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HFA CEO Blog_10-21-The Challenge of a Hybrid Business Model
Mark Schumacher
The challenge of a hybrid business model

Have you noticed that you now have to be good at three things? In our case at HFA, like every other business, we have had to create a hybrid business model. COVID world, we now have hybrid gatherings, or in the case of your business, you have a hybrid business

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Jonathan Schulman
Is a Furniture Rep Training your Staff?

I was all set to tap out a blog post about something near and dear to my heart – good profits vs. bad profits. This topic is such a subjective one that it’s probably worthy of a complete book. Hey, there’s an idea. However, the other morning, I woke up

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Doug Clark
Boone’s Furniture says ‘Count On Me NC’

When Katie White saw a few other businesses join Count On Me NC, “I wondered if that was something we could do.” Boone’s Furniture & Gifts in Burlington, N.C., could do it. In fact, it involved “a lot of what we were already doing” to reassure the public it’s safe

Photo shows people holding signs in front of a bus
Doug Clark
Cricket’s owner gets some love on ESPN

Bev Fritts expects the unexpected from her son Rob and daughter-in-law Molly. “They’re just clever. They’re always surprising me with something,” the owner of Cricket’s Home Furnishings in Dimondale, Mich., said. But this time? “I was just shocked.” Rob and Molly and their children live in Maryland. Rob called his

City Furniture semi-truck
Robert Bell
Looking for examples of CSR? Look to City Furniture

With an increasing number of consumers showing interest in Corporate Social Responsibility, one Home Furnishings Association member is not only embracing the philosophy, but it is also measuring it. City Furniture recently released its 2019 CSR report and its 2020 goals. The report documents how City Furniture is living its

Tepperman's ribbon cutting
Robert Bell
Tepperman’s named finalist for its CSR efforts

HFA member Tepperman’s is a finalist for the Corporate Social Responsibility Award by the London (Ontario) Chamber of Commerce. The organization’s annual London Business Achievement Awards recognize business excellence in several categories. Tepperman’s is recognized for its positive impact on the communities it serves and for tackling sustainability issues. The

Wrecking ball striking an egg
David McMahon
Build your company to last

One hundred years ago marked the start of the Roaring Twenties. This decade saw the U.S. economy expand by 40 percent, fueled by consumers purchasing high-ticket items for the first time. Automobiles, appliances, and furniture were bought en masse and on installment. This was also the founding year of the

Sarah Vandeguchte, right, one of HFA member Art Van Furniture's 77 local inspirational heroes, with her sister who nominated her, Carmen Diekevers.
Robert Bell
Art Van recognizes local heroes as part of its new branding campaign

As part of its new branding campaign, “Inspiration Lives Here,” Home Furnishings Association member Art Van Furniture decided this fall to recognize and reward unsung heroes who quietly inspire others through simple acts of kindness and selfless displays of courage. Individual stores began revealing their heroes in December. Art Van

Former Stoney Creek Furniture Dennis Novosel, left and current president Jim Fee.
Robert Bell
Friends hold goodbye bash for Dennis Novosel at High Point Market

Dennis Novosel’s first High Point furniture market? That’s easy. It was 1971. The former owner of Home Furnishings Association member Stoney Creek Furniture has been a loyal visitor ever since. Even after turning over day-to-day operations of the store to his longtime business partner Jim Fee three years ago, Novosel

Morris Furniture is making a donation to a local charity group every time a customer tests a mattress at a company store in November.
Robert Bell
Rest-test a mattress and Morris Furniture will make a donation

Morris Furniture is celebrating its 72nd anniversary this year by asking customers to test a mattress in November. The Dayton, Ohio, store will make a donation to a local charity for every customer who tests a mattress this month. Even if customers don’t buy a mattress after a test at

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