North Metro Home Improvement Show gave many ideas

Staff Writer
I cover the cities of Andover, Blaine and Ramsey. I have worked at ABC Newspapers since August 2007.

The North Suburban Home Show on Saturday, March 11, again drew a good crowd to the Andover YMCA Community Center.

Sherri Sheppard, of Coon Rapids, signs up for the chance to win a new faucet from the Roberts-Hamilton Company. Photos by Eric Hagen
Sherri Sheppard, of Coon Rapids, signs up for the chance to win a new faucet from the Roberts-Hamilton Company. Photos by Eric Hagen

Sponsorships from the cities of Andover, Anoka and Coon Rapids along with Anoka County and the Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce enabled about 100 vendors to showcase their products and services.

Local businesses were on hand to answer any specific or general questions visitors had, no matter what area of their home they wanted to remodel, repair or add onto – these vendors could help with projects inside or outside a person’s home. Each city was also represented to answer questions from residents seeking to make these home improvements.

Cindy Ramseier, who organizes the home show, said 1,536 came during the six-hour show. Attendance was higher than last year, but Ramseier said 2016 was a low attendance because of the nice weather.

The most significant change was a new show time of 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. instead of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“There was a lot of positive feedback on the new start time,” Ramseier said, but she said a few exhibitors preferred the show start at 9 a.m. but last longer and perhaps go to a two-day event.

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Andy Scardigl, of Andover, visits with Randy Mayer from Andover-based Bebergs Landscape Supply at the North Metro Home Improvement Show. Oak Grove residents Tom and Wendy Costello asked about fireplaces, including the Regency products, sold by Custom Fireplace & Chimney Care. They are speaking with Custom Fireplace owner Joe Spoden Sr. The cities of Andover, Anoka and Coon Rapids along with Anoka County and the Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored the 19th annual North Metro Home Improvement Show, which was held March 11 at the Andover YMCA Community Center. Colby Rathert, 5, of Andover, takes a peek inside his bird house for a quality-control check. Greg and Sarah Rathert, of Andover, brought their sons Leo, 2, and Colby, 5, to the North Metro Home Show on March 11. They stopped by the kids workshop to try different kits provided by the Lowe’s store in Coon Rapids. The Andover YMCA Community Center’s fieldhouse on March 11 was packed with vendors ready to talk about any type of home improvement project. The attendance of 1,536 was higher than last year, according to the event organizer.
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The cities of Andover, Anoka and Coon Rapids along with Anoka County and the Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored the 19th annual North Metro Home Improvement Show, which was held March 11 at the Andover YMCA Community Center.