2017 8th Annual Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show Preview


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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – If you have never been to a home and garden show before, this is the place to be on this weekend of August 25-27, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center. Admission to this show is $9.68 with a surcharge. There is much too see and do and this year’s show where you can have your home and garden project solved. See industry experts will be on hand to answer any of your questions. This home and garden show is under one roof. Also, this is a family friendly show, so bring the kids too.

It is only a quick drive from Downtown Orlando. Check your GPS for the best possible route. Parking on the property of OCCC is $10-18 per car. OCCC parking is located in the back of the building. Sorry, no free parking in the area.

It is recommended to wear comfortable shows to this event. One will be doing a lot of walking. Don’t forge to bring your camera and pad of paper along with a pen to write down some notes for your own place. On one day, attendees plan on spending 3-4 hours at this show. (The Fall Home and Garden Show) can help you get your Projects Solved! With thousands of square feet of exhibits you’ll find the latest in products and services for everything from builders, contractors, materials, decks, pools, spas, entertainment systems, storage, plants, landscape displays/materials, kitchenware, and much more. Sorry, promoter does not list the vendors attending this Fall’s Home & Garden Show.

Upon entering the convention hall, one will be amazed of the beautiful lush gardens with fountains surrounded by natural plants. Master Gardeners will be on hand to explain to attendees how to grow these native plants in our tropical climate in Central Florida.

There will be rows and rows of a variety of vendors on hand show casing their products and services. Some of these products may not be found in any retail stores. This is your opportunity to test out these new products in the marketplace. Some vendors even give out free sample and coupons of their products. Plus, Cool 105.9 FM is giving away a Virtual Garage at Booth 948. The virtual garage has washer & dryer, tools, shop vacuum, garage cabinets, and much more.

Here are some of the features at this year’s home and garden show in Orlando. There will be design, décor & home improvement down every aisle. Plus, see landscapes, gardening & plants to take home for purchase too. See featured Gardening Expert, Tom MacCubbin live and in person. Also, there will be DIY Workshop Stage by The Home Depot. Check out Boyce Thompson’s Life Changing New Product Zone. Wine & Shop for art, gift, gourmet & wine tasting. Plus, there is a Fun Filled Kid’s Zone. Finally, see Live Birds of Prey & Pet Zone to round out your show experience.

Also, there will be some celebrity guests on hand at this year’s Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show. Some of the celebrity guests are Ahmed Hassan, Celebrity Landscaper as seen on DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers”, kip Bedell, Co-Host of Spike TV’s “Catch A Contractor”, and Boyce Thompson with his life-changing products. Many of these celebrity guests will appear at various times throughout this home and garden show. Check this show schedule for more information.

If you’re looking to spruce up your home and this is the place to be. Don’t miss this great opportunity to visit this home and garden show. For more information on this show go to http://showtechnology.com/event/orlando-fall-home-garden-show . If you missed this home and garden show there are other ones throughout the United States from this promoter. If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please check us out at www.otownfun.com .

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A review on the Mossberg Maverick 88 Shotgun from Academy Sports


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Written by Robert Voss

I was been shopping around for a while on a shotgun. Before I settled on the Mossberg Maverick 88 shotgun, I had asked some seasoned gun enthusiasts which shotgun they liked for the price and quality. Overall, my friends and co-workers said the Maverick 88 Shotgun was on the top of their list.

One will see many prices on-line and at other local retail stores ranging from $200 – $300 for this shotgun. I even found a used Maverick 88 Shotgun at a pawnshop for $279. Then I check out Academy Sports, which had this new shotgun at regular price for $200, which was the best deal in Central Florida. It is always recommended to go new on any firearms rather than used. One never knows where it has been used and where it was kept. There may be even hidden defects. Plus, the buyer has a limited warranty.

When walking into any Academy Sports store head over to the Hunting and Firearms Department. One will see shotguns and rifles on the wall display case behind the counter. A friendly Academy employee will assist you with your purchase. Ask to see the Mossberg Maverick 88 Security Shotgun in stock. Check it out for the look and feel to see if it is the right choice for you.

