My Beautiful Home Show

June 14, 2014

Ray and Margie Toombs, owners of Maid Brigade of Northeastern Ohio, clean your home the way you would clean if you really wanted to clean. But who does? It's so much better to spend your time doing what you want to do. Maid Brigade employees are all thoroughly background checked, so you can feel comfortable and secure letting them into your home. For more information: 330.453.6000 or Maid Brigade.

Scott Shaffer with Simple Recycling says that his company, which is pioneering textile and clothing recyling, works with municipalities to pick up clothes and other items that residents no longer need. The company's first program in this area is in Bath Township, and Norton's starts next week. Later this month, Boston Heights and Northfield Center will follow. For more information: 440-519-9200 or Simple Recycling.

Sarah Binder is president of NARI (the National Association of the Remodeling Industry) of Greater Cleveland. She says that homeowners can feel comfortable hiring NARI members to work on their properties because the contractors are put through a screening process when they apply for membership and must adhere to certain ethical standards. For more information: 216.631.7764  or NARI


June 7, 2014

On this week's show, we learned all about the Habitat for Humanity Builders Blitz, which starts Monday, June 9, at four sites in Akron and Barberton, Ohio. In the blitz, each builder "adopts" a house and builds it from scratch in a week. For more about the blitz or Habitat for Humanity, visit Habitat's site.

Our guests were:

Rochelle Fisher, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity in Summit County

Jeff Tucker of Tucker Building & Design

Peter Paino of Paino Building Corporation

Eric Goff of Goff Builders

We also heard about the third annual Bath Garage Sale, which takes place June 14 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. all over Bath Township. You can pick up a map at the Bake Shop in Ghent, says Nadine Clar, president of the Bath Business Association.

And last but certainly not least, we interviewed Irv Korman, author of I was Jackie Mason's Chauffeur for 5 Minutes and More Celebrity Encounters, and we gave away a signed copy. Irv will sign books June 19 at Buckeye Library in Medina; July 5 at Loganberry Books in Cleveland Heights; and July 19 at the Hudson Library. For more about Irv:  Irv Korman



May 31, 2014

Karen Starr and Joanna Wilson are the co-authors of "A is for Akron: An A to Z list of Akron's Places & Things that Make Us Smile." Published by 1701 Press, a local publisher, the book celebrates the gems of Akron, from the Akron Art Museum to the zoo, and everything in between. Signed copies are available at Karen's gallery, Hazel Tree Interiors. Other copies can be found on, at the Akron Art Museum store and other places around town. For more information: A is for Akron

Speaking of stores, Rick Thoerig is the manager of ReStore, which is run by Habitat for Humanity. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit organization, which is dedicated to building homes and improving neighborhoods. Visit the store at 2301 Romig Rd., Akron. For more information, call 330.745.7734.

Tim Jolly, owner of Tim Jolly Insurance, advises homeowners to read their insurance policy carefully. For example, a lot of policies exclude damage to trees, shrubs and plants in the yard, and a lot of people have been dealing with that lately because of high winds. To reach Tim, visit his website or call 330.896.7777.



May 24, 2014

In honor of the official start of the grilling season, Dave Halaby from Heather's Heat & Flavor brought in several tasty condiments from the store, including apple smoked spiced rum barbecue sauce, apricot dijon tarrigon dressing, and pineapple sake teriyaki marinade. He says there are samples at the store, which also has a special going on this weekend: buy two salsas, get a sweet apple pie salsa for free. Heather's is located in Hudson in the First & Main shopping area. For more information: Heather's Heat & Flavor or 330.653.5131

 Edd Krammer, owner of Krammer Comfort Services, talked about mini split systems, which are more energy efficient and comfortable than traditional heating and air conditioning systems. They're widely used in Europe and Asia and are catching on in this country. For more information: Krammer Comfort or 440.709.HEAT (4328)

Dr. Lori, star appriaser for "Auction Kings" on the Discovery Channel advises that you should be cautious about who you hire to appraise your art and antiques. If you get an offer from your appraiser, it's very likely that the person is lowballing the price. Dr. Lori will return to this area on Nov. 1 to appear at the Hartville MarketPlace & Flea Market, where she will offer one free appraisal to each person. To reach Dr. Lori:


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