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That Pioneer Spirit

Dorothy and Frank Matthews started their first ‘legitimate’ hearth shop in 1986; they sold their business and retired a few months ago. This is their story.

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Call Me Crazy!

By Tom Lassiter

Somehow, for 35 years, Brett Freiberg has been able to retain his enthusiasm for the business of selling patio furniture (and there’s no sign that he’s going to change).

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2018 October Business Climate

In early November, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,500 specialty retailers of hearth, patio, and barbecue products, asking them to compare October 2018 sales to October 2017. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 232 useable returns.

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Parting Shot: Towering Torches

All of Elena Colombo’s sculptures are made for congregating around an outdoor fire. Many are made of bronze, which starts out as pink gold, goes to dark brown, and eventually to a verdigris green.

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