A shopping trip brought Harold and Marqukia Gayle from their Milledgeville home to the Macon Mall on Sunday. But once there, they found more going on than regular retail sales.
Sunday was the third and final day of HomExpo 2015, sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Middle Georgia.
“Actually, we didn’t know it was going on,” Harold Gayle said.
They strolled among the booths that lined the mall’s lower floor, hawking various home-related products and services. One caught their eye in particular: Arrow Exterminators.
The Gayles are being bothered by bats, so Sunday’s shopping stop may end up solving the problem, Harold Gayle said.
They were glad to find the home expo going on, and were looking further down the line, he said.
“I thought it was a great idea,” Harold Gayle said. “Hopefully they’ve got a place with siding.”
There were indeed siding sellers among the exhibitors, along with realty services, tree trimmers, gutter innovations, upscale bathtubs and more.
One of the many exhibitors was Window World, showing off a stock of double-pane windows and insulated doors. The company’s product has been ranked No. 1 in customer satisfaction for two years by J.D. Power & Associates, and won the Good Housekeeping seal for seven years, sales representative Rick Compton said.
He and a co-worker stood ready to show off the replacement windows to any of the shoppers drifting by.
“It’s been a little slow this year compared to last year,” Compton said. “We did really well last year.”
He suspected some potential visitors may have been discouraged by fears of bad weather; and with fewer stores in the mall, less incidental foot traffic could be expected.
About 55 businesses and agencies participated in this year’s home expo, said Chris Cole, president of the home builders association. He’s also president of Sentry Construction Co. Inc., and staffed that business’s booth.
The event, which ran from 11 a.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Sunday, also featured presentations from various speakers. A representative of the 21st Century Partnership spoke Sunday, while among others was a seminar on how to build or renovate a house, Cole said. That included planning, construction and financial advice, he said.
This was the home expo’s second year in Macon Mall, Cole said.
“It’s going great. We’ve got a lot of traffic,” he said Sunday afternoon.
Though the final choice has yet to be made, it’s likely the home builders association will be back for a third year, Cole said.
“The mall is fantastic,” he said. Returning visitors can see that the venue is safe and recently renovated, Cole said; even the empty storefronts are covered with large historic pictures, giving a good bit of local history.
To contact writer Jim Gaines, call 744-4489.