The HBA-GLR Home Show Returns to Central Arkansas 

In the middle of a pandemic. A time when events had started, but really what was to be the calm before a major storm. The 2021 Home Builders Association of Greater Little Rock (HBA-GLR) Home Show, taking place again this year in downtown Little Rock, happened the first weekend that public events were able to “really happen” last year in Central Arkansas. Meredith Townsend, CEO of the Home Builders Association of Greater Little Rock (HBA-GLR) says, “Learning how to navigate that while still under restrictions was a challenge.”

 

Brock Ferguson Homes.

 

With the pandemic ebbing, 2022 promises to be a year bigger and better than ever for the event’s 70th iteration. 

 

“It’s a big deal, and we are excited to be back,” she says. “While we had a small show in 2021, we anticipate a great weekend in 2022 and hope that families are ready to get out and explore the Home Show for new ideas. Whether you are looking for a new home, interested in remodeling your current home, looking for home solutions or design ideas, the 2022 show will have it all in one spot for you.”

 

Erica York Homes.

 

Presented again by Lumber 1 Home Center, the Home Show is designed for visitors to connect with experts, meet professionals in the industry and gain resources for DIY projects (hello, more than $10,000 in giveaways!) — all under one roof.  

 

“As an exhibitor, you are in the room with the people who want to speak with you,” Townsend says. An ideal setup, indeed. 

 

Acme.

 

While last year brought about challenges, it also brought about great — successful — changes. 

 

“We switched to the Statehouse Convention Center for a number of reasons, including our vendors,” Townsend says. “The large, open space has load in and out through different doors to make it a lot easier for large trucks and not cause a traffic jam. We also love that everything is on one level, and we have the ability to use the space in a variety of ways, creating a unique experience for our visitors.”

 

The two-day, wall-to-wall lineup of all things residential features renowned experts in home improvement, remodeling, décor, interior design and outdoor solutions, with hundreds of exhibitors on display. Visitors can expect an entire zone devoted to Lumber 1 as well as Southern Bath & Kitchen, another returning sponsor. 

 

“You may not think you need anything for your home, but you might find something that will inspire you,” Townsend adds. “You get to meet experts in the industry, so when the time comes for you to need something, you aren’t having to spend the extra time looking for a solution. You will leave with the resources you need to help take care of your home.”

 

River Rock Builders.

 

The 2022 show will continue the IKEA-like layout from last year. 

 

“We want visitors to see everything, and one-directional layout allows for that,” Townsend says. “We want our visitors to have an experience, moving through the show, and not get stuck in a traditional trade show intersection, not knowing what they have or have not seen.”

 

Show organizers begin hard work on the next event for the following year immediately after one ends. Prior to COVID-19, the show averaged about 2,000-3,000 visitors during the weekend. 

 

“COVID has been a challenge working with some of our regular vendors due to restrictions their company has placed on them,” Townsend says. 

 

KellCo Custom Homes.

 

The turnout this year is expected to increase with the number of people updating their homes post-COVID for a fresh look. But to Townsend, it’s not just about the numbers. 

 

“Your home is where a lot of formative experiences happen and where you create those moments you remember forever,” Townsend says. “Because of that, I really enjoy getting to know our vendors on a more personal level, and I love getting to know our visitors. The stories I get to hear from our visitors on the memories they make in their own homes are always very heartwarming.

 

“Whether it’s the empty nesters loving life as grandparents, the recently married couple looking for ideas for their first home together, or the single parent excited about being able to purchase a first home, it is always, again, very heartwarming.”

 

So, what’s new this year? 

 

“We’re working with some local designers and hope to be able to create some actual living spaces filled with items from local stores here in Central Arkansas,” Townsend says. “We are also putting together some DIY workshops as well as celebrating students who are looking at trade careers in construction.”

 

River Rock Builders.

 

If you’re not sure what goes into buying a new home, there will be mortgage lenders, title companies and real estate agents available to answer all questions. And if you’re building a new one, builders will be on hand to discuss your needs. 

 

“Your home is your most valuable asset,” Townsend says. “Come on out and see what’s trending.”

 

As always, booth assignments and placements are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, it is important to get your registration in quickly. For more information, visit hbaglr.com/homeshow.  

 

 

 

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