May 2014

In This Issue

Simple & Successful

By Bill Sendelback

Pete Dines found lessons in the recession that he now employs in his business; he’s concentrating less on rapid growth, and more on creating a profitable, stable company.

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The Creators

By Tom Lassiter

New products may propel an industry forward, but it’s the creators of those products that are the real driving force.

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Beyond Backyards

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Retailers should consider opportunities in the commercial marketplace, for there’s business to be had beyond the residential area.

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Making a Splash!

By Tom Lassiter

In south Florida, entrepreneur Gerald Schvartsman has built a factory to manufacture outdoor furniture (Source Outdoor) – no one told him it couldn’t be done profitably.

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The Tipping Point?

By Lisa Readie Mayer

With manufacturers now numbering over two dozen, and great publicity coming from TV shows, the pellet grill category may be ready for takeoff.

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Still in Style

By Tom Lassiter

There’s something about teak that appeals to generation after generation through the decades.

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2014 March Business Climate

In early April, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,098 specialty retailers of hearth, barbecue and patio furnishings products, asking them to compare March 2014 sales to March 2013. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 207 useable returns.

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Parting Shot: Campfire Tales

In response to a request from the town of Trondheim, Norway, to suggest an outdoor project for a kindergarten, the architectural firm of Haugen/Zahar created an enclosed space for fire, storytelling and playing.

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