NEW 32nd annual Journal Times' Home Expo

Crowds mill around booths

on Saturday at the 32nd annual Journal Times’ Home Expo. The event was hosted at Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St., Racine. The event continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

RACINE — What do caskets and urns, plumbers, chiropractors and Girl Scout cookies have in common?

Anyone? All of these products and service providers are at the 32 annual Journal Times’ Home Expo, which began on Saturday and continues Sunday.

Vevlon Days-Kimmons, 64, of Racine, said she stopped by the expo because she has “a couple of home improvement projects” she’s considering. Well, more than a couple. She said she would like new doors and storm doors, for starters.

“I also have a landscaping project in mind,” said Days-Kimmons, a retired Racine County Department of Human Services social worker. “I thought this would be a good place to get some ideas.”

Did she? Absolutely, she said. A new furnace also is on the horizon, and she said she learned there now are two ways to vent the furnace out of her home: straight out the side or by going up the chimney. The latter method, she said, is supposed to be a cost-saver.

“It’s been steady, traffic-wise,” said Donna Mueller, The Journal Times’ advertising director, about the expo.

‘Another type of planning’

This year’s expo features about 90 vendors, the same as last year’s event, Mueller said. This year, Strouf Funeral Home brought caskets and urns, along with specialty urns shaped like golf balls and fishing bobbers.

“You plan for your home, you plan for marriage,” Mueller said. “It’s another type of planning.”

The expo continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St. General admission costs $3, though the event is free for children 17 years old and younger. Parking is free in the parking lot.

Also featured at the expo are banks, a retirement home, a handyman service, cabinetry businesses, custom bath fitters, roofing, flooring and window companies. Racine Harley-Davidson, 1155 Oakes Road, Mount Pleasant, also set up a booth, showcasing a special highly customized motorcycle.

Jim Waligora, president of Springbrook Cabinetry in Brighton, said he participated in the Home Expo last year, as well, and traffic this year has been steady. Every year he has participated in the show, he’s gained business, he said.

Last year, he landed one job directly through his participation. But it was a $120,000 job, he said.

Two years ago, he landed one job, which resulted in two referrals.

“Over $70,000 from that chain of jobs,” Waligora said.


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