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Etc.: Get a head start on home improvement
BY LINDLEY ESTES
THE FREE LANCE-STAR
David Posner thinks remodeling a home should be personal.
While coordinating the Virginia Home and Garden show, he sought to bring together local companies and put a face with each contractor, landscaper and painter represented.
“Most people go through the Internet these days,” he said. “You can’t beat looking someone in the eye and asking them questions on the spot.”
The third annual show returns to the Meadow Event Park in Doswell this weekend, Jan. 12–13.
Posner said the event is a chance to “put buyers and sellers together with people.”
He encouraged visitors to “look at it as an opportunity to really do your homework. What we’re trying to do is allow consumers to save time and money and meet quality companies face to face.”
Posner said the volume of companies featured make the show unique.
More than 125 companies will be represented at the show and cover a wide range of products and services.
“People may have been putting off home improvements because of the economy,” he said.
Posner expects there to be pent-up demand for home services.
Though most home and garden shows take place during spring, Posner said he thought a winter show would be a nice change.
“We want to reach people earlier,” he said. “It allows contractors to pick up business before they get busy. This is traditionally a slow time of year.”
The show will also have a special section featuring products made in Virginia including wine, food products, crafts, artwork and décor items.
Homeowners looking for services can find replacement windows, insurance, gutters, pest control, swimming pools, security systems, landscapers, home builders, spas, painters, organizers and more on the show floor.
Posner said nearly every business at the show is offering specials that can save consumers money.
“And in many cases the people you’re meeting are the business owners,” he said.
But even if home improvement isn’t a goal, Posner said, touring the show is worth a trip.
“You can just get ideas,” he said. “And of course the beautiful landscape gardens will be there.”
What: Third Annual Virginia Home and Garden Show
Where: Meadow Event Park, 13111 Dawn Blvd., Doswell
When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Cost:$5 for adult admission, 16 and under free. Military, police, firemen, EMT free with ID. $1 off coupon available online.
Info: 804/748-7469; vahomeandgardenshow .com.
Lindley Estes: 540/735-1976