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A new home for the home show this year


Roxanne Washington The annual National Association of the Remodeling Industry Home Improvement Show — an event that lets visitors check out the latest building/remodeling trends, and glean ideas from hundreds of Northeast Ohio remodeling pros — has a new home this year.

The 39th annual show, which runs Thursday to Sunday, Jan. 9 to 12, takes place at Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, 300 Lakeside Ave. The show formerly was at the IX Center.

''In the last decade, a lot of good things have been happening in Cleveland with the downtown area,'' NARI of Greater Cleveland Executive Director Kathy Masterson said in a release.

''Old buildings, many that used to be vacant, have come alive and are being remodeled for residential use. Downtown Cleveland is happening, and we want to be a big part of that.''

Every year a home improvement 'rock star' comes to town for the event, and this year it's HGTV's Alison Victoria.

The renovation guru will appear at noon and at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 11, on the Main Stage.

A native of Chicago, Victoria hosts HGTV's new ''Windy City Rehab,'' on which she buys vintage homes in Chicago and transforms them into buyer-friendly dream homes.

The design guru also competes on HGTV's new female competition show ''Rock the Block.''

''When it comes to interior design, her energy and ideas are boundless, and we're certainly excited to have her appearing at the first show we're presenting downtown Cleveland,'' Masterson said of Victoria.


Yes, according to Chad Gleske of Ohio Garage Interiors. Ohio Garage teamed up with Absolute Roofing and various NARI contractors to create the ''Garage Mahal.''

Step inside the ''off the charts'' three-car garage equipped with boot and work benches, a dog bath, drop zone for groceries and more. Since 2005, Ohio Garage has renovated more than 4,000 garages in Northern Ohio, the majority ranging from $8,000 to $10,000.


Then stop by to see induction cooking in an interactive kitchen created by Ken Perrin of Artistic Renovations.

Induction technology has been in use in cooking since the early 1900s, but has only gained mainstream consideration in the past few decades, according to Frigidaire.

Induction cooktops heat pots and pans directly instead of using an electric or gasheated element. The surface stays relatively cool so spills, splatters and boil-overs don't burn onto the cooktop.

With Chefs For Hire on hand to do most of the cooking, show attendees will get to taste and see the latest in kitchen design.


The Hot Tub and Swim Spa Pavilion at NARI returns with a above-ground pools, saunas and the Michael Phelps Signature Spa.

And finally, in NARI's continuing effort to more interests in the trades among young people, students from Polaris and Medina County Career Centers will show off their custom-made mailboxes, all of which will be raffled to benefit the Cleveland Animal Protective League.

The NARI Home Improvement Show, which runs Jan. 9–12, is moving to the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland this year. Last year it was at the IX Center. Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer

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