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‘License to Spill’ Granted for Chili Cook-off

Carpet Showcase to give proceeds to United Way

May 29, 2013
By SCOTT McCLOSKEY - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Carpet Showcase Flooring Center of Wheeling is giving those who attend the Wheeling Feeling Chili Cook-Off this weekend a "License to Spill" - an initiative that will benefit the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley.

As a way to give back to the local community, Carpet Showcase Flooring Center will donate all proceeds from a bake sale held during the "License to Spill" carpet showdown on Saturday.

The showdown also will allow Carpet Showcase to put Mohawk's SmartStrandSorona carpet to the test at Wheeling's Heritage Port during the cook-off. Attendees are invited to spill everything from ketchup and Kool-Aid, wine and coffee on SmartStrandSorona carpet swatches to see if it will come clean using just water.

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Photo by Scott McCloskey
David Contraguerro of Carpet Showcase Flooring Center of Wheeling displays the Mohawk SmartStrandSorona carpet that will be put to the test during their “License to Spill” carpet showdown at the Wheeling Feeling Chili Cook-off this Saturday at Wheeling’s Heritage Port.

"There is no other carpet like Mohawk's SmartStrand with DuPont Sorona," said Michael Contraguerro, owner of Carpet Showcase Flooring Center. "We've seen Mohawk put this carpet through many challenges. They even installed it in the cage of a black rhino at the Birmingham Zoo. After two weeks of abuse I didn't believe it would come clean, but it did and it looked like new.

"Today's households are busy. ... People need a carpet they can depend on to be durable and stain resistant," he added. "I know that seeing is believing, so I'm holding a 'License to Spill' event so consumers can experience Mohawk's SmartStrandSorona for themselves."

Contraguerro said Mohawk's SmartStrandSorona is the only carpet with built-in stain and soil resistance that never washes or wears off and cleans with just water. In addition to being extremely durable and stain resistant, it is also environmentally friendly. Carpet Showcase offers Mohawk's SmartStrandSorona in a full range of textures, patterns and colors. It also carries the newest member of the SmartStrand family of products, SmartStrand Silk - a luxuriously soft carpet. For more information on SmartStrandSorona and the License to Spill Carpet Showdown, visit Carpet Showcase Flooring Center at 3527 Jacob St. or call 304-232-2277.

In addition to the bake sale, Carpet Showcase announced that during the month of June proceeds from the sale of its Mohawk Floorcare Essentials line will be donated to the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley in conjunction with the Chili Cook-Off donations.

The Wheeling Feeling Chili Cook-Off, which benefits the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley each year, is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

The Ohio Valley Street Survivors Cruise-In car show will also be featured all day during the event. Free entertainment will be provided, as the Steel Cassa Steel Drum Band is scheduled to play from noon to 3 p.m. and the De'Ja'Vu Band will play classic sounds from the '50s, '60s and '70s from 3-5 p.m.

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