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The Home Builders Association of Monroe County (HBA) is gearing up for their 32nd annual Home Improvement Show that kicks off at the MBT Expo Center at the Monroe County Fairgrounds on Friday, February 28 at 5 pm.
According to this year’s co-chairs Karen Essary of Exciting Windows and Amanda Phebus of Monroe Bank & Trust, the event will be more exciting than ever!
“We expect about 2,000 people to attend,” Essary stated. “It’s a fantastic place for people who are looking to remodel or maybe build a new home to view products like flooring, cabinets, windows, doors, closets, window treatments and more – all under one roof. We expect to have over 70 vendors displaying their goods and offering ideas. It’s a great place to get creative input.”
Phebus agrees and added, “There is truly something for everyone, with food available for attendees, face painting and balloons for children and great seminars lined up. It’s really a fun family day. Best of all, tickets are available for free from any of our sponsors including the Monroe Publishing Company, Durocher’s, Hasset Title Company and Monroe Bank & Trust. Free tickets are also available from HBA Members and Show Exhibitors. Parking is free and if people want to purchase tickets at the door, they are only $5.00.”
Exhibitors include Jack’s Lawn Service, Exciting Windows, LaRoy Door, Advance Plumbing of Monroe, Durocher’s, David G. Swartout Builder, Kirk Wylie Masonry, Monroe Dodge, Stanford Allen Chevrolet, and Finisher’s Unlimited, among many others.
Bill Kipf, Executive Officer of the HBA and a realtor with Coldwell Banker/Haynes Real Estate, explained that the show was held at several locations in past years including the Monroe Multi-Sports Complex, Monroe County Community College and the Monroe County Fairgrounds before moving to the relatively recently constructed MBT Expo Center.
“The HBA membership base is comprised of builders, suppliers, subcontractors and other professionals affiliated with the building and remodeling industry,” Kipf stated. “The purpose of the association is to promote the building industry and the welfare of those affiliated with it; to help members become more professional by educating members and the public; to work for the benefit of the public via government representation and consumer education; and to provide services to members and function as a central source of information for members and the public, thereby gaining their respect and trust.
“We’re dedicated to high moral and ethical standards in our industry, and to keeping housing affordable for consumers by being sure our members are licensed and insured and by trying to prevent unnecessary regulations that increase the cost of housing and don’t provide a benefit. We always recommend that people who are looking for builders, remodelers or other home improvement specialists check our website for our members at www.hbamonroe.com. It’s a good source of information.”
In addition to major exhibitors, the show will also feature products and services available from home-based businesses. “That’s a plus because often people aren't aware of the home-based resources available to them in the community,” Essary explained. “It’s exciting because we feature anything and everything people could want for indoor and outdoor living. And our vendors and exhibitors find that it’s a fantastic opportunity to attract potential customers.”
“We’re also featuring a drawing for a top-of-the-line Weber grill and many of our vendors and exhibitors also offer prizes and drawings,” Phebus added. “Plus we will have three presentations each day on both Saturday and Sunday. Sherman Williams will offer a painting demonstration from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm, and the Monroe County Community College culinary arts students will host a healthy grilling demonstration from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm. What a culinary delight! At 3:00 pm each day there will be a “Talking Trees” presentation by Davey Tree Service. This seminar is all about fertilizer and nutrient management for landscapes and reducing pest problems through best management practices in the landscape.”
The Monroe Art League is also planning a display at the show and area High School students will exhibit woodworking projects.
In addition to hosting the Home Improvement Show, the HBA is very involved with other community-based projects. “We are planning to partner with Monroe County Community College to help develop curriculum for the building trades and to provide insight,” Kipf stated. “We also co-sponsor the student home design contest with the Monroe Fine Arts Council. The winner’s design is actually constructed for Habitat for Humanity. We then work with Monroe High School students and the construction technology classes to help students with the build.
“Part of our mission is education and we take that very seriously. We want home buyers and owners to be knowledgeable. Additionally, we want to help each other as business owners to be successful. We provide support for our membership and the public.”
“We hope that everyone will come and enjoy the show, meet our vendors and exhibitors, and have a great day. After all, you never know when you might need a plumber or need to remodel a room or a whole house,” Phebus concluded.
The show will be open on Friday, February 28 from 5 pm to 7 pm, as well as Saturday, March 1 from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, March 2 from 11 am to 5 pm. The MBT Expo Center is located at 3775 South Custer Road in Monroe, Michigan.
ATTENTION EXHIBITORS: It’s not too late to reserve a space! Check the HBA website today for more information or contact Bill Kipf at 734-770-3529.