There is a sense that the local economy is improving among exhibitors and visitors at the Mahoning Valley Home and Garden Show in the Eastwood Expo Center at the Eastwood Mall complex this weekend.
The show started Friday and runs through today, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Admission and parking are free.
Everybody who comes through the door — and there have been lots of visitors — seems to be a serious buyer, said Dominic Baragona, president of Mid America Events of Niles, which produced the home show.
Baragona said about 4,000 visitors came through the doors Friday, and by 2 p.m. Saturday more than 5,000 had already been counted, and he estimated Saturday’s total would reach 9,000.
In the past few annual shows, most people have walked around looking but not doing a lot of buying. However, his year many more are stopping to talk to one or more of the 150 vendors at the show, Baragona said.
One of the serious buyers Saturday was John Blue of Girard, who was at the show with his nephew, Damian Blue.
Blue said he is planning quite a few family home improvement projects, such as roofing and siding, and he picked up a lot of brochures, got some ideas, and even arranged to receive some bids.
John Perry of Poland and Matt Karlovic of Hubbard, sales consultants for CVS Creative Vinyl Systems, said more people at this year’s show are looking seriously.
They are not planning to move, they are planning to improve where they live and are looking for top quality products for their projects, said Karlovic. CVS has offices in New Castle, Pa., and Salem.
Enchanted Gardens Landscaping of Canfield had one of several impressive landscaping displays at the show.
Read more about the event in Sunday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.