80-plus women attend Massena Triple 'A' Ladies Night at Lumberyard
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 9:07 am

MASSENA – More than 80 women take part in Triple “A” Building Center’s first “Ladies Night at the Lumberyard.”

Women came from all over the local area to see some hands-on demonstrations and visit with the lumber yard staff. More than 80 women were there to see contractors and salespeople demonstrate basic maintenance and repairs around the house, such as fixing a leaky toilet, replacing a faucet, and basic electrical repairs.

Nancy Hewlett displayed and demonstrated necklaces and earrings made by combining various chain, rope, and beads with nuts and bolts from the hardware aisle, creating some beautiful pieces at the Making Jewelry From Hardware Items booth.

Repairing damaged drywall and common door problems were popular booths. Al Hall from Do It Best discussed the changes that are coming in household light bulbs. There were representatives from the paint and flooring departments available to discuss estimating materials for decorating projects. Kitchen and bath and custom countertop reps were also on hand displaying the latest innovations and styles for the heart of the home.

There was also a 50-50 drawing to benefit Raquette Valley Habitat for Humanity, a charity the company has embraced for many years. The grand prize of the evening was a beautiful diamond pendant necklace from Peets Jewelers, for which entry forms had to be “earned” by visiting at least five of the eight booths listed on the program.

There was food and drink, including a wine-tasting booth by Lot 57. The evening included dozens of door prizes. After their coats were checked, the women received a program and instructions on how best to enjoy the evening. The first 50 women received a complimentary rose, and at the end, they left with a hand-made gift bag full of complimentary mementos, coupons, and a sample hardware jewelry piece.

Toward the end of the evening, the staff brought out trays of chocolate-covered strawberries for their guests “All of the women I talked to exclaimed what a great show it was,” said John Schneider, Marketing Director for Triple “A.”

“Many asked why we didn’t do it sooner, and would we do it again so they can bring their daughters, sisters, and friends,” Schneider said. “We got a lot of feedback and ideas for next time, for sure.

“The women learned a lot and went away with a little more confidence in doing their own work. And, we hope they got to know our staff better and see what a great source of information and experience they can be.”

“The company would like to thank everyone involved with our event. Our contractor friends who donated their time to do the demonstrations include Larry Willer who handled the plumbing repairs; Mark Cameron did the electrical work, and Eric Young showed drywall repair techniques. Traveling from out of town were vendor representatives Ed Klepacz from North Counties Supply, Al Hall and Rob Dennis from Do It Best Corp., Adam Jamka from Top Shop, and Jeff Brown from Homecrest Cabinets. Jennifer White brought her Party Lite candles, Jeff Loomis was here

representing Massena Electric Department’s energy saving initiatives, and Mike Violi brought his fine wine.”

Those who helped sponsor the evening with coupons or gifts:

Pratt & Lambert Paint

National Nail Corp

Floral Gallery

Do It Best Corp.

Coleman and Jerrys

Common Grounds

Coaches Corner

Southern Exposure

Gotta Dance Studio

Seasons Specialty Gifts

World Class Gym

Mystic Rays Tanning

Frenchies Ford

Italian Affair

TJ Maxx

Do It Best Paint

“Big thanks go to our outstanding staff who put in countless hours of planning and preparation in the weeks leading up to the evening, especially the ladies, who came up with the nice touches that made the evening a special one for our guests,” Schneider said/

“And thank you to all the ladies who attended the festivities.