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Circle Furniture names Lisa Greenberg as Director of Stores

March 3, 2016, Acton, MA– Massachusetts home furnishings retailer Circle Furniture is welcoming Lisa Greenberg to its leadership team as Director of Stores for the chain’s six locations across Massachusetts. Lisa has formerly held sales, training, management and leadership roles at Ethan Allen and Thomasville Furniture Industries and most recently, has been a business consultant to furniture retailers and manufacturers.

Peggy Burns, the Queen Bee of Circle Furniture said “Lisa has been working with us on a consulting basis for a few years and we know the positive impact she can have on our stores. We admire her strategic planning skills, her devotion to creating a great experience for customers and the passion she brings to her work. We are excited that we have the opportunity to bring her on board as a full-time member of our leadership team and know she will energize and take our sales teams to the next level.”

“Having worked with Circle Furniture as a consultant, I know first-hand their commitment to their customers, employees and community” said Greenberg. “With the addition of new storefronts and locations over the past several years they are well positioned for growth. I am honored and excited to be part of their continued success.”

Circle Furniture is a third-generation, family-owned furniture retailer featuring high quality, beautifully crafted products from local and American manufacturers. Based in Acton, Massachusetts the company has six stores in the Greater Boston area and a mattress store in Middleton. Circle Furniture is a founding member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council and is recognized for its timeless products and vibrant color choices. The company presents customers with countless customizable fabric and finish options. Circle Furniture is committed to supporting local communities and numerous nonprofit organizations.

For more information, contact:
Erica Tubman
Marketing and Communications Director
Circle Furniture
19 Craig Rd. Acton, MA 01720
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2016 Retailer of the Year Nominees Announced

The 2016 Retailer of the Year nominees have been announced!

The HFA Retailer of the Year Awards, known as the ‘Oscars’ of the home furnishings industry, rewards excellence and outstanding achievements to the most respected home furnishings retailers across North America.

Join us as we bestow the HFA Retailer of the Year Award to the 2016 winners and celebrate their progressive leadership and exemplary service to the industry and their communities, and acknowledge their personal and business successes.

Go here to see all nominees.

The winners will be announced at the 2016 Home Furnishings Networking Conference in May.

2016 Retailer Performance Report

The 2016 Retailer Performance Report is live!
Participate today and you can benchmark your store against the industry and set the stage
for improvement.
Deadline to participate:
JUNE 15, 2016!

Go here for more info.

AHFA Petitions CPSC to Adopt CA Flammability Standard

HIGH POINT, N.C., November 2, 2015 – The American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) has petitioned the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to adopt the upholstered furniture performance standards and flammability test methods prescribed by California’s Technical Bulletin 117-2013.

AHFA filed the petition October 30 on behalf of a Joint Industry Coalition representing a diverse group of stakeholders who have been working on upholstered furniture flammability issues for decades. The petition proposes that the standards and test methods in TB 117-2013 be adopted as a national, mandatory flammability standard for residential upholstered furniture under the Flammable Fabrics Act.

“This petition provides the CPSC with an opportunity to bring closure to the longstanding issue of furniture flammability,” states Bill Perdue, AHFA’s vice president of regulatory affairs.

Groups participating in the coalition include: the American Fiber Producers Association, Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association, International Association of Fire Fighters, National Cotton Council of America, National Council of Textile Organizations, North American Home Furnishings Association, Polyurethane Foam Association and Upholstered Furniture Action Council.

For 40 years, the CPSC has been evaluating whether it should adopt national regulations that would establish flammability standards for residential upholstered furniture. In 2008, after almost 15 years of regulatory activity, the CPSC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that outlined a flammability standard primarily focused on protecting consumers from fires started by smoking materials. The CPSC focused on a smolder test, because cigarettes are the source of ignition in 90 percent of the upholstered furniture fires that result in a fatality.

The effort stalled, however, as competing stakeholders argued for an open-flame test, and environmental groups expressed deepening concern that flame retardants would be needed to meet those testing requirements.

The 2013 amendments to TB 117 resulted from an extensive regulatory review process that included the active participation of fire safety experts, the furniture manufacturing industry, environmental groups and many others. It essentially achieved the same objectives as the CPSC’s proposed 2008 rule by focusing on the risk of smolder ignition of cover fabrics.

Adoption of this standard under the Flammable Fabrics Act, coupled with a robust labeling program that attests to a manufacturer’s compliance with the required test methods and performance standards, would create a national standard that addresses the issue of smolder ignition for residential upholstered furniture, saves lives and reduces losses at a relatively low cost to the CPSC, the industry and the consumer.

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The American Home Furnishings Alliance, based in High Point, N.C., represents more than 200 leading furniture manufacturers and distributors and over 150 suppliers to the furniture industry worldwide. AHFA is the voice of the home furnishings industry on Capitol Hill – and elsewhere throughout the United States – on all legislative and regulatory matters that impact the manufacture and import of residential furnishings for the U.S. market.

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High Point Market sets date changes

Roseville CA, October 14, 2015 – The High Point Market Authority has shortened Market by one day beginning spring 2016, and to avoid conflict with a major Jewish holiday has changed the dates of the fall 2016 market.
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Beginning in spring 206, High Point Market will officially operate Saturday through Wednesday. In light of the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur on Tuesday, Oct. 11, and Wednesday, Oct. 12, the fall 2016 market originally scheduled for Oct.15-19, has been moved to October 22-26 next year.
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