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Buyer's Guide

Hearth & Home’s Buyer’s Guide is a compilation of manufacturers in three industries – hearth, barbecue and patio. In this digital issue you can find useful industry data for each of the three industries, as well as the Business Climate that is featured in every issue of the magazine.

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2019 April Business Climate

In early May, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,500 specialty retailers of hearth, patio, and barbecue products, asking them to compare April 2019 sales to April 2018. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 212 useable returns.

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Live-ly Fire

By Lisa Readie Mayer

DJ BBQ, a live-fire expert, grills meat to the beat and attracts an international audience.

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Retail Store Tours

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Here’s a peek into what successful retailing looks like today, and what consumers expect in a brick-and-mortar shopping experience.

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2019 March Business Climate

In early April, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,500 specialty retailers of hearth, patio, and barbecue products, asking them to compare March 2019 sales to March 2018. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 220 useable returns.

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Parting Shot: Big, Bigger, Biggest!

Drive 63 miles from Vancouver, BC, and you’ll arrive at Chilliwack, on the Fraser River. That’s the home of Phoenix Bermudez, artist, and creator of large fireplaces and other artificial rock formations under his business name, Stonetree Studios.

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Perspective: Expo in Retrospect

Time flies when you’re at a trade show. Whether you measure the number of products seen, or conversations held, the truth is that you know you should have done more of both – but you ran out of time.

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Sell The Romance!

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Live fire cooking – meaning grilling over solid fuel, preferably wood – is the hottest trend in the barbecue industry. When you see a parade, get in front of it.

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The Evolution of Retail

By Tom Lassiter

Your customers want to understand who you are, what you stand for, how you’re connected to the community – and they also want an experience when they come in.

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