Specs on the Mossberg Maverick 88 Shotgun which has
• Gauge/bore: 12
• Cylinder capacity: 6
• Front sight: Bead
• Rear sight: Bead
• Length of pull (in.): 14.5
• Barrel length (in.): 28
• Product length (in.): 47.75
• Metal finish: Blued
• Stock: Synthetic black
• Product weight: 7 lb.
• Manufacturer warranty – general: 1 year limited
• Type: Pump-action
• Pistol Ammo Type: Hunting
• Action: Pump
• Handedness: Right

Once you have made your final decision in buying this shotgun. The store associate will then start the background process. The Federal Firearms background check is for $5 at Academy Sports. One will have to fill out the paperwork for this firearm. It is just a easy two-sheet form. If you have any questions just ask the store associate. Once you’re complete with this form the background check could take ten minutes to two hours depending on the background check log at ATF.

While the background is taking place, the Store Associate and you will inspect the firearm with you that you’re going to purchasing. Look for any manufacture’s defects if there are any. Next the store associate will instruct you on assembling this shotgun. It is a simple process. There are no returns on firearms and all sales are final. This is stated on the store receipt.

Then once you’re approved, the Store Manager or Assistant Store Manager will check over the paperwork before you pay for your new shotgun. Then pay for this shotgun. Finally, the Store Manager will escort you and your new shotgun to the front of the store so you can take it home. It is recommended to keep it the box to transport home. Flashing a shotgun out in public may alarm so people. It is recommended to buy a case if you don’t have one. There are both hard and soft cases. This depends on you what you want.

When you get home, one will have to attach the barrel to the rest of the gun. This is an easy process. Just a reminder to always keep your gun lock and unloaded around any children at all times. Don’t forget to read the manufacture’s shotgun Manuel. Now take it to a gun range and test fire it. If you have any questions ask the Range Master at the gun range to quickly show you the correct you to load and fire this firearm. Happy shooting to you.

For more information go too www.academy.com and www.mossberg.com/category/series/maverick-88/ . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please check us out at www.otownfun.com .

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2017 58th Annual Florida Rail Fair in Deland Preview

Written by Nathan Werthimer

Deland, FL – Many people play and collection model toy trains, railroad artifacts and railroad memorabilia. This venue is a one-stop shop on all train parts and accessories for the best prices around. This event is held on Jan 14 & 15, 2017, at the Volusia County Fairgrounds in Deland inside the Tommy Lawrence Arena. This is a family friendly place!

When driving down to the Florida Rail Fair in Deland, it is an easy drive from Orlando or Jacksonville. The Volusia County Fairgrounds is just two blocks east on State Road 44 right off of I-4. There is plenty of free parking available.

Upon walking into the Tommy Lawrence Arena, one will be greet by the event admissions staff member at the door. Once one walks thru the doors there is about 250+ tables and booths to purchase model train merchandise. There are all different brands of the model railroads from Lionel, Buchmann, and much more. Plus, there are various sizes from gauges, HO, OO, N, O, G, TT and Z.

If you already have a train set, there are plenty of accessories to add to your favorite train set at home. At home, pre-plan your train track layout on paper. Then start with a flat wood surface to build a track layout. Next, one will want too creative your own city or town. You’ll need some train tracks, buildings, vehicles, mini people, and other items. What better place to see the largest selection of merchandise for any train set.

After buying some model train merchandise, one needs to check out the large model train set located in a separate building. Most people are amazed of a few live model train sets at this venue. If you spot a Train Operator at the controls you can ask him or her all the questions you want. One might be surprised by the answers to get.

Golden Spike Enterprises produces many model train show in the Southeast and are held in Atlanta, Jacksonville, Tampa, and Deland. For more information go to www.gserr.com  If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great event listings please check us out at www.otownfun.com .

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2017 Orlando International Paper & Postcard Expo Preview

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – Central Florida Fairgrounds is hosting the Orlando International Paper & Postcard Expo promoted by Mary L. Martin (MLM) held on Friday, January 13, 2017, from 10am – 5pm and Saturday, January 14, 2017, from 10am – 4pm. Admission at the door is $5.00. This show is a must see for serious papers and postcards collectors. MLM claims to have one of the largest postcard inventories in the world, with more than 1,000,000 cards in stock at all times.

