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Randy Coconis, President- Coconis Furniture
Home Furnishings Association
Coconis Furniture’s Free Mammogram Screening Carries On

Even a pandemic can’t prevent Coconis Furniture from its annual mission to help local women. During October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Coconis Furniture-Mattress 1st, Genesis HealthCare System, and a local NBC affiliate WHIZ TV teamed up to offer Southeastern Ohio area, women free mammogram screenings. This year, due to the

Mark Schumacher
How do we move on from 2020?

If you are like me, you can’t wait for December 31st, when we can say goodbye to 2020. I have heard it called a dumpster fire and a train wreck. The common thread through whatever anyone calls 2020 is that it has been an ugly mess.  Everyone started the year strong even in the

Robert Bell
Small Business Saturday reinforces ties between HFA members and their communities

Long after Thanksgiving spills into Black Friday, when hordes of people begin their holiday shopping rites, HFA member Cheri Hochstetler will keep the doors closed at Dwell, the eclectic furniture store she and her husband own with friends in Coralville, Iowa.  “We’re going to have a quiet Thanksgiving that includes giving our staff some time at home

Matter Broters
Robert Bell
As online sales soar, Matter Brothers invests in its ‘new flagship store’

HFA member Matter Brothers Furniture always had a plan to venture into e-commerce, but there always seemed to be bigger projects – a new POS system, reorganizing the warehouse and showroom floors – to tackle in the company’s five-year plan. “There was always something that seemed more important,” said Kim Dominguez,

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Doug Clark
Koenig sees Hall of Fame mission in furniture ‘golden era’

If the furniture industry has a prophet of prosperity, it’s Keith Koenig. “I think this is home furnishings’ golden era,” the CEO of City Furniture proclaimed on a Home Furnishings Association webinar in May. “Opportunity of a lifetime, if we play our cards right.” The last six months of strong

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Doug Clark
Ashley installs huge rooftop solar power system

Ashley Furniture Industries’ advanced manufacturing and distribution facility in Leesport, Pa., uses a lot of electricity – more than 10 million kilowatt hours a year. But 90 percent of that will be offset by the solar panel installation on its roof. Ashley, a member of the Home Furnishings Association, partnered

Robert Bell
After a rough 2019 and 2020, Riley’s Furniture is ready to celebrate the future

Like most furniture retailers, Home Furnishings Association member Riley’s Furniture and Mattress has endured a difficult 2020. The coronavirus pandemic forced the store in Monroe, Ohio, to shut down for more than two months following a state mandate from Gov. Mike DeWine.  The closing came just eight months after founder Riley Griffiths, 75, died

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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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Robert Bell
Morris Furniture ties promotion to 2020 election

Home Furnishings Association member Morris Furniture Co. hopes its latest promotion will help get out the vote. Shoppers who buy furniture at Morris or any of its family of brands in Ohio and Kentucky between Oct. 13 and Nov. 2 will get their purchase free if 6.3 million Ohio citizens vote by Election Day. Larry

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Doug Clark
Politician surprises Grace Furniture with honor

When you run a furniture store, it’s not always great to hear from government. It wasn’t great last spring when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered most businesses in the state to close as the coronavirus was spreading – mainly in the New York City area. “They shut the doors,

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