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Doug Clark
IKEA agrees to pay $46 million for tip-over death

IKEA recalled millions of chests and dressers in June 2016 because of tip-over hazards. It repeated the recall announcement in November 2017. In between, on May 24, 2017, an IKEA dresser toppled over on 2-year-old Jozef Dudek in his Buena Park, Calif., bedroom. The blow injured the child’s neck, causing

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Doug Clark
Push for tax fairness, HFA urges Florida members

It’s time to push for tax fairness in Florida. In an Action Alert to its Florida members Jan. 2, the Home Furnishings Association asked them to contact Sunshine State legislators and urge support for important tax bills. “Florida stands almost alone as a sales-tax state that has not yet enacted

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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

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Doug Clark
Which furniture retailers belong in Hall of Fame?

The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame includes many past and present retail leaders. Among them: Ronald G. Wanek, Art Van Elslander, Wogan S. Badcock Jr. and Sr., Eliot Tatelman, Keith Koenig, Manuel Capó, Robert Ching Wo and George B. Cartledge Sr. Jake Jabs of American Furniture Warehouse and Jim

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Gary Fassak
Are you willing to put Amazon between you and your customers?

From its humble beginnings as a quaint online bookseller, Amazon has become a global colossus. By selling everything from Salad Shooters to servers, and from tiny dollhouses to tiny houses, today’s Amazon accounts for about half of online transactions conducted in the U.S. Clearly, Jeff Bezos has unlocked the secret

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Doug Clark
Retirement waits until furniture store sells

At Willits Furniture Center, everything is for sale. Really. Everything. The 51-year-old business and the building it occupies on Central Avenue in Willits, Calif., are on the market. Mike and Margie Smith would like you to make them an offer. For the business alone. For the building alone. Or for

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Doug Clark
Another recall adds to tip-over urgency

A bedroom chest sold by Bob’s Discount Furniture has been recalled as potentially dangerous, the Consumer Products Safety Commission announced Dec. 18. The units “are unstable and can tip over if not anchored to the wall, posing serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in death or injuries to

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Doug Clark
Lanzafame video cracks up customers, and a recliner

Chris Lanzafame and his son, Jeff, had a little time to kill at their business, Lanzafame Furniture Co. They also happened to have had Chris’ niece, Julie Daseking, who was working at the store during her summer break from college. She knows something about making videos. So, why not? The

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Doug Clark
HFA-backed fire-safety bill advances

A furniture flammability bill strongly supported by the Home Furnishings Association passed the U.S. House of Representatives in a bipartisan vote Monday. It takes a big step toward fire safety without potentially harmful flame-retardant chemicals. The Safer Occupancy Furniture Flammability Act (SOFFA) would set a national standard based on California

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