published Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Remodeling is hot at home show

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    Staff Photo by Allison Carter/Chattanooga Times Free Press Aaron Cabeen, a carpenter and owner of Cabeen Originals, left, talks to Marilyn Townson Swanson, the president and a designer for Sterling Designs, at the Tri-State Home Show on Saturday at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Vendors at the Tri-State Home Show said crowds so far this weekend have been bigger and more ready to spend than in recent years.

Eric Johnson, a vendor with Beacon Home Services who specializes in custom tile, said he’s seeing some revival in the economy as new construction starts to pick up, but the order of the day is remodeling.

“People are at a point where they’re wanting to do something new, but they’re living within their means and fixing up what they’ve already got,” he said.

The show at the Chattanooga Convention Center features more than 450 booths that run the gamut of home improvement services: cabinetry, central vacuum systems, landscaping, lighting, kitchen equipment and much more.

For complete coverage, see Sunday’s Times Free Press.

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chuckfh said...

Whats with the all the sideline barkers at a Home Trade Show? This is fair to home building vendors? Who wants someone hustling potatoes cutters, steam cleaners, pots and pan slick tongues from barking into microphones next to your booth? I thought when I walk into the place I was at a carnival. I hope the organizer eliminate this from next years event. Do they just grab the money from anyone at the cost of distracting home shoppers from focusing on real home trade building vendors. If they want to keep them..keep them in the hallways outside the event!

February 27, 2011 at 1:12 p.m.
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