Stephanie Cherok is CFO of Kemppel Homes, the sponsor of the main stage at the HBA Home & Flower Show, which runs Feb. 28 and March 1 and 2 at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. Main stage celebrities will include Doctor Lori from the Discovery Channel's "Auction Kings" and John Gidding from HGTV's "Curb Appeal." For discount coupons: HBA Akron Home & Flower Show
Nick Roth, owner of Nick's Landscaping, is the creator behind the man cave experience at the Home & Flower Show. There'll be an ancient-looking concrete archway, a water feature and many other aesthetically pleasing touches. Visit his display on the loading dock of the John S. Knight Center. For more information about Nick's company: 330.666.7000 or Nick's Landscaping.
Tom Lix is the founder and CEO of Cleveland Whiskey, which just came out with a new bourbon that's 87 proof. It's called, appropriately, "Eighty-Seven," and like the other bourbons in the Cleveland Whiskey line, it's pressure-aged for a smooth and unique taste. For more information: Cleveland Whiskey
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
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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
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