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Former Stoney Creek Furniture Dennis Novosel, left and current president Jim Fee.
Robert Bell
Friends hold goodbye bash for Dennis Novosel at High Point Market

Dennis Novosel’s first High Point furniture market? That’s easy. It was 1971. The former owner of Home Furnishings Association member Stoney Creek Furniture has been a loyal visitor ever since. Even after turning over day-to-day operations of the store to his longtime business partner Jim Fee three years ago, Novosel

Morris Furniture is making a donation to a local charity group every time a customer tests a mattress at a company store in November.
Robert Bell
Rest-test a mattress and Morris Furniture will make a donation

Morris Furniture is celebrating its 72nd anniversary this year by asking customers to test a mattress in November. The Dayton, Ohio, store will make a donation to a local charity for every customer who tests a mattress this month. Even if customers don’t buy a mattress after a test at

El Dorado Furniture ribbon cutting for St. Petersburg
Robert Bell
El Dorado Furniture expands north into St. Petersburg

Longtime Home Furnishings Association member El Dorado Furniture, forever a fixture in South Florida, has begun its trek north with the opening of its latest store in St. Petersburg, Fla. The 44,000-square-foot store is located at 3700 Tyrone Blvd., in a former Sports Authority Building. It’s the first El Dorado

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

Photo shows Shawn Hanley of Howell Furniture
Doug Clark
Howell Furniture steps up for Beaumont

For days on end, Howell Furniture’s Facebook feed ran a string of public service announcements. Again. Tropical Storm Imelda poured 43 inches of rain onto Beaumont and other communities in Southeast Texas last month, triggering floods that nearly matched the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. Howell co-owner

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

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