By JIM PARKER
The Post and Courier
Since its launch five years ago, the Mount Pleasant Home & Garden Show measures up as an informative, productive, convivial and intimate fall event.
What the three-day fest may have lacked, however, concerns the intangibles; things that turn a take-it-or-leave-it show into a destination attraction.
Arguably, the display had been short on engaging sidelights: food, music, special features. Moreover, the event charged an entry fee, albeit just $5 a person.
So in 2013, sponsor Charleston Home Builders Association set out to elevate the East Cooper show from a status that might be dubbed “undoubtedly worthwhile” to one that’s hard-to-miss.
“We just want people to come out and have a good time, enjoy the show, enjoy the food and music. We want to make it an event,” says Phillip Ford, the association’s executive vice president.
Among the new features for the 2013 show Oct. 18-20 at Omar Shrine Temple:
• Free admission daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. as well as parking at no charge.
• Food truck rodeo, with four participating mobile eateries; and live music Saturday and Sunday noon-4 p.m. in the show parking lot.
• An enhanced edition of Wine Tasting by Bottles 1-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday inside the show.
The home and garden show will showcase presenting sponsor Lucey Mortgage, five show sponsors — Carolina Lanterns & Lighting, Muhler, Swift Appliance, Mevers Kitchen & Bath Studio and Charleston Style & Design — and 46 exhibitors.
According to organizers, show-goers can “check out the latest trends in outdoor living spaces, kitchen-bath, landscaping and more.”
Manning the booths will be professional builders, remodelers and specialty contractors to manufacturers and sellers of “everything imaginable” for inside and outside the home.
Attendees will find the latest products and services for building, remodeling, landscaping and interior design. They can compare product prices, benefits and features — all under one roof, organizers say. Patrons also can take advantage of at-show “specials” offered by many exhibitors.
Also daily, Clemson (Extension Service) Master Gardeners will man a bookstore, head up educational seminars and provide on-hand consultants to help homeowners enhance their gardens and landscaping. Eight experts will hold workshops on nine different topics.
Ford says the show can aid “anybody who’s building a new home or remodeling a home. You might just be adding a pool; it doesn’t have to be a full-blown (restoration).”
For more information, contact Ford at email@example.com; marketing director Rachel Jeffeaux at firstname.lastname@example.org or the HBA office at 843-572-1414.
Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or jparker at postandcourier.com.
MOUNT PLESANT HOME & GARDEN SHOW AT A GLANCE:
Producer: Charleston Home Builders Association.
Dates: Oct. 18-20.
Location: Omar Shrine Temple, Mount Pleasant.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Admission, parking: Free.
• Food Truck Rodeo. Participating Food Trucks: Auto-Banh, Dulce Truck, Low Country Creole, Geechee Island Food Truck. Saturday and Sunday noon-4 p.m. home show parking lot.
• Live music. Various entertainment, Saturday noon-4 p.m. home show parking lot; Ronnie Johnson and Dale Baker from Buddy Roes Shrimp Shack, Sunday 1-4 p.m. home show parking lot.
• Wine tasting. Wine Tasting by Bottles, 1-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday inside the home show.
• Exhibitors (alphabetical order). Amerisips Homes, Aqua Blue Pools, Atkinson Pools & Spas LLC, Bank of America, Cantey Foundation Specialist, Carolina Lanterns, Charleston Gamerooms, CNT Foundations LLC, C.T. Lowndes & Co., Cutco Cutlery, Dr. Energy Saver, Dynair Industries (Rainbow Home Cleaning Systems), Express Sunrooms, HLG Growers, Homewerx LLC, Infinger Furniture, I.T.S.C. – Directv, K+P Contracting LLC, Kitchen Craft, Kohler Moving & Storage, Leafguard of the Lowcountry, Lucey Mortgage, Mevers Kitchen & Bath, Mount Pleasant Magazine, Muhler Company, New Leaf Tree Service, Outdoor Lighting Perspective, Palmetto Exterminators, Palmetto Surfacing, Plugs Appliance, Power Plus Systems, Pro Roofing, Quality Products, Renaissance South Construction Co., Slide-Lok Garage Interiors, Solar Energy Solutions of the Lowcountry, Spade Crete, Special Addition, Strock Enterprises Design & Remodel, Structures Building Company, Sunview General Contracting, TD Bank, The Louvershop, Touch of Purple and XimoRocks/Cookie Lee Jewelry. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
• Gardening tips. The Tri-County Master Gardeners will be on hand to take soil samples, answer gardening questions and have some favorite plants and books for sale. There will also be gardening presentations ongoing throughout the weekend. Courses/times:
Friday, Oct. 18
11 a.m., Donna Powell; “Personal Hydroponics Garden – Indoor gardening using a liquid nutrient media.”
1 p.m., Jim Strohm; “Keeping Bees in the Lowcountry.”
3 p.m., Ron Coffey; “Fall Soil Preparation for the Spring Garden.”
Saturday, Oct. 19
11 a.m., Mike Dixon; “Easy Lawn Care – How to avoid turf problems.”
1 p.m., Joan McDonald; “Cocktail, Mocktail and Tea Garden – Container gardening that will quench your thirst.”
3 p.m., Roxane Delaurell; “Herbs for the home garden.”
Sunday, Oct. 20
11 a.m., Darren Sheriff; “Camellia Primer – Getting started with Camellias.”
1 p.m., Darren Sheriff; “Oddball Fruits – Things out of the ordinary in the fruit world that will grow here.”
3 p.m., Katie Ellis; “Native plants for the home garden, ornamentals, edibles and ecosystem services.”
More information: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 843-572-1414.
Billy Mevers heads up Mount Pleasant-based Mevers Kitchen & Bath, one of 46 exhibitors at the East Cooper home and garden show (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
A tile bathroom and separate shower graces this remodeling design. Patrons of the Mount Pleasant Home & Garden Show at Omar Shrine Temple through Sunday will see these types of projects (Provided).×
Muhler Co. sponsors the show, organized by the Charleston Home Builders Association, and stands as a regular presenter (File/Jim Parker/Staff).×
Wine tasting plays a larger role in the home and garden show this year (Provided).×
Mevers Kitchen & Bath showcases many knobs and handles for bath and kitchen cabinets and drawers (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
This house with turret west of the Ashley sprouts colorful flowers in the front yard, displaying how gardening can spruce up a residence (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
Sushi graced the menu of at least one prior Mount Pleasant Home & Garden show, which this year includes a food truck rodeo (Provided).×
Original cabinet designs highlight Mevers Kitchen & Bath east of the Cooper (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
An outdoor brick fireplace went on display two years ago at the Mount Pleasant Home and Garden Show in Omar Shrine Temple, 176 Patriot Blvd. (File/Jim Parker/Staff).×
Silestone-brand quartz stands out as a countertop option at Mevers (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
A garden-like scene surrounds the entrance to this house in I’On east of the Cooper (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
A mirror centers this cabinet display at Mevers Kitchen & Bath (Photo by Laura Olsen/Olsen Imagery).×
Wood cabinets and granite countertops spotlight this kitchen. Information about building kitchens such as this will be available at the 2013 Mount Pleasant Home & Garden Show, sponsored by the Charleston Home Builders Association (Provided).×