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July 2020 Flipbook

July 2020 Articles

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July has always been our Fabric issue. It was selected to coincide with the ICFA Preview Show at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. That show is really the first time patio retailers get to see next year’s offerings of both fabrics and frames.

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Inspiration Is Everywhere

By Larry Thomas

It could be found at a trade show in Milan, the fresh colors on a new car, on a runway in Paris, or in a Netflix movie – it could even be from the feathers of a peacock.

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A Mirror of 2008!

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Some retailers are thriving, not just surviving, during the COVID-19 pandemic; tired of using an old grill, homeowners are buying new grills, pizza ovens, furniture, and other outdoor products.

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The British Are Here

By Bill Sendelback

At the recent HPBExpo in New Orleans, a number of British companies were displaying for the first time. What follows are snapshots of each company.

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2020 May Business Climate

In early June, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,500 specialty retailers of hearth, patio, and barbecue products, asking them to compare May 2020 sales to May 2019. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 229 useable returns.

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Parting Shot: On the Banks of the Arkansas River

Two Foot Ten Foot (yes, that’s the company name) was brought on this project by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects (yes, that’s the company name) to help design and fabricate two custom fireplaces with large, organically-shaped chimneys and custom gas-log sets.

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