Cambridge Home Show aims to address both high-end owners, student renters
Cambridge Local First hosts the first Cambridge Home Show this weekend, connecting residents with 10 local small businesses that do everything from sell furniture and advise on home improvement projects to design new homes and provide personal concierge services.
The event is for “both ends of the spectrum,” said Carrissa Blackburn, executive director of Cambridge Local First, referring to residents with starter studio apartments or high-end, single-family homes.
As part of a series of industry-focused events the business group runs – including last year’s Cash Mob, which focused on getting shoppers buying at small retailers during the holiday season – the home show could return annually, Blackburn said. “There are home shows around, but they’re not restricted to locally owned small businesses, and it can be quite expensive for a business to participate,” she said. “This is small, and a great way to get in front of consumers.”
The event is set in the warehouse showroom of the Artisan Trading Co., where the inventory is rich with handcrafted furniture imported from Indonesia. Some items would be good in a large, upper-end home, but people fresh out of college and looking to replace Ikea products with something nicer could also benefit, as Artisan has “investment pieces,” Blackburn said. “Stuff that won’t fall apart in a couple of years.”
Vendors in home improvement, architecture, personal concierge and home organization services will be on hand for demonstrations and one-on-one conversations, and representatives from the city will attend to guide residents through municipal services they should be taking advantage of. The business group is setting up a children’s area with activities from local businesses and serving free refreshments from Bon Me and Iggy’s Bread of the World, whose bakery is not far away. There will also be a raffle.
The Cambridge Home Show is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Artisan Trading Co., 125 Fawcett St., in the Cambridge Highlands neighborhood north of Fresh Pond.