Bayfront Convention Center hosts Erie Home and Garden Expo

Spring is in the air, which means it’s also home improvement season. The Erie Home and Garden Expo kicked off Thursday, March 25 at the Bayfront Convention Center.

“It’s really a good attendance. We had a very large number of people who came through the door and you can see a lot of twist in their footsteps, ”said Mark Concilla, promoter of the show.

Concilla said the event is very important for all sellers.

“They are local vendors and they rely on the event every year to book their appointments and meet customers. The impact on the economy is quite strong because it’s all small businesses here and it’s important that people buy locally,” Concilla said.

One of 130 local vendors at the 2022 event is Baird Brothers Fine Hardwood. The show allowed them to bring their product to the customer.

“It’s seasonal but, for the most part, it’s been really strong. People are investing in their homes and when they’re looking for a product to do their doors or trim, we’ve got it. We’ve been really busy,” said Derek Donatelli, Baird Brothers Fine Hardwood.

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We wanted to know if the high home buying market is affecting businesses?

“The good thing is that the value of the houses are going up, which allows people to borrow money at a low interest rate. They are able to add to their house and its value goes up and you see a lot of ROI with it. Overall, it’s actually a really good thing to have homes that are higher in value,” said Doug Bierer, owner of DBC Remodeling and Construction.

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