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The 60th Anniversary Gala at Art Van Furniture’s showroom in Warren featured an intimate performance by multi-platinum pop singer and songwriter, Andy Grammer. Announced during the event were the Charity Challenge winners including the Islamic Center of Detroit, which took first place.
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Art Van Charity Challenge continues setting records

Another year, another record amount raised for the 11th annual Art Van Charity Challenge. More than $1.16 million was raised by 50 nonprofit organizations during the three-week competition. When this year’s charity challenge grants are added, more than $1.42 million will benefit individuals in local communities throughout Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. The challenge has increased the amount raised in each of its 11 years. Nonprofit organizations competed against one another to see who could raise more money during September, with the winning organization taking home a top prize of $100,000 from HFA member Art Van Furniture. In the end,

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HFA member Mor Furniture has sold its company to Chinese conglomerate Healthcare Co.
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Mor Furniture sold to Chinese conglomerate

Home Furnishings Association member Mor Furniture for Less has sold its 36-store furniture chain to Healthcare Co., Ltd., a Chinese home furnishings conglomerate dipping its toes into the U.S. market for the first time. California-based Mor Furniture has six stores in and around San Diego and has expanded into six other states throughout the West. The company’s roots can be traced back to founder Richard Haux Sr. and the opening of a waterbed store in 1977. The company, which remained family-owned for 42 years, had grown to bring in roughly $310 million in annual sales. Healthcare Co. is engaged in

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Former Stoney Creek Furniture Dennis Novosel, left and current president Jim Fee.
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Friends hold goodbye bash for Dennis Novosel at High Point Market

Dennis Novosel’s first High Point furniture market? That’s easy. It was 1971. The former owner of Home Furnishings Association member Stoney Creek Furniture has been a loyal visitor ever since. Even after turning over day-to-day operations of the store to his longtime business partner Jim Fee three years ago, Novosel still showed up in High Point to shop, socialize and host his long-running BBQ cookout for industry friends. But all good (and tasty) things must end. This was Novosel’s last market. Instead of Novosel hosting a feast for his friends, Fee threw a goodbye bash for his good friend and

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Morris Furniture is making a donation to a local charity group every time a customer tests a mattress at a company store in November.
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Rest-test a mattress and Morris Furniture will make a donation

Morris Furniture is celebrating its 72nd anniversary this year by asking customers to test a mattress in November. The Dayton, Ohio, store will make a donation to a local charity for every customer who tests a mattress this month. Even if customers don’t buy a mattress after a test at the company’s Ashley HomeStore and Morris Home stores, the HFA member will still donate to Secret Smiles, a local organization that gives mattresses to families in need. “We are focused on donating more beds to kids,” said Larry Klaben, Morris Furniture president and CEO. “The test rest gives participants a

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El Dorado Furniture ribbon cutting for St. Petersburg
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El Dorado Furniture expands north into St. Petersburg

Longtime Home Furnishings Association member El Dorado Furniture, forever a fixture in South Florida, has begun its trek north with the opening of its latest store in St. Petersburg, Fla. The 44,000-square-foot store is located at 3700 Tyrone Blvd., in a former Sports Authority Building. It’s the first El Dorado store to open outside South Florida in the company’s 52 years. There will be more. The company has plans to open stores in Tampa and Altamonte Springs in the coming months, further expanding its footprint. But for now, the focus is on St. Petersburg. El Dorado Chief Operations Officer Pedro

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Sign advertising seasonal hiring
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Hiring for the holidays? Here are tips to protect you

Shoppers like to complain that holiday decorations appear earlier and earlier. Retailers have their own seasonal lament: There’s no one to hire for the oncoming rush of those shoppers. With unemployment at near-record lows, retailers are pulling out all the stops to ensure they have enough workers come December. Companies are bumping up pay and even loosening disciplinary and hiring policies. About that last one: Resist the temptation, says Ed Harold of Fisher Phillips, a nationwide labor and employment law firm that represents employers. “It’s tempting given the tight job market and the time crunch you might be under, but stick

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