G.Fried Flooring America's Brandon store to host HGTV star

Jennifer Bertrand, winner of HGTV's Design Star, will appear at G.Fried Flooring America's Brandon store on Friday (Sept. 8) and Saturday (Sept. 9). Courtesy of Jennifer Bertrand
Jennifer Bertrand, winner of HGTV's Design Star, will appear at G.Fried Flooring America's Brandon store on Friday (Sept. 8) and Saturday (Sept. 9).Courtesy of Jennifer Bertrand
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BRANDON — HGTV Design Star winner Jennifer Bertrand says her presentations are family friendly, instructive and even make for a good date night.

And fans can get a taste of all that when she appears at G. Fried FlooringAmerica's new location on Friday (Sept. 8) and Saturday (Sept. 9).

Bertrand gives presentations at 6 p.m. on Friday and at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday at the new G.Fried store at 221 Brandon Town Center Drive. A special VIP reception also will be staged from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, and Bertrand will offer free 30-minute consultations to select customers who book in advance.

"I make sure people leave excited to tackle their home design adventures," Bertrand said in an email. "And even better, I have clients of all varying budgets and styles so I make sure to inspire all. I am a teacher at heart so I try to make it easy, make you laugh, make you feel like you can achieve whatever goals you have for your home."

Praised as "engaging, expressive and funny" by the Hallmark Channel, Bertrand currently travels the country as a national speaker for a variety of industry events. She also makes regular appearances on Lifetime's Military Makeover.

And she's serious about her design talks appealing to women and men.

"No joke, my favorite thing is when a husband says, 'I was forced to come listen to you and I actually had a great time,' Bertrand wrote. "Sadly that is said to me more than you would think."

From the grand opening on Friday through Oct. 31, a portion of the store's proceeds will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities. That's a meaningful designation for Bertrand who has a special needs son and has spent time at the Ronald McDonald House in New York City.

G.Fried FlooringAmerica shifted from its long-time location on Adamo Drive earlier this year to a temporary spot next to Kmart on Brandon Boulevard. It now has a permanent home between the Honey Baked Ham Store and Mattress Firm in the center between Target and Westfield Brandon.

For more information, call (813) 642-3675.

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