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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.
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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,

David Berggren stands on the ground where his fifth furniture store will be built in Clarksville, Tenn.
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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

Mike Wiesehan speaks at Peoria City Council meeting.
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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

Tuscany Fine Furnishings photo shows Kameron, Kathy and Kelle McConnell in their Roswell, Ga., store.
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Tuscany Fine Furnishings excels at digital marketing

Tuscany Fine Furnishings in Roswell, Ga., doesn’t sell online. But it engages customers through its integrated social media channels so that “when they come in, they’re ready to buy,” co-owner Kelle McConnell says. McConnell brought a technology background into a partnership with his wife, Kathy, an interior designer, who was managing

Sheely’s Furniture will receive its small business of the year award in August.
Robert Bell
Regional chamber honors HFA member Sheely’s as small business of the year

Even when the call came earlier this summer, Jeff Curry found it hard to believe. After all, in the 67 years  Home Furnishings Association member Sheely’s Furniture has been serving northeast Ohio, the family-run store has never even been nominated for a Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber’s Salute to Business honor, let alone taken home an award.

Jordan’s Furniture photo, above, shows Eliot Tatelman with then-Boston Mayor Thomas Menino at Fenway Park in 2014.
Doug Clark
Tokio Marine covers sports promotions

There are promotions, and then there are crazy promotions. Like one that costs $30 million. That was the payout made by Home Furnishings Association member Jordan’s Furniture of Taunton, Mass., after the Boston Red Sox beat the Colorado Rockies in the 2007 World Series four games to none. Jordan’s promised to refund the purchase price to

Badcock store on fire
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Fire destroys Badcock store in Georgia

Photo: A lightning strike triggered a fire that destroyed Henry and Beth McCall’s Badcock Furniture & More store in Folkston, Ga., July 21. Credit: Brandi O’Berry. Home Furnishings Association member Beth McCall was at church Sunday night, July 21, when she learned lightning struck her Badcock Home Furniture & More in

Doug Clark
Ashley for the Arts set for Aug. 8-10

Photo: Last year’s Ashley for the Arts drew 70,000 fans to Arcadia, Wis. Arcadia, Wis., punches above its weight. The small town on the Trempealeau River counts only about 3,000 residents but claims one big company: Home Furnishings Association member Ashley Furniture Industries. It also hosts one huge summer event:

Bill Freeman, center, and his wife, Tracie, right, opened their third Badcock Home Furniture & more store this week in Elkin, N.C. Their daughter, Laura, left, will manage the new store.
Doug Clark
HFA member Badcock opens three N.C. stores

In years past, Bill Freeman was busy during the week of July 4 putting together firework displays for towns and military bases throughout the Mid-Atlantic. But not this week. This week, the licensed pyrotechnic engineer was putting the finishing touches on the grand opening of his third Badcock Home Furniture

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