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UFAC discusses next step in furniture safety

What’s a tag worth? It might be “the best liability insurance policy you could buy for the price,” Don Coleman says.  The tag comes from the Upholstered Furniture Action Council, the 40-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to fire safety. Coleman, UFAC’s president, is now leading efforts to address new problems. The UFAC board of directors met in High Point, N.C., April 5 to talk about the anticipated launch later this year of its “UFAC Plus” program. It’s the next step following the council’s initial efforts to promote home furnishings products that are tested and certified to be more resistant to smoldering

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Cindy Crawford drops by to celebrate latest Art Van Furniture opening

Celebrity guests Cindy Crawford and Nigel Barker along with more than 400 other people showed up recently for Home Furnishings Association member Art Van Furniture’s latest store opening in Polaris, Ohio.  The newest addition to Art Van’s chain features a 70,000 square foot, two-story store with a striking glass exterior and an open, contemporary floor plan showcasing six primary lifestyle collections (casual, urban, farmhouse, modern, traditional and mid-century).  It’s Art Van’s second showroom in the state to be built from the ground up. Crawford and Barker mingled with attendees, shared their inspiration for their furniture lines, Cindy Crawford Home and

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Tax swap in Texas riles HFA members

Some Home Furnishings Association members in Texas aren’t happy about a proposed tax swap that one retailer compared to “playing games.” Gov. Greg Abbott, joined by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen (pictured above), unveiled a plan April 10 to raise the statewide sales tax from 6.25 percent to 7.25 percent and use the additional revenue “to buy down property tax rates for all Texas homeowners and businesses.” The three top leaders see the tax swap as a means of slowing what they called “skyrocketing property taxes.” “In 2017, Texans paid $59.4 billion in property taxes, up

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Better late than never: Exclusive Furniture opens long-awaited Webster store

It took a little longer than expected – about nine months longer – but Home Furnishings Association member Exclusive Furniture opened its seventh Houston-area store this spring.  The opening in Webster, Texas, a bedroom town 28 miles southeast of Houston, continues Exclusive owner Sam Zavary’s push for saturating the Houston market with 11 Exclsuive showrooms while also unifying the brand’s at-times fractures brand image between stores.  “We’re getting there,” said Zavary of his growth goal. “It’s taken a little longer than we first thought, but everything’s coming together, and we’re thrilled with the new store.”  Weather and contractor problems delayed the Webster store’s opening and has put the company behind plans in

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Jordan’s Furniture employees share $1 million Powerball prize

For years, the “J-Team” – a group of coworkers at Home Furnishings Association member Jordan’s Furniture in Nashua , N.H., –  went through the same routine: Everyone kicked in $2 and the group bought a fistful of Powerball lottery tickets at a convenience store across the street from their store. Then, after missing out on a big prize, the group shrugged their collective shoulders and tried again the next week.  Only this week was different. This week one of the J-Team’s fistful of tickets matched all five winning numbers but not the final Powerball number, which means that this week the J-Team won $1 million.  If the winning ticket had the Powerball number 5 instead of 22, the J-Team would’ve shared the

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CPSC prodded to take stronger action on furniture safety

A divided Consumer Products Safety Commission was given a hard push this week to take stronger action against furniture tip-overs. “I’ve been really disappointed at the speed at which we’ve seen these dangerous products taken off the market,” U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said Tuesday during a CPSC oversight hearing held by a consumer protection subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “Every 14 days a child dies from a tip-over.” All five commissioners appeared before the panel, which Schakowsky chairs. She quickly noted that they were split last month when Commissioners Elliot Kaye and Robert Adler proposed accelerated

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