November 2016

In This Issue

Business as Unusual

By Lisa Readie Mayer

How the co-founder of Breeo Industries and his wife are growing a business off-the-grid while traveling and camping from New England to California and back again.

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The Road from Bali

By Tom Lassiter

The thought of an outdoor beanbag chair took Australian Steve Anderson to China, then to the U.S. market with a far greater line of outdoor furniture.

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Anarchy & Resolve

By Richard Wright

Four men and one woman are laid off; a new company is formed; products they create win multiple awards.

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Courting Custom

By Bill Sendelback

With the return of new construction, once again many hearth dealers are chasing custom-home builders.

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A Life Well Lived

By Tom Lassiter

Randy Trull is a southern gentleman, quick with a smile and a story; he’s also a serial entrepreneur whose career has woven through many (most?) aspects of the textile industry.

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Helping Others

By Bill Sendelback

Merging the warmth of the heart with the warmth of the hearth has served Stoll Fireplace well throughout the years.

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2016 September Business Climate

In early October Hearth & Home faxed a survey to specialty retailers of hearth, barbecue and patio products, asking them to compare September 2016 sales to September 2015. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 203 useable returns.

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Parting Shot: Self-Contained!

Designer and television host Kelly Edwards came to builder Art Steedle with an unconventional request: build a home out of a 20 ft. marine shipping container for a TV segment on Tiny Homes.

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