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Robert Bell
Walker Furniture donation a ‘lifesaver’ to veteran

Photo: Walker Furniture’s Linda Alterwitz-Mizrahi meets Air Force veteran Cleveland Lee Johnson. An Air Force veteran is sleeping peacefully, thanks to a generous donation by Home Furnishings Association member Walker Furniture. The Las Vegas furniture retailer donated a new bed and recliner to North Las Vegas resident Cleveland Lee Johnson and his wife, Patricia Ann Stone-Johnson. Patricia Ann Stone-Johnson described the donations made by Walker to her husband as “life-saving.” Help for Heroes The new furniture was not only delivered to the house but also set up by a crew of Walker Furniture workers. It’s all part of a program the store runs

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Robert Bell
HOM’s newest store enjoys strong opening

Above: HFA member HOM’s Furniture’s latest store opening in Wausau, Wis., features a section devoted to outdoor furniture that will sell Christmas trees and other holiday-themed items later this fall. HOM Furniture employees were scrambling until the final hours last week to get their latest store in Wausau, Wis., ready for its grand opening. About 45 corporate employees rushed around the 100,000-square-foot space, unfurling rugs and putting out accessories in preparation for the big day. Their hard work was rewarded with a strong turnout at the store, which is located in a former Younkers Department Store in the Wausau Center

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Doug Clark
Furniture bills gain committee OK

Photo: Rep. Cathy Rodgers (in red) Legislation important to the furniture industry took another big step today. Bills approved by the House Energy & Commerce Committee include measures intended to prevent tip-over accidents and to restrict the use of chemical flame-retardants in upholstered furniture. The Stop Tip-overs of Unsafe, Risky Dressers on Youth Act, or STURDY Act, gained what appeared to be unanimous approval on a voice vote after an amendment offered by Rep. Cathy Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) was adopted. The amendment aligns the bill’s definition of clothing storage units with language in ASTM’s furniture stability

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Doug Clark
Pires, Furniture Branding appeal to hearts and minds

Photo: Jason Pires at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Jason Alascio Pires probably won’t have trouble engaging his audience at a Home Furnishings Association seminar in Las Vegas July 28. It’s what he does. Pires is CEO and executive director of Furniture Branding, a new HFA solution partner. His talk is titled “Human-Centric Marketing: The Science of Selling Meets the Art of the Lifestyle Experience,” but that doesn’t capture the speaker’s energy, vision or … “I have a passion for furniture,” he says convincingly. Pires already ran a marketing agency when he discovered this ardor for an industry that

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Policy Matters
Doug Clark
No plan to raise High Point Market showroom tax

There’s no plan to seek an increase in the showroom tax that helps support the High Point Market Authority, President and CEO Tom Conley said following a report in the local newspaper. “This is a conversation that has been going on for, what, seven years,” Conley told the Home Furnishings Association. The authority operated on a budget of about $6.7 million in the 2018 fiscal year, according to its audit report, providing transportation, marketing, guest services, entertainment, administrative, parking and other services to stage the April and October furniture markets. It drew about $1.6 million of that from a showroom

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Doug Clark
Hall of Fame Foundation completes purchase

Photo: Hall of Fame Foundation board members Larry Rogers, Janet Guy and David Gebhart visit the former Flair Enterprises building during the April furniture market in High Point. The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation has completed the purchase of the former Flair Enterprises building in High Point and hired a local architectural firm to redesign the structure. It will house Hall of Fame exhibits, a library, foundation offices and event space. Other industry organizations also have expressed interest in locating their offices in the 17,500-square-foot building, the foundation said in a July 1 press release. The two-story structure,

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