ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — The Ashtabula County Home Show at the Towne Square Mall turned out to be a great success this year.
Hundreds of people flocked to the mall to get a peek at some of this year’s newest trends in home improvement. Over 70 vendors in all types of businesses got their messages out and distributed information to interested people.
A-Tech Adult Evening Director Ken Porter said A-Tech’s booth was well-attended during this year’s home show. A-Tech is a local trade school specializing in high school as well as adult classes in general academic studies and career-oriented technical programs.
“It’s been a very busy Home Show,” said Porter. “We’ve had a lot of traffic this year. We’ve had plenty of enthusiastic people inquire about A-Tech courses.”
Ziegler Heating Company Sales Consultant Christopher Carraher said there was a brisk walk-in crowd at Ziegler’s table throughout the Home Show weekend.
“It’s been a great turnout,” he said. “It’s been one of the better Home Shows over the last few years. People have shown a lot of interest in what our business does — heating and cooling — and also there’s been some great dedication to local businesses. We’ve seen several hundred people inquiring about Ziegler’s. We’re already looking forward to next year’s show.”
Grace Mehall Vitale, Portgage County Leader of Stop Puppy Mills Ohio said she was collecting signatures to stop puppy mills. She said the show was very helpful in getting the message out. “We need to get 2,600 signatures from Ashtabula County for our puppy mill petition,” she said.
“Thanks to the Home Show, we’ve already got 1,000 signatures from the county. “
“People have been incredibly receptive,” said Ashtabula County Leader to Stop Puppy Mills Sue Podpadec. “People are finding out what they need to know about puppy mills in the county. We’re trying to put an end to this inhumane practice.”
More in line with a classic home and garden show, Weather Sealco (WSA) of Ashtabula John Hogan said traffic had been great at this year’s Home Show. He said he was glad to see so many people interested in local family-owned home improvement businesses. WSA specializes in windows, siding, doors and sunrooms.
“It’s been a very well-attended show,” he said. “We’ve been very busy. We got a lot of leads. We’ve arranged over 20 free estimates just from foot traffic inquiries.”
Most visitors to the Home Show were impressed with the wide variety of products and services on display, although some said there wasn’t enough attention paid to the ‘garden’ aspect of the show.
“To me, it’s awesome to see so many people at the Towne Square Mall,” said Home Show visitor Paul Kessler of Kingsville.
“I think this year’s show is really cool. I’ve just been checking the vendors and learning about a bunch of home improvement things.”
Dee Pacheco, of Geneva, said she enjoyed the show because being a homeowner makes it necessary to know a lot of home improvement information.
“I’m community minded,” she said. “It’s nice to see so many home improvement companies showing what they have to offer here in Ashtabula County. Homeowners need this kind of information.”
Bob and Robin Wight, of Saybrook, said they were disappointed that there were just a few vendors showing garden supplies.
“I don’t think there was enough emphasis on the garden side of this show,” Robin Wight said.
“You think of home improvement and garden supplies, but there was very little on the garden side. You come to these to see new or hard-to-find things and get ideas. I thought it was all just a lot of home improvement stuff and other unrelated things.”
Manny Massi, of Ashtabula, said he agreed there could have been more garden supplies and equipment on display, but thought it was still a great show.
“We need more shows like this,” he said. “This was the most cars in the parking lot I’ve seen in a long time. There could have been more emphasis on the garden aspect, but overall it was a great show.”
Josh Rock, security supervisor for the Ashtabula Towne Square Mall, said the show was one of the best attended in years.
“It’s been very busy,” he said. “We only had 50 vendors last year and this year we’ve got 72 and every table has been busy. I think it’s gone very well.”