Upon arriving at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, the main entrance typically reserved for valet services was teeming with locals coming out to see and sample the newest most buzz worthy products and services. The outdoor area was alive with the tents of local breweries, wineries, woodworkers, artisans, farmers, and charities such as Habitat for Humanity and Boots for troops. The Cunningham Gas Outdoor Cooking Stage featured a few of the area’s finest chef’s Brian McNamara of Del Frisco’s Grille, Clarence Alexander of Kirby’s Steak House, and Molly Fowler – The Dining Diva, doing what they do best while sharing insightful information and instructing the audience from the comfort of an air-conditioned tent.
The first display to catch my eye was an amazing night blue 1950’s Plymouth Special DeLuxe with white tires, chrome trim, and the unforgettable ship hood mount that Plymouth’s are known for. I was ecstatic to see such a majestic car from a bygone age, I had to run over and ask why it was there. Come to find out it was Habitat for Humanity, who are performing a raffle to raise money for their Restore build (a resale shop who’s proceeds benefit the Montgomery county habitat for humanity) and help our community like they have done for so many years. It was refreshing to see an organization that provides homes for families at this event. Billy, the gentleman working the booth and who also works with habitat for humanity of Montgomery County was very informative about the the requirements that need to be met to be eligible for the housing they provide. His saying was “We’re looking to give a hand up not a hand out” which touched me deeply since I know families they’ve built houses for.
Just inside, the halls and exhibit hall were swarming with attendees, vendors, and the hustle and bustle of people networking, The scent of fresh plastic, lush greenery, and culinary delights was palpable. From light shows to bubbling Jacuzzi tubs, the 13th Annual Fall Home and Garden show offered plenty to enthrall the senses.
I was on a search to experience local businesses with great products and messages. One of the first interesting exhibitors encountered was Magnolia Outdoor Living displaying patio furniture made by The Amish using milk jugs. The poly-patio furniture is 100% moisture resistant and immune to the elements, sand, rust, humidity, etc. The furniture was comfortable, smooth, and came in plenty of designs with a wide range of color options.
Cambria quartz presented eye-catching gigantic quartz slabs, a more sanitary and durable alternative to porous granite counter tops.
Cunningham Gas had a noticeable presence at the event, sponsoring the outdoor cooking stage and boasting a large space in the hall including Yeti coolers, staple outdoor fireplaces, and outdoor cooking. The entire line of Big Green Egg smokers featuring their newest addition, the MiniMax with 13 inches of grilling space which is compact, perfect for the RV, deer lease, or trip to the beach.
We also had an opportunity to meet Mr. Jean Pierre of the Marwin Company who is the inventor of the Electric Attic Stairway. Mr Pierre’s invention was very impressive and his story of why he created it was even better. His wife wasn’t able to reach the pull down for the attic for a long time, and one day said to Jean, can you do anything for me? Pierre, replied why yes I can, and started working on this magnificent invention.
Sparkle Magic Illuminator lights transform your yard into a wonderland, these lasers cast a speckles of red, green or blue across your lawn or home. With Christmas just around the corner, these lights in red and/or green are the perfect one step lighting solution to make your home stand out.
Stonehenge Showers feature attractive single cuts of the finest stone requiring no grout, thus eliminating mold and mildew keeping these custom stone works low maintenance and looking like new.
Nature’s Way Resources was another local favorite highlighting the dangers of common toxic chemicals used on our lawns and around our homes. Their mission is to provide organic, dye-free, recycled materials for both private and professional gardeners. Nature’s Way Resources also offers educational tours at their Nursery in Conroe to those interested in learning more about their services.
One of the more versatile exhibits at the Home and Garden Show, Lone Star Interior Outfitters offer a variety of services ranging from beautiful customized storage solutions such as murphy beds, kitchen cabinets, and closets to garage flooring that is impervious to chemicals, gun safes hidden behind wall-mirrors, and “man-cave” items.
I had high expectations for the event and The 13th Annual Fall Home and Garden Show exceeded them all. I was invigorated by the friendliness of my community and the vendors that service it. There was certainly something there for everyone, each of the products and services I experienced were perfectly personalized for the consumers needs. We live in a great community with a thirst for the best and newest innovations, lets just say the Fall Home and Garden Show, The Woodlands delivered.