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New York retailers, association raise $210K for cancer foundation


by Ray Allegrezza November 21, 2023 FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Four home furnishings retailers — in association with the Greater Metropolitan Furnishings Association — raised more than $210,000 to benefit the Dean Michael Clarizio Cancer Foundation, according to Artie Eisenberg, owner of all four stores and coordinator of this event.  Eisenberg, who owns Seigerman’s Furniture, Design Center,…

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IHFRA fills 3 vacancies on Executive Committee

Reps organization also names 4 Direct Chair posts HIGH POINT — The International Home Furnishings Representatives Association, based here, has recently filled three vacancies on its Executive Committee and has also named four members to District Chair posts. Industry veteran Cynthia Heathcoe has joined the EC as second vice president. Heathcoe, who is currently president…

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Networking and Celebrations: A Memorable Day at the HFRM Annual Golf Outing

by: Steve Allegrezza Being part of the home furnishings industry and having the privilege of working for IHFRA, my calendar is often dotted with appointments, meetings, and trade shows. However, the annual Home Furnishing Representatives of Michigan (HFRM) golf outing is one event that is typically not on my calendar, or at least not until…

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2023 DC Fly-In

Legislation by Crisis, and the Lasting Impacts it has on Consumer Confidence In late May, I had the opportunity to attend HFA’s DC Fly-in event. For those unfamiliar, this event offers an unparalleled opportunity to meet with policymakers and staff in Washington to discuss anything from industry-specific issues to national concerns.  For context, last year’s…

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HIGH POINT, NC (May 30, 2023) – WithIt has announced that it will offer a virtual streaming ticket option for its annual professional conference being held June 13th and 14th. There is still time for industry professionals to register for the in-person conference. “WithIt’s mission to provide educational opportunities to women in the home furnishings industry…

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Kelvin Cochran to Keynote 30th Annual Prayer Breakfast at High Point Furniture Market

Event moves to New Quebein Arena and Convention Center HIGH POINT—Kelvin Cochran, former fire chief of the city of Atlanta, who began his career as a firefighter and later ultimately named by President Barack Obama to the post of Administrator of the United States Fire Administration (USFA), will be the keynote speaker for the Annual Prayer Breakfast here.…

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Consumers are spending, and credit card debt is rising

by Ray Allegrezza March 14, 2023 Late last week, it seemed like every news source was reporting that, despite record inflation, consumers were spending as if there was no tomorrow. Case in point. A recent article online from NPR states: “Something unexpected is going on in the U.S. economy. Inflation remains high, yet many Americans went…

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Are You Ready to Deal With STURDY?

On December 23, 2022, the United States enacted the Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth (STURDY) Act when President Biden signed it into law as part of the $1.7 trillion fiscal 2023 omnibus spending bill. This law will impact manufacturers, reps, retailers, truckers, and more. What you don’t know about STURDY could hurt your business. The…

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Free Webinar on Anti-Tipping Legislation

Wednesday, March 8, 2pm eST Greater Metropolitan Furnishings Association Free Webinar On Potentially The Most Challenging Issue For Furniture Retailers, Manufacturers and Reps Register now!

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