CHANTILLY, VA., February 3, 2018 - Bloomstoday.com is proud to announce its 2018 Valentine's Day Collection, anchored by tens of thousands of the estimated 250 million red roses which will carry expressions of love in every corner of the country. As this unique holiday has expanded from roses for lovers to interesting, multi-blossom bouquets for friends, colleagues, relatives, loved ones and others, bloomstoday.com has responded to the demand with a creative, diversified, colorful variety of floral arrangements.
The dozen red roses may be the timeless classic, but bloomstoday.com has raised the bar with 18 or two dozen roses, and not just red. Yellow, white, lavender, pink and multi-color grace the website selection. There are options to add a teddy bear, mylar I Love You balloon, gourmet chocolates and their signature, pewter-look cross or angel keepsake ornament.
Farm fresh artisan roses are the perfect contemporary 'n rustic presentation with homespun simplicity. Artfully arranged in brown paper, the stems are loosely tied with vintage-style, multi-strand twine. There are color choices as well as a dozen or 18 or two dozen bundled in natural splendor.
Pink and yellow blooms are abundant in this bloomstoday.com Valentine's Day Collection, along with little surprises like blue eucalyptus stems, sophisticated, long, lily grasses and bold and beautiful lily blossoms. Each floral arrangement exhibits a personality of its own, akin to people. "We are not just a floral business, but a provider of sentimental expression," states co-founder George Dukas whose family has more than 100 years of experience in the floral industry. "We prepare and send messages of love, gratitude, praise, condolence, support and devotion," adds co-founder Don Mayer. "We understand that behind each order, there is emotion, and we recognize the importance of quality products and on time delivery, as well as a supreme customer service experience."
Award-winning customer service and chat feature and high quality, long-lasting flowers are the pillars of bloomstoday.com's success. The Valentine's Day Collection is yet another opportunity to design flower bouquets with style and creativity. Every floral professional at the company embraces the love and affection which accompany all the Valentine's Day roses and fresh flowers.
Tel: +1 571-261-2210
Attn: Customer Service
15405 John Marshall Highway
Haymarket, VA 20169
Tel: (800) 359-5309
Visit website: https://www.bloomstoday.com/
Presales of GroBox, the All-in-One, Plug-and-Play Indoor Hydroponic Greenhouse, Grow Beyond 750% of Kickstarter Goal
SAN DIEGO, February 2, 2018 - Support is growing dramatically for GroBox, an all-in-one, plug-and-play indoor hydroponic greenhouse, with crowdfunders pushing sales beyond $75,000 on Kickstarter– more than eight times higher than its original campaign goal.
Offering anyone the ability to grow their own plants conveniently in their own home, GroBox controls the watering schedules and air flow to grow plants faster than other methods while using two-thirds less water than traditional systems.
By using hydroponics technology that makes GroBox self-watering, sets watering cycles and manipulates the LED grow lights, users only change the water in GroBox a few times a month – skipping the guesswork for how often they should be watering their plants.
GroBox has also formulated a fertilizer solution so plants get the exact nutrients they need, providing clay pellets that replace messy soil and allow for even water distribution. The LED grow lights in GroBox also provide the lighting the plants need no matter the season or outside weather, and are also customizable for the specific growth phase for specific plants.
GroBox is easy to set up, as well. Users only need to:
• Add filtered water to fill line, then add in fertilizer
• Add clay pebble growing medium
• Add plant mediums and insert seeds (or clones)
• Set growing settings based on plants they are growing
From there, GroBox owners only sit back and watch their plants grow, changing the water inside only a few times a month. Plants can either be grown from seeds or clones.
GroBox was designed to make it easy for everyone, everywhere to grow their own plants in the convenience of their home, on their own time, and during any season. By growing their own plants, users also know exactly where they come from – assuring users that they are eliminating pesticides and other harmful chemicals from entering their bodies.
