HFA Influencers

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Doug Clark
City Furniture growth impresses Commerce Secretary Ross

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he was more hopeful about an economic recovery after visiting City Furniture in Tamarac, Fla., Oct. 23. Ross praised the Home Furnishings Association member for overcoming the challenges of doing business during a public health crisis. “As our economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic,

Image shows several people wearing masks outside a Circle Furniture store
Doug Clark
HFA members lauded for sustainability

Peggy Burns and Andrew Tepperman make it as plain as they can. They deeply care, even passionately, about sustainability in the home furnishings industry. Customers can see that in videos posted on their websites. “We only work with partners who really align with our mission of sustainability,” says Burns, co-owner

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Doug Clark
Darvin Furniture partners with a natural influencer

Darvin Furniture and Mattress recently introduced its new influencer, but Gianna Cosentino was no newcomer to the Orland Park, Ill., retailer. “She grew up with Darvin,” said Will Harris, president of the Home Furnishings Association member said. “Her parents always bought Darvin furniture, and when she got married, she became

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Doug Clark
HFA names award winners: Howell, Brakenridge, Crowley, Bright

Howell Furniture, Brakenridge Furniture, Greg Crowley of Crowley Furniture & Mattress and Joe Bright of Dunk & Bright Furniture have won the Home Furnishings Association’s top awards for 2019. Each award was being presented in the recipient’s flagship store, beginning January 6. Howell Furniture, based in Beaumont, Texas, is the

Surviving the Recession
Robert Bell
Surviving the Next Recession

Reasonable heads assure us an economic slowdown is coming. Is your store ready? These are heady times for Artis Furniture, a family run furniture store in Urbandale, Iowa. Pick a metric – any metric – and it will only reinforce that thought. Store traffic and close ratios are up. That

Kittle remembers Lugar as a friend of furniture retailers

Photo above: Doris Anne Sadler, president of the World Trade Center in Indianapolis, former Sen. Richard Lugar, Jim Kittle, chairman of Kittle’s Furniture in Indianapolis. Photo credit: Erica Quinlan, Indiana AgriNews The last time Jim Kittle saw Richard Lugar, they sat side-by-side during a panel discussion highlighting the damaging impact

Mayo’s furniture photography tells stories and starts conversations

Every picture tells a story. And in the middle of Patrick Mayo’s pictures – as out of place as they may seem – sit pieces of furniture made by his family’s company.  Mayo Corporation is a third-generation manufacturer of upholstered and leather furniture in Texarkana, Texas. Patrick Mayo, vice president of sales and marketing and grandson

Selling furniture should be like selling happiness, Bobby Berk says

People recharge their phones every night to prepare for the next day. Their homes should serve the same purpose for them, Bobby Berk told an audience at the High Point Market.  What if there’s no power there?  “If you’re depressed and you wake up in a disaster of a room every day, you

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