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HFA Insights: Bright represents future success in Syracuse

When Joe Bright, president of Dunk & Bright Furniture in Syracuse, N.Y., was honored as the Home Furnishings Association’s 2019 Emerging Star, a reporter from The Stand covered the event. The award was presented Jan. 10 by HFA Executive Vice President Mark Schumacher. [Watch: HFA Facebook live at Dunk &

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ASSOCIATION HEALTH PLAN: HFA works to bring members better medical insurance

Dianne Ray remembers when the old Southern Home Furnishings Association offered a popular benefit that members could provide for their employees: medical insurance. That was in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s – before health care became more complicated and less affordable. “I have always been keenly interested in getting back

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:

At the Leadership Institute, retailers grow together

Proving you’re never too old to learn, eight Home Furnishings Association members gathered in Baton Rouge, La., May 6-9 for the second annual Home Furnishings Leadership Institute at Louisiana State University. Retailers spent four days learning from some of the industry’s best and brightest retailers as well as from LSU’s

Increase your store’s conversion rate with DoorCounts

Ask furniture retailers what would help them sell more furniture and you’re likely to hear the same response from most: more traffic through their front doors. Jerry Murphey with retail traffic counter DoorCounts thinks retailers have it backwards. “Most retailers already have a healthy amount of traffic coming into their

Fly-in is valuable, participants say

Above: Jacqueline and Jesús Capó, Rob Davis, Mitchell Stiles and Matt Schultz at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. It’s called a fly-in, but Home Furnishings Association members traveled to Washington, D.C., by planes, trains and automobiles to meet with key government leaders May 14-15. Subjects discussed included trade, taxes and

Cindy Crawford drops by to celebrate latest Art Van Furniture opening

Celebrity guests Cindy Crawford and Nigel Barker along with more than 400 other people showed up recently for Home Furnishings Association member Art Van Furniture’s latest store opening in Polaris, Ohio.  The newest addition to Art Van’s chain features a 70,000 square foot, two-story store with a striking glass exterior

Jordan’s Furniture employees share $1 million Powerball prize

For years, the “J-Team” – a group of coworkers at Home Furnishings Association member Jordan’s Furniture in Nashua , N.H., –  went through the same routine: Everyone kicked in $2 and the group bought a fistful of Powerball lottery tickets at a convenience store across the street from their store. Then, after missing out on a big prize,

Matt Schewel is named a Future Leader by the Hall of Fame Foundation

Matt Schewel taught in a Spanish-immersion elementary school in Durham, N.C., then worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., covering trade policy.  Finally, in May 2016, he returned home to Lynchburg, Va., and joined the business his great-great grandfather started there in 1897, Schewel Furniture Co. “I’d always considered the

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