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Home Show attracts 150 vendors

October 4, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Local businesses from the homes genre and much more came to the Lee Civic Center this weekend for the first of two Home Shows planned for this season.

The show opened a little slow on Friday but picked up through the weekend.

"This is very unusual for a Friday. We usually have a great Friday crowd and I know we'll have a great crowd over the weekend," show manager Jackielou said. "They're giving us back our ads in prime time on top of what we've advertised for."

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Katharine Kaye McMillan, co-author of Home Decorating for Dummies, holds one of her seminars at the Home Show at Lee Civic Center on Friday.


The crowds did come over the weekend for the show that brought in a record number of vendors selling everything from storm shutters to kitchen remodeling, culinary utensils, solar panels and much more.

One company sold "fun," with gameroom components like classic pinball machines and video games to a 21st century, 3D version of Pong, which many kids of all ages took time to visit.

"We have everything for your game room and man cave. We have video cabinets that hold 60 games and another with 1,940 games," said Rich Barham, of Elite Homes Gamerooms, a company that has been around for 31 years. "We refurbish old machines and bring it back mechanically as close as possible."

Brandie Dickerson, of Tri-Town Construction in Fort Myers, was happy with the showing and meeting with all the different people from the area, many of whom are yearlong residents.

"We deal with water, fire, mold, many times the snowbirds are away for six months. They come back and nobody has looked after the home and the water heater leaks above them," Dickerson said. "We're a one-stop shop to remediate the mold and redesign the home."

Dickerson said she really wants the projects where the entire house is overhauled, not just the kitchen and bath, though they will take on single projects if the scope is right.

Trevor Reiland, owner of Suntec Aluminum, was with his team selling Pergola Pavilions, and despite the small crowd was able to build a cache of 20 to 30 leads. He said that he has shows lined up in Punta Gorda and Germain Arena.

"This is a new line we're doing. We're the only company south of Tampa selling these, so we're really pushing them," Reiland said.

Another aspect of the event is the seminars. This year's main attraction was Katharine Kaye McMillan co-author of Home Decorating for Dummies, who brought her 20 years of experience to the stage.

"We demystify the process of home decorating. It's everything from budgeting to conceptual planning, the tough space like kitchen and bath," McMillan said. "We show the latest trends and answer everyone's questions. People have ambitious lives and they want their homes to reflect that."



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