Businesses meet customers at annual chamber event

Businesses meet customers at annual chamber event

Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards, left, talks to Ginny Bauersfeld. Over two hundred people came to the second annual Home Show at the Marriott, put on by the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday afternoon. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards, left, talks to Ginny Bauersfeld. Over two hundred people came to the second annual Home Show at the Marriott, put on by the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday afternoon. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Home is where the improvement is. A variety of local businesses showed off tempting innovations, remodeling and creature comforts that you could have in your home, at the second annual Marco Island Area Home Show, held Thursday afternoon in the Capri Ballroom at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort & Spa.

Approximately 200 consumers, the target market for the exhibitors, made the rounds at the show, getting their cards initialed for the chance to win prizes, including the Grand Prize of a $500 gift certificate for vendor Sunshine Ace Hardware. Sunshine store manager Kody Wilson demonstrated the portability and versatility of their lightweight Stihl chain saw, offering to perform a little cosmetic surgery on aptly-named employee Beau Rench.

Air conditioning contractors Conditioned Air and Condee Cooling and Electric showed options to help homeowners keep their cool, among a host of other services, and both Naples Mattress and Phil Robison’s Murphy Bed Store demonstrated their willingness to help people get a good night’s sleep in Robison’s case, to help your overflow houseguests get a good night’s sleep.

If home improvements weren’t enough, homebuilders Andrew Hunter Homes and AP Builders were on hand to help with planning for a whole new house, although remodeling and additions remain a big part of the local building market, they said. The turnaround in the climate for the residential construction market has been dramatic, said Andrew Delgado of Andrew Hunter Homes.

“We’re blessed we have record numbers,” said Delgado. “We have 12 builds going into 2014.”

Rich Bernstein of Storm Force Hurricane Protection and Hallie and David Rice of Total Home Services offered their products and service to keep your home safe, once you get your improvements made.

Chamber President Nancy Carrington made the rounds of the exhibitors with her cordless mic, helping them give away the gift baskets and door prizes they had provided for the participants.

Having covered the home market, the chamber will present their 2013 Marco Island Business Expo in April, said Katie O’Hara of the chamber, although the exact date is yet to be determined.

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