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2017 Retail: Past & Future

By Richard Wright

Hearth & Home interviewed 48 specialty retailers of hearth, patio and barbecue products throughout the U.S. to determine how well they fared in 2017. For some it was a great year, for some it was a bad year, and for most it was an acceptable year.

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HEARTH: A Good Year for Most

By Bill Sendelback

It has been a surprisingly good year for hearth products, as well as a break-out year for sales of electric fireplaces through the specialty channel.

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Core Values

By Bill Sendelback

It’s a family affair at Hearth & Home in Mount Prospect, Illinois, a business that began in 1971 with a mission of taking care of its customers.

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PATIO: Not All Roses

By Tom Lassiter

Economic indicators were pointing in the right direction, and for many patio dealers, the season was good, but not great.

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BARBECUE: A Generally Good Year

By Lisa Readie Mayer

In general, it was a good year for barbecue sales through the specialty retail channel; the major problem was with the negative impact of Internet sales.

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The Carys of Wichita

By Lisa Readie Mayer

All Things Barbecue is a superbly run operation, and a role model for all specialty retailers in the barbecue business.

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2017 October Business Climate

In early November Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,500 specialty retailers of hearth, barbecue and patio products, asking them to compare October 2017 sales to October 2016. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 214 useable returns.

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Parting Shot: Smart Move

Thirty miles from Phoenix, north on the 101, you will find Taliesin West, previously the winter home of Frank Lloyd Wright, who died in 1959, and now home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the School of Architecture at Taliesin.

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