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50th Annual Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Show

50th Annual Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Show
"Celebrating 50 Years of Ideas for your Home"

Thursday, February 9 - Sunday, February 12, 2012
Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park

Thursday - Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

$5 at State Fair Park
Enter at Gate 1 or 3A to Park

$6 in advance
$8 at the door
Children 12 and under and active or retired Military person admitted free
$6 seniors age 60 and older (seniors admitted for $4.00 at the door Thursday, February 9, for Callen Construction Senior Day)
Wheelchairs are available

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Admission Discounts

Receive a $2 discount on up to four regular adult priced admissions...

  • with a coupon from the Milwaukee/NARI website (click here for coupon).
  • with a coupon from the Milwaukee/NARI consumer newsletter.
  • with a coupon from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
  • show a valid YMCA or Milwaukee Art Museum membership card.

One coupon and/or admission discount per person. Coupons and admission discounts cannot be combined.

Seminar & Demonstration Stage Schedule

Renewal by Andersen Seminar & Demonstration Stage

Thursday, February 9

11:00 a.m.: Gus Gnorski
1:00 p.m.: Tom Feiza – Mr. Fix-It
3:30 p.m.: Melinda Myers, “The Plant Doctor”
5:30 p.m.: “The Remodeling Process – From Beginning to End” Panel Discussion

Friday, February 10

11:00 a.m.: Doug Wilson, “Trading Spaces” on TLC
1:00 p.m.: Melinda Myers, “The Plant Doctor”
3:30 p.m.: Tom Feiza – Mr. Fix-It
5:30 p.m.: Doug Wilson, “Trading Spaces” on TLC

Saturday, February 11

10:30 a.m.: Doug Wilson, “Trading Spaces” on TLC
12:30 p.m.: Tom Feiza – Mr. Fix-It
2:30 p.m.: Doug Wilson, “Trading Spaces” on TLC
4:30 p.m.: Lis Friemoth, “The Garden Hoe”: “Plant Ideas for Your Home – Oldies by Goodies”
6:00 p.m.: Doug Wilson, “Trading Spaces” on TLC

Sunday, February 12

11:00 a.m.: Lis Friemoth, “The Garden Hoe”: “Plant Ideas for Your Home – What’s New in Plants”
12:30 p.m.: Gus Gnorski
2:00 p.m.: Tom Feiza – Mr. Fix-It

Doug Wilson

Doug Wilson is a designer, author, television personality, and philanthropist.  Raised five miles outside of Broadlands, Ill., Wilson claims that the purity and serenity of his childhood home inspires his melding of organic elements with an American sense of style.

Wilson has three television shows on TLC, “America’s Ugliest,” “Moving Up,” and “Trading Spaces,” and recently authored his home design book, “Doug’s Rooms,” which offers design ideas, how-tos, and decorating advice.  He also writes a regular design column in “In Touch Weekly.”

He has worked with clients such as Barbara Walters and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and has been recognized by designers Jamie Drake, Albert Hadley, and Alexa Hampton.  Wilson has also been featured in national media, such as the “Today Show,” “The Rachael Ray Show,” “The View,” “The New York Times,” and more.

He is an expert in wall treatments and decorative painting techniques and often encourages homeowners to focus on a specific touchstone for each room – a swatch of fabric, a favorite trinket, or a thrift shop find – to create their space.

Gus Gnorski

Gus Gnorski, considered Milwaukee’s best-known handyman, began his broadcast career in 1966 on WTMJ-AM 620. The Milwaukee area first saw FOX 6’s “Ask Gus,” his weekly television show, in 1992.  More than 700 original episodes were produced and aired, and Gnorski in 2010 retired as a regular on “FOX 6 Wake-Up News.”  He will answer any questions on Thurs., Feb. 9 at 11:00 a.m. and Sun., Feb. 12 at 12:30 p.m., related to home improvement and repairs, offering attendees his experience of almost three decades and teaching them when to do it themselves and when to turn to the professionals for help.

