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The 41st Annual Bangor Home Show comes to town By David M. Fitzpatrick BDN SPECIAL SECTIONS

It’s that time of year again! The Home Show is coming to the Bangor Auditorium for its 41st extravaganza from April 15-17. Perhaps now more than ever, the tough economy will bring in the showgoers — it’s already bringing in the exhibitors, with all available booth space at the show now sold out. “I think that’s the enduring quality of that show,” said Bass Park Director Mike Dyer. “In good times, people are looking to spend a lot of money and maybe even hire a contractor. In tough times, you still have to keep the roof from leaking and replace the gutters when you have a winter like this and you’ve lost half of them to ice.” Everybody’s feeling the economic pinch, but Dyer said that doesn’t stop people from realizing the benefits of the Home Show. Even in the worst of economic times, people still have to do things to their houses, Dyer said. “Either just to maintain them or to try

and do something in-house,” he said, “even if they don’t hire a contractor to try and get ideas for what they can do to enhance the value of their homes.” Dyer said the show’s success is thanks to the tireless efforts of show promoter Dean Appleman, owner of All Seasons Promotions. “He is a crusader, he is a go-getter,” Dyer said. Lest you think Appleman takes just a few weeks to get ready for this show, that isn’t how it works. He spends all year planning the show. And the timing is by design. “Dean has tried shows at both times of the year, and in this market in the springtime, this show works the best,” Dyer said. “None of the success of that show happens by accident. Some of it’s gut instinct, and some of it is just learning the hard way.” Dyer is no stranger to events that draw people from all over Maine to the Bangor Auditorium, but he says the Home Show remains a stunning draw. “It’s one of those things — normally it’s at a good time of the year where people are actually feeling good about getting out and not worried about the

weather,” he said. Despite the recent interruption by a pile of heavy, wet snow, the crocuses are up, tulip greens are growing, and the buds are appearing on the trees. After the winter damage, spring is working to replace mud season, and Dyer said people are ready to move beyond being tired of winter. “The average homeowner has probably seen a little bit more damage to the exterior to the house,or seen something that all this stress from all the snow and the ice everything has done, that just says, ‘Boy, I’ve got to do something … maybe I can do it myself,’” he said. Dyer said that these days, with gas prices skyrocketing, it makes more sense to use the Home Show as a one-stop window-shopping venue. Instead of driving all over the

place trying to learn about the home projects you have in mind, you can get a pretty good education under one roof. “It actually becomes a huge bargain to pay seven bucks … and see all of these people in one spot and just have it be a trip to Bangor,” he said. “It becomes a very practical thing to do if you’re just looking at your investment and your time and gas.” Dean Appleman and All Seasons Promotions has established a strong history putting this show on in Bangor for over four decades, so Dyer said, if nothing else, showgoers can “kick some tires” and see what’s out there. “You never know — you could be inspired to realize there is actually something you should do for your home and that you can actually afford to do,” he said.


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Saturday, April 16 Noon - 3 p.m. ABOVE PHOTO AND BELOW LEFT PHOTO BY DWIGHT DARIAN, COURTESY NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Making a special appearance at the Bangor Home Show will be three of the New England Patriots Cheerleaders! They’ll appear Saturday, April 16, from Noon until 3 p.m., to greet showgoers, pose for pictures, and sign and distribute posters. Don’t miss out on this great event!

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Exhibitors ready for another overwhelming and successful Bangor Home Show

It’s another year of the wildly successful, thoroughly educational, and delightfully entertaining Bangor Home Show. The thousands of people who attend do it because of the wide variety of exhibitors, who jam-pack the auditorium, the Civic Center, and the corridors and open spaces in between. Here are just a few of the participants you’ll see this year. 304 Stillwater Avenue Furniture in Bangor, the business you’ll easily locate, returns to the Home Show with its sister store, Mill Mall Furniture of Ellsworth. And Manager Richard Goodwin has a clear plan to deal with the sagging national and global economy: Take care of the local economy first. If Goodwin could get 100 percent of his furniture from Maine, he’d do it, but as a full-line store he does have to leave the state. But still, about 40 percent of his products are made in Maine, including the entire second floor of almost all unfinished furniture of all types.

