Member Stories

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Doug Clark
HFA members recover from Hurricane Laura

“We’re a little overwhelmed,” Tony Kemp admitted Monday. At the same time, the chief operating officer of Home Furnishings Association member Home Furniture Plus Bedding was thankful that “everybody’s safe” among his employees in Lake Charles, La. Lake Charles took the brunt of powerful Hurricane Laura last week. Not only

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Doug Clark
Howell Furniture faces another storm

With a powerful hurricane barreling toward the Texas-Louisiana coast, Howell Furniture closed its three stores Monday as evacuations began. “You don’t know what you’re going to come back to,” third-generation co-owner Shawn Hanley said today. Hanley is in Oklahoma, where her daughter gave birth to a boy Tuesday – a

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Doug Clark
Charlie’s House showcases Crowley’s commitment to safety

When Greg Crowley celebrated his Home Furnishings Association Trailblazer Award with family, friends and employees at his Liberty, Mo., store back in February, Brett and Jenny Horn were there to add their congratulations. What a sad but ultimately fulfilling journey the Horns have had since their 2-year-old son Charlie died

Samsen Furniture
Robert Bell
After 5 years with Art Van, Samsen is independent again

When it rains, it pours. New Home Furnishings Association member Doug Samsen might push back on that old chestnut because, for Samsen and his employees, 2020 has been more like a monsoon.  First came the news in March that his Art Van store in Genoa, Ohio, was in peril after

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Doug Clark
Crisis forces historic changes at Simon’s and other retailers

Six months ago, “It’s Safer at Simon’s” wouldn’t have made much sense as a marketing slogan for a furniture store. Today, it’s highly effective, according to Jared Simon of Simon’s Furniture, Mattresses & Appliances in Franklin, Mass. Since the Home Furnishings Association member began advertising safety during the COVID-19 crisis,

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Doug Clark
Coconis, England tell stories together

Furniture retailers and manufacturers often develop strong relationships over the years, but the Coconis-England bond is especially strong. It goes back a half-century. Paul Coconis and Dwight England were friends. So, when Coconis needed a delivery for an after-Christmas sale in 1972, England wouldn’t let the fact that he didn’t

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Doug Clark
At 100, Darvin sees a bright future

If you’ve been in business for a century, you’ve pushed through some hard times. “In the same spirit of overcoming past challenges, we’ve overcome this one,” Darvin Furniture & Mattress President Will Harris said in a recent conversation. Strict stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus crisis kept Darvin’s store in Orland

Jordan's President Elliot Tattleman cuts the ribbon to the newest Jordan's store , the one in South Portland, Maine.
Robert Bell
Jordan’s opens its first store in Maine

There wasn’t the usual long line of shoppers waiting outside whenever Jordan’s Furniture opens a new store. But given the current pandemic, the crowd that showed up for the grand opening of the store’s new store last month in South Portland, Maine, was nice to see. Store officials did not

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Doug Clark
Even in hotspots, furniture stores can operate safely

Political leaders in Houston and Harris County, Texas, want the authority to impose new lockdowns in response to rising coronavirus cases. Carolyn Blum said such orders shouldn’t apply to businesses like hers. “We are not part of the problem in any way, shape or form,” said the owner of Home

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Doug Clark
Todd Wanek joins 2020 Hall of Fame class

Ashley Furniture Industries President and CEO Todd Wanek will take his place next to his father, Ron, in the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame. Todd Wanek is one of five current or former industry leaders who make up the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020. They will be inducted

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