Home show exhibitors and attendees brave bad weather
BY TONYA WOSA
The Blizzard of 2013’s snowfall only delayed the 26th Annual Suburban Home Show held at Rockland Community College for one day. The show was open Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10 and many came out. With free online admission tickets and the state of emergency lifted, thousands of people with thoughts of spring and sunshine, came to view the 406 home exhibitor’s booths.
For most people their home is their biggest investment and this was the show to view all the ways one can improve on that asset. With everything related to the home all under one roof comparison shopping was made easy. The roster was full of remodeling ideas, landscaping and new decorating products. Displays of kitchens, baths, waterproofing, garage doors, fencing, and outdoor furniture were just a few to mention.
The pool and spa exhibitors gave out free yellow rubber ducks to the total delight of the children in attendance. For the cook, there was new pots and pans, being demonstrated on the hour and as you strolled through the aisles advice was given on generators, heating, pools, flooring, roofing and outdoor fountains. Many paused at the Royal Kitchen, New City booth to view the kitchen counter made of real sliced agate, which can only be described as jewelry for the home.
Decorative stained and leaded glass ideas where on display by the art glass studio, The Colored Window, Nanuet , one of the new additions to the show. Shower stall enclosures were on display that you could actually walk into by Monsey Glass, Spring Valley. One of the most popular places was the large RV home in the rear of the fieldhouse, which one could visit and view all the interior highlights.
Many banks and finance booths were available where attendees could get advice on financing home improvements. Experts from the Cornell Cooperative Extension, were kept very busy as they are one of the best places for information on green remodeling and edible landscaping.
Many exhibitors when asked said customer leads were up from last year in spite of the blizzard’s snow delay. Perhaps with the economic downturn and the slowing of home sales in both Rockland and Orange County, residents are staying in place and improving their homes. It was a successful Suburban Home Show and the McCarey Expo Management showed their experience with the smooth running of every aspect of show.