“We’re just a little, rinky-dink furniture store, but when you buy a piece of that, do you know you feed five businesses?” Goodwin said, referring to the logger, the mill, the retailer, the artisan, and the store. Owner and developer Forrest Grant invested $1 million into the Stillwater Avenue building and provided eight jobs when the store opened. It stocks beds, chairs, shelves, hutches, bureaus, and just about anything you can think of at impressive prices. At the show, Goodwin will bring as much as he can jam into his space, and more if extra space is available. He’ll highlight his quality Maine-made unfinished furniture, along with finished versions. The store takes custom orders, and a full-time employee does custom finishing. “This is made-in-Maine product, key to the Maine family,” Goodwin said. “We’re putting the money right directly back into the community more than any other furniture business is in the state.”

Goodwin said he enjoys the Home Show, and has a great relationship with promoter Dean Appleman. “He likes us because we have lots of stuff and we’re happy to bring it,” he said. —David M. Fitzpatrick Dave’s World of Dover-Foxcroft will display “some really cool products” at the Home Show, according to Robert Jankunas. These “cool products” are the energy-efficient GE Hybrid Water Heater and the Fujitsu Mini-Split Air Conditioner and Heat Pump. Scott said the GE Hybrid Water Heater “is the most efficient way to heat water in the home.” Inside the tank, two thermistors heat water electrically only when the heater operates in the high-demand or hybrid modes. A computerized heat pump transfers ambient heat from surrounding air to condensers surrounding the insulated tank; the coils then transfer their heat to the Continued on next page PHOTO BY BRIAN SWARTZ

A shot from above as crowds of showgoers check out some of the many varied displays at the 2010 Bangor Home Show. The 2011 show will feature about 160 exhibitors covering just about everything you could think of... and then some.


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water inside. GE says the device can reduce household water heater operating costs up to 62 percent, equating to about $320 in annual savings for a family of four. “We will display one and offer awesome pricing on it during the Home Show,” Jankunas said. Dave’s World will also have a drawing for a free GE Hybrid Water Heater. The air-to-air Fujitsu Heat Pump air conditions and heats, extracting heat from outdoor temperatures as low as -10 degrees Fahrenheit. “Heat always moves to where it’s cold,” Scott said. “The outside unit becomes the evaporator in winter by transferring outdoor heat to coolant that disperses the heat inside a building.” In summer, the inside unit air-conditions a room, and

Continued from previous page the outside unit dissipates interior heat. “We set up our store with them last summer,” Jankunas said. “They run very efficiently and give us all the heat we need.” Dave’s World will offer free inhome estimates for both devices for Home Show attendees, and will educate people about the federal

income-tax credits and Efficiency Maine rebates buyers qualify for if they purchase either unit. Dave’s World installs and services everything it sells, across Maine. —Brian Swartz

