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Fan Dance

Fan Dance

By David Gill Table fans have become elements in a home’s decor. Consumers are paying increasing attention to the decor in every room of their homes and fans, as a result, are now seen as part of the furniture. “There is a concern for both the esthetics and the functionality of fans,” said Jeff Martin,More »

Bare Necessities

Bare Necessities

By David Gill Americans are allowing their floors to go bare, and floor-care manufacturers have responded. The nation’s homeowners have turned away from the time when wall-to-wall carpeting was king. In many recently built homes, bare floors have become popular not only in kitchens and bathrooms; many homeowners have chosen to leave their living-room, great-roomMore »

Shear Madness

Shear Madness

By Andrea Lillo As growing herbs and other do-it-yourself kitchen trends grow, consumers want the tools necessary to perform specific functions. As a result, kitchen shears are one category that is gaining attention, expanding beyond the standard pair of shears to more function-specific and multifunctional options. The category has also become more fun, expanding inMore »

A Feel for Texture

A Feel for Texture

By David Gill Texture has become a dominant factor in decorative pillows, as exemplified by the March New York Home Fashions Market. This represents something of a sea change to the category. For many years, color was the key factor that drew consumers to the decorative-pillow sections at retailers. While color is still important, pillowsMore »

Icon Honors to Recognize Excellence at AmericasMart

Icon Honors to Recognize Excellence at AmericasMart

In addition to thousands of new products, Icon Honors: Celebrating Global Innovation is set to premiere this month at AmericasMart’s Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and Atlanta International Area Rug Market. The awards program celebrates extraordinary manufacturing, sales and retail achievement. Icon Honors will recognize innovation, contribution and achievement in the manufacturer, salesMore »

Fazio Takes the Helm at Simmons

Fazio Takes the Helm at Simmons

ATLANTA–Simmons has put Gary Fazio, previously chairman of Mattress Firm, in charge as its chief executive officer. Fazio officially begins his new post today. He is succeeding Steve Fendrich, president and chief operating officer, who is leaving Simmons. The hiring of Fazio is the first major move by Ares Capital Management and the Ontario Teachers’More »

Same-Store Sales Pick Up in June

Same-Store Sales Pick Up in June

NEW YORK–The shift of Memorial Day sales to June and a promising performance for Father’s Day helped make last month a positive one for the nation’s major retail chains. Recovering from lackluster results in May, all of the chains tracked by HFN reported growth in comparable-store sales in June. Leading the way was Macy’s withMore »

FurnitureOrigins Buys Shadow Mountain

FurnitureOrigins Buys Shadow Mountain

STATESVILLE, N.C.–Shadow Mountain, the furniture company known for its rustic-inspired products, has been acquired by FurnitureOrigins. Terms were not disclosed. FurnitureOrigins, which describes itself as a “fully integrated furniture” resource, purchased Zocalo last year and the acquisition of Shadow Mountain, from previous owner First Capital, gives it another unit in the furniture business. Shadow Mountain,More »