Who Reads Hearth & Home?
Anastasia Marcakis, for one!
Occupation: “Sales manager at Supreme, a family-owned business founded by my father 33 years ago.”
Special Interests/Hobbies: “Swimming and spending time with my husband and our beautiful son (he recently turned one!).”
Issues Facing the Hearth Industry: “The biggest issues we face as a manufacturer are the new state regulations and restrictions regarding wood-burning products. In particular, the revised EPA standards expected to take effect in 2015 will make it very challenging for manufacturers to develop new products, which consequently will increase development costs and time.”
Forecast for the Hearth Industry in 2014: “We launched three new EPA products in the last year and have experienced a strong demand for these products in the first two quarters, which bring optimistic expectations for the rest of the year. The harsh winter and the high energy prices may also encourage homeowners to heat with wood and invest in a more efficient appliance.”
Key Things Retailers Should Do To Improve Their Hearth Business: “Work with product lines that make your business profitable; train your staff so they are knowledgeable on all the products that you sell; keep your showroom up-to-date and clean; invest your time on lines that are easy to work with, and try not to over-diversify your showroom.”
Years Reading Hearth & Home: “I have been reading Hearth & Home ever since attending my first HPBExpo in 2006, just a couple months after graduating college and joining the family business.”
Reasons for Reading Hearth & Home: “I read Hearth & Home because it keeps me informed on news, trends, events and products of our industry. This magazine brings us together as a community and is a great platform for small businesses and new products.”