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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

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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

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

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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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

Walker Furniture owner Larry Alterwitz.
Robert Bell
Walker Furniture delivers homes for the holidays to families

In the Las Vegas Valley of southern Nevada, Walker Furniture’s annual Home for the Holidays event is as much a December tradition as ribbons and mistletoe. For 26 years now, residents of southern Nevada nominate families they think are deserving of Walker’s help in furnishing their homes. Walker Furniture is

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Doug Clark
Laredo party marks another step forward for Marlen’s Gallery

Marlen Saenz opened her new furniture store in Laredo, Texas, last month with a mariachi band, prizes, giveaways, wine and a crowd that exceeded her expectations. “A lot of people were there. It was a very nice party,” Saenz said. “I never thought we’d be that busy that day.” She

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