One-stop shopping for home improvement


October 20, 2002|By Sarah Kickler Kelber | By Sarah Kickler Kelber,SUN STAFF

Where can you find items for home decorating, designers to help you choose the best products and project managers who will do the work for you? The answer is EXPO Design Center, which is opening a store in Columbia Saturday.

The 91,000-square-foot center features 10 designer showrooms -- including appliances, flooring, fabric, lighting, carpeting and rugs -- professional designers, and a construction company for project management and installation services.

On Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the store will open for a sneak preview to benefit Our House Youth Home, which provides a highly structured learning environment for at-risk young men. A donation of $10 is suggested, and visitors will have the chance to win $1,000 of store credit. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m., and the store opens to the public Saturday at 10 a.m.

To pick up a catalog, visit the Columbia store, 6100 Dobbin Road, or view an online catalog at

We'll have the steak, medium infrared

Just in time for tailgating season comes the Solaire Anywhere Portable Grill, which can cook a steak even in brisk autumn weather.

The Anywhere Grill's burners are warmed with infrared heat -- usually used in space heaters and restaurant patio heaters -- creating a cooking surface that is impervious to cold and wind.

The Solaire Anywhere Portable Grill weighs 20 pounds and has a suggested retail price of $399.

For more information, visit / solaire / solaire.htm or call 562-696-8718 .

Now open for SUVs

We've all seen drivers trying to maneuver SUVs into tight parking spots in the city. But parking them at home can present a challenge, too, since many residential garage doors are too short to comfortably accommodate these vehicles.

For many homeowners, commercial doors -- for which style was not the highest priority -- were the only option. But Clopay Building Products has introduced a new line of garage doors designed with the height of SUVs, boats and RVs in mind. Extended Height doors (available in 9 feet, 10 feet and 12 feet tall, as well as a variety of widths) are now available from the residential line.

To find the dealer nearest you, call 800-2CLOPAY or visit


* The Historic Annapolis Foundation is celebrating Halloween with the Spirits of Annapolis Tours, in which back-from-the-grave guides share the myths of ghostly sightings that have been part of the city's folklore for ages. The event takes place Thursday, Friday and Oct. 29 and 30, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., starting at the William Paca House (186 Prince George St.). The tour costs $15 for members; $20 for nonmembers. Reservations are required; call 410-267-7619, Ext. 8146.

* The Potters Guild of Baltimore features the Potters of San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua through Nov. 7. Most of the people in the small village are descendants of Mayan tribes who settled there centuries ago. The gallery is at 3600 Clipper Mill Road in Hampden's Meadow Mill, and hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Call 410-235-4884 or visit

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