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Products show is essential to homeowners

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Home products run the gamut from wall coverings to siding, from roofing material to flooring, and the Northwest Louisiana Homebuilders Association is showing products off Jan. 23-25 at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier.

For three days, the arena will be home to all sorts of gadgets and goodies designed to replace, repair or spice up any home. Companies have lined up to show off the latest products in their inventories like, concrete, garage doors, bedding, sound systems, appliances, brick, spas, wood products, lighting and more. As of mid-month, around 100 companies were planning to host displays and demonstrations of new and essential products to make living more stylish and comfortable.

NWLAHBA Executive Officer Dixey Robertson said the show is strictly home products.

“We didn’t schedule a celebrity appearance because we found it doesn’t really drive attention to our vendors. That’s our main goal, to make sure our vendors are able to showcase their products,” Robertson said.

And, seeing what the vendors have to offer could pay off handsomely for some lucky attendee, NWLAHBA membership coordinator Julie Golsby said. One lucky person attending the show will have the option of winning a $1,000 credit with one of the show’s vendors. She said visitors to the 2015 Home Products Show will receive a punch card when they enter the arena. Then, they can take that card to five pre-selected vendors and have it “punched.” Once they have visited all five vendor booths, they should return it to the front entrance for a chance to win $1,000 toward future purchases from one of the vendors in the show. Complete rules and updated vendor lists are available at www.nwlahba.org.

One of the companies planning to be on hand is Ed’s Emporium. They have been in the custom glass business for 35 years in Bossier City. Ed’s son, Eric Allen, said their booth will feature their custom stained glass and fused glass creations. 

“We also do custom cabinet glass and have a large line of cabinet glass items,” he said. “We do leaded glass where we do design work in the glass that you put in your cabinets in the kitchen. Most everything we do is custom, but we do have a few things already made that we’ll bring and show off.”

Allen said anybody that likes art should plan to drop by their booth one of the days of the show. “I’m not there just to sell stuff; we’re there to show stuff, too. We teach classes. If you’re interested n that, you can come and see what we do. Maybe come and take a class and learn how to do it yourself.”

Melanie Johnson Closet Design will also take part in the show.

“People tend to think that they need to be building a house or remodeling in order to come to the homebuilders’ show. But, that’s not true because there’s all sorts of things there. You don’t have to be in the middle of a remodel or building.  You could do your closet and that could be the only thing you are doing,” Johnson said.

But, she does want people looking for space to make sure to check out her business. 

“I go in, I take a look at what you have, I design it, we redo the interior of your closet,” Johnson said. “We can add drawers, baskets, shelves, whatever it is you need to make your room more functional. It’s not just the bedroom closet.” She said she’s noticed lately that something as simple as rethinking a closet or two can save some serious money in the long run.

“People go out because they don’t have storage in their house or their house is not working and they go house shopping. They look around and they call me. In a lot of circumstances recently, people who were going out to look for a new house ended up just redoing their closets and they love their house. They just didn’t have enough storage and they needed to make the places that they had, the closets, the garage, the laundry room or their pantry, more functional.”

The show runs 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Sunday, the show will run from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 for the public, $3 for military.

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