Home show March 12-13 at con­ven­tion cen­ter

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FOR THE SE­COND YEAR, LEGO CON­TESTS ARE A PART OF THE SANTA FE HOME SHOW. De­signed to at­tract young fam­i­lies, the con­tests are held dur­ing both show days, Satur­day, March 12, and Sun­day, March 13. The Lego events are co-spon­sored by Del Norte Credit Union, Gen­oveva Chavez Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, and Me­ow­Wolf. There will be four con­test ses­sions each day, two for ages 5-8 and two for kids aged 9-12. Prizes for the kids in­clude skat­ing par­ties at the Chavez cen­ter, tick­ets to the grand open­ing of House of Eter­nal Re­turn by the Me­ow­Wolf arts col­lec­tive, and cash prices from DNCU.

The Home Show at the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, 201West Marcy Av­enue, fea­tures nearly 100 booths and about 65 ven­dors. One is the Her­rera fam­ily, own­ers of H and S Crafts­men and Counter In­tel­li­gence. “We’ll have four booths, a walk-through booth sce­nario,” said Eluid Her­rera, whose busi­nesses won best booth at the show two years ago. “I’ll have cab­i­net faces, coun­ter­top sam­ples, ta­bles, and cab­i­net sam­ples. We’ll be hav­ing a call to ac­tion for builders and home­own­ers, of­fer­ing dis­counts in cab­i­netry and coun­ter­tops.”

The Her­reras have been in busi­ness since 1952, be­gin­ning with José Eluid Her­rera, Sr. build­ing houses. “I’ve been mak­ing cab­i­nets since I was a teenager,” said Eluid, his son, “and all of my kids work for me. I like to say they all have saw­dust in their blood.”

The of­fice for the two busi­nesses has been at Pacheco Park for three years. The fam­ily’s shop in Es­pañola has been mak­ing cab­i­nets from oak, alder, cherry, and wal­nut since 1959. “Our cus­tom shop is open for peo­ple to see,” he said. “They’re al­ways busy over there.”

H&S/Coun­ter­In­tel­li­gence keeps busy with both re­mod­els and new homes— cur­rently at a 60:40 ra­tio. Five of the houses on the 2015 Ha­cien­das— A Pa­rade of Homes tour fea­tured their coun­ter­tops and cab­i­nets. They’re al­ready signed up on three for this year’s mid-Au­gust home tour.

“We do all our own in­stal­la­tions. My son, Jonathan, runs that crew. And my son, An­drew, does the cab­i­netry de­sign and sales and he also has built and in­stalled cab­i­nets.”

Asked about the most pop­u­lar coun­ter­tops, Her­rera said about twothirds of their clients want one of the man­u­fac­tured-quartz prod­ucts Cae­sar­stone, Sile­stone, DuPont Zo­diaq, or Cambria. “They have a great range of col­ors and are re­ally hard to tell from gran­ite. Most of what we do is the quartz, but we also do stone, wood, lam­i­nate, and Ne­oLith [a new, sin­tered porce­lain ma­te­rial].”

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