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Exhibitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Booth 304 Stillwater Ave. Furniture and Mill Mall Furniture*** . . . . .270A, 271 AAA Northern New England . . . . . . . . .279 Adams Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 ADT Night Watch Prevention . . . . . . . . .295 ADT Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .240 Aerus Electrolux . . . . . . . . . . . . .164, 165 Affordable Kitchens . . . . . . . . . . . . . .220 AFI Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .259 Air & Water Quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127 Allen/Freeman/McDonnell Agency . . . .282 Allenfarm Fence . . . . . . . . . . . . .287, 288 American Concrete INdustries . . . . . . .321 Andersen Windows . . .130, 137, 311, 314 Andy's Pool Store/A&W Pool Co. . . . .326A Another Look . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .280, 265 Antiquity Tile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .238 Apple Creek Furniture . . . . . . . . .276, 277 AquaMax of Maine . . . . . . . . . . .211, 212 Aquaduct Seamless Gutter Systems . . .234 Aquatic Development . . . . . . . . . . . . .168 Armor Roofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Atlantic Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .306 B.W. Hewes & Associates . . . . . . . . . .206 Back In Balance Wellness Center . . . . .241 Bangor Daily News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .296 Bangor Information Technology Solutions144 Bath Fitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .149, 320 Blueberry Broadcasting . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Bonsey Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146 Boulderz Pools & Spaz . . . . . . . . . . . .201 Broughman Builders . . . . . . . . . .226, 227 Carefree Window & Siding . . . . . . . . . .215 Central Maine Moving & Storage . . . . .118 Central Maine Stone Works . . . . . . . . .240 Circle D Sprayfoam . . . . . . . . . . .120, 121 CMC Log Homes . . . . . . .B Outdoor Village Coastline Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .278 College Pro Painters . . . . . . . . . . . . . .244 Collegiate Entrepreneurs . . . . . . . . . . .109 Comfort Furnace Infrared Heat . . . . . . .260 Commotions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300B Creative Comfort Home & Hearth . . . . .262 Cross Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .224 Daily Bread . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .207 Darling's Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Dave's World*** . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .247 Distinctive Concrete Designs . . . . . . . .154 Dogwatch Hidden Fence of Grtr Bangor .139 Dorr's Equipment . . . . . . .C Outdoor Village Downeast Kitchen Design . . . . . . . . . .225 Downeast Seamless Gutters . . . . . . . . . . . . .F Outdoor Village Efficiency Maine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .160 ELCO Geothermal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .235 EBS . . . . . . . . . . . . . .141, 142, 316, 317 Energy Layout Consulting*** . . . . . . . .114 Evergreen Home Solutions A Outdoor Village F.W. Webb Company . . . . . . . . . .208, 209 Festiva Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .254 G.E. Strout Heating . . . . . . . . . . . . . .268 Glencross Construction . . . . . . . .273, 274 Global Power Prodcuts/GenerLink . . . . .135 Godin's General Contractor . . . . . . . . .169

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The exhibitor list and map is accurate as of April 11, 2011. There may be late changes before the show starts, so be sure to browse the entire show!

APRIL 15, 16, 17 Vendors in bold red type are also advertisers in this Special Section. Those marked by asterisks**** are also featured in the exhibitors article beginning on page 4. Granicrete of Maine . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Granite Shop, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .166 Granville Stone & Hearth .E Outdoor Hearth Green Thumb Lawn Service . . . . . . . .309B Greenway Equipment Sales . . . . .324, 325 Greenworks, The*** . . .Main Ent., Food Ct. Hammersaw Solar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .289 Hammond Lumber . . . . . . . . . . .319, 322 Hazelton Woodworks . . . . . . . . . . . . . .258 Health Craft Cooking Show . . . . . . . . .328 Hewes & Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .213 Hickory Dickory Decks . . . . . . . . . . . .300 Hilltop Log Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .313 Holgerson, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .143 Home Builders Association of Maine . . .102 Home Depot . . . . . . . . . . . .248, 249, 250 Intercoastal Concrete & Waterproofing .210

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Invisible Fence of Central Maine . . . . . .223 Irving Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .152, 153 Island Pool & Spa . . . . . . . . . . .302, 303A Jerky Hut, The . . . . . . . .Civic Center Lobby Jewelry by Jackie O . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .284 Katahdin Cedar Log Homes . . . . .155, 156 Keith Trembley Builder . . . . . . . . . . . .167 Kitchen Craft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .204, 205 Knowlton Cabinets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .285 Kuhns Bros. Log Homes . . . . . . . . . . .128 Legacy Home Improvements . . . .150, 151 LePage & Eaton Countertops . . . .150, 151 Leture's Paving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .303B Liberty Mutual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .214 Little Giant Ladders . . . . . . . . . . . . . .162 Lumber Liquidators . . . . . . . . . . .263, 264 Lymans Farm Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103

