Bring your wish list to the Stouffville Home and Lifestyle Show. With around 100 vendors, there’s a treasure trove of ideas and advice to repair, improve, and add to the function or appearance of your home.
“There are a hundred professionals under one roof so if someone is looking for windows or doors, health and fitness they can get it all and their questions answered in one visit,” show organizer Rick Upton said. “Obviously we all shop online (but) this is the type of stuff, roofing, windows, bathrooms, granite tops, whatever it may be, you want to talk to the person.”
He tries to make sure there are a good variety of vendors and minimal repetition. Approximately 50 are returning vendors and the balance are new, drawn from the Stouffville, Markham, and Orillia areas.
New vendors this year include Nova Decor Construction Ltd. With 40+ years of experience in the industry, the Markham-based company specializes in a personalized approach to residential and commercial construction and remodelling with a focus on custom solutions and designs.
G Squared Heating & Cooling, also new to the show this year, is from Uxbridge. Another new vendor, The Willow Springs Winery, produces award-winning wines on an 11-acre site on the Oak Ridges Moraine, Whitchurch-Stouffville. Free wine sampling will be available at the show.
Upton started the show seven years ago before he became councillor for Witchurch-Stouffville. There had been no show in the area for more than 10 years prior.
“I was around to different communities looking at home shows and I said Stouffville is getting to the size where we could at least handle one,” Upton said. “We need one. That was seven years ago, 2014 was the first one. I talked to the town about renting the arena, what day the ice came out, contacted people about the pipe and drapes and so on. I walked around and talked to all the vendors and booked them in.”
While many communities have two shows annually and hold the spring one much earlier, Stouffville is limited because the arena is in demand for ice.
Upton’s background is a mix of business and sales. Born and raised in Cornwall, he worked for Zellers for close to 30 years before moving on to start his own business. He came to Ontario to start RWorld and he continues to maintain some involvement in it.
The Stouffville Home and Lifestyle Show features draws and giveaways including a 60-inch TV. Look for life demonstrations, children’s activities and a barbecue, depending on the weather.
The show takes place April 24-26 at the Stouffville Arena. Admission is free with a donation for Stouffville food bank or $5 at the door which also goes to the food bank. Parking is free. For more visit the new website at www.stouffvillehomeshow.com.
Photo: The Stouffville Home and Lifestyle Show takes place from April 24-26.