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April 2018

In This Issue

Perspective:
Expo, Vesta & Architects

Like a flock of birds landing together, so, too, did buyers (retailers and distributors) arrive in the exhibit hall at the HPBExpo in Nashville. On that first day (Thursday), they entered en masse, conducted business all day, then moved on to the outdoor party.

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Moving Industries Forward

The Vesta Awards program was started in 2001 with one goal in mind: to honor and highlight those companies that propel their industries forward with products that are well designed and innovative.

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Good Year, Good Show

By Bill Sendelback

Once more, Nashville is proven to be the best venue for a gathering of hearth, patio and barbecue retailers, manufacturers, distributors and reps.

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News from Nashville

By Lisa Readie Mayer

A report from the barbecue beat at Expo 2018 shows that new companies and new products are combining to power the industry.

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Happy Holidays!

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Creating promotions around food, culture, and calendar holidays is a great way to grow your business.

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Small Grills, Big Potential

By Lisa Readie Mayer

The market for portable grills is deep, and getting deeper, and products are getting better by the year; they are now a must-carry item for retailers.

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2018 February Business Climate

In early March Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,500 specialty retailers of hearth, patio and barbecue products, asking them to compare February 2018 sales to February 2017. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 172 useable returns.

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Parting Shot: Sunbrella Everywhere!

In honor of the North Carolina Arts Council’s 50th anniversary, 50 renowned artists celebrated by sharing their North Carolina arts story, and reflecting why public funding for the arts matters.

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