Tom Feiza

Tom Feiza will discuss “Just Fix-It – The Absolute Best Home Repair Tips” on Thurs., Feb. 9, at 1:00 p.m., Fri., Feb. 11, at 3:30 p.m., Sat. Feb. 11 at 12:30 p.m., and Sun., Feb. 12 at 2:00 p.m.  A NARI Certified Professional, Feiza’s public appearances combine down-to-earth information with a dash of humor, while his radio call-in show on AM620 WTMJ, which draws over 45,000 listeners each hour, allows him to provide practical solutions to callers’ questions on home repair and related projects.

A writer of a weekly question and answer column that appears in over 80 newspapers with total circulation reaching more than 600,000 homes, Feiza has also written two books on home repair.  In addition to radio and print, he regularly appears on television talk and news shows, where he shares his Mr. Fix-It tips.

A registered professional engineer with over 30 years of building management experience, Feiza obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Marquette University.  He consults in the area of home remodeling and construction, and he performs home inspections.

Melinda Myers

Melinda Myers, “The Plant Doctor,” is a gardening expert, TV/radio host, author, and columnist, with more than 30 years of horticulture experience.  During her two presentations on Thurs. Feb. 9 at 3:30 p.m. and Fri., Feb. 10 at 1:00 p.m. at the Home Improvement Show, Myers will discuss “Small Space Gardens.”

Myers has written over 20 gardening books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening and The Garden Book for Wisconsin.  She hosts the nationally syndicated “Melinda’s Garden Moment” segments that air on 89 TV and radio stations throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Today’s TMJ4 and WMYX-FM 99.1 in Milwaukee.

She is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and writes the twice monthly Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “Gardeners’ Questions” newspaper column.

Myers hosted “The Plant Doctor” radio program for over 20 years as well as Great Lakes Gardener on PBS.  She has a master’s degree in horticulture, is a certified arborist, and was a horticulture instructor with tenure at Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Lis Friemoth

Lis Friemoth, best known as “The Garden Hoe,” will conduct presentations on Sat., Feb. 11 at 4:30 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 12 at 11:00 a.m.  She has been passionate about and gaining knowledge of plants since childhood.  According to Friemoth, she’s been “rolling in the dirt since she was six months old.” She fondly recalls her formative years spent in the home garden planting, growing, and maintaining lots of flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

Her interest in the business side of life originally led Friemoth to the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, where science lured her away, resulting in a Bachelor’s of Science degree. She then pursued and achieved a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Friemoth's love of healthy plants, her science background, and the alluring smell of wet dirt led her on a plant disease quest to expand her knowledge, understanding, and expertise. That quest resulted in a desire to work in the discipline she knows and loves, took her out from behind a desk in corporate research, and put her behind a shovel.  More than 10 years ago, she applied that burgeoning knowledge and expertise into the community service field as a county horticulturist. She then took her love of healthy plants, the lure of science, the pleasant challenges of analysis, and the risk of business, and put them all together to create and launch her own endeavor - The Garden Hoe.

Cooking Demonstration Stage Schedule

Wisconsin Granite Depot Cooking Demonstration Stage

Thursday, February 9

Noon: Mad Dog & Merrill
2:00 p.m.: Pat Buechs and Heather DuCloux, Healthy Cooking with the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee
4:30 p.m.: Chef Clifford Hull, Algauer’s Restaurant, Hilton Garden Inn – Milwaukee Park Place
6:00 p.m.: Mad Dog & Merrill

Friday, February 10

Noon: Jyll Everman, Food Network Star Contestant
2:00 p.m.: Mad Dog & Merrill
4:30 p.m.: Mad Dog & Merrill
6:00 p.m.: Jyll Everman, Food Network Star Contestant

Saturday, February 11

11:30 a.m.: Jyll Everman, Food Network Star Contestant
1:30 p.m.: Mad Dog & Merrill
3:30 p.m.: Jyll Everman, Food Network Star Contestant
5:00 p.m.: Mad Dog & Merrill
6:30 p.m.: Jyll Everman, Food Network Star Contestant

