IF YOU GO
* What: 46th annual Tri-State Home Show.
* When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
* Where: Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St.
* Admission: $7 adults, free for children 16 and younger. Receive $1 off with a donation of a canned good for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank.
* Phone: 624-9992.
* Website: www.hbast.org.
Looking to build a dream house? Interested in remodeling? How about redecorating?
No matter what your home needs, the Tri-State Home Show is the place to be this weekend.
Now in its 46th year, the home show, filling the Chattanooga Convention Center, brings more than 450 booths, including 70 new vendors, together into one space.
"We're trying to get the general public to come down and see all the latest home products," said Teresa Groves, executive officer of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga.
Many vendors, she said, will be displaying the latest in home products and services.
Some visitors are looking to decorate, she said, while others are seeking to remodel, and others still are investigating the notion of building a dream home.
Activities will be available for the whole family. A section called "The Man Cave" will feature televisions, pool tables and pinball machines for those who don't wish to partake of the vendors.
For children, there will be a balloon artist, games, face painting, video games and, today, Star Wars characters.
A small sampling of vendors, who will be in attendance, begins at right.
The family-owned business offers a double lifetime warranty and reasonable price on replacement windows, doors and vinyl siding, said owner John Moon.
"Windows and siding don't have to be expensive," he said.
Windows and vinyl siding offer energy efficiency to the home by lowering utility cost and maintenance.
"It gives peace of mind that you have a quality product," Moon said.
All the windows available are Energy Star certified, and the business takes part in Tennessee Valley Authority's Energy Right program, which offers a number of programs to help home and business owners save money and energy.
Southern Heritage Stone
When it comes to stone, the people at Southern Heritage Stone aren't faking it.
"All our products are natural stone. They're not fake products or cultured stone," said Philip Bell, company founder. According to the company website, Southern Heritage stone is quarried and milled locally in Dayton and Crab Orchard, Tenn.
They cut the natural stone into thin, 11/2-inch-thick veneer, removing a lot of the weight, which saves money in installation.
They do exterior stones, fireplaces, backsplashes and more.
Using natural stone is more permanent than a concrete-based fake stone, which can freeze or fall down. Another benefit of natural stone, unlike cultured, is that it will not fade or change colors, Bell said.
"It's basically a concrete with dye on it," he said of cultured stone. "Mine is the same color it was when it was produced 400 million years ago."
Garage Shapeups, an Ohio-based franchise, will be making its first appearance at the Tri-State Home Show. Amanda Dixon, who owns one franchise along with her husband and in-laws, said they learned of the show online and applied to have a vendor booth.
Garage Shapeups installs garage storage and shelving for organizational purposes.
"It's basically a system of shelves and racks, with interchangeable hooks, and you can hang pretty much anything on them," she said. "Our goal is basically to get everything off the floor... so that people can utilize their garage."
Bernina Sew N Quilt Studio
Another new business in attendance will be Bernina Sew N Quilt Studio, above.
In addition to offering quilting and sewing services and classes, the studio sells Berninas, high-end sewing machines, and Handi Quilters, long-arm quilting machines.
"There are a lot of homeowners who have them," said owner Bill Klingensmith, despite the machines'' size -- 12 feet for the long arm.
Most of his customers, he said, are already sewing enthusiasts and are most interested in learning more about specific models.
"We're trying to see how to get our name out, and we figured there would be a lot of moms and dads there who may or may not know how to sew, but we'll be there."
Holly Leber is a reporter and columnist for the Life section. She has worked at the Times Free Press since March 2008. Holly covers “everything but the kitchen sink" when it comes to features: the arts, young adults, classical music, art, fitness, home, gardening and food. She writes the popular and sometimes-controversial column Love and Other Indoor Sports. Holly calls both New York City and Saratoga Springs, NY home. She earned a bachelor of arts ...