Coming soon to Matthews Plaza on Independence Boulevard – The Better Home Show.
The home improvement galleria opens Oct. 18 in the space formerly occupied by Sofa Express and More. Think of it as a Black Lion-style emporium for home improvement contractors, says owner Nick Pierannunzi.
Customers can come in to browse or arrange business with contractors specializing in tankless water heating systems, gutter systems, kitchens, baths, and outdoor living areas. And unlike traveling home shows featuring similar vendors, The Better Home Show is a permanent fixture – and admission will be free.
The green leaf in his business logo reflects how his business will promote eco-friendly vendors.
“I like to call it three-dimensional advertising,” said Pierannunzi, a Matthews resident who has a background in home improvement and advertising.
“It's where consumers can go and have a hassle-free experience. … The key is they get to see it, feel it, touch it and see exactly what the home improvement company does for work, without having to call.”
Pierannunzi said The Better Home Show is a first, although the business follows a similar company model called Homeshow Daily out of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Boise, Idaho.
The Better Home Show will also offer free popcorn and a movie-viewing area to encourage lounging by children and other visitors.
Despite the slow economy and the downturn in the home-building market, Pierannunzi isn't worried about launching his business now.
“Actually, I think it's a good time to start it up,” he said, adding that contractors are looking for different ways to advertise services. “This is a brand-new look at what they do.”
New arrivals are on the way at Blakeney retail center, according to developer Crosland:
RedSky Gallery, a fine arts and crafts gallery, opens in November. It's the gallery's second Charlotte location. The 885-square-foot space will showcase about 500 artists and will feature paintings; fine crafts in glass, metal, ceramics and wood; furniture and home accessories; and jewelry and other wearable art.
Seventy-Two Shoe Boutique will feature mid- to high-end designer women's shoes and personalized customer service. It will open mid-December in a 843-square-foot space.
Zoe's Kitchen is a fast-casual restaurant that will serve sandwiches, hot plates and salads with a Mediterranean flair. The business was founded in 1995 by Zoe Cassimus in Birmingham, Ala. There are now 21 locations in eight states.
Crosland didn't specify an opening date for the 2,700-square-foot restaurant.