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Norma and Lindsay Seaman check out the bamboo pillows with Janet Pomeroy in the Ocean Sales booth at the P.E.I. Home Show at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown Friday. The show is on again today and Sunday and boasts over 150 booths.
Show open at Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown through Sunday with admission $6 for adults
The annual Provincial Home Show attracts a variety of people but Ben King, who is at the event with his Golf Mania P.E.I. booth, wants to be able zero in on potential customers.
This year’s home show has given him the means to do that with the addition of a new recreation and leisure section.
“It’s nicer for us because we can kind of get away from everything else. It’s good,” he said.
The separation between the the new section and the traditional house and yard retailers makes for a better overall home show experience, both for the exhibitors and the customers, he said.
“We know the people that are coming to our booth are here for a specific reason. It gives us our own thing separate from what they’ve got going on next door.”
Mike Morrison, the manager of Chuckie’s Sports Excellence, agrees.
“We’re a bit of a newer store, so this exposes us to new customers and also, it’s a way to promote the new products.”
Not only does it help the exhibitors, but it is better for the show overall because it brings in a crowd of people that might not have come otherwise, he said.
“It’s something else to draw people in. It’s good for everyone.”
Joey Murphy, who was running the Quartermaster Marine booth, says the separation has been great so far, and for the normal home show-goers, they will get a chance to see what the new section has to offer.
“If someone goes up there to look around, they’ll take the extra five minutes to come to this side and check it out,” he said.
“I think it’s a good idea. You never know, there could be that one person out of 10 that comes to this side and maybe wants to buy a boat. That makes it worthwhile.”
The separation even benefits the normal exhibitors, like Liz Cosgrove of Ocean Sales Ltd.
It could help expose her business to a new audience of possible customers.
“They’ll get ours and we’ll get theirs, so it helps both of us,” she said.
“They’ll definitely benefit from it, but so will we.”
The P.E.I. Provincial Home Show is open for buisness at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown from Friday to Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and children aged 10 to 16. Children under 10 are free.