Here is a little history about Mary L. Martin LTD. Mary L. Martin Ltd. Postcards is a family owned and operated business, and also the largest postcard shop in the entire world. Started over forty years ago by Mary L. Martin, she quickly became known around the world as an expert in antique and rare postcards (deltiology). Today, her daughter continues the namesake, and has become known for having the same expertise her mother possessed. Having written over twenty-five books on the subject of postcards, it is no wonder that when people think “postcards”, they think “Mary L. Martin”. Mary and her son Joe now run the business. MLM has multiple locations including this location in Havre De Grace, Bay Side Antiques. Stop in and say hello! Their company history was found on there company Facebook about page.

The Central Florida Fairgrounds is an easy drive anywhere in Central Florida. Just take Colonial Drive (Highway 50) going west from Downtown Orlando. They are located at 4603 West Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808. There is plenty of free parking near the event building.

If you’re a new or an avid paper or postcard collector this is the place to be this weekend. One will find rows and rows of dealers selling many various colors, styles, and antique cards. Prices will vary depending on the characteristic of each paper or postcard. Some prices on postcards maybe negotiable just ask the dealer. Besides the paper and postcards, there are also collector supplies to preserve the valuable papers. It is worth the time and money to preserve these papers for years to come.

For more information go to www.marylmartin.com , email marymartinpostcards@gmail.com or 410-939-0999. If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great event listings please check us out at www.otownfun.com .

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Artegon in Orlando Slated to Close at the End of the Month

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Written by Staff Reporter

Orlando, FL – On Thursday, January 12, 2017, local media outlets are reporting that the Artegon Marektplace in Orlando is closing at the end of January. If you have ever gone to this unique place there is so much to see and do. It is a sad day to hear about the anti-mall place closing for good. This is your last chance to visit this place before it closes.

Upon further investigation into the closing of Artegon Marketplace, the Lightstone Group who owns this property has not posted any press releases and or a business closing notice on their website either. Stay tuned for more information. The only thing still on their website states “Much like the city itself, Artegon Marketplace offers Orlando shopping options that are equal parts eclectic eccentricity and beloved brands. Reel in the latest fishing equipment at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Orlando, grab a graphic novel at the second largest fandom store in the US, Gods & Monsters, or prepare for some beach bumming at the world-renowned Ron Jon Surf Shop. Your shop-hopping options don’t end there; Artegon Marketplace features Florida’s largest, and Orlando’s only, daily indoor artisanal marketplace with more than 100 artisans and craftspeople at work every day.”

Most of the stores in the marketplace are effective will be closing up their storefronts. Some of these stores may relocate in the same area. If is unknown at this time what stores will still be reopen for business at another location. The outer perimeter of the mall stores will still continue to be open for business. These stores are Bass Pro Shop and Cinemark Theater. It is unclear how long these store will stay open too.

Besides the variety of stores, Artegon offers great entertainment, Food Truck Fridays, restaurants, and much more. In the past years, Artegon has had high-end live concerts outside in front of the building.

Once the Artegon closes the building look for property management to release more information what they will be redeveloping the property. Some people in the hospitality industry believe this location could be sold and torn down for the next large theme park in the area.

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2016 Central Florida Aldis Supermarket Review

Written By: Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – If you’re a conscious consumer like myself, you will probably looking to save some money on your groceries. There is an alternative and this is where Aldis Supermarket comes in. I have compared other grocery chains and Aldis beats out the other competition. There are many reasons why I believe Aldis is the best grocery chain for the low to medium household incomes.

While driving down the Central Florida roadways you may spot and Aldis. There are many Aldi Supermarket locations in the Central Florida area. Aldi came into the market back around 2009 and have been going strong every since. What makes Aldi unique is the renting of a shopping cart for a quarter deposit. This cuts down on abundant of stray carts on and off their property. When you shop at Aldis don’t forget to bring your own shopping bags. One will need more than one bag. Plus, you’ll save some money because you will not have to purchase paper and plastic bags at the check out stand and you’ll be saving the environment in the process too.

When walking into the store with a shopping cart, you will notice that this grocery store is not a hug place to shop, but a more convenient place with a narrow selection of items with the best prices possible. The store has daisy products, fresh cut meats pre-packed, seafood pre-packed, fruits and vegetables, bake goods pre-packed, generic brands products, and some national brand products too.