For more information about GroBox or to purchase the indoor hydroponic greenhouse at an early-bird discount during the final month crowdfunding, visit the GroBox campaign page on Kickstarter.
GroBox is a part of the sustainable gardening movement. We started with FogBox and have been innovating with incorporating sustainable agriculture methods into technology for years.
We want to help change how people think about their food -- where it comes from and what’s going into it. No toxins or pesticides, ever. Just plants.
Our mission is to become a part of the sustainable gardening movement and make it easier for people to grow their own plants, on their own time, anywhere, during any season.
Tel: +1 6138067135
Visit website: https://getgrobox.com/
Innovative Architecture Firm, DWA PLLC, Introduces Retailers to the Future of Bedding Showrooms at the Las Vegas Winter Market 2018
DWA PLLC of Las Vegas, Nevada just introduced the mattress industry to a new method of selling beds by designing and building the first ever experiential bedding showroom.
LAS VEGAS, February 3, 2018 - Innovative Architecture firm, DWA PLLC, introduces retailers to the future of bedding showrooms at the Las Vegas Winter Market 2018.
New mattress manufacturer iSense Sleep, just successfully launched the World’s First Adjustable Mattress line in Las Vegas at the Winter Market 2018. DWA PLLC from Las Vegas, NV was chosen to design the showroom because of their experience in the industry. "I knew about their reputation of building high quality retail spaces but I was energized with Ryan and his team’s enthusiasm for building something different". states Paul Longman, Founder and CEO of the iSense Sleep brand. "My goal was to improve the customer experience, instead of a traditional space we wanted our stand to control the sales process from start to finish and that uniqueness energized them'. “This exciting project has a been a collaborative effort. The design of this showroom is a direct reflection of Paul’s passion for his product and DWA PLLC couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this exciting project”, states Ryan Kronbetter, Partner at DWA PLLC.
The design concept was to create a showroom that challenged the typical mattress buying experience. Typical mattress retail stores require 5,000 to 10,000 square feet to display the assortment of mattresses they carry. The three mattress types that iSense Sleep has developed can be displayed in a space as small as a 500 square feet area in a big box store or a stand-alone store as small as 1,000 square feet. The 2,000 square foot showroom space at World Market Center in Las Vegas allowed for plenty of space for the new display to take shape. The design concept of the new space was to immerse the customer in the experience they would get walking into a traditional retail store found in “Downtown Middle America”. This concept was captured by splitting the showroom into two primary spaces, the park or streetscape and the actual store.
Upon arriving at the showroom the customer enters through a park area featuring the iSense Sleep façade, a functioning bar, café and multiple false storefronts. Each storefront is unique in design and is expressed with the use of different material selections. The storefronts are complimented by an assortment of greenery ranging from small plants and shrubs to 10’-0” tall trees set on a base of synthetic grass. These subtle features were designed to heighten the senses and pique the interest of the customer for the true experience yet to come when they enter the iSense Sleep storefront.
With the iSense Sleep store being the most important part of the experience. “The goal was to create a bigger surprise at every corner”, as described by Kronbetter. Upon entering the store the customer is greeted by a receptionist and a 120” 4K video projected onto a translucent wall. Around the first corner are VR stations allowing the customer to experience the mattress features while being immersed in a fully vertical world with video and sound. Once the VR experience is completed you find yourself face to face with the mattresses that the entire experience has been based upon. The beds are displayed in floating canopies with accent colors matching the individual types they represent. After enjoying the three types of mattresses the experience is complete with a trip to the back of the suite where a private conference room is located to “seal the deal”.
"DWA went above and beyond to help us, they participated in the entire journey to ensure our show experience was second to none." says Longman. "I look to working with at DWA for years to come."
To learn more about DWA visit their website at http://www.dwaltonarch.com.
Tel: +1 7022896095
4810 W University Ave.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
Visit website: https://www.dwaltonarch.com/
For the third year in a row, Carpet One Floor & Home’s virtual Houzz profile has won “Best of Design” on Houzz, the world’s leading online community for home remodeling and design.
