March 16, at the new Cleveland Convention Center. It's a great place to get all sorts of home improvement ideas. Main stage presenters include Matt Fox talking about "Great Weekend Projects," HGTV celebrity Nicole Curtis, and Cleveland area designer John Hall, who is giving "25 Design Tips Toward That Perfect Kitchen." John also has kitchen and bath seminars coming up this spring at Edelman Plumbing, 26201 Richmond Rd., Bedford Heights. The kitchen seminars are April 12 and May 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $25, which includes lunch. The bath seminar is April 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $25, which includes breakfast. For more information: 440.247.1221 or the halldesigngroup.com.
Chuck Buechele of Mouldings One, makers of custom mouldings and trim along with interior doors and butcher block countertops, says that the company's showroom serves as a design center that offers people an array of ideas for enhancing your home. The company is based in Burton in the heart of Ohio Amish country. For more information: 440.834.3420, 877.708.4095 or mouldingsone
Rosanna Hrabnicky, show manager of the Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo, March 14 to 16 at the new Cleveland Convention Center, says that more than 300 home improvement experts will be on hand to answer your questions and show you how to make your home even more beautiful and comfortable than it is now. For more information, visit the website.
Laurie Graber, wildlife research technician for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, says that even though Canada geese are a protected species, feel free to harass them so that they're not too comfortable in your back yard. For information about upcoming presentations on resolving goose issues or other matters: 330.644.2293 or WildOhio.
The "My Beautiful Home" remote at the Akron Home & Flower Show on Saturday, March 1, featured these informative and entertaining guests:
Jacob Grimm, owner of the Brothers Grimm Landscaping and Design
Mark Huscroft, owner of MJH Contractors, the featured garden sponsor
Designer Julie Lewis of Lewis & Associates
Mike Metcalf, comfort specialist for Brandon Heating & Air Conditioning
The Home & Flower Show runs through Sunday, March 2, at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. Hours on Saturday until 8 p.m. and on Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.