Garage Party

Norman Rockwell’s Freedom from Want may have perfectly depicted the traditional, old fashioned Thanksgiving dinner. What the beloved painter never got around to capturing on canvas, however, was the part before the family takes their places at the table—the part where they gather in the open garage, shielded from the crisp fall air, inhaling the aroma of a juicy turkey smoking out in the driveway, sipping a beer or a glass of wine and watching football on a large screen.

Unfortunately, says Mike Padden, owner of Encore Garage Ohio, that anticipated scenario can’t properly play out if your garage is too cluttered to host a party.

“In many homes, the garage is the largest room, and the most versatile venue for a holiday gathering,” Mike insists. “That’s one reason why this is the ideal time to get your garage decluttered, organized and beautified.”

The other reason also is seasonal: Holiday time is usually accompanied by roads full of salty sloppy slush that drops from your car onto your concrete garage floor. You may think it’s ugly and messy, but here’s the bigger picture, Mike cautions: That salt, over time, penetrates into your concrete, gradually creating unsightly cracking and chipping.

“It’s a good idea to get your floor permanently protected against the Northeast Ohio winter before the snowflakes start to fall,” Mike suggests.

Encore Garage Ohio specializes in organizing garages with handsome, rugged cabinetry and organizer systems and protecting and beautifying floors with its proprietary Flex-Core polyaspartic coating.

By adding clean, convenient storage space to your garage, you can not only clear space for people, but also a lot of stuff.

“With all that room in your garage, why should your bed become the place for all your guests to pile their coats?” Mike asks. “Why not integrate a coat closet into your garage cabinetry?”

Encore Garage Ohio’s cabinetry also can conveniently store your holiday decorations—and the everyday decorations that are displaced during the holidays—not to mention your gardening tools, kids’ toys, boots and shoes and other household items.

“Our cabinets are as attractive as they are strong,” Mike assures. “We offer the finest garage cabinets and garage storage solutions in the industry. From our durable wood-core, thermally fused laminate cabinets to our powder coated metal cabinets, our storage cabinets are built to last.”

They are available in a variety of sizes and styles, from tall storage to workbench configurations, and are designed to fit your exact needs, Mike says.

Many garage upgrades begin by restoring the floor.

“Our Flex-Core advanced polyaspartic floor coating not only beautifies your garage floor, but also protects it from damage,” Mike says.

“It is seamless and non-porous, so liquids can’t seep down and attack the concrete below. It is stain resistant—even against oil and grease—and couldn’t be easier to maintain. All you need is a hose and a squeegee to keep the floor looking like new for many years.”

Because the garage is often the entry point of the home, an attractive, organized garage creates a good first impression—and gives you more room for partying.

“It’s the first thing people see, but it’s often the last frontier of home remodeling,” Mike says.

Encore makes it simple—and affordable—to organize and transform your garage into an attractive, multi-purpose space.

You can get started on your new party venue by calling Encore Garage Ohio for a no-cost estimate at 330-922-4411 (Akron area) or 440-668-8953 (Cleveland area). You can learn more at

GarageMitch Allen