MANCHESTER, N.H., February 2, 2018 - For the third year in a row, Carpet One Floor & Home’s virtual Houzz profile has won “Best of Design” on Houzz, the world’s leading online community for home remodeling and design.
Awarded annually to the industry professionals behind the most popular photos on Houzz, the Best of Houzz honorees are recognized in three categories: Design, Customer Service, and Photography.
The Houzz community is comprised of over 35 million users and over one million active industry professionals. Carpet One Floor & Home previously earned this honor in 2016 and 2017, respectively. The 2018 honorees were announced earlier this month.
“Houzz is a great resource for our stores and our customers to find inspiration and work together to create beautiful spaces,” said Terri Daniels, VP of PR, Social Media & Communications at Carpet One Floor & Home. “We’re honored to be recognized for providing inspiring content to Houzz users.”
"The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year's recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise."
Design award winners’ work was the most popular, by far, among regular Houzz users. Over the past several years, Carpet One Floor & Home’s photos have been consistently viewed, saved, shared, and included in conversations on Houzz.
Best of Houzz badges currently appear on our national profile as a sign of our ongoing commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify the most popular and top-rated professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
For more information, or to check out our national Houzz profile, visit http://www.houzz.com/pro/carpetone.
About Carpet One Floor & Home
Carpet One Floor & Home is North America’s leading floor covering retailer, with 1,000 independently owned and operated locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Carpet One Floor & Home stores are known for a broad selection of carpet, wood, laminate, ceramic, vinyl, and area rugs, including exclusive brands like Bigelow and Lees. They offer a unique customer experience with the exclusive SelectAFloor™ merchandising system that simplifies the shopping experience and The Beautiful Guarantee®, which guarantees that the customer will be 100% happy with their floor. Carpet One Floor & Home is also the home of the exclusive Healthier Living® Flooring Installation System.
Carpet One Floor & Home
Tel: +1 6036260333
Visit website: https://www.carpetone.com/
Soft-Tex International® to Highlight New Sleep Technology Innovations, Unveil Restonic® Bedding Accessories & Sunbrella® Memory Foam Cushions at Las Vegas Market
New lines of pillows, toppers, bed-in-a-box mattresses, mattress protection products, outdoor accessories, and eco-efficient bedding products to highlight Soft-Tex’s Las Vegas Showroom.
LAS VEGAS, January 8, 2018 - Soft-Tex International® is pleased to announce several new sleep technology innovations and unveil its new line of Restonic® Bedding Accessories & Sunbrella® Memory Foam Cushions ahead of the Las Vegas Furniture Market.
New DreamSmart™ Assortment of Bedding Products
The DreamSmart™ furniture division of Soft-Tex® will be featuring its refreshed, complete assortment of mattress protectors & encasements, bed-in-a-box mattresses, pillows, toppers, sheets, and dropship mattress foundations. The assortment will feature the latest cooling technologies, attractive textiles, and robust packaging & product display solutions built to meet the unique needs of furniture retailers.
The DreamSmart™ brand also provides a competitive advantage to furniture retailers who want a suite of products that protects the value of the in-store furniture retail experience. DreamSmart Division Vice President John Timmerman noted, “A hallmark of the DreamSmart™ program for a furniture retailer is channel exclusivity. With DreamSmart products in your store, you don’t have to worry about customers trying a product in-store and buying it somewhere else online.”
New Restonic® Pillows & Protectors
Soft-Tex® will also be showcasing products under its exclusive licensing agreement with Restonic® for top of bed accessories. Featured products include ComfortCare® Mattress Protectors and sheets as well as Marvelous Middle® pillows. These lines of products feature Soft-Tex®’s new technologies including the latest innovations in cooling fabrics.
