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Doug Clark
California retailers must stop ‘largest tax increase’

The impact of Proposition 15 on the California ballot is clear to Howard Haimsohn. “It’s a tax increase aimed right at small businesses,” the owner of Home Furnishings Association member Lawrance Furniture in San Diego said. If approved by voters in November, the measure would change how commercial and industrial property is taxed. Now, property tax is based on purchase price plus the rate of inflation or 2 percent each year, whichever is less. Prop 15 would instead tax property on its current market value, adjusted every three years. What’s the difference? The new calculation would generate as much as

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Robert Bell
Black Whale diversifies – and business takes off

For years – 28 of them, to be exact – new Home Furnishings Association member Black Whale Lighting was the shop to shop for high-end lighting in northern San Diego County, Calif. Still is.  But two years ago, owner Kirsten Reece started to see her customers’ shopping habits change. More of them were shopping online. And when they shopped online, they were buying more than just lighting. Reece decided to make a change and diversify.  Reece sent Tom Buckley-Sprick, merchandising director and the store’s lead interior designer, on the road in search of a high-end line of upholstered, American-made furniture that Black Whale could sell in its 6,500-square-foot showroom. The company also beefed up its art and accessories.  “I sat on a lot of sofas, but it

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Doug Clark
Montgomery’s keeps growing for 132 years

Eric Sinclair was on the road early one weekday in August, crossing wide open spaces on his way from his home near Sioux Falls, S.D., to Aberdeen. It’s a three-hour drive but a journey of 132 years for his family. Sinclair is president of Montgomery’s and the great-great-grandson of George Montgomery, who founded a furniture and funeral business in Alexandria in 1888. South Dakota was still a year away from achieving statehood. The company today owns furniture stores in Sioux Falls, Watertown and Sinclair’s hometown of Madison. And now it’s staked a claim in Aberdeen, 200 miles northwest of Sioux

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City Furniture's newest store in the Miami community of Doral will be a dual-branded effort with Ashley HomeStore.
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Robert Bell
With business booming, City Furniture adding 500 jobs

Like other furniture retailers this summer, Home Furnishings Association member City Furniture has become a rare hot spot in an economy that is, at best, lukewarm. Since the first days of reopening in the coronavirus pandemic, the Florida-based retailer has enjoyed what City CEO Keith Koenig earlier this year described as an “amazing” sales surge. Beds, sofas, recliners, student desks — just about anything in stock — has been flying out of its 21 stores across the state. To keep up with that demand, company officials announced this month they will hire more than 500 employees during the fourth quarter.

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Doug Clark
Residential furniture orders surge, survey reports

Orders for residential furniture revved up in June, industry accounting and consulting firm Smith Leonard reports. The High Point, N.C., firm’s survey of manufacturers and distributors found a 30 percent increase in orders over June 2019. That followed an 8 percent dip in May. Year-to-date, new orders were still down 16 percent for 2020. But Smith Leonard Assurance Partner Kenneth D. Smith is encouraged. “We had heard from many that June orders had really started to come in better than expected, but the increase over June last year was more than we would have thought,” he wrote in the report’s

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Robert Bell
Cash is critical during a crisis, HFA panelists say

The coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing shutdown of stores will have a direct impact on every furniture retailer’s bottom line this year. It will also affect how they manage their businesses moving into 2021.  At a recent Home Furnishings Association COVID-19 live webinar, HFA members Peter Theran and Bobby Watson spoke about how the pandemic has forever changed the way they manage their companies’ finances moving forward.  Looking back on the early days of the pandemic, Theran, president of Boston Interiors, said “cash was the only thing that mattered, and how much cash we had depended on whether we would come out the other

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Congress and the Trump administration are preparing another Covid-19 relief package. The Home Furnishings Association’s Washington representative, Chris Andresen, and government relations liaison Doug Clark

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