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Anna Ferguson of Brakenridge Furniture in Ferriday, La.
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Robert Bell
HFA Insights: Brakenridge’s win affirms just how far the store has come

Anna Ferguson didn’t need that phone call before Thanksgiving telling her that her store, Brakenridge Furniture in Ferriday, La., was the winner of the HFA’s 2019 Retailer of the Year award for stores with less than 50 employees. She learned she was a winner just by filling out the application. “There was something about putting our accomplishments down on paper that made me step back and realize just how far we’ve come as a business,” said Ferguson. In fact, after filling out the form, Ferguson gathered her employees around so she could remind them of everything they’d accomplished over the

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Photo shows the three owners of Howell Furniture
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Doug Clark
HFA Insights: Howell award says ‘the industry believes in us’

Howell Furniture has been named Retailer of the Year for 2019 by the Home Furnishings Association. The award was presented Jan. 6 to owners Wade Witt, Shawn Hanley and Tom Schwaab in their Beaumont store by Mark Schumacher, executive vice president of the HFA. [Watch: HFA Facebook live at Howell Furniture] Howell, which also operates stores in Nederland and Lake Charles, La., was the winner in the large retailer category, or those with more than 50 employees. It was chosen from a field of finalists, most much larger, by a panel of furniture industry judges. The company was founded in

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Doug Clark
HFA Insights: Bright represents future success in Syracuse

When Joe Bright, president of Dunk & Bright Furniture in Syracuse, N.Y., was honored as the Home Furnishings Association’s 2019 Emerging Star, a reporter from The Stand covered the event. The award was presented Jan. 10 by HFA Executive Vice President Mark Schumacher. [Watch: HFA Facebook live at Dunk & Bright] The Stand is not a business publication or even a general-circulation newspaper. A product of the South Side Newspaper Project and supported by Syracuse University, it reports on the economic and cultural revitalization of the city’s South Side neighborhood. Dunk & Bright, and Joe Bright, are strongly invested in

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Former BDi Furniture President Lorri Kelley will speak at the HFAs Resource Center about at Las Vegas market about finding your employees hidden strengths.
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Robert Bell
Las Vegas seminar: Unearthing your employees’ hidden strengths

There’s little room for error in today’s tug of war between online giants and brick-and-mortar furniture retailers. The latter need to be at the top of their game, leveraging the unique, but often hidden strengths that each employee possesses to gain a competitive advantage. Unfortunately, Lorri Kelley, former president of BDi Furniture and now a retail adviser, sees more furniture retailers too busy elsewhere in their store to tap into their employees’ hidden strengths. Her seminar at the Home Furnishings Association’s Resource Center On Monday, Jan. 27, at Las Vegas Market is designed with those retailers – maybe you’re one

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Doug Clark
CPSC presses for Hodedah recall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a strong and unusual warning last week to owners of Hodedah HI4DR four-drawer dressers. “CPSC tested the Hodedah HI4DR dresser and found that it is unstable and can tip over if not anchored to the wall, posing serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in injuries to children or even death,” the agency said in a news release. The dressers should be anchored to the wall or placed “where children cannot get near them.” It added, “CPSC intends to continue pressing the case for a recall with Hodedah.” CPSC engineers last year tested

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Doug Clark
Las Vegas seminar: Gefen panel looks at influencers

If you sell children’s furniture, would you like a respected member of a local mothers’ group to recommend your products? Of course. She could influence the buying decisions of many other parents. Or, maybe the high school football coach would talk up the comfort and therapeutic value of the massage chairs and sleep products you carry in your store. Could that boost sales? Furniture store owners work hard to build relationships with their customers. They know that it requires a personal touch. But to reach beyond their base of support, they need help. Why not use people who also have

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