May 2015

In This Issue

Shop Mom & Pop

By Lisa Readie Mayer

The Shop-Small, or Shop-Local movement is gaining traction as a way of helping specialty-store owners increase their business.

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A Year to Remember

By Bill Sendelback

Buoyed by a remarkable sales year in 2014, gas fireplaces are on the road to recovery, but unit sales are still 64 percent less than in 2005.

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A Slow Pace

By Bill Sendelback

If you’re waiting and watching for a new home construction to really take off, here’s a bit of advice — have patience.

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Texas-Style Shopping!

By Tom Lassiter

Nebraska Furniture Mart is open for business; it expects eight million customers a year and could well generate $1 billion in annual sales.

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A Teak Revival?

By Tom Lassiter

As the season unfolds, fresh designs, strong early-buys and a trend toward rustic styling have manufacturers in an optimistic mood.

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A Travelin’ Man

By Richard Wright

Rick Baker hits the road for six months to personally introduce Alfresco Home’s Fervor grill to specialty retailers from New York to Vancouver.

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2015 March Business Climate

In early April, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,500 specialty retailers of hearth, barbecue and patio products, asking them to compare March 2015 sales to March 2014. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 232 useable returns.

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