October 2016

In This Issue

Canada: An Introduction

By Richard Wright

Canada’s economy is struggling, its oil industry is hamstrung by low costs, Foreigners with Money are disrupting the housing market in some of its most attractive major cities, and Metro Vancouver is experimenting with a Net Zero program.

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The Loonie & the Buck

By Bill Sendelback

The loonie may be down, making it difficult for U.S. manufacturers to sell into Canada, but the Canadian hearth industry can easily supply its own dealers and distributors.

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Canadian ’Que

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Despite (because of ?) the country’s economic turmoil, interest in barbecuing remains high and is stoking sales.

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Engaging the Senses

By Lisa Readie Mayer

From grills to outdoor kitchens, and from Montreal to Vermont and New York, this three-year-old store has a business plan that appears to be working well.

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Surprisingly Strong

By Tom Lassiter

Canadians are a resilient lot, and that shows in the continuing sales of patio furniture – at very high prices – if not in retail margins.

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2016 August Business Climate

In early September Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,500 specialty retailers of hearth, barbecue and patio products, asking them to compare August 2016 sales to August 2015. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 198 useable returns.

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Parting Shot: Hôtel de Glace

Twenty minutes north of Quebec City, in a year-round resort and waterpark called Valcartier Vacations Village, you’ll find the Hôtel de Glace – the Ice Hotel – certainly one of the most unusual places to spend a night.

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