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Hearth & Home August 2014

Who Reads Hearth & Home?
Jack Wills, for one!

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Occupation: President: Jack Wills Outdoor Living (stores in Tulsa, OK; Tontitown & Little Rock, AK; Cordova, TN)

Special Interests/Hobbies: “Traveling to national parks with four children, scuba diving and going to the ocean.”                  

Major Problems Facing the Patio Industry: “Indoor furniture stores are confusing consumers on what constitutes quality outdoor furniture and the value they are getting.” 

Major Problems Facing the Barbecue Industry: “Once again, poor quality grills – lots of service calls – lots of unhappy customers. They thought they were getting a great grill because of the price.”

Major Problems Facing the Hearth Industry: “So many restrictions are going to slow down R&D and innovation!”

2014 Sales Forecast for All Three Industries: “Patio and Barbecue are pretty flat. I expect a big year in hearth.”

Years Reading Hearth & Home: “15+ years.”

Reasons for Reading Hearth & Home: “I like reading articles about other retailers. Hearth & Home provides excellent ideas about merchandising, new ways of selling products, and finding upcoming hot products.”

More Stories in this Issue

Outdoor Room Design Ideas

Over the past six or seven years, Hearth & Home has invited architects, designers and landscape architects to subscribe to the magazine. We believed then – still do now – that developing a relationship with the greater community of designers would be beneficial to our base of manufacturers and retailers.

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Miami Heat

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Luxapatio is the hot retail store behind some of south Florida’s coolest outdoor living environments.

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The Spark of Creativity

By Richard Wright

Elena Colombo has found her niche creating Fire Features that display her artistic skills and delight her clients; her work is unique.

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Special Section: The Outdoor Room Design Ideas

What is an Outdoor Room? To some it is a grand pavilion with an imposing fireplace, an appliance-packed, custom-masonry outdoor kitchen, distinct areas for dining, entertaining and relaxing, TVs, sound systems and other entertainment amenities, and a fabulous swimming pool or water feature all set against a stunningly landscaped and hardscaped backdrop.

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True-ly American

By Richard Wright

What starts in St. Louis, remains in St. Louis – at least that’s the case for True Manufacturing and its line of refrigeration products.

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2014 June Business Climate

In early July, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,412 specialty retailers of hearth, barbecue and patio products, asking them to compare June 2014 sales to June 2013. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 2,322 useable returns.

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Parting Shot: Au Naturel

The Green Lady – she’s but one of the attractions at the Eden Project in the county of Cornwall, UK. Eden is a top garden tourist attraction at the southwestern tip of the country.

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