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Robert Bell
Kim of all trades

Home Furnishings Association member Kim Pellett sells antiques, but please don’t call her an antiques dealer – she’s so much more. Pellett sells furniture, too, but resist the temptation to call her a furniture retailer. That label seems unfairly constraining and doesn’t do her justice. Not with her sense of business skills acquired through trial and error these past 40 years. Maybe it’s best to just get out of the way and let Pellett describe Pellett. “That’s a good question,” she says. “I like to think I’m a little bit of a lot of things, but mostly I think I’m

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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
Safety comes first

City Furniture joins stability verification program City Furniture, a Top 100 retailer based in Tamarac, Fla., has been testing its products to make sure they meet industry safety standards for more than a decade. Now it’s taking the next step. The Home Furnishings Association member is an early participant and the second furniture retailer, after Ashley HomeBrands, in the UL Stability Verification program. The corporate initiative, when completed, will let staff at 19 City Furniture stores throughout Florida give an important assurance to customers: Bedroom clothing storage units they buy are unlikely to accidentally tip over. That claim will be

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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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Brian Straight
Delivering on the last mile

As furniture sales increase online, retailers are taking a second look at their delivery service Brian Grandolf (not his real name) frantically cleaned his new home office, making room for the desk he ordered online to arrive and complete the space. Having already started his new job, and currently working at his kitchen table, Brian couldn’t wait to set up the desk. When the last-mile delivery company truck pulled up curbside – three days after it was supposed to arrive – the driver quickly assessed the situation and realized that the pallet jack would never climb the three steps to

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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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