Home Expo ‘success’
DESPITE MODERATE attendance, organizers of the inaugural annual 2011 Home Expo at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre are reporting success.
“You have to realize this expo does not come with fringe benefits. Our aim is for the discerning consumer with serious things in mind, instead of someone who is coming to see a fashion show or hear entertainment,” said event co-ordinator for Media Plus, Ricardo Graham, yesterday.
The previous annual exhibition Home Show has been replaced by the Home Expo. Graham said this year’s event featured a revamped format under new management, which would be following on from what went before.
“We are [now] focusing on contemporary lifestyles. We are fortunate to be living in the age of technology, which is taking us in a different direction . . . and this show is designed to showcase that,” he added.
The show, which started on Friday, ends today. Running from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., Home Expo features a wide variety of businesses, some expected at such a show – like paint and furniture companies – and others not immediately expected – like car customization and spa companies, and the Diabetes Association of Barbados.
“We need to get with the programme in Barbados and realize times are moving on and there is more to housing than just a house,” said Rezult Auto Shop managing director Ricardo Clarke.
One consumer, who gave her name only as A. Trotman, said the expo was okay.
“But I’m not too impressed. The items are too expensive . . . . I think they need to be more competitively priced, plus, I’m seeing too much of the same thing . . . ,” she said.
But organizer Graham said there was actually a great amount of diversity on display.
“We find some companies are catering to the upper market, while others are catering more to middle-income markets. So if you pay close attention you can see a tremendous amount of diversity here. I am very pleased with it and with the effort the companies have put into their exhibits.”
Another consumer, who requested anonymity, praised the expo. She said it had what she was looking for – cheaper prices and a great range.
Other companies exhibiting were Branckers, which a new type of porcelain tile for both walls and floors; Epolux Inc. with the Kitchen Assistant mixer; Solaris Energy with its new type of solar water heater “made especially for Barbados’ climate”; Home Goods with its food waste disposal unit; and TeleBarbados with its Internet-only landline and voice and Internet package.
The Barbados Police Force booth was demonstrating car safety. (CA)