Furniture

Bassett to Expand Motion Offerings, Hires Dobkins

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BASSETT, Va.–Bassett Furniture said it will push forward in the motion upholstery category with the company’s new Bassett Motion Xpress program, debuting at the High Point Market, April 5-10. The program features eight new styles, each with multiple cover options. Bassett has produced selected items in the motion category for a number of years, butMore »

Bassett Q1 Net Falls 14 Percent

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BASSETT, Va.-Downtrending sales, increased new store-related costs and reduced margins in its wholesale segment combined to slash Bassett Furniture’s first-quarter net income by 14 percent, to $843,000. Net sales in the quarter, which ended on March 1, fell 5.3 percent to $75.6 million. Included in the top-line total was a 5.4 percent decline in salesMore »

Studio A to Open New York Showroom

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DALLAS–Home decor and accent furniture resource Studio A will open its first New York showroom next month, in the New York Design Center. With more than 4,000 square feet of space, the showroom is next to Global Views’ showroom on the sixth floor. The opening is set to coincide with New York’s International Contemporary FurnitureMore »

There’s Nothing Generic About Somerton Dwelling

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By Duke Ratliff Rita Ho-Bezzola, the CEO of Somerton Dwelling, is not the average furniture industry executive. She grew up in the business, helping out in the furniture factory her parents founded in Dongguan City in southern China. Now, she’s overseeing the rebranding of the company. In addition, she’s a classically trained pianist; she ownsMore »

Kevin O’Brien Studio Moves High Point Showroom

Kevin O’Brien Studio

PHILADELPHIA-Kevin O’Brien Studio has relocated its High Point, N.C., showroom to room G-6013 in the Suites at Market Square. The new space will be open for High Point Market, which begins this Saturday and runs through April 10. The company’s previous High Point showroom was in room G-7046 of the same building. Christina Heppard, whoMore »

Furniture Association Offers Buyer Help in High Point

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ROSEVILLE, Calif.–The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) provides High Point buyers a one-stop marketplace filled with business service providers offering money-saving tools to improve their businesses. The Retailer Resource Center (RRC), located on the first floor of Plaza Suites, hosts more than 30 vendors that offer products and services ranging from advertising and marketing,More »

LaVon Barnes, The Prime Source Founder, 58

LaVon Barnes

DALLAS–LaVon Barnes, a former retail buyer whose sharp product development instincts led her to create her own sourcing company, The Prime Source, passed away on March 21 from complications of cancer. She was 58. Barnes began her career in retail buying offices. She first worked as a buyer at Sanger Harris (Federated) in Dallas. SheMore »