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Are Furniture Stores Dying, Or Just Changing?

Are Furniture Stores Dying, Or Just Changing? May 16, 2024 By Fred Nicolaus If you’re a regular reader of the furniture industry trade press, you get used to a certain kind of heartbreak. The headline typically goes something like: “Beloved 90-year-old Philadelphia institution calls it quits,” or “After three generations, a Detroit stalwart shutters.” These…

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FTC Votes To Ban Noncompete Agreements

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FTC Votes To Ban Noncompete Agreements Manufacturer associations strongly oppose new rule   If you have been in the home furnishings industry for more than five minutes, you either know someone whose career has been impacted by a noncompete, or you may even have your own story to tell. But if a final ruling by…

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Midwest Furniture Club Readies Fall Show


Midwest Furniture Club Readies Fall Show 17th Annual Midwest Furniture Show Annual Show To Be Held September 18th and 19th, 2024. CHICAGO, IL  April 5, 2024- The final details of the 2024 Midwest Furniture Show have been nailed down. The Show will kick off Wednesday morning at the White Eagle Convention Center in Niles at 8 am. The…

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HDX Partners With IHFRA On Referral Program

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HDX Partners With IHFRA On Referral Program In this insightful episode, Ray sits down with Justin Robichaud, the visionary founder of Wood You Build It, explores the unique philosophy that drives his business to offer custom-built, American-made furniture. Diving deep into the appeal of handcrafted items, Justin discusses how his company caters to a growing…

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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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