This weekend, Blane Bailey plans to connect 80 local businesses with thousands of CSRA residents at the first-ever CASA Home Show.
Bailey, President and CEO of TranterGrey Media Group in Evans, is one of the coordinators of the show, which will be held on Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, May 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Columbia County Exhibition Center located at 212 Partnership Drive in Grovetown.
The show was named CASA because it’s the Spanish word for house.
Vendors will include Advanced Air Technology, Yohe Plumbing, Sol Himalayan Salt Cave & Spa, and Jonathan English State Farm.
Attendees will also have the chance to attend a variety of workshops taught by local business professionals, including Signature Mike with Signature Interiors, Chef Greg Mueller with recteq, and Bill Tiszai with Cold Creek Nurseries.
Bailey said recteq has donated a grill package worth $2,000 that will be raffled off at the event. Raffle tickets cost $20 each, or you can buy three tickets for $40. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Salvation Army Center of Hope, which provides temporary shelter, meals, and other services for homeless families in the CSRA.
Attendees will also have the chance to win gift baskets filled with items donated by vendors. These baskets will be worth between $3,000 and $4,000.
“We hope to bring 8,000 to 10,000 people out,” Bailey said. “I knew people would come just because of recteq.”
That’s what got him involved. Some people approached him four months ago about planning a home show, but he initially declined. When they let him know recteq agreed to sponsor the event, Bailey quickly changed his mind.
He didn’t want to host a traditional show that only included home builders and contractors. Bailey has also invited other professionals, such as a dentist, chiropractors, and insurance agents.
“I wanted to make it more of a community show and allow people to ask questions about things they use every day,” he said.
For example, attendees will be able to ask a T-Mobile Augusta representative about cell phones and plan options.
Paul Francis, the owner of DependaCoat, a company that applies an exterior coating to homes as an alternative to painting, looks forward to telling attendees about the services his company provides. Francis also plans to share before and after pictures of projects DependaCoat has completed.
“A lot of people just come by the booth, and they aren’t interested, but if we get to talk to 100 people, it’s the perfect situation for us,” he said.
Francis, who has been in business for about 17 years, is also excited about the show’s location.
“This is the first time we’re having a really great show in Columbia County,” he said.
Like Francis, Jeff Asselin, who handles recruiting, training, and marketing for Busby’s Heating & Air Conditioning, looks forward to speaking with attendees.
“What we really want to do is talk to our existing customers, and then tell any new customers about the services we provide,” Asselin said.
One of those services is installing an air scrubber in an air conditioning unit. He said the scrubber removes 99 percent of the pollen in a customer’s home.
One-day passes to the show cost $7, while two-day passes sell for $10. Tickets for veterans and senior citizens cost $5, and children 12 and under are free.
For more information or to see a complete list of vendors, visit casahomeshow.com.