Hearth & Home September 2017

Above and Thumbnail Photos Courtesy: ©2017 Alexandra McMillin. www.soill.org. Rich Howe Photography.

Spotlight on New Exhibitors

First time Casual Market exhibitors are excited to be here and anxious to show you their products.

Ya Gotta Love Chicago!

On August 7, the 9th Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby was held. At 1pm, 60,000 rubber ducks splashed into the Chicago River from the Columbus Drive Bridge – and the race was on! In addition to sponsorships by many of the city’s businesses, individuals and teams were able to “adopt” a Duck ($5), a Quack Pack (6 ducks for $26), or a Flock of Ducks (24 ducks for $100).

The prize? A brand new 2014 Chevy Equinox or an all-inclusive Apple Vacation.

The winner: Special Olympics Illinois, a non-profit organization offering training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 21,500 Traditional Athletes with intellectual disabilities, and more than 18,500 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities.


Drink Tops Outdoor Vented Wine Glass Cover

Coverware Essentials

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Eclipse Series Cantilever Umbrella

Frankford Umbrellas

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Captiva Island Basket Chair

Best Kind Furniture

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MyLine Collection

Rapid-Line

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Plancha Barbecue Grill

CDM Distribution

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Malang Conversation Sofa Set

Ningbo Mentoriend International Trading Co.

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Pasadena Collection

Abble

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Rainforest Decorative Screen

Design Flow Pty

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M-Space Lounge/Sofa

Exterior Elements Outdoor Living

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OFYR Classic

OFYR USA

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SKETCH Dining Table

HOUE

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Square Black Metal Indoor-Outdoor Table

Flash Furniture

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Tuxedo Club Chair

Amalfi Living

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Avoca Two Seat Porch Swing

Lautan

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Nag’s Head Sling Collection

Carolina Casual

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Kombi Beverage Coolers

Think Outside

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X-Base Trestle Collection

Daybreak Poly Furniture

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LGarden

Venture Products

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Perspective:
An Amazing Achievement

Twice a year thousands of us in the patio furnishings industry travel to Chicago and the Merchandise Mart. There, by the river, we are met by eight large busts of leaders from times past.

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Fabric in His Genes

By Tom Lassiter

The intricacies and technicalities of dealing with textiles, sales, business and people have been passed down from father to son, from Allen to David Swers.

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Sitting Pretty

By Richard Wright

Summer chats with key patio furniture executives on the sales year, industry issues, company facts, and trends.

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Meet Derek Ritzel

By Tom Lassiter

The new CEO of Pride Family Brands is a numbers guy, and his crunching has already improved the company’s distribution system.

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German Engineering

By Richard Wright

Coming in at the high end, Spartherm brings its sophisticated wood-burning fireplaces to the North American market.

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Food For Thought

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Writer Lisa Mayer interviews five top executives in the barbecue industry on a variety of topics and issues.

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Not Yet a Blaze

By Bill Sendelback

EPA wood-burning fireplaces are slow to gain market share, as manufacturers spend time in the R&D department preparing for 2020.

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Look Who's Cookin'!

By Lisa Readie Mayer

The kids of Operation BBQ Relief co-founder Stan Hays appear on a Food Network show and put their skills on display.

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2017 July Business Climate

In early August, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,500 specialty retailers of hearth, barbecue and patio products, asking them to compare July 2017 sales to July 2016. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 216 useable returns.

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