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Home show brings in huge crowds
January 9, 2019

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It's the start of the year and many residents, seasonal and year-rounders alike, are looking for ways to make improvements on their homes.

The Fort Myers Home & Remodeling Show this past weekend was the place to help make those decisions, and several thousand people came to the Lee Civic Center to look at the latest in spas, lighting, and everything in between to make a house a home.

The beautiful weather brought in huge crowds all three days, and with most of the snowbirds back, it proved to be the perfect time to hold the event, according to Jackielou, who promoted and managed the event.

"We have new exhibitors; everyone is complimenting us on the way the show is laid out. It's been non-stop and people are here and buying," Jackielou said. "People are signing up for services and we have non-profits here such as the Quilters Guild. It's been incredible."

Along with a record number of visitors were a record number of vendors, more than 150 in all, who also work locally, selling and promoting everything under the sun that directly, and even indirectly, has to do with the home.

There were vendors looking to fix or replace your roof, remodel your kitchen or install a new garage door opener, but there were also people selling pinball machines for game rooms, those handy-dandy food slicers that Julianne potatoes, and cosmeticians giving free facials.

Tim Papley, general manager of Home Plus from Cape Coral, does roofing of all kinds. He said shows like this really help to get the name out.

"We did a couple of these shows last year in other areas and decided to do this one, and this is a big one," Papley said. "We've had dozens inquire about us. We've collected their information and will follow up with them."

Papley also sold solar fans which blow the hot air out of the attic, which he said results in savings in electric bills and strain on air conditioners.

Steven Price of Windmar homes from Orlando was selling solar rooftop systems, which have become increasingly popular and less expensive.

"People will see savings immediately and a return on their investment between six and 10 years. Solar is expanding within the state of Florida," Price said. "It's also more affordable and we offer them with zero down."

One of the unusual aspects with this event was that there were no seminars this time, though there were so many exhibitors that there wasn't much room left to put them. Jackielou said there was only about one more row of exhibitors from the civic center being maxed out.

This was great for people like Sue Camb of North Fort Myers, who saw a lot of nice things while there, even if she doesn't plan to do too much work on her seasonal home this year.

"We do work periodically over time. We just got finished doing some work on ours, so now we're just getting ideas," Camb said. "Those ideas would be for our home in Ohio."

Her friend, Antonette Cingolani, was also looking for her full-time home in Massachusetts.

"We just finished remodeling our home here. We come to this every year and we really enjoy the show," Cingolani said.

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