The Coldwell Banker Home Show is enjoying its 10th year of success this weekend.
What started out as an idea in the late 1990’s and culminated into the first show at Number One Shed in 2002 has grown into one of the most popular community events on the island.
Over the years we have seen many changes to the Coldwell Banker Home Show, but one thing has stayed the same — our commitment to providing access to quality businesses and creating an event that is both entertaining and informative.
Certainly, the Home Show has taken on a life of its own and it has not been without its challenges.
When Number One Shed was scheduled for demolition a few years ago, the concern was where to have the show that was convenient to town.
While we had talked about looking for another venue for some time, it forced us to look at our options, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
Since 2009 the community event has been based at CedarBridge Academy where the space is clean, well-lit, with lots of parking, room for expansion, and a kind, supportive staff headed by our friend Stuart Crockwell.
Mr Crockwell, chief operations officer at the school, said: “CedarBridge Academy are excited to be participating in this successful venture.
“We congratulate Coldwell Banker Bermuda Realty on their 10th anniversary with the Home Show and look forward to continuing our role in the future.”
This year will be the largest show ever, covering more square footage and showcasing Bermuda’s best, with more than 65 exhibitors including 17 new ones.
These include Brown & Co, Protect-A-Child Pool Fence, Rowe Spurling Paint Company, Catcon Group, The Concrete Factory, Furniture Flair, Keep Bermuda Beautiful, Satronic Enterprise/Brilliant Solutions, Digicel Bermuda, Up with People and several Age Concern Link Partners.
In the past 10 years business participation has doubled, but not since 2010 when the Home Show first expanded into the cafeteria and gymnasium at CedarBridge, has the event seen so much support.
In 2012, back by popular demand, the Coldwell Banker Home Show will be open on Friday, February 17, from 3-8pm, with our normal hours on Saturday, February 18, from 9:30am-4:30pm.
For those that don’t know where CedarBridge Academy is located, it is adjacent to Bermuda National Stadium on Frog Lane, Devonshire.
If planning to attend the show, bring your walking shoes as the venue is rather large, with exhibitors from the main entrance of the school in various lower level classrooms to the back cafeteria and everywhere in between, including upstairs in the main hallway and in the gymnasium.
And plan on spending a few hours to really see everything there is to offer. There is nowhere else in Bermuda where so many businesses come together in one place to provide the public with valuable information, free advice, great ‘Home Show’-only specials and free giveaways.
There is always an abundance of food choices for sale in the cafeteria, proudly served by the CedarBridge staff including selections for both the health conscious (salad and soup) and those looking for a little comfort food (hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and more), all at affordable prices.
New this year is the ‘Lifestyle 50+ Village’ sponsored by Age Concern. This will host a number of seminars and demonstrations throughout the day including Zumba, salsa and line dancing, plus some culinary delights courtesy of The MarketPlace and Bermuda Gas.
Information on the show including a list of all exhibitors and floors plans is available at www.coldwellbankerhomeshow.com.
As always the event is free to all.
Susan Thompson is the Home Show event organizer and is the agency manager at Coldwell Banker Bermuda Realty. For more information on Coldwell Banker, contact 247-1802 or log onto www.bermudarealty.com.