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Civic Center hosts home show

January 10, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

For those in need of anything from a roof to storm shutters, there was a place to get a look at some options this past weekend.

Thousands of would-be shoppers showed up to the Home Show held at the Lee Civic Center. More than 140 vendors of anything you could possibly imagine for your home were there to sell everything from hot tubs to slicers and dicers.

There were also numerous demonstrations and seminars on nearly every topic under the sun, hosted by local vendors.

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Brian Moxon, of Lustre Craft, does a cooking seminar at the Home Show at the Lee Civic Center on Friday.


Jackie Lou, the event organizer, said it was the biggest first day they had in their brief history, with strong crowds on Saturday and Sunday as well.

"We've been doing this show semi-annually since January 2015 and this is the best crowds we've had," Jackie Lou said.

Last October's event brought in only about 100 vendors, as the aftermath of Hurricane Irma resulted in many businesses, particularly roofers, foregoing the event as they were so busy.

My Affordable Roof, based out of Naples and Fort Myers, has been booked nonstop since Irma, but was able to get to three trade shows this weekend statewide, with potential customers being entered into a drawing for a new roof.

"It's been great. There's good foot traffic and the people are nice. We've been working from sunrise to sunset every day and catching up on paperwork at night," said Bobby Fields. "These shows are great because it gets the word out about us. You have to get it while it's there."

Chaz Grant, sales agent from Harden Custom Homes of Cape Coral, said his company has been to many shows and has noticed business picking up over the last year or so thanks to a different way of serving customers.

"We are very detailed in the front end. People see all our costs and what they select goes into the budget. We don't have a price per square foot as a result," Grant said. "We don't have extras. We have choices."

Peter Behrhorst, owner of Solar Solutions, was selling solar lights that bring light via the sun to dark areas of the home through mirrors and deflectors, and solar attic fans that exhaust the heat out of the attic.

"We tell people to stop living in the dark. We have something that can help you with natural light. It helps with depression and makes people feel better," Behrhorst said. "It's been great. I've booked 10 units today already. Jackie Lou has done a great job."

By 4 p.m. Friday, many visitors had left for the day.

Rebecca Schoonover of Cape Coral was among those still walking around.

"I've bought a few things today. We have a booth here selling shutters and I'm interested in getting a few more things," Schoonover said.



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