“All the elements of a sleep environment must work together for a superior night’s sleep and these new, innovative introductions are well-positioned to succeed on today’s retail floor,” said Ron Passaglia, president and CEO of Restonic Mattress Corporation. “With our combined commitment to excellence in service, quality and attention to detail, Restonic is excited for the opportunity to answer the call from today’s sleep-deprived, digitally-hyper-connected consumer with Soft-Tex.”
New Sunbrella Outdoor Seating Accessories
First unveiled at the Spring 2017 New York Home Fashions market, Soft-Tex will be unveiling new additions to its Sunbrella® line of waterproof seat cushions featuring Soft-Tex®’s revolutionary AquaSeal™ waterproof memory foam technology. All seat cushion programs can be customized to meet a retailer’s preference for size and color and be in stock for the summer season.
“It’s exciting to see Soft-Tex bring the latest in cushion technology to the forefront of outdoor seating! Sunbrella is thrilled to be a performance component of a completely redesigned product that will absolutely offer the consumer something they have never seen before,” said Allen Gant III, Director of Outdoor Market at Sunbrella.
Eco-Efficient Bedding Products
Soft-Tex is proud to now offer pillows and mattress pads made with materials that meet the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). These pillows and mattress pads are made with 100% organic cotton covers and filled with the bio-based, eco-efficient Sorona® corn based fiber. Soft-Tex will be showcasing its line of eco-efficient products made for MaryJanesFarm, an organic magazine and catalog retailer and can provide customized organic offerings to meet any retailer’s requirements.
All items and more will be on display in showroom C-1572 at the Las Vegas Furniture Market January 28th through February 2nd. For appointments please contact John Timmerman at email@example.com.
As one of America’s premier sleep product manufacturers, Soft-Tex International’s mission is to help consumers sleep comfortably and live better through innovative design. As the marketplace for sleep and home comfort products evolves, Soft-Tex meets the needs of omnichannel retailers by not only manufacturing products with leading-edge technologies, but also providing best-in-class physical and digital merchandising solutions.
ERIC LINN, VP OF MARKETING
Tel: +1 1-800-366-2324
Las Vegas Showroom
World Market Center Las Vegas
455 South Grand Central Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Customer service hotline: 1-800-366-232
Visit website: https://soft-tex.com/
ORLANDO, FL., January 8, 2018 - INOX, creator of innovative and premium decorative hardware and door locks, will showcase its new Privacy Barn Door Lock at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Orlando, Florida, from Jan. 9 to 11 in booth S5631. The patent-pending Privacy Barn Door Lock is a sophisticated yet discreet integrated locking solution for designers, architects and homeowners to secure the door for added privacy.
“We design and manufacture all of our products in house—even the inner mechanics of the locks—so we are able to engineer innovative solutions for any type of door hardware application,” said Jeff Howes, President of INOX. “For instance, we invented the Privacy Barn Door Lock so that architects, designers and homeowners could finally add a lock to their barn door that guarantees both superior privacy and a beautiful design aesthetic.”
The company will introduce the Privacy Barn Door Lock during the exclusive KBIS DesignBites presentation on January 10 (Bath Day) at 12:00 p.m. at the KBISNeXT™ Stage located in the south hall.
INOX will be displaying its full suite of new products, including:
►The new Art Deco Series offers a complete collection of products to transform utilitarian door locks, card readers and other hardware into custom-created, Jazz Age-style designs with a contemporary sensibility. This new series is made from heavy-duty brass and includes a commercial-grade, spring-assisted chassis for ease of operation and extreme durability.
►CeraMax™ is a line of ceramic-coated door hardware for designers, architects and homeowners looking for a finish option that prevents deterioration due to harsh environments, including salt spray, oxidation, humidity and ultraviolet light. INOX is the first and only door hardware manufacturer to offer this finish option.
►INOX will also introduce its new Universal Multipoint Series, which is a trim solution designed to fit 95% of multipoint locking systems for swing doors by major door manufacturers.
For more information about INOX and its products, please visit inoxproducts.com.