M&K Flooring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .131 Maine Cedar Specialty . . . . . . . . .230, 231 Maine Concrete Repair . . . . . . . . . . . .203 Maine Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107, 108 Maine Residential Construction . . . . . .266 Maplecrest Lilies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117 Market America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .294 MetLife Auto & Home . . . . . . . . . . . . .239 Missy's Magic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 MMJ Promotions . . . . . . .Entrance Location Modern Pest Services . . . . . . . . . . . . .140 Nagy Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .237 Neighbors Supporting Neighbors . . . . .112 Nelson's Candies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200 New Form Building Systems . . . . .245, 246 Northeast Flagpole Company . . . . . . .318A Northeastern Log Homes . . . . . . . . . .275 NuImage Aluminum . . . . . . . . . . . . . .242 Oak n Pine Cabinet Shop . . . . . . . . . .163 Overhead Door Co. of Bangor . . . . . . . .301 Owens Corning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .323 P.D.Q. Door*** . . . . . . . . . . . .304B, 305 Palmers Magnetic Therapy . . . . . .228, 229 Pella Windows & Doors . . . . . . . .327, 330 Penquis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110 Pine Tree Waste . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .106 Pinetree Foam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .291 Portland Glass . . . . . . . . . . . . . .256, 257 Premier Granite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .270 Princess House Products . . . . . . . . . .281 Prudential Northeast Properties . . . . . .269 Qualey Granite & Quartz . . . . . . . . . . .308 Quality Home Products . . . .113, 124, 242 Quantum Insulators . . . . . . . . . . . . .318B Rainaway Seamless Gutters . . . . . . . .261 Red Brick Lending . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .132 ReVision Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122 Reynolds Custom Woodworks . . . .150, 151 RH Foster Energy . . . . . . . . . . .161, 326B Rhoda LaVoie, Scentsy Consultant . . . .290 Sandollar Spa & Pool . . . . . .128, 129, 307 Select Comfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .253 Sherwin-Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .134 Showcase Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Silverline/American Craftsman . . .251, 252 Sinclair Builders . . . . . . . . . . . . .155, 156 Sleep Pros . . . . . . . . .216, 217, 218, 219 Softub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .221, 222 Somerset Stone Ctr & Excavation .147, 148 Sun Dog Solar Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . .157 Swift Chimney Cleaner . . . . . . . . . . . .120 Swift, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .292 TC Hafford Basement Systems . . . . . .312 Time Warner Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .255 To the Queen's Taste . . . . . . . . .232, 243 Top Quality Painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . .202 Tuffy Bear Discount Furniture . . . .158, 159 U.S. Cellular . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .244 Up & Up Post and Beam Homes . . . . .309A V.L. Walton's FLooring . . . . . . . . . . . . .310 Ward Cedar Log Homes . . . . . . . . . . . .329 Webber Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .315 Weil McLain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .138 WJD Enterprises . . . . . . .Entrance Location Worcester Blueberries . . . . . . . . . . . .304A


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Exhibitors Continued from Page 5 at the Bangor Home Show to chat with potential customers and explain the energy-audit process. Commeau has had a booth at the show for the past five years, and said that there’s just something about the Bangor show that is unique and sets it apart from other shows he has attended. “The Bangor show is much more lively,” Commeau said. “More people come through. It’s just a better show.”

Commeau has nearly 40 years of experience in the sawmill, log home, and post-and-beam industry as an energy engineer, designer, maintenance consultant, and inspector. He is a Maine Housing Authority-certified Residential Energy Auditor, and also holds BPI certification and certification with the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association. Commeau is a dealer for many of the geothermal systems on the market today, and also serves as a consultant to make existing geothermal systems more efficient. Commeau’s booth will feature

PHOTOS BY BRIAN SWARTZ

Exhibitors offer demonstrations and information on a wide range of topics. From top to bottom: demonstrating how well a special cleaning cloth works on a mirror; a gas- and wood-stove rep educates a showgoer; an exhibitor shows off the capabilities of a versatile ladder; and visitors engage in food talk, and probably enjoy a sample or two, at The Jerky Hut.

information about geothermal heat and energy audits. “I do a blower door test, which tells me the rate at which air is infiltrating a house,” he said. In conjunction with that, he does infrared testing that detects cold air coming in from outside. “I always do energy audits with the owner there so they can see my tests and what I’m doing,” he said. “They get a course in Energy Audit

101. I probably take double the time on an audit that a normal auditor does, but people are extremely happy when I’m done and they are educated.” Commeau said people are welcome to bring house plans in for him to look over during the home show, or to drop by to ask questions or fill out a card requesting Continued on next page

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Continued from previous page follow-up contact.

