Sarah Binder, president of the Greater Cleveland chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), suggests the perfect outing for anyone hooked on HGTV and DIY shows. It's next weekend's NARI Remodeled Homes Tour, which is a multi-site tour of 13 newly remodeled homes throughout Northeast Ohio. Tickets for the tour, which takes place Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 27, from noon to 5, cost $10 per person, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Autism Speaks. You'll be able to see homes in Avon Lake, Beachwood, Fairview Park, Hudson, Medina, North Ridgeville, Perry Township, Rocky River, Solon, Walton Hills and Westlake. There's also one commercial establishment: the Robusto & Briar Cigar Store & Lounge in Lakewood. You can visit as many or as few of the locations as you want. Get addresses and other information by visiting the NARI website or picking up the latest issue of Cleveland Magazine, which has a special supplement about the tour. This is the first-ever event of its kind in our area, though similar tours have taken place in other parts of the state and the U.S.
Speaking of home tours, the Parade of Homes put on by the Home Builders Association Serving Portage & Summit Counties continues today and tomorrow from noon to 5 p.m. Fifteen new homes and one remodeled home are scattered throughout Summit, Medina and Portage counties. Peter Paino of Paino Associates Architects & Builders and Karen Starr of Hazel Tree Interiors came on the show to talk about the 1840's farmhouse they worked on in Tallmadge. It's one of the many cool projects that you'll be able to see on the tour. For more information, visit the HBA website.
Lorenzo Maggiore is the inventor and CEO of Bug-A-Salt, which he says is a miniaturized shotgun that uses ordinary table salt as a lethal, nontoxic projectile. That makes it perfectly safe to use around food, which is well known to attract flies. Lorenzo says you also can shoot and kill mosquitos with his gun. His invention was inspired in part by his father, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. The Bug-A-Salt is available on Lorenzo's website and at certain retailers, includng Amazon.
Richard Bancroft, a builder member of the Home Builders Association of Portage and Summit Counties, talked about HBA's Parade of Homes, which began today and continues through Sunday, Sept. 20. The event is free, thanks to presenting sponsor Graves Lumber and other partners including Carrier and Hartville Hardware & Lumber. You can register at any of the 16 homes featured in the multi-site Parade to enter the giveaway for a $1,000 gift card to use at Hartville Hardware. Visit the HBA website to read about the homes and where they're located. The Parade is open Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m., and this Tuesday and Wednesday, also noon to 5.
Harold Musci is the owner of Northport Flooring America, which is an independent dealer of flooring of all kinds. Harold says that his company is part of a cooperative of independent flooring dealers. This means that Northport has the same low prices as larger national companies (and sometimes even better prices). Harold, who has been in the flooring business since 1974, loves to help customers transform their homes to suit their tastes and lifestyles. To learn more about Northport Flooring America, visit his website.
Joyce Pelz, an expert in natural lawn care, is passionate about helping homeowners grow a beautiful lawn without the use of toxic chemicals. That's safer for pets, children and adults, says the owner of the local franchise of NaturaLawn of America. Another way that she's helping homeowners, especially those who live in wooded areas, is by spraying a natural solution on their lawns that kills and repels fleas and ticks. To learn more, visit the NaturaLawn website.
John Kontur and his daughter Maggie were on the show from ABC Materials. ABC stands for Akron Building Closeout, which occupies approximately 35,000 square feet of space at 711 Johnston St. in Akron. As you might imagine, the inventory changes depending on what closeouts are available but at any one time can include floor joists, siding and all kinds of other building supplies. Maggie, who has a natural gift for building beautiful and useful items out of wood, makes wine crates and potato boxes and has helped her father build rain barrels, among other many other things. For more information, visit their website.
Fred Karm is the founder and brewmaster of Hoppin' Frog Brewery, which has gained a reputation for making award-winning specialty beers. His business motto is "Brewing Flavorful Beers with Pride & Experience," and his brews are now sold in 20 states and internationally as well. Fred enjoys entertaining at home, so he decorated his tasting room as a comfortable, classy spot with delicious food and, of course, great beer. Next week, the brewery is celebrating this year's release of its Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin ale, which is a subtle and tasty seasonal beer. For more information, visit the website.
Frank Satullo is the writer and enthusiast behind Ohio Traveler, an e-newsletter and website about events and destinations all around the state. The September issue features the Great Mohican Pow Wow and the Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival in North Lewisburg, among lots of other events. You can sign up for a free subscription to the monthly publication by visiting the Ohio Traveler website.
San Francisco artist Hunter Franks is the creator of the 500 Plates Project, which is bringing together Akron residents from all 22 neighborhoods around one very long table to share stories over a catered meal. This cultural exchange will take place Oct. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. somewhere in downtown Akron. Hunter says the exact location probably will be announced next week. The free event is open to the public, and Hunter encourages Akron residents in particular to attend and get acquainted with people in different parts of the city. For more information, visit the 500 Plates website.
Hunter also started the Akron Chapter of the League of Creative Interventionists. For more on that group, visit the website.
To learn more about Hunter, visit Hunter Franks website.
Maureen McFarland, senior academic director for Kent State University's Aeronautics Program, invites everyone to the annual Aviation Heritage Fair on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kent State's Andrew W. Paton Field, 4020 Kent Rd. in Stow. There will be historical airplanes, fun, food, airplane rides and much more. Admission is free; proceeds from the sales of food and plane rides go toward scholarships for aeronautics students and to help the program's flight instructors, who are elite pilots in their own right, pay their way to national competitions. For more information, visit the website.