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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

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

Photo shows James and Elaine Campbell
Doug Clark
Campbells retire after successful closing sale

James and Elaine Campbell “probably haven’t had a vacation in five years,” James said the day before closing their business, Pat Anderson Furniture, in Kilgore, Texas. Now? After a rest, the Campbells’ first retirement trip probably will take them to Branson, Mo., an entertainment mecca in the Ozark Mountains. “We’ve

Photo shows the Spiller family singers
Doug Clark
Spillers celebrate Christmas with song

Spiller Furniture & Mattress is holding its Tis the Season Sale and giving away a living room set to a needy family. But the Spiller family shows its Christmas spirit in other ways, too. “We’ve been singing together for a long time, since I was 12. So, that’s about 30

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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

City Furniture's newest store in the Miami community of Doral will be a dual-branded effort with Ashley HomeStore.
Robert Bell
City Furniture opens first dual-branded store with Ashley HomeStore

HFA member City Furniture is gladly sharing the spotlight at its latest store opening. The company’s newest store in Miami’s Doral community is a dual-brand: City Furniture and Ashley HomeStore. It’s the latest step in City’s $100 million expansion program that has added a Miami Modern showroom in midtown Miami

Jordan's president and CEO Eliot Tatelman and one of the guests touring the store's Enchanted Village.
Robert Bell
Jordan’s celebrates the holidays with adopted families  

On a recent Sunday morning, HFA member Jordan’s Furniture turned its Avon, Mass., store into a winter wonderland for adopted children and their families. In celebration of National Adoption Month, local families and their recently adopted children showed up at Jordan’s on Nov. 24 for an invitation-only chance to explore

Photo shows Mary Liz Curtin at Leon & Lulu
Doug Clark
Leon & Lulu whets shoppers’ appetites

When it comes to retail, Leon & Lulu is the cat’s meow. Make that Three Cats. The Clawson, Mich., emporium upgraded its Three Cats Café into an upscale restaurant this fall, dropping the “Café” and adding one more element that makes Leon & Lulu a unique destination for shoppers, diners

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