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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

HFA member Jordan's Furniture has all types of attractions to enhance "shoppertainment" at its stores.
Francesca Nicasio
Keep ’em coming back: HFA members share tips on growing repeat business

Repeat customers. Everyone tells retailers they need them, but it’s easier said than done. How do you get started? Improve your retail customer experience. When players like Amazon enable people to purchase products with the tap of a button, brick-and-mortar furniture retailers must step up their game and offer experiences

Ron Wanek
Doug Clark
Wanek earns Horatio Alger Award

Ronald G. Wanek, the son of sharecroppers who built one of the world’s leading furniture companies, has been named a winner of a 2020 Horatio Alger Award. Wanek is chairman of the board of Home Furnishings Association member Ashley Furniture Industries, based in Arcadia, Wis. He grew up on a

Diamond's Todd Freer conducts training at HFA member Bob Mills' corporate store in Oklahoma City.
Robert Bell
HFA member Bob Mills partners with Diamond Mattress

HFA member Bob Mills is partnering with Omnichannel sleep products manufacturer Diamond Mattress at the retailer’s nine stores. The Bob Mills Sleep Spa Signature Series mattresses from Diamond include three models with three choices of firmness. The program gives each retail location in-store training by Diamond trainers and a fully

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Doug Clark
Furniture orders surge in September, Smith Leonard says

Orders for residential furniture in September surged 7 percent over September 2018, making it the strongest month of 2019, according to Smith Leonard’s latest survey of manufacturers and distributors. “And remember that September 2018 orders were 9 percent higher than September 2017,” the High Point, N.C., accounting and consulting firm

Jordan's president and CEO Eliot Tatelman and one of the guests touring the store's Enchanted Village.
Robert Bell
Jordan’s celebrates the holidays with adopted families  

On a recent Sunday morning, HFA member Jordan’s Furniture turned its Avon, Mass., store into a winter wonderland for adopted children and their families. In celebration of National Adoption Month, local families and their recently adopted children showed up at Jordan’s on Nov. 24 for an invitation-only chance to explore

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David McMahon
David McMahon: Finish the year strong (and get ready for 2020)

In that final mile, I was smiling. The crowd had delivered a thunderous roar for the past 25.2 miles. Officially, the Boston Marathon begins in Hopkinton, Mass., but the journey starts long before that. In that final mile, I reflected on where I came from. I thought about all it

Century Furniture shwowroom
Doug Clark
Furniture orders down, but Smith sees positive signs

Ken Smith uses a couple of reliable exhibitors to help him evaluate the High Point Market. “Unless it’s a really good market, they’re usually in a sour mood,” Smith said after the October show. “They were in a good mood, and one said it may have been the best market

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