INOX is an innovative engineering company that designs and manufactures premium decorative hardware and door locks, including its industry-exclusive Privacy Barn Door Lock. For more than 25 years, INOX has been an expert in door hardware design with a proven track record of supplying product for some of the largest projects in North America, South America and around the world. INOX products are distributed worldwide via a network of more than 500 high-end retail designer hardware showrooms and distributors. To learn more about INOX, visit inoxproducts.com.
LUIS D. SOSA
Unison Hardware, Inc.
6 Wayne Court Sacramento, CA 95829
Visit website: http://www.unisonhardware.com/
ORLANDO, FL ., January 8, 2018 - NanaWall Systems, the pioneer of opening glass wall systems, will be showcasing new features and glass wall systems that exemplify extreme performance at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando, Florida, Jan. 9-11 in booth W3990. Cero® will make its IBS debut, offering the largest panes of glass available from NanaWall. The SL73 will also be on display, featuring reinforced structural posts that provide unparalleled strength and enable the glass walls to meet and exceed Miami-Dade AAMA certification requirements.
“Our opening glass walls transcend the concept of large glass openings, facilitating a year-round connection to the outdoors, even in the harshest conditions,” said Ebrahim Nana, CEO of NanaWall Systems. “We look forward to displaying our most innovative and top-performing glass wall systems at IBS.”
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NanaWall will be showcasing several glass wall systems, including:
Cero®: Cero offers pure architectural minimalism through its clean, uniform and ultra-thin lines for maximum light-filled spaces that connect the interior to the exterior. It offers the largest panes of glass available from NanaWall.
SL73: The NanaWall SL73 features reinforced structural posts and impact rated laminated glass provide unparalleled strength—while the Secure Locking System and specialized seals and panel design provide superior wind and rain resistance—enabling the system to perform above and beyond Miami-Dade AAMA certification requirements.
Kitchen Transition with RemoteSTACK: NanaWall continues to evolve the indoor/outdoor kitchen trend by offering Kitchen Transition with RemoteSTACK, which enables architects to free up valuable space in the kitchen by stacking panels away from the traditional opening. This gives architects control to design around structural obstacles and remove the panels from view, creating a solution for homeowners that offers maximum space flexibility.
ClimaCLEAR™: NanaWall ClimaCLEAR is the only frameless all-glass individual panel sliding system specifically engineered for transparent weather protection.
Screen ONE XL: Making its IBS debut, the Screen ONE XL is a fully retractable, non-pleated screening option with minimal verticals made of ultra-strong, UV resistant fiberglass mesh housed in a single cartridge riding on a single track.
For more information about NanaWall and its products, please visit blog post “Performance Matters.”
About NanaWall Systems
For over 30 years, NanaWall Systems has pioneered the category of opening glass wall systems. The company has earned the trust of architects, builders, design professionals and homeowners as a custom solution for re-imagining how buildings, people and the elements interact. By combining precision engineering and outstanding design options throughout more than 25 unique award-winning systems, NanaWall Systems advances design possibilities beyond the conventional for almost any space. NanaWall Systems is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area with 24 showroom and design studio locations across North America.
LUIS D. SOSA
100 Meadowcreek Drive #250, Corte Madera, CA 94925
Phone 888.411.NANA (6262) /415.383.3148
Visit website: https://www.nanawall.com/
Polaris brings an impressive new selection of kitchen quartz prefabs to start the new year with fresh designs.
Polaris brings an impressive new selection of kitchen quartz prefabs to start the new year with fresh designs.
LOS ANGELES, December 23, 2017 - Polaris Home Design is giving homeowners who want to redesign their kitchen this festive period and new year plenty of options with an impressive new selection of quartz prefabs.
Their showroom has grown by five quartz stone colors, which makes it one of the most extensive selections in North Hollywood. With beautiful shades and patterns like Nougat, Haze, Blizzard, and Quartz Reflections, there's bound to be something that everyone likes. For homeowners who find it hard to choose, a classic, timeless option like Pure White may fit perfectly with an existing color scheme.
