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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

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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

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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

Badcock Stanhope Furniture Living Room
Robert Bell
Stanhope line offers step-up opportunity for Badcock customers

Home Furnishings Association member W.S. Badcock Corporation has released a step-up furniture line to its 370-plus Badcock Home Furniture &more stores, a move company officials hope will expand its customer base. The Stanhope line, which features heirloom-quality collections, is a nod to the company’s 116-year history. It includes collections in

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Robert Bell
New Kurlancheek website better reflects store’s image

Home Furnishings Association member Kurlancheek Home Furnishings of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., has a new website to go with its new store. Owner Ronne Kurlancheek says the website, which went live late last year, is an upgrade from the store’s older version. “It’s a much better reflection of the upscaled store we’ve

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Robert Bell
Game on! HFA members make a friendly wager on Super Bowl LIV

Super Bowl LIV is bringing out the competitive – and generous – sides to a pair of Home Furnishings Association members. Shortly after the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers advanced to the title game, Crowley Furniture, with three stores in the Kansas City area, and Hoot Judkins Furniture

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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

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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

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

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