HBA Plans Safe, Inviting Home & Garden Show

BOARDMAN, Ohio — Steve Brewer knows that vendors and the public need to feel safe at the 70th annual Home & Garden Show.

So the president of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of the Valley, which stages the show, and HBA secretary-treasurer Andy Profanchik, worked with the Mahoning County Public Health to streamline the event.

Every vendor, employee and volunteer was required to sign a safety contract that lists 13 measures to halt the spread of COVID-19.

“This is something that was an opportunity for us to say, ‘Hey, we can still get out there,’” Brewer says. “We just need to make sure we follow guidelines and keep everybody safe.”

The home show, to be held next week at Mr. Anthony’s banquet center, 7440 South Ave., will be open from noon to 8 p.m. March 12, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 13 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 14.

Banner Supply Company Inc. and WW Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. are providing free admission to all attendees.

Karen Caruso, executive officer of the HBA, says 230 people will be allowed in the building at one time, including vendors, employees and volunteers.

There are 68 booth spaces this year with 58 vendors, down from around 80 vendors and more than 100 booth spaces that would be displayed in normal years, Caruso says. Only one vendor is allowed in each 10-foot by 10-foot setting. Some vendors use multiple spaces; most are HBA members.

Caruso says this year’s show will have more of an open feel with 19-foot aisles in most locations and a constant one-way flow of traffic to promote social distancing. There is two-way traffic in the middle of the show to facilitate the gathering. There is one entrance and exit to Mr. Anthony’s for this event.

“You can go through as many times as you want, but it’s flowing so we don’t have so much crossing of people – trying to keep space as much as possible,” Brewer adds.

On Demand Occupational Medicine will check temperatures at the door, while volunteers from Banner Supply will count people to ensure capacity limits are maintained, Caruso says.

Tabor’s Landscaping & Garden Center is providing a landscape display in the lobby and will have upright patio propane heaters outside Mr. Anthony’s for those waiting to enter the building if the weather is cold. One of those heaters, valued at $143, will be raffled off at the show.

Window Depot of Youngstown is providing four hand sanitizing stations.
Masks must be worn at all times in the building with no eating or drinking allowed. But there will be two food vendors on site for take-home items — one being Smokin Oak providing beef jerky and sticks.

“Our fudge lady has been there for years and people love her cookies and her fudge,” Caruso says. “Those are only to take home and they’re double sealed.”

Pinewood Structures is giving away a five-piece outdoor poly furniture set worth $1,435, she adds.

Masonry Materials Plus is the outdoor living spaces landscape sponsor, and the featured landscapers are Jack’s Custom Landscape, LLC and Executive Landscaping.

Enviroscapes will be there as well as other landscapers, looking to promote their product and talking to people interested in working with their company, she notes

Brewer forecasts landscaping will boom this summer, as more people are reinvesting in their homes.

“A lot of people are staying home more, so they want to make what they see every day a little bit nicer,” he says.

Show attendees will receive the HBA Consumer Guide, compliments of Banner Supply and D&R Garage Doors Plus.

Vendors at the 70th annual HBA Home & Garden Show include:

  • A-1 Concrete Leveling & Foundation Repair
  • A to Z Dependable Services
  • Advantage Windows & Siding Home Improvements
  • Ainsley Heating and Cooling
  • Alexander Concrete Coatings, LLC
  • Alexander Construction, Inc.
  • All American Gutter Protection
  • ARA Home Remodeling
  • Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods
  • Banner Supply Company, Inc.
  • Boak & Sons, Inc.
  • Brian’s Hardwood Flooring, LLC
  • CVS Windows & Siding
  • D&R Garage Doors Plus
  • Durst Roofing & Siding
  • Edison Landscape & Deck Lighting
  • Enviroscapes
  • Executive Landscaping, Inc.
  • Fresh Coat Painters of Canfield
  • Fudgetopia
  • Gault Heating & Cooling
  • GC Metal Roofing
  • Gordon Bros. Water
  • GreenHeart Companies
  • Guardian Protection
  • Gutter Helmet by Harry Helmet
  • Home Builders and Remodelers Association of the Valley
  • HK Concrete
  • House Doctors Window & Door Company, Inc.
  • Hunt Window Designs
  • Invisible Fence of Eastern Ohio
  • Jack’s Custom Landscape, LLC
  • “Joe” Dickey Electric
  • JR Luxury Bath
  • King’s Sanitary Services
  • Lowe’s of Boardman
  • Martinez Landscaping LLC
  • Masonary Materials Plus
  • MVP Home Improvements
  • New Image Roofing & Siding
  • Ohio State Waterproofing
  • Pampered Chef
  • Pinewood Structures
  • Sam Pitzulo Homes & Remodeling
  • Shaffer Concrete
  • ShelfGenie
  • Sky Roofing, Inc.
  • Smokin Oak
  • Tabor’s Landscaping & Garden Center, Inc
  • Thacker Plumbing & Heating
  • Tractor Barn
  • Tupperware
  • Wayside Lawn Structures
  • Window Depot of Youngstown
  • Window World
  • WW Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.
  • Zinz Construction & Restoration, Inc.
  • Zinz Design & Selection Center

Pictured at top: Steve Brewer and Karen Caruso are busy preparing for the March 12-14 HBA Home and Garden Show at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman.

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