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Fort Myers Home Show fills civic center

January 15, 2020
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Whether you were looking to remodel your kitchen or bath, or you were looking into buying some storm shutters or windows, there was something for everyone at the Fort Myers Home & Remodeling Show at the Lee Civic Center this past weekend.

Thousands of people came on a warm weekend to check out the latest home improvement ideas, from game rooms to outdoor kitchens to solar.

There were also some non-profits on hand to promote their organizations.

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Connie Yaser, of ARMEX Construction in Cape Coral, at her booth at the Fort Myers Home & Remodeling Show at the Lee Civic Center this past weekend.


A record number of people attended on Friday on what is usually been the best day for visitors, since the nearly 140 vendors tend to be very busy during the weekend and are able to give more individualized attention.

Derek Joseph, who was selling his Utopia Grilling kitchens with the help of beer and margaritas he was making for prospective clients, said this was the first time he was doing this show for his new company.

"We sell outdoor summer kitchens with every option available, whether they want a seven-foot kitchen or 23 feet. We do only granite and they can pick whatever they want," Joseph said. "Everything they need we do in seven days and within four hours, the grill is on."

There was plenty of food available as well to sample. Bill Stockwell was selling Tommy's Jerky, which was made in Ohio and is being introduced to Florida.

"We have more than 20 flavors and beef sticks. We've been in business for 20 years. We only use select parts of the animal and that makes it tender and with a lot more flavor," Stockwell said. "This is our first time here and we're really enjoying it. Real good crown for a Friday."

Art Brown, with Garage Kings in Naples, was at the last home show and did so well (getting more than 20 jobs and $18,000) that they returned.

"We've already had some people express interest in our product. We do Farmer's Markets, car shows and as many home shows as possible," Brown said.

Carmen Dawson at Elite Game Rooms, a regular at the show, brought his assortment of video games and pinball machines, including one that is computer generated to produce the play of more than 300 pinball machines through the years as far back as the 1950s.

"It's amazing how they have been able to map the artwork in the digital and have the functionality of the real game," Dawson said. "Basically, instead of 50 pinball machines, you need just one."

Renee Sloan, based out of Naples, was with Innovative Design Solutions, which specializes in remodeling.

"We take your old condo and make it grand new. Our sister company has been around 30 years and we've been an offshoot for seven," Sloan said. "We do remodels for $10,000 and $110,000, even a half-million in Naples."

Connie Yaser, of ARMEX Construction in Cape Coral, does just about everything type of construction you can imagine, from homes to pools and everything in between.

"We even have a design studio with licensed designers. Anything to do with building and remodeling we do," Yaser said. "We do roofs, windows, flooring, cabinets, pretty much everything."



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