February 2016

In This Issue

Perspective

What began as a hearth shop in the late ’70s slowly evolved through the years to become a purveyor of upscale patio furniture, barbecues, spas and saunas.

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Perfect Timing

By Richard Wright

Empire Distributing’s diversification into outdoor products came at just the right time.

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Outdoor Elegance

By Bill Sendelback

Rather late to the party, outdoor fireplaces showed strong growth in 2015; now’s the time for retailers to jump in.

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A Fire Pit is Really an Affordable Lifestyle in a Box

By Bill Sendelback

Fire pits are the hottest product in the rapidly growing Outdoor Room market. No industry data supports that claim, but with scores of manufacturers offering fire pits, and most reporting very strong sales, it’s safe to assume that is the case.

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Forever Brown

By Tom Lassiter

It’s beginning to look a lot like … brown will remain the dominant color for resin wicker for a while longer.

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2015 December Business Climate

In early January, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,500 specialty retailers of hearth, barbecue and patio products, asking them to compare December 2015 sales to December 2014. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 208 useable returns.

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