According to a Polaris spokesperson: "Quartz is gaining in popularity among buyers, and for good reason. It's beautiful without being too overwhelming, and its durability makes it the perfect surface for countertops."
When it comes to kitchen remodeling, there's a lot of factors to tie in. Modern houses may require a sleeker, polished look, where a rustic home might need something to tie together the light, natural atmosphere. Quartz combines refined and earthy styles to make the most of any room. The kitchen is the heart of the home, so decorating it with attractive, natural materials is never a bad decision.
Polaris Home Design specializes in making sure that every one of their quartz prefabs lives up to the client's expectations, and the expertly processed countertops are customized according to the buyer. They're perfect for both indoor and outdoor use, and the wide range of color makes quartz one of the most versatile options for interior decorating.
Quartz is one of the hardest substances on Earth, and this gem-like stone is both stunning and sturdy. It's the ideal product for any kitchen counter, and its non-porous surface makes for easy cleaning. Polaris's kitchen quartz countertops require no sealing or polishing; once they're installed, they're ready for use. These quartz prefabs are also custom-cut to fit any counter, which makes buying easy.
Polaris is determined to make sure that the aesthetic of their product never falls flat. They process their quartz prefabs within their own facility, just to make sure that none of the natural beauty is ruined during the sizing. Whether the color scheme of a home is a modern, streamlined design or a more elegant display, a kitchen quartz countertop will quickly become the centerpiece of any kitchen.
Those who are ready to give their kitchen a makeover in 2018 can browse the new selection of kitchen quartz countertops in store or online. The holidays are never a bad time to begin thinking about home improvement, especially when Polaris has so much to offer.
Polaris Home Design
Tel: +1 310-404-3777
Visit website: http://www.polarishomedesign.com/
FERNDALE, WASH., December 26, 2017 - On December 26, 2017, Manito Luxury Silk Bedding and Silk Sleepwear starts its New Year’s Sale, offering up to 40% off storewide. All of Manito Silk Bedding and Silk Sleepwear is made with unparalleled quality of material and craftsmanship, consisting of 22 Momme long-strand Mulberry Silk with the finest Charmeuse weave.
Undeniably gorgeous, Manito's Silk Pillowcases are also a secret beauty weapon. Hypoallergenic and gentle on the face, some dermatologists argue that silk pillowcases minimize wrinkles. Silk Pillowcases also promote healthy hair by minimizing tangles and breakage.
Manito's exclusive silk night gowns have a flow and feel unlike anything ever worn before, thanks to the unparalleled quality of the silk and the painstaking craftsmanship that goes into each one. Silk’s natural breath-ability and temperature regulating properties make it an excellent natural material for night gowns and sleepwear.
According to John Kenmuir, president of Manito Luxury Silk Bedding and Silk Sleepwear, this promotion will be valid through January 14th, 2018. “We are glad to launch this big sale which provides existing customers a great opportunity to add to their collection while new customers can experience what we proudly refer to the world’s most luxurious silk at considerable savings.”
One customer, Devin from Los Angeles, states, “It’s blissful sleeping on Manito luxury Silk Bedding – it’s luxurious, incredibly comfortable and great for your skin. Manito luxury Silk Bedding is smooth and chemical-free to provide real beauty benefits. They hit all the marks.”
Manito also offers free and fast delivery, premium quality silk products at competitive prices and a 100% satisfaction guarantee for customers throughout North America, the reasons so many customers choose Manito Luxury Silk Bedding and Silk Sleepwear. More information regarding Manito Luxury Silk can be found at https://manitosilk.com by emailing info(at)manitosilk.com or by calling (877) 540-7455 toll free between 8:30 and 4:30, Pacific Time during weekdays
About Manito Luxury Silk Bedding and Silk Sleepwear
Not all silk vendors are created equal. Manito Luxury Silk Bedding and Silk Sleepwear is headquartered and maintains inventory in North America. They offer free shipping anywhere in North America for orders of $50 or more and a 30-day 100% satisfaction guarantee. Manito designs its products in North America, for western colors, tastes and style. Its parent company manufacturers everything Manito Luxury Silk Bedding and Silk Sleepwear sells. Manito Luxury Silk provides the finest silk bedding and sleepwear products available in North America, with unparalleled quality of material and craftsmanship.
