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Montage offers personalized furniture protection plan

Furniture retailers know protection plans provide large margins and are in demand by consumers who want to protect their investment. For retailers, however, finding the right program for the products they sell has always been a challenge. Montage Furniture Services, one of the nation’s leading protection plan providers, thinks it has the solution. Montage, a Home Furnishings Association solution partner, offers many services to consumers and retailers that both groups can’t find with other protection service companies, says Alan Salmon, Montage’s president and CEO. First, the consumer side. Many furniture protection providers require consumers to notify the provider within a

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Ashley for the Arts achieves best mark yet

Ashley for the Arts raised nearly $600,000 during its three-day festival run in Arcadia, Wis., Aug. 8-10, Home Furnishings Association member Ashley Furniture Industries reports. The 11th annual summer festival featured music, arts and crafts, food, a 5K race, car show, fireworks and other activities. With ticket sales and sponsorships, more than $590,000 was raised for some 60 nonprofit organizations, nearly half of them area school districts. That is the highest total reached in the event’s history. The 12th edition of Ashley for the Arts already is scheduled for Aug. 6-8, 2020.

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Silverhammer Design opened July 26 in Wilmington, N.C., offering owners Dennis and Lorrie Brewer’s handcrafted furniture and artwork
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Silverhammer Design opens in historic Wilmington, N.C.

One of the Home Furnishings Association’s newest members launched its first retail store in a historic setting in Wilmington, N.C. Silverhammer Design opened its doors July 26 in The Cotton Exchange, two blocks from the Cape Fear River waterfront in the Port City’s thriving downtown. Silverhammer, owned by Lorrie and Dennis Brewer, calls itself a design-and-build company. Dennis makes furniture in his workshop in coastal Brunswick County, N.C. Lorrie is an artist. After moving from the Charlotte, N.C., area last winter, they thought the time was right to add a retail component to their business. There’s a lively arts scene

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Edwards Furniture brings the weather 24/7

Uvalde, Texas, is famous for many reasons. Edwards Furniture Co. has given it one more. The small Hill Country city 85 miles west of San Antonio claims John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner, Dale Evans and Matthew McConaughey among its notable natives. Dave Edwards, like most long-time residents, is proud of his community, its history and its attractions. He wants to do his part to promote them. Since 1982, Edwards has operated Home Furnishings Association member Edwards Furniture in the heart of Uvalde at the intersection of U.S. highways 90 and 83. Uvalde isn’t a boom-and-bust oil or gas town, Edwards

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Jimmy Elenz, Sheely’s operations manager and controller
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HFA member Sheely’s now selling appliances online

Home Furnishings Association member Sheely’s Furniture & Appliance dipped its toes into e-commerce this month, selling in-stock appliances through its website. Sheely’s takes the plunge this fall when it adds furniture. The move had been talked about on and off at the North Lima, Ohio, company for years, but it accelerated in 2017 with the closing of HHGregg and later Sears – companies that did a significant amount of appliance sales in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania – the past two years. “We felt it (the store closings) was the perfect time to enter the market because we wanted to

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Sarah Paxton and Andy Thornton are co-owners of LaDiff in Richmond, Va.
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Six ‘green’ HFA members earn high scores from Sustainable Furnishings Council

The difference at LaDiff Andy Thornton, founder 39 years ago and co-owner of LaDiff in Richmond, Va., opened a lamp that arrived recently and recycled all the packaging, throwing just one thing into the trash – a twist tie. “We’re not into disposability,” he said. “There’s only so much that Mother Earth can take. It’s becoming so much worse, plastic being the biggest culprit. We’re going to choke the world with the stuff we dispose of.” La Diff is one of six Home Furnishings Association members among 21 companies to earn the top ranking on the 2019 Wood Furniture Scorecard

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