U.S. Cellular Coliseum hosts Home Show

By WEEK Reporter

March 10, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:25 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, IL-- As the nation's economy begins to gain momentum, local businesses had a chance to gain some new customers.

Vendors at the Bloomington-Normal Homebuilder's Association home show filled more than 200 booths at the US Cellular Coliseum during the first weekend of March.

The one-stop-shop brought in people looking to make some changes to their home or just browse the vendor displays, everything, from heating and air conditioning to interior design ideas.

Blaine Bedolli of Gary Bryan Kitchens said this is the first time the Springfield-based company has taken part in the Home Show.

"I've gotten a lot of quality leads from this show over the last day and a half," said Bedolli. "So it's been a positive experience for us."

Other businesses pulled out all the stops to get people to check out their booth, including those with Window World, who brought along "The Stinger."

"The Stinger" was unveiled at the 100th Indianapolis 500 in May 2012.

It features a yellow and black color scheme taken directly from the 1911 Marom Wasp, the first winning Indy 500 car.

Ralph Chambers, of Chambers Services Inc., says the Bloomington appliance business has gained several new customers from previous shows.

Sunday was the last day for the Bloomington-Normal Home Show.

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