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Doug Clark
Howell Furniture faces another storm

With a powerful hurricane barreling toward the Texas-Louisiana coast, Howell Furniture closed its three stores Monday as evacuations began. “You don’t know what you’re going to come back to,” third-generation co-owner Shawn Hanley said today. Hanley is in Oklahoma, where her daughter gave birth to a boy Tuesday – a measure of joy in a year that has brought more than its share of misery. But her heart is also home in Beaumont, Texas, where the business was founded in 1959. Howell Furniture, the Home Furnishings Association’s large Retailer of the Year for 2019, also has stores in Nederland, Texas,

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Robert Bell
Healthcare cost savings through group captives

New HFA Healthcare offers savings to members and a powerful recruiting tool Home Furnishings Association member Ken Mangum remembers offering his employees at Designer Furniture Gallery affordable healthcare that didn’t skimp on benefits. That was years ago. To keep his doors open during the recession of 2008-09, Mangum was forced to eliminate that benefit.    “It’s still one of the hardest business decisions I’ve had to make,” says Mangum. He’s been shopping for a good healthcare solution ever since, but plans have been too expensive.   HFA Healthcare might be just what the doctor ordered.     The Association is working with longtime insurance partner Arthur J. Gallagher and online benefits broker Decisely to collectively source

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Robert Bell
Furniture Wizard POS: simplicity, security and a new cloud-hosted option

Furniture retailers wear lots of hats – from supply chain manager to merchandiser to designer to salesperson. Having a reliable, simple-to-use point-of-sale system can help. But with so many options and price points, selecting the right POS for your unique needs can be a challenge. That’s where Furniture Wizard can help. As a Home Furnishings Association Solution Partner, the Furniture Wizard team understands retailers. In fact, many of their leaders were raised in family-run furniture businesses and, together, have more than 150 years of retail furniture experience. “We know what retailers want in a POS – efficiency and effectiveness,” says

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Doug Clark
Charlie’s House showcases Crowley’s commitment to safety

When Greg Crowley celebrated his Home Furnishings Association Trailblazer Award with family, friends and employees at his Liberty, Mo., store back in February, Brett and Jenny Horn were there to add their congratulations. What a sad but ultimately fulfilling journey the Horns have had since their 2-year-old son Charlie died under a fallen bedroom dresser in 2007. From that tragedy, Charlie’s House was built. Crowley, owner of three Crowley Furniture and Mattress stores just outside Kansas City, has been a valued partner along the way. That partnership was an important factor in Crowley receiving the HFA honor, which recognizes lifetime

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Policy Matters
Doug Clark
Relationships with politicians help your business

When Joseph P. Kennedy III visited Simon’s Furniture Mattresses Appliances in Franklin, Mass., recently, he might have been the most adept politician in the place. But Jared Simon is sharpening his skills, too. Kennedy is practicing the family craft. A fourth-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives, he’s now running for a seat in the U.S. Senate. His late grandfather, Robert F. Kennedy, and great-uncles, Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy, also were senators – and John F. Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States. Simon is also following the family trade. Simon’s Furniture was founded

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Doug Clark
HFA won’t open Las Vegas Resource Center

COVID-19 restrictions and necessary safety protocols have led the Home Furnishings Association to decide not to open its Resource Center at Las Vegas Market Aug. 30 to Sept. 3. “We appreciate the extraordinary measures International Market Centers will implement to make the Las Vegas Market a safe and healthy experience,” HFA Chief Executive Officer Sharron Bradley said. However, the well-being of our members and partners is our highest priority. Since our Resource Center at B-1050 experiences heavy traffic during markets, we and many of our vendors believe it is prudent not to open.” However, HFA benefits and services to furniture

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