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Hearth & Home September 2016

Who Reads Hearth & Home?
Michael Van Buren, for one!

Essex Junction, Vermont

Occupation: Co-Owner, Blazing Design, Licensed Professional Engineer, NFI instructor, Licensed Real Estate Agent

“Blazing Design is a full-service design, installation and maintenance firm specializing in exceptional gas fireplaces, inserts, fire pits and aesthetic gas flames servicing architects, builders, landscape designers and homeowners across Vermont and New England.”

Special Interests/Hobbies: “Mountain Biking, Snowboarding, Grand Prix Race Fan, Motorcycling, Sailing, Pizza Firing, Family Travel.”

How Is Your Business Faring This Year? “Very well. We’re continuing to grow and expanding into new retail space.”

Problems Facing the Hearth Industry: “I think one of the biggest problems is educating regulators on the variation within hearth product categories.”

Health of the Hearth Products Market in the U.S. and Canada: “Robust and changing all the time.”  

Years Reading Hearth & Home: “Twenty-five years.”

Reasons for Reading Hearth & Home: “The publication keeps the industry up on trends and issues affecting all of us. Love the articles about our fellow colleagues in the market!”

Article Idea(s): “Husband/wife teams. Maintaining work/life balance with a busy business. Keeping healthy while working too many hours. Employee retention in a competitive market. The importance of community involvement in business.”

More Stories in this Issue

China Reinvents Itself

By Tom Lassiter

As China remakes its economy, patio furniture manufacturers must cope with a shortage of workers and much higher costs of labor.

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Buffett Does Dallas

By Tom Lassiter

One year after the Oracle of Omaha brought his Nebraska Furniture Mart model to the Lone Star State, most local patio shops are still enjoying banner years.

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Blowin' in the Wind

By Mark Brock

Collaboration is the answer for Greg Voorhis and his team as it leads to a “Shift” in Sunbrella styling, and demonstrates the capabilities of performance fabrics.

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By Lisa Readie Mayer

After three decades, Big Green Egg maintains its leadership position and shows no signs of slowing down.

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Sitting Pretty

By Richard Wright

Annual conversations with top executives on wide-ranging matters and issues.

It was a good year, not a great year, for patio furniture manufacturers, but no one is complaining.

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YOU Be the Judge!

By Lisa Readie Mayer

How tapping into the world of competition barbecue can help you grow your business, and have fun doing it.

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Tapping New Markets

By Bill Sendelback

Some hearth retailers are finding new, and lucrative, sales opportunities in fields such as commercial and hospitality.

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H.E. Fireplaces, Go!

By Bill Sendelback

With a boost from the EPA, manufacturers exit the R&D department with certified, high-efficiency, wood-burning fireplaces that are rapidly gaining acceptance and sales.

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2016 July Business Climate

In early August Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,500 specialty retailers of hearth, barbecue and patio products, asking them to compare July 2016 sales to July 2015. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 212 useable returns.

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