Las Vegas -- Day two of the National Hardware Show continued with a decidedly more patriotic bent than Tuesday's globally minded theme, with an All-American Awards ceremony and a first-ever dedicated section on the show floor to Made-in-USA products, where over 125 companies were represented.
The NRHA Stage was also the site of several presentations regarding the current home buyer climate in the United States.
Following the Made-in-the USA Grand-Opening Ceremony with special guest John Ratzenberger, a panel of various home buyers discussed their preferences and experiences. The skinny? An increasing amount of single female home buyers are subtly changing the retail landscape.
In the keynote address (dubbed "Millennial Homebuying Preferences"), Jill Waage, editorial director for home content of Better Homes and Gardens, clued retailers in to the needs of the millennial home buyer. Technology, to no one's surprise, is a key component to reaching this younger audience.
The NRHA also presented the Industry Top Gun Awards, which recognize retailers with an especially strong commitment to innovation and the industry in general. This year's winners included Brent Burger of Campbell's True Value, Joe Taylor of Taylor's Do it Centers and Michael Wynn of Sunshine Ace Hardware.
Drew and Jonathan Scott, known best as The Property Brothers, drew a large crowd with their appearance at the stage in a seminar titled "Keeping Your Home on Trend and Money in Your Pocket." Many show attendees lined up for a chance to get their pictures taken with the tall HGTV celebs, who were also promoting their new Scott Living home furnishings and accessories collection.