Sunday, February 12

11:30 a.m.: Mad Dog & Merrill
1:00 p.m.: Pat Buechs and Heather DuCloux, Healthy Cooking with the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee
2:45 p.m.: Mad Dog & Merrill
4:00 p.m.: Milwaukee/NARI Foundation Prize Raffle Drawing

Mad Dog & Merrill

What once started as a couple of pitch guys for a national grill company has turned into a cult following that has swept the Midwest.  For over 30 years, self-proclaimed “Grillologists,” Mad Dog & Merrill, have entertained and educated thousands of grilling enthusiasts.  Mad Dog & Merrill not only travel the country performing in front of live audiences, writing cookbooks and making videos, they also host the TV series, Mad Dog & Merrill’s Midwest Grill’n airing throughout all of Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Behind the comedy and entertainment, the duo recently applied their years of grilling experience to create authentic blends of sauces and spices produced locally and distributed throughout the Midwest. “We want nothing more than to make everyone a better griller and show how easy it is to be creative and entertain in their own backyard,” said Gary Merrill.

Jyll Everman

Growing up in Green Bay, Chef Jyll Everman was in for a major food shock when she moved to Los Angeles at the age of 19.  Never seeing or tasting foods from so many other cultures or cooking anything but Midwest comfort food, she immersed herself into the culinary world, putting herself though culinary school and also spending many hours learning what her own style should be.

Parkway Grill was the first kitchen she worked in after graduating, eventually becoming the Sous Chef at the Rose Bowl during the 2006 UCLA football season, catering to many celebrities and athletes.  She then became a private chef, starting with daily meals for busy families and moving onto cocktail and dinner parties.

After five years of being a private chef, Everman realized that most of her events were cocktail parties. After much soul searching, she decided to open Jyllicious Bites, a catering company specializing in finger and comfort foods that are recognizable, beautiful, and delicious.  “I pride myself on not making foods that are intimidating or pretentious, just delicious and familiar,” Everman said.  By combining her Midwest roots with a sophisticated California flair, Everman considers herself a finger food specialist.

On a dare from her husband and mom, Everman went to an open call in August of 2010 for Food Network’s “Food Network Star.”  After three regional auditions, she went to New York for a final audition.  “After an entire day at Food Network headquarters, I was convinced I hadn’t made the show,” Everman said.  “Two weeks later, I received a phone call inviting me to be on Season 7.”

After a whirlwind summer, Everman continues to work at her business, teaches cooking classes at Village Kitchen Shoppe in Glendora, and doing demonstrations for various events all over the United States.  When she is not cooking, she enjoys walking her humongous dog with her husband, playing racquetball, and inventing recipes for her upcoming cookbook.

Special Attractions


This area will feature a Northwood’s theme comprised of a variety of landscaping and hardscaping surrounding a log cabin.


Attendees will have an opportunity to serve as judges of an Interior Design Contest sponsored by Benjamin Moore Paints and Pekel Construction & Remodeling, which will pit students from Gateway Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Mount Mary College, and Waukesha County Technical College creating a multi-purpose/recreation room for a family in a different stage in life for their children.


This mobile art experience is an extension of the Milwaukee Art Museum, where kids not only take part in fun projects, but also grow and learn through art.


The latest 2012 cars and trucks will be shown inside the expo center in the Schlossmann’s Dodge City Chrysler Jeep Vehicle Display.


The Milwaukee/NARI Foundation Scholarship Raffle will give attendees a chance to win 12 exciting prizes:

  • Sunroom Kit from Cabintek
  • Planter Boxes from Community High School
  • Two Adirondack Chair from Milwaukee Area Technical College – Downtown Campus
  • Picnic Table from Milwaukee Area Technical College –South Campus
  • Adirondack Chair from Racine Case High School
  • Planter Boxes and Wooden Bench from Waukesha County Technical College
  • $1,000.00 gift certificate for a Carrier product and installation by 1st Choice Heating & Cooling
  • $400 Frontier Airlines Gift Card
  • $500 Gift Certificate from Kohler Co.
  • Wood Entry Door and Installation from Milwaukee Millwork and KS Remodelers
  • $500 Gift Certificate from Bliffert Lumber
  • 42” TV from ABC Audio Video


The Milwaukee/NARI Information Center provides attendees with a central location to learn about the various components of the country’s largest home improvement council, including Certified Professionals, Membership, and the Milwaukee/NARI Foundation, the association’s charitable arm.  At least one of the association’s Certified Professionals will be in the Information Center at all times to answer consumer inquiries relating to home improvement and remodeling. In addition, in honor of Milwaukee/NARI’s 50th anniversary, a historical display will be in the Information Center, allowing Show attendees to take a trip back in time to see how Milwaukee/NARI has grown into the largest chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.


