SEACOASTONLINE.COM: UNH ALUMNAE TEAM UP IN TRADE SHOW BUSINESS

For Carrie Barron and Beth Alles,the new owners of New England Expos, nine months of intense preparation goes into four days for major home and garden shows in Portland, Maine, and Durham in February and March. Behind the effort of marketing, advertising and attention to a seemingly infinite number of logistical details that go into these annual and very popular shows, is a unique entrepreneurial partnership that goes back to childhood for Alles and Barron.

21ST ANNUAL MAINE HOME, REMODELING & GARDEN SHOW

The 21st annual Maine Home, Remodeling & Garden Show , an annual favorite for Mainers planning for springtime, will take place at Portland’s Cumberland County Civic Center on February 19-20. The theme of this year’s show is updating and remodeling in today’s eco-friendly world.

The 2011 Maine Home, Remodeling & Garden Show will feature helpful home and garden demonstrations, and over 180 exhibitors. An assortment of new vendors will be featured at this year’s event, including Pro Tub & Countertop Refinishing, Miltons Spas, Home Again by Hancock Lumber, Nuimage Awnings, Morin’s Fine Furniture & Refinishing, and Lucas Tree Experts. Wilbur Stoneworks will wow attendees with its impressive stone sculpture as they enter the show.

20TH ANNUAL MAINE HOME, REMODELING & GARDEN SHOW

The 20th annual “Maine Home, Remodeling & Garden Show” will take place at Portland’s Cumberland County Civic Center on February 6-7. This year’s show will feature over 170 exhibitors, an impressive range of new vendors, skilled artisans, and unique home and garden demonstrations. Providing the newest tools, ideas and inspiration for attendees, the show also will showcase for consumers how to update and remodel in an increasingly eco-friendly world. Additionally, the show’s popular “Meet the Chefs” series, featuring live demos from several well-known Maine and New Hampshire chefs, will take place during both days.