Hundreds gathered at the USC Aiken Convocation Center for the Prestige Appliance and Aiken Standard’s premiere Home Show on Friday.


The show featured several vendors such as Prestige Appliance, Sears, SRP Federal Credit Union, Cold Creek Nurseries and Enloe on both levels of the center.


“It was well-publicized,” said Bill Kolarek, a designer and marketer with Designer Builders. “A lot of people came in at noon; I was really surprised.”


A eye-catching attraction was main floor-sponsor’s Affordable Quality Marble and Granite’s layout of 70 samples.


Pam and Lou Ciamiallo were one of many couples that stopped by the booth that day.


People were drawn to the variety of samples, glass and stone tiles, and the granite sink, Jennifer Hinson, manager of six years, said.


They managed to snag one client for a kitchen install, and the Ciamiallos were thoroughly interested, as they spent much time examining samples with Kim Hildebrand, sales representative.


“We are looking for granite kitchen countertops,” Lou Ciamiallo said.


Sue Charlesworth was waiting for her husband as he looked at the Triangle Dodge section.


He’s just hoping, she said as she watched her husband talk to the automotive sales representative.


The couple frequents the home shows in Augusta and stopped by the one in Aiken to compare.


“We have a new house, so we don’t have to have anything done,” Charlesworth said.


John, Sarah and Debbie Rosbach purchased some gardening items from the Quality Products booth.


“We cut down dead branches,” Debbie Rosbach said. “We are keeping the yard up.”


The show will continue today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Tickets are $5; children 12 and younger are free.


For more information, call Debbie Price, Aiken Standard advertising representative, at 644-2377.