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  • Greg Johnson Retiring at Bealls

    BeallsThis time Greg Johnson says it’s for good. Johnson announced last week that he would be retiring as vice president and general merchandise at Bealls Department Store here at the end of this week. Johnson retired once before 11 years ago but came back to retailing seven years ago to join Bealls. The long-time industry retailing veteran said about his first retirement, “It didn’t stick.” More

  • Las Vegas Design Center to Recognize Top Interior Design

    LVDCLas Vegas Design Center has created a design awards program titled “ANDYZ,” in partnership with the California Central/Nevada Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, to recognize and celebrate the year’s best interior design. Projects by interior designers, architects and design students based in the region will be honored in nine categories at the inaugural ANDYZ awards during Las Vegas Market this summer. More

  • Sabi Space Bath Line Addresses Aging Population

    SabiInspired by aging baby boomers, Sabi Space recently debuted a line of bathroom hardware designed around a peg system that is both easy to install and has a modern design that appeals to all ages. This demographic interests Assaf Wand, founder and CEO, and after seeing a lack of products addressing the aging population, he set out to fill a niche. More

  • Retail Scorecard: Blenders

    Retail ScorecardBlenders from Ninja, KitchenAid and Blendtec were among those on sale at Macy’s last week. The Ninja NJ 600 Professional Blender could be had from $99.99, down from $149.99. The Ninja NutriNinja 2-in-1 Blender was priced down from $169.99 to $119, and the Ninja NutriNinja Duo Auto iQ Blender was sale-priced at $199.99 (was $324.99). More

  • Phillips Named Tuesday Morning President; Company Narrows Q3 Loss

    MelissaPhillipsTuesday Morning has promoted Melissa Phillips to president and chief operating officer, a newly created position for the off-price retailer. Phillips, who was executive vice president and general merchandise manager, assumed her new post yesterday. She is now directly responsible for merchandising, store operations and marketing, and reports to CEO Michael Rouleau. More

  • Reed & Barton Brands, President to Stay at Lenox

    TimRiddleLenox said it will continue to market the many brands of the newly acquired Reed & Barton and that Tim Riddle, Reed & Barton’s president, will remain in his position. Lenox announced yesterday that it had successfully bid to purchase Reed & Barton, the 190-year-old, Massachusetts-based tabletop company best known for its silver and stainless-steel flatware. The purchase is expected to close in the next 30 days. More

  • Global Home Opens in NYC’s Flatiron District

    GlobalHomeGlobal Home, a 10-year-old online business, has opened its first physical retail location, in a 1,600-square-foot spot in the Flatiron District here. Not surprisingly, worldly goods are an important part of the merchandise mix. Crowns from a Nigerian tribe are sold as art objects, for example. On the wall is photography of Mongolian eagle hunters, while vintage Peruvian throws are stacked nearby. More

  • Amer Names Director of E-Commerce, Social Media

    CherieSheahanAmer Rugs has named Cherie Sheahan director of e-commerce and social media, a new position that reflects the company’s growing online business. Reporting to Joe Barkley, vice president of sales and marketing, she will be responsible for Amer’s further expansion into the Internet sales and e-commerce market, as well as tasked with raising Amer’s presence within social media channels. More

  • Messick Joins Sferra as Western States Sales Rep

    SferralogoSferra has named Karen Messick sales representatives for the western states of Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, effective today. Messick is responsible for servicing new and existing Sferra accounts in these states. She reports to Mark Reed, director of sales and business development. Messick has been a sales representative in the home textiles industry for more than seven years, prior to joining Sferra. More

  • Surya Donates $20K to the American Red Cross for Nepal Relief

    SuryaLogo2014Surya has donated $20,000 to the American Red Cross in support of the organization’s relief efforts in Nepal in the wake of last Saturday’s earthquake. Donations were collected from Surya employees and sales representatives and matched by Surya. “Our hearts go out to the people of Nepal as they work to rebuild their communities after this devastating event,” said Satya Tiwari, president. More

  • Nourison Donates to Nepal to Support Relief Efforts

    NourisonlogoNourison has made an immediate donation of $10,000—with an additional goal to raise $25,000 during May—to Nepal relief efforts after the recent devastating earthquake. The additional proceeds will come from its best-selling Nepal collection, which was inspired by the artistry and culture of Nepal. “We felt that we needed to help Nepal during this tragedy,” said Alex Peykar, principal of Nourison. More

  • New Talents Accepted for NY Now’s Juried Divisions

    NYNowlogoA select group of exhibitors representing a broad spectrum of design and lifestyle categories has been accepted into NY Now’s two juried sections, Accent on Design and Handmade Designer Maker, for this summer’s show. From 150 applicants, Accent on Design has accepted 23 designers based on creativity in design, innovative use of materials, functionality and a commitment to new creations in contemporary design. More