We had a great time at the Oakville Home Show Friday April 9  through Sunday April 11th. It’s run by a husband and wife team David and Sharon Jenkins. Sharon was there the entire three days talking to homeowners and companies alike – I’ve been to dozens of shows and have never seen such great commitment from the show owners being close to their constituents. A nice touch was offering exhibitors Tim Horton’s coffee and donuts each morning – recognizing the hard work we go through of standing and talking all day long to hundreds of people.

Oresta Orlick standing on the right in this photo just joined our team. She’s lived in Oakville and currently resides in Burlington and will be a real asset to the many companies we support in south western Ontario. My cousin Jessica Devine offered to help me out as well – she’s a third year student at York University taking Marketing Communications. It was a different experience for her watching us meet hundreds of passing homeowners at the show. In my previous Marketing career I spent time building campaigns with ad agencies and then everything was executed on TV or a print campaign. Home Shows are one of the best ways for getting close to your target audience and really understanding their needs. While there were about 120 companies at the show – relatively small compared to the big shows we’ve been to in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary,  – the nice thing is that it’s not so daunting for homeowners to navigate through a smaller venue and have an unhurried opportunity to talk to professions. Here are twelve companies I met at the show that are worth considering if you live in the area.

Next door to us was a lovely lady, Julie Lemieux, who recently started Terrassa Outdoor Living, where she designs both a beautiful garden and an outdoor living room. It’s a great way to take your outdoor space and make it more enjoyable to entertain your friends and family – or just relax and enjoy  a book. The long range weather is predicting a long hot summer so I’m sure Julie will be busy.

Across from our booth, Sandi Hall was one of a smiling faces at Granite Transformations with a booth that drew an ongoing stream of people. They have great products that can take your existing hum drum kitchen and do an amzing make-over to your cabinets, floor and countertops at a fraction of the cost of a new kitchen. Kitchen cabinet refacing is much less costly than cabinet replacement, which can cost from $15,000 to $40,000, as it typically involved ripping out and re-building the entire kitchen. Just click and read the many glowing reviews Granite Transformations has on HomeStars from homeowners they’ve served in the Oakville and Mississauga area.

Nearby I met Ken and Joan, a lovely husband and wife team at Active Overhead Doors who have been at many home shows over the years. Ken really enjoys his work and is passionate about providing the best product and service for his clients. I could hear it in the many stories he told me of people he’s helped over the years. While he has no reviews yet on HomeStars  – I can see this company will have lots by next year as he’s the kind of person that a homeowner would rave about.

My good friend John Noseworthy at Beverley Hills Home Improvement was there  – he manages all their shows across Ontario and it really shows the kind of quality company they are when they have someone like John passionately talking to hundreds of homeowners every weekend. He always has a smile on his face – BH has over 75 reviews from happy homeonwers becuase of their great people! In fact two of their clients came over to my booth to rave and write a review. John mentioned they have a big sale on right now – offering 25% off and no tax this month. They also offer energy audits at no extra charge. Beverley Hills has showrooms all over Ontario serving Niagara, London, Kitchener Waterloo, Guelph. Halton and of course Toronto so if you are looking for windows they are the place to start.

Oresta introduced me to brothers Oleg and Yevgeniy at Art Metal Workshop who have just added their listing with us here. My photography isn’t that great but you can see they do very detailed and elaborate metal work.

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