—Sheila Grant The Greenworks Landscaping of Bangor has been in business for 32 years. Attendees at the 41st Annual Bangor Home Show can see owner Bud Bruns’s handiwork not only at The Greenworks’ booth but in the landscaping around exterior and interior displays at the show, because Bruns has been the official Home Show landscaper for nearly two decades. The Greenworks, “Where experience and knowledge make the difference,” offers trees, shrubs, lawn care and pruning, but also specializes in hardscapes: stone

walls, walkways, patios, water features, walls, and fences. Bruns prides himself on his distinctive designs, and The Greenworks offers free estimates. Bruns said he would have a brick outdoor fireplace on display at the home show this year, as well as photographs highlighting some of his landscaping projects. There will also be a drawing at The Greenworks booth for a new gas grill. “I’ve been at the home show for about 18 years,” he said. “You get to see a lot of friends, acquaintances, and customers as they walk Continued on next page PHOTO BY BRIAN SWARTZ

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Continued from previous page through the doors.” Bruns said the Home Show is a great opportunity for consumers to pick up interesting new ideas, learn what various vendors at the show have to offer, and get expert advice on problem topics around home care. “As a consumer, you can pick up some really valuable ideas,” he said. “I’m usually the best buyer there!” The Greenworks has been rated the number-one Bangor Landscape Company by Market Surveys of America. Bruns offers references and an unconditional guarantee on his work. —Sheila Grant

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Clockwise from top left: Visitors try out and look over handmade wooden furniture and decorations; showgoers learn about hot tubs; visitors check out fireplaces outside the Auditorium and Civic Center; and folks get an education about some John Deere tractors.

PDQ Door sells, installs, and services garage doors for commercial, residential, and industrial properties, says David Plowman. He and his wife, Debra, and Kerry Fifer own the company, which they started 16 years with six employees. Today PDQ Door employs 49 people and has facilities in Bath, Houlton, Presque Isle, Rockport, and Waterville. According to David Plowman, PDQ stands for “Pretty Darn Quick,” and that’s the company’s goal: to provide service as soon as possible for its customers. Many potential customers will stop by PDQ Door’s exhibit inside the Bangor Auditorium during the 41st Annual Bangor Home Show. “We get a lot of traffic in there,” David says. “We’ve been in the same spot for the last 16 years.” At the Bangor Home Show, PDQ Door will display the LiftMaster Elite Series 3850, a garage door opener equipped with the Continued on next page


Continued from previous page EverCharge Battery Backup System; the C.H.I. Overhead Doors Series 5700 cedar-faced garage door, designed to resemble a pair of beautiful carriage-house doors; Raynor’s Arbor Shore Collection of knotty Western red cedar garage doors; and the C.H.I. Overhead Doors 5216, a steel carriage-house door insulated to R15½. The International Door Association recently named PDQ Door the 2011 Door Dealer of the Year, a first for Maine and New England

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PHOTOS BY BRIAN SWARTZ

Left: A showgoer learns about stone fireplaces. Right: An overhead view of some of the many booths at the show, with showgoers passing by. This year’s Bangor Home Show will feature 160 exhibitors, showing their wares and services, and educating showgoers on myriad home-oriented topics.

and a rare honor bestowed by the 5,000-member IDA. “If we have a problem, we take of it,” David says. “Same-day service is the norm with us.” —Brian Swartz

If you’d like to participate as an exhibitor at next year’s Bangor Home Show, contact promoter Dean Appleman by visiting www.HomeShows.com. Booth space filsl quickly, so reserve your spot today.


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