PLATTSBURGH - The Adirondack Builders Association (ABA) Home Show is getting a face-lift.
The annual event is expanding beyond its traditional focus of home improvement and landscaping to include more items of interest to the general population, said ABA president Paul Deyoe. And, it's one he's very excited about, he said.
"There is only one home improvement show for the North Country each year, so with the addition of products and services being shown to improve your lifestyle, I think this will bring the crowds and generate a lot of great leads for our exhibitors," said Deyoe, who also serves as marketing manager for the northern division of Curtis Lumber Company.
The "Home and Lifestyle Expo" - which is being billed as Plattsburgh's "largest home improvement and interior design show of the year" - has been in the works since last summer. Through research performed by Tyler Haverkamp, an intern from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, the ABA was able to develop a list of suppliers and vendors for services essential to putting on the expo as well as prospective vendors to invite to the event, Deyoe said.
The list, he added, made it possible to approach even more businesses interested in promoting their latest products when it comes to the field of new home construction, remodeling, interior design and home decorating projects.
"We really wanted to take the home show to the next level and expand the scope of vendors that would be present to really give people a reason to come out and see what everyone has to offer," Deyoe said. "People will be able to talk to multiple contractors, insurance companies, banks and lending institutions, realtors, et cetera."
The ABA has already registered 25 percent of the booths available for the event in its first two weeks of them being made available, said Deyoe. Lake Champlain Pools, Windows and Doors by Brownell, Curtis Lumber, Hulbert Brothers, POD Studios, Plattsburgh Housing Outlet, Champagne Siding & Windows, Besaw Builders and Ward Lumber are among them, with more expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
"The booth prices at the expo are about half of what they used to be for the home show, so they are really going quickly this year. If anyone is considering purchasing a booth at the expo, they better act quickly before it is too late," Deyoe said, adding that the event is expected to have mass appeal.
The expo will be geared to those with all levels of experience in home improvement, Deyoe said, from new homeowners looking for a contractor to update their kitchen or find a better source for insurance to a seasoned do-it-yourself expert just looking for someone to lend them the money they need to build a garage.
"This expo will offer both types, and everyone in between, the information they are looking for," Deyoe said.
The Home and Lifestyle Expo will be held at the Crete Memorial Civic Center Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded.
The event will also feature free seminars both days, with topics related to the building industry.
"The Home and Lifestyle Expo will really give people the best chance to learn about so much what is available locally for their home, from improvement, organizing, or decorating it to purchasing or building a new one, all under one roof," Deyoe said.
Want to learn more?
The ABA will host a kick-off event for the Home and Lifestyle Expo at Dino's Pizza, 795 State Route 3, starting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 19. Those who would like to learn more about the expo and about having their business participate in the event are encouraged to attend.
Everyone who attends will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a free booth at the expo or a free ad in the expo program, being produced by Denton Publications.
Though there is no cost to attend the kick-off event, advance registration is requested. For more information about the Home and Lifestyle Expo or the expo kick-off event, contact the ABA at 420-1020 or visit their Web site, www.adirondackbuilders.org.