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John DeSantis remembered fondly by Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show exhibitors

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John DeSantis remembered fondly by Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show exhibitors

The late John DeSantis “never satisfied a stranger.”

Those are phrases from Jenn Tompkins, co-operator of Hire The Rooster in South Buffalo Township.

Her firm will be a single of the a lot more than 1,500 exhibitors for the 40th yearly Duquesne Light-weight Co. Pittsburgh Dwelling & Yard Demonstrate, which DeSantis started. He died on Jan. 1.

Held at the David L. Lawrence Conference Centre in Downtown Pittsburgh, the show opens March 4 and runs via March 13.

“His welcoming individuality came by way of in all the things he did for the progress and marketing of the clearly show,” Tompkins, identified as “Homestead Jenn,” claimed. “He knew everybody’s title and manufactured you feel like you had been a large element of the exhibit.”

John DeSantis remembered fondly by Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show exhibitors

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Phil Tompkins of Lease The Rooster transports hens to a client in South Buffalo Township on Aug. 1, 2018. Rent The Chickens will be a single of the exhibitors in the course of both weekends — March 5-6 and March 12-13 at the Duquesne Light Co. Pittsburgh Household & Back garden Exhibit in Downtown Pittsburgh.


Lease The Rooster delivers a whole service: People lease the chickens that lay eggs, a portable coop and vital supplies. Its booth will be located in the Farm to Desk region the two weekends for the 10-day display. Baby chicks will be hatched in the course of the second weekend of the present

“The clearly show draws these good crowds, and is so arranged, for the reason that of the do the job John place into it,” Tompkins reported. “We will definitely skip him.”

DeSantis’ son, Mark Moore, is pursuing in his footsteps as government director.

“I am at my dad’s household every day, and I have a photo of him that I communicate to,” Moore mentioned. “I truly feel his existence. The present will be emotional. It is a twin-edged sword.”

Moore’s wife, Kimberly, and their oldest son, Shane, are involved in the demonstrate. The couple’s youngest son, Riley, is in substantial university.

“It is not misplaced on me that the present is celebrating 40 a long time,” Mark Moore explained. “It’s a way to honor my dad. He liked bringing the property exhibit to Pittsburgh. A good deal of functions don’t previous 40 years.”

Moore mentioned the present, which spans additional than 10 acres in the conference middle, connects exhibitors and attendees — who appear from Western Pennsylvania, other spots of the commonwealth and out of state.


Courtesy of Adam Elias

A landscape style and design by Cedar Creek Design in Hempfield. The corporation will be a single of much more than 1,500 exhibitors at the Duquesne Mild Co. Pittsburgh Home & Back garden Demonstrate March 4-13 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Centre.


Adam Elias and Andrew Costello co-individual Cedar Creek Layout Inc. in Hempfield, a landscape firm. Their company grew with additional persons producing new and refreshing latest out of doors areas all through the pandemic.

This will be their seventh 12 months exhibiting.

“It is a definitely fantastic variety of advertising and marketing to meet experience-to-deal with with likely clients,” Elias explained. “They also get to see some of our perform and chat to us about what their eyesight is for their out of doors place.”

Elias mentioned DeSantis was pretty hands-on. He was often the initial human being Elias would see when they pulled into the convention heart.

“He manufactured confident our space was just the way we preferred it,” Elias mentioned.


Courtesy of Jack Iacoboni Jr.

Specialist Glass Co. in Export can install frameless shower doorways. The firm will be a person of far more than 1,500 exhibitors at the Duquesne Mild Co. Pittsburgh Home & Backyard Show March 4-13 at the David L. Lawrence Conference Middle.


Brothers Steve Iacoboni and Jack Iacoboni Jr. of Expert Glass Co. in Export, which their father Jack Iacoboni Sr. established in 1976, substitute fogged or broken glass, restore windows, deliver frameless shower doorways, glass storefronts and entrance doors.

“We occur to your household and do all the work at your home,” Jack Iacoboni said. “The dwelling show is the fantastic way to start off the year. It is these types of a terrific networking present. And it’s normally so well attended.”

There will be products and solutions from Amish exhibitors. The Pittsburgh Bonsai Culture will showcase miniature trees and do demonstrations. Gardening expert Doug Oster will existing programming. There will be reside amusement. Attendees can discover out of doors spaces in the Yard Pavilion.

The Construction & Reworking Centre attributes specialists in that spot.

Furnishings, lighting, art, add-ons and floor, wall and window covering choices will be at the Home Interior Galleries.

The Kitchen and Cooking Collection showcases every little thing from cupboards to countertops and cookware.

The Biergarten has new brews, snacks and the show’s Roof Prime Hops IPA — brewed from hops grown on the conference heart roof.

The eatery has been renamed John’s River Perspective Café in memory of DeSantis. A Children’s Village contains toy trains, reflecting his passion for product trains.

Title sponsor Duquesne Light-weight will host Electric Lane showcasing electrical power-conserving concepts, property basic safety recommendations and details on how to decrease electrical power costs.

The Residence & Back garden clearly show was canceled partway by its March 2020 operate, as pandemic constraints established in, and was not held previous year.

“Every calendar year, people today are wanting ahead to traveling to, but this yr is distinct because persons have designed lists of approaches to make improvements to their residences due to the fact they’ve spent so significantly time there,” stated Moore, who is president of Home & Yard Show Executives Intercontinental. “The superiority of goods and encounter of the experts exhibiting for 39 yrs will go on at our 40th anniversary clearly show.”


Courtesy of Robert Vertes

Vangura Surfacing Items in North Huntingdon gives a huge sum of counter tops for just about every finances. The corporation is one particular of additional than 1,500 exhibitors to debut at the Duquesne Mild Co. Pittsburgh Residence & Yard Show March 4-13 at the David L. Lawrence Conference Middle in Downtown, Pittsburgh.


For more than 30 of those years, Vangura Surfacing Merchandise in North Huntingdon was there. The corporation, which is celebrating 50 yrs in organization, provides a selection of counter tops, which includes its newest laminate merchandise.

On transfer-in day Tuesday, Robert Vertes, vice president of income and marketing and advertising for Vangura Surfacing Goods, invested a several minutes chatting with Moore about his dad.

“We experienced a second,” Vertes mentioned. “John DeSantis understood you by name. He took treatment of the exhibitors. The demonstrate has normally been so very well choreographed. He taught his son properly. This exhibit is not going to miss a beat.”

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Evaluation workers author. You can get in touch with JoAnne at 724-853-5062, [email protected] or by using Twitter .

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