If your home is just "another" house, head for the Salt Palace. The "everything you've ever wanted to make your haven a heaven on earth" show continues to attract thousands of Utahns.
The annual Deseret News Home and Summer Living Show is under way and continues through Saturday night. The free show is open until 10:30 p.m. Friday and from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.Featured in the show are 264 booths, highlighting tips on everything from remodeling and decorating to buying a new abode.
Sponsored in cooperation with the Home Builders Association of Great Salt Lake, this year's show is combined with the annual Showcase of Homes.
In center court, the association has a large photographic display of 12 new homes constructed by its members, who, needless to say, are eager to sell.
After visiting the Salt Palace exhibits, showgoers are invited to tour the homes during regular open house activities.
But don't leave the Palace until you've heard from the professionals on such topics as home decorating, summer meals, residential lighting techniques and financing for a new home. Their half-hour demonstrations are presented daily. The HBA Remodeling Council, composed of architects, suppliers and remodelers, will be on hand as well to offer suggestions for renovation ideas.
There are also experts in every booth, eager to discuss such accoutrements as patio sets, swing sets and sheds; custom curbing, cabinets and conditioners; sewing machines and exotic sand designs, and, of course, grease and grime removers.
Undoubtedly, the show is as beneficial to the seller as the buyer.
Bill Walker, owner of Custom Woodworks, says he's still filling orders from last year's show.
Walker and his partner, Dwight Atkinson, have been involved in the Deseret News extravaganza for 10 years (it previously was the Food and Hobby Show), and from it have gotten some of their biggest clients _ regardless of what they were selling.
Walker, who started Woodman's Stove Co., took orders for wood-burning stoves at the first show but has since branched out to hardwood furniture, such as bars and indoor wall systems. His is now one of the only companies to sell patio furniture built from 1-inch dry redwood.
Showgoers can relax in Walker's reclining chair with foot rest while watching the outstanding entertainment.
The Salt Lake Good Time Jazz Band will perform at 3 p.m. Friday on the entertainment stage in the Salt Palace Exhibit Hall. Following at 7 p.m. will be the Rocky Mountain Jubilee, a quartet that has performed since 1983.
Performing Saturday at 3 p.m. will be one of the youngest professional bluegrass groups in America, the Peewee Pickers. Since their first show at a concert at Weber State College, the group has performed throughout the country at festivals, fairs, amusement parks and conventions.