December 2015

In This Issue

Perspective:
Commerce & Climate

It seems that, no matter the issue, there always will be a large block of people on both sides – immigration is a good example, so is abortion, the KeystoneXL pipeline, campaign finance reform and, of course, the Great Gun Debate.

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Here's Something New!

By Tom Lassiter

Erik Mueller has used his knowledge of retail (Watson’s) to find a new material (Sima) for outdoor products and to create a new company (Plank & Hide).

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Retail: Past & Future

By Richard Wright

Hearth & Home talked to retailers throughout North America – hearth dealers had a Fair year, patio dealers had a Good year, and barbecue dealers had a Damn Good Year!

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Embracing Change

By Tom Lassiter

The Stegman’s moved their business from Ohio to Florida, created three new stores (with one more coming), learned (the hard way) what to buy, and are in the process of figuring out how to attract Millennials.

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Treat People Right

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Zach Watson, Rex and Crystal, are building a strong business by remembering lessons learned when they were young.

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2015 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 2015 sales to October 2014. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 203 useable returns.

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