Live music each day of the Show, including Joe Richter, Milwaukee vocalist, guitarist, and pianist.


Milwaukee’s own Bill Begos will appear at the Show daily to draw caricatures of Show attendees, which will be available for purchase.

Spring Show Sponsors

Advance Ticket Outlets

Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council
11815 W. Dearbourn Ave. • Wauwatosa

Adair Floors 'N' Mor, Inc.
7441 S. 27th St. • Franklin

Adam Overhead Door
16800 W. National Ave. • New Berlin

Advanced Communication Specialists
W238 N1690 Rockwood Dr., #100 • Waukesha

Aetna Corporation Builders Hardware
13745 W. Capitol Dr. • Brookfield

All American Window & Door Co.
N112 W14880 Mequon Rd. • Germantown

Allen Kitchen & Bath
225 E. Erie St. Milwaukee

Allis Industries, Inc.
2915 S. 13th St. • Milwaukee

Allrite Home & Remodeling, Inc.
6438 W. Mill Rd. • Milwaukee

Artisan Kitchen & Bath Gallery
4650 N. 124th St. • Wauwatosa

B & E General Contractors
6001 N. Green Bay Rd. • Glendale

Bliffert Lumber
548 W. Sunset Dr. • Waukesha

Burback Builders
W185 S8095 Racine Ave. • Muskego

The Cabinetry Shop, LLC
1800 N. Main St. • Racine

The Cabinetree of Wisconsin
19700 W. Bluemound Rd. • Brookfield

Callen Construction, Inc.
S63 W13131 Janesville Rd. • Muskego

Carl Krueger Construction, Inc.
6060 N. 77th St. • Milwaukee

Connor Remodeling & Design, Inc.
N89 W16416 Main St. • Menomonee Falls

1st Choice Heating & Cooling
S30 W24698 Sunset Dr. • Waukesha

Granite Transformations
W209 N17351 Industrial Dr. • Jackson

J.D. Griffiths
8401 W. Calumet Rd. • Milwaukee

S.J. Janis Company
11501 W. North Ave. • Wauwatosa

Kerns Carpet One-Greenfield
7828 W. Layton Ave. • Greenfield
19655 W. Bluemound Rd. • Brookfield
8643 N. Port Washington Rd. • Fox Point

Kitchens by Design, Inc.
13104 Watertown Plank Rd. • Elm Grove

Milwaukee Millwork
11712 W. Dixon St. • Milwaukee

Oak Creek Plumbing, Inc.
640 E. Ryan Rd. • Oak Creek

Owner Assisted Remodeling
13390 Watertown Plank Rd. • Elm Grove

Pro Source Wholesale Flooring
6615 W. Mill Rd. • Milwaukee
9620 S. Franklin Dr. • Franklin

Quickflash Heating & Cooling Services
11815 W. Bradley Rd. • Milwaukee

Renewal by Andersen
1510 Paramount Dr. • Waukesha

Royal Chimney Service
11815 W. Dearbourn Ave. • Wauwatosa

Ron Sonntag Public Relations
9406 N. 107th St. • Milwaukee

Stone Oak Landscapes, Inc.
1930 E. Norse Ave. • Cudahy

Rudy Uttke & Sons, Inc. Heating & Cooling Contractors
4209 S. Howell Ave. • Milwaukee

5070 N. 124th St. • Milwaukee

Window & Door Shoppe
N87 W14873 Fond du Lac Ave. • Menomonee Falls

Woller-Anger & Company, LLC
930 Elm Grove Rd. • Elm Grove

Exhibitor List

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