You can easily use this section to show your widgets. It has the same color options as footer. You can use it to show small information or use it as a second footer and create area with a lot of different widgets.
Six widgetized areas
Top section is builded from six widgetized areas that you can find in Appearance -> Widgets. You can set them in Theme Options. Of course you can easily use shortcodes here.
Every column that is builded into this section (six different areas) can have it's own width based on % from 10% to 100%. You can easily choose the one that suits your needs.