Association Blog

The Latest News

Mary Liz Curtin of Leon & Lulu is one of the most creative entrepreneurs in retail furniture but always draws inspiration from market. She’s seen in the Three Cats restaurant inside her Clawson, Mich., store.
Member News
Home Furnishings Association
HFA members look for new products, fresh ideas in High Point

As one of the most creative entrepreneurs in retail furniture, Mary Liz Curtin generates plenty of ideas. But never enough. Which is why she loves trade shows. “I absolutely get ideas, and I wouldn’t go if I didn’t,” the owner of Home Furnishings Association member Leon & Lulu in Clawson, Mich., says. She’ll be at the High Point Market this month, where all the key players and new products in the home furnishings industry will come together for a few days. “I don’t think a serious retailer can afford not to go to High Point,” she says. Even if the

Read More
David Berggren stands on the ground where his fifth furniture store will be built in Clarksville, Tenn.
Member News
Home Furnishings Association
HFA member Berggren breaks ground on fifth store

Uncertainty about tariffs. A possible recession on the horizon. These days, furniture retailers who want to expand can get frightened off by the headlines. HFA member Furniture Connection in Clarksville, Tenn., is not like a lot of furniture retailers. Owner David Berggren broke ground this month on a second Furniture Connection store in Clarksville. The new store will be 46,000 square feet and sit behind an Ashley HomeStore Berggren already owns. Berggren says the new store will go a long way toward fulfilling one of his longstanding beliefs about retail furniture shopping. “Customers are always shopping at least two stores,” he

Read More
Mike Wiesehan speaks at Peoria City Council meeting.
Member News
Home Furnishings Association
Peoria honors ‘good partner’ Lippmann’s Furniture

Peoria (Ill.) Mayor Jim Ardis didn’t just honor Lippmann’s Furniture & Interiors with a proclamation recognizing its 70 years in business Sept. 24. He spoke to the importance to the community of a long-time local business in an era when so many people shop online. “For us to still have this quality store that you can walk in and actually see the product, test the product, and ask their consultants about the quality of the furniture and how it’s made and so on, we’re very fortunate,” Ardis said about the Home Furnishings Association member. “And, as we continue to talk

Read More
Weatherby's Furniture in Bakersfield, Calif., is closing its doors after 98 years in business. Owners Robert and Trish Weathersby are having a retirement sale.
Shop Talk
Robert Bell
Having a sale? It’s all in the timing

The way HFA members Robert and Trish Weatherby see it, 98 years is a pretty good run. In June, the owners of Weatherby’s Furniture, a retail institution in Bakersfield, Calif., gathered employees in the store for an announcement: With no family members interested in continuing the business, the couple said they would be closing the store later this year  – so it’s time for one last, blowout sale. “It’s time,” says general manager Bill Cruse, who is something of an institution at Weatherby’s himself. “I don’t think people were terribly surprised. A little bit sad maybe, but not too surprised.” Cruse

Read More
A truck driver records his hours on an electronic logging device
Policy Matters
Doug Clark
HFA supports Hours of Service revised rules

The Home Furnishings Association has submitted comments supporting revised Hours of Service regulations for truck drivers who haul furniture and other goods. HFA members “rely on the safe and efficient movement of goods across our country, from ports and factories to retail stores and warehouses and finally to customers’ homes,” the association said in comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. “They utilize contract carriers and, often, their own trucks and crews for relatively long hauls and final-mile delivery. “Serving customers means completing deliveries on time and at reasonable cost. Nothing delays deliveries or adds to costs more than

Read More
CrossCheck Logo on an image of someone handing over a check
News
Doug Clark
CrossCheck offers more sales, less risk

It’s easy to see why many retailers refuse to accept checks from customers,” says Charles Dortch III. “They don’t want to be burned.” The trouble is, a no-checks policy turns away some customers — for good. So why not make the sale and pass the risk to CrossCheck? CrossCheck is a ground-breaking payments guarantee company that’s been serving retailers since 1983. Now, it’s a Home Furnishings Association Solution Partner, offering special opportunities for HFA members to increase sales and reduce risk. Dortch is a senior vice president at CrossCheck, a Petaluma, Calif.,-based company he joined in 1997. He can count

Read More

Policy Matters

Member News

Shop Talk

More From The HFA

The 20 Podcast Image

The threat from online retailers like Wayfair is not a game to home furnishing businesses, but it is a “gaming” attitude they are turning to

Listen
The 20 Podcast Image

Could you increase sales through psychology? The scientists at Neurofied think so. At their Brain and Behavior Academy in Amsterdam, they are working to help

Listen
HFA Members

Not an HFA member?

Don't miss out on all of our association benefits!