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Sign advertising seasonal hiring
Robert Bell
Hiring for the holidays? Here are tips to protect you

Shoppers like to complain that holiday decorations appear earlier and earlier. Retailers have their own seasonal lament: There’s no one to hire for the oncoming rush of those shoppers. With unemployment at near-record lows, retailers are pulling out all the stops to ensure they have enough workers come December. Companies are

Since 2015, HFA Hermann Furniture has supplied furniture and holiday decorations for a local historical building in Brenham, Texas.
Robert Bell
Hermann Furniture decks the halls (11 rooms, too) of historic mansion

Home Furnishings Association member Jennifer Hermann can’t remember a time when the big house on Century Circle wasn’t a part of her life. Even in high school, Hermann remembers roaming the ornate hallways and 11 rooms of the Giddings Stone Mansion, a magnificent example of 19th-century Greek revival architecture in

Exclusive Furniture's Sam Zavary donates more than $31,000 Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal's father Pyara Singh Dhaliwal.
Robert Bell
Exclusive Furniture remembers a fallen sheriff’s deputy

Like many people in Houston, the nation and the world, Home Furnishings Association member Sam Zavary of Exclusive Furniture was stunned to hear of the fatal shooting of a Harris County sheriff’s deputy last month. Zavary met Sandeep Dhaliwal, a 10-year veteran of law enforcement, on many occasions. Dhaliwal was

City Furniture donated 100 twin mattresses and box springs to under underprivileged kids in Orlando recently.
Robert Bell
City Furniture offers a night of soccer, countless nights of sleep

Some underprivileged youngsters got more than a soccer match when they showed up at Exploria Stadium in Orlando this month. Home Furnishings Association member City Furniture teamed up with Orlando City Soccer Club to surprise the children with new twin-size beds and bedding at the first-ever Delivering Hope Pajama Party

Randy Coconis
Robert Bell
Coconis Furniture offers free breast screening exams

Asking Randy Coconis to pick a favorite furniture promotion is like asking a mother to pick her favorite child. You’re wasting your time. But ask Coconis to pick his most meaningful furniture promotion and there’s no hesitation. In fact, it’s going on throughout October at Coconis Furniture’s five stores in

Jake Jabs
Robert Bell
Jake Jabs inducted into Hall of Fame

Heaven knows how many awards and honorary degrees Home Furnishings Association member Jake Jabs has accumulated in his lifetime. “Let’s just say a lot,” said Jabs, the president and CEO of American Furniture Warehouse, with a chuckle. But Sunday night’s tribute might have been the most memorable, he said. Jabs

Robert Bell
Finding stable-compliant furniture at market just got easier

Retailers looking for clothing storage units compliant with voluntary stability standards will have an easier time finding those products at High Point Market. Manufacturers who are members of the American Home Furnishings Alliance that carry compliant products will display a “WE COMPLY” tent card in their showrooms throughout market. The

More than 270 golfers participated in HOM Furniture's annual charity golf tournament to help local organizations.
Robert Bell
HOM Furniture tees it up for charity

A gorgeous golf course. A sun-kissed Minnesota morning. Dozens of golfers eager to help a local cause. HOM Furniture. All four made for a perfect recipe for the 30th annual HOM Open Charity Golf Tournament last month. About 270 participants enjoyed a perfect day on the greens and fairways at

The Canadian Furniture Show canceled its 2020 event following years of declining attendance from retailers and manufacturers alike.
Robert Bell
HFA members in Canada lament loss of show

Home Furnishings Association retailers in Canada are lamenting the loss of the Canadian Furniture Show, their country’s only furniture market, but they’re not surprised. After 47 years, organizers of the Canadian Furniture Show canceled the 2020 event. The show, annually held in May in the International Centre just outside Toronto,

HFA member Joaquin Rodriquez and his store. Hacienda Furniture, does a robust business with Hispanics in Oxnard, Calif.
Robert Bell
Connecting with Hispanics: How one HFA member does it daily

The face of the retail furniture consumer is changing. That’s because America is changing, too. There are 131 million multicultural Americans in the United States today, according to a Claritas report earlier this year. Those Americans make up 37.5 percent of the U.S. population with Hispanics accounting for the largest

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