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Sharron Bradley
Robert Bell
Sharron Bradley on retirement: ‘Quite a ride, but it’s time’

When Sharron Bradley was tapped to do the unthinkable – merge three furniture retail trade associations into one – she remembers feeling so many emotions: excitement, eagerness and energy, for starters.   But there was never a sense of being overwhelmed – for good reason.    “There wasn’t any time to feel overwhelmed,” she said. “There was

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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
Skandinavia Contemporary Interiors reopens in new location

Skandinavia Contemporary Interiors in Austin, Texas, reopened for business on Memorial Day. Unlike other retailers that were forced to close during the coronavirus outbreak, however, Skandinavia’s owners had been planning their reopening for two years. Shawn and Erika Olsen closed their store on Shoal Creek Boulevard in March, a couple

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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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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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