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January 2018

In This Issue

The Man Behind Treasure Garden

By Tom Lassiter

Oliver Ma is a hard working, brilliant businessman who has built a global company based on understanding markets, creating quality products, and respecting his customers.

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Internet Impact

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Some dealers view e-commerce as a threat, others view it as an opportunity; either way, it’s disrupting traditional retail in a major way.

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Installation Shield

By Bill Sendelback

Hearth dealers are fortunate their product requires professional installation, nevertheless, Internet sales are still creating a variety of issues.

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Online Pressures

By Tom Lassiter

Patio dealers face fearsome Internet competitors, but manufacturers can protect their dealers to a certain extent – if they want to.

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Threat or Promise?

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Barbecue dealers weigh in on how the Internet is impacting their business, and what they are doing about it.

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Gas Buys Wood

By Richard Wright

The acquisition of SBI by The Empire Group creates a “true” hearth company that manufactures gas, wood, pellet, and venting products; it’s a combination of two well-run and profitable entities ready to capitalize on the synergies provided.

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A Common Thread

By Mark Brock

Both Phifertex and GeoBella brands are highly focused on performance and style; great customer service is a given.

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A La Plancha

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Originally from Mexico and Central America, plancha grills are the latest hot item, and a solid surface on which to build sales.

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The Time is Now

By Bill Sendelback

The market is huge, the products are refined, and the customers are ready; electric fires are prepared to take center stage.

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2017 November Business Climate

In early December Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,500 specialty retailers of hearth, barbecue and patio products, asking them to compare November 2017 sales to November 2016. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 214 useable returns.

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Parting Shot: Eclectic & Whimsical

Designed by Design Studio 15, the team took this private residence living room and created a bold, eclectic, whimsical space that integrates the client’s personal style and passions in one room.

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