April 2014

In This Issue

Perspective:
Trends & Trade Shows

Our cover this month is an architect’s rendering of the twin towers of King Blue, 44- and 48-story condominium residences at the intersection of King Street West and Blue Jays Way in the heart of Toronto.

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Livin’ the Life

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Toronto is at the center of North America’s trend to urbanization; King Blue Condos are located in the center of Toronto.

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In Pursuit of Innovation

By Richard Wright

Innovation remains the key word that defines the Vesta Awards Program. That is the attribute most sought out by Vesta judges, and the quality that is necessary in any industry to ensure future growth.

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The Rector of Kansas City

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Jim Cattey – and family – has created a remarkable one-stop shop for barbecue and hearth products right in the heart of barbecue country.

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Back in the USA?

By Tom Lassiter

Are manufacturing jobs coming back to the U.S.? Not in any kind of numbers, and certainly not if they’re labor intensive.

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The Long Road Home

By Bill Sendelback

The national economy – including the hearth, patio and barbecue industries – needs a robust housing market; well, it’s on its way back.

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What America’s Eating

By Lisa Readie Mayer

If you’re in the barbecue business, then keeping an eye on food trends in this country – and around the world –is important to your livelihood.

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2014 February Business Climate

In early March, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,117 specialty retailers of hearth, barbecue and patio products asking them to compare February 2014 sales to February 2013. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 208 useable returns.

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