This supermarket doesn’t have a regular Deli Department counter for sliced meats, Bakery Department counter, Meat & Seaford Department, a Pharmacy, and sometimes a gas station. Many people call this store a non-frills supermarket. Most of the stores are about the same size in space. Don’t expect Aldis to move items around the store so you have to look for them. These items are in the same location every time you enter the store.

When checking out at Aldi is sometimes hit or miss with the lines at the check stand. Most shoppers know the process when checking out at Aldis. Place all of your grocery on the conveyer belt at the check out stand. Next, place your empty shopping cart next to the cashier. The cashier will place every item you purchased into the cart. While the cashier is scanning every item you brought. The shopper must decide on a payment method for your purchases. They take cash, debt, and credit only. No personal checks are accepted. Once you leave the check stand now one has the fun task of bagging of all their items that they purchased and take it to the your vehicle. Once finished return the shopping cart and get your quarter deposit back and head home.

Once you shop at Aldis you will never look back at going to the other grocery store chains. Even though Aldis is a much smaller store than the average big grocery stores, one will save time and money.

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Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Casselberry’s Store is Now Open!

Written by: Nathan Wertheimer

Casselberry, FL – There is now a new store in town to complete with Big Lots, which is right down the road. When you walk thru the doors of Ollie’s you will see a huge load of great merchandise on the shelves. It is like a mini Super Walmart and with much more…

Here is a little history about Ollie’s from the past to the present. Ollie’s was formed with the four fathers of investors. The very first Ollie’s Store opened in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania on July 29, 1982, and from then on they have been adding more stores throughout the eastern United States. Where did they get the slogan “Good Stuff Cheap?” This was a concept from Ollie’s second store known as the annex, which changed the Central Pennsylvania landscape. A coupe of years later in 1985, Ollie open his 3rd store in York, PA. While gaining loyal customers at their stores, the company came up with Ollie’s Army Bargain Battalion, which is a customer rewards card. One can apply in-store for one of this reward card.

In 2000, there was leadership shake-up at the top of the company. Then in 2011, Ollie built a new distribution Center in York, Pa. Later in 2011, Ollie opened his 100th store opening in Barboursville, WV. With many stores open now, Ollie built a 2nd distribution center in Atlanta, GA area, with paving the way for further expansion into the Southeastern United States. Another big miles stone was in middle 2015 with Chairman, President and CEO Mark Bulter rang the opening bell on NASDAQ, which became a public traded company using the “OLLI” symbol. Now in 2016, Ollie’s company is now one of America’s largest retailers of closeouts, excess inventory, and salvage merchandise. This chain currently operates 224 stores in 19 states including Florida.

There are many Ollie’s Stores in Florida now. Here are the list of stores in Florida, which are in West Orlando, Jacksonville, Niceville, Ocala, Leesburg, and finally Casselberry. You have not seen the last of Ollie’s Bargain Outlets in Central Florida. Look for more stores in the future. There is a store coming to Osceola County in the City of Kissimmee in the near future.

When entering the one of Ollie’s store, be sure to get a shopping cart because you’ll need it to fill it up with all the great bargains. This store has everything from A-Z with fifteen store departments located within one place. Here is the break down of Store Departments such as Housewares & Home Textiles, Food, Flooring, Books & Stationary, Toys, Home Improvements & Hardware, Electronics, Clothing & Luggage, Lawn-Garden-Patio, Health & Beauty Supplies, Sporting Goods, Pet Supplies, Automotive, and Holiday Items, and Odds & Ends. You will find brand name merchandise at up to 70% off the fancy retail store prices. You can expect to see this assortment of items in the each department, but you won’t likely find the exact same products or brands in every category on every visit as claimed by Ollie’s Bargain Outlet. If you see a product you like buy it because it may not be there the next time you shop there.

I highly recommend this store to everyone. It is worth the drive to the Casselberry’s Ollie’s Bargain Outlet store located at 942 Semoran Blvd (HWY 436), Casselberry, FL 32707. 407-262-0995. Store Hours are Sunday: 10am – 7pm, Monday-Saturday: 9am – 9pm.

Note: Some sources of information came from the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet website.