Manito Luxury Silk Bedding and Silk Sleepwear
Tel: +1 877-540-7455
Manito Linens Ltd.
1465 Slater Road,
PO Box 5007,
Ferndale, WA 98248-5007
Toll Free: 877-540-7455 (SILK)
Visit website: https://www.manitosilk.com/
NAPCO (North American Polymer Co.) Announces 2018 Training Dates for Professional Refinishing Courses
NAPCO is pleased to announce its 2018 dates for professional refinishing training classes. This year, NAPCO is offering a series of training courses each month to better accommodate its growing enrollment numbers.
SKOKIE, ILL., DECEMBER 27, 2017 - NAPCO is pleased to announce its 2018 dates for professional refinishing training classes. This year, NAPCO is offering a series of training courses each month to better accommodate its growing enrollment numbers. The courses are taught by Simon Newton, a refinishing veteran with over 25 years of industry experience. Newton aims to instruct aspiring re-finishers on all aspects of the industry, including practical application of refinishing products, how to deal with various issues that may arise on the job, and best practices for running a small refinishing business.
Becoming a certified refinisher provides almost limitless opportunities for growth and expansion for the aspiring entrepreneur or small business owner. All houses and apartments with bathtubs will eventually need repairs and refinishing is the most affordable, and often the most attractive repair option for homeowners. Most NAPCO refinishers make at least $100 per hour, and set their own hours, while also working a flexible schedule!
“Our training classes are at the heart of what we do here at NAPCO,” commented Steve Coven, owner and president at NAPCO. “Not only do we provide aspiring refinishers with all of the practical skills they need for the job, we also continue to support them after the training sessions with on-call assistance, marketing strategies, and small business advice.”
The NAPCO refinishing training dates are listed at https://www.napcoltd.com/training/register, and all classes are held at the NAPCO training facility at 7315 Hamlin Avenue, Skokie, IL, 60076. Classes are designed to facilitate small group learning. Reserve your space now by visiting NAPCOLTD.com or call 1-800-888-1081 for more information or to reserve a spot by phone.
Since 1979, NAPCO, Ltd. (North American Polymer Company) has provided products, supplies, and training to professional bathroom and kitchen refinishers. NAPCO is headquartered just outside of Chicago, in Skokie, IL and services all 50 states and 5 foreign countries. If you are interested in refinishing your tub, tile, or counter top instead of replacing, call 1-800-888-1081 or visit http://www.napcoltd.com today.
NAPCO - North American Polymer Co., Ltd.
Tel: 800-888-1081 Ext: 4001
Visit website: https://www.napcoltd.com/
Clint Engel, Furniture Today |
SearchWurx aims to build store traffic through targeted online marketing
TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 27, 2017 - Furniture industry veteran Joe Walter has formed SearchWurx to help furniture retailers increase in-store traffic by increasing website traffic.
SearchWurx promotes furniture store websites using strategies Walter developed over 13 years of advertising via Google AdWords.
“I’m a furniture retailer who advertised our stores by nearly every means you can imagine for my entire career,” Walter said. “I understand the struggles and frustration of not knowing if my advertising was working. Google AdWords changed all of that for our stores.
“With AdWords I could tell exactly what was working and what wasn’t, so I kept learning, investing years studying how to use AdWords to sell more furniture in our stores.”
From 1997 to 2007, Walter was the owner of two More Space Place franchises in the Tampa, Fla., markets, and during that time, he began working with Google AdWords to promote online sales of Murphy beds. He sold his stores in 2007 and went to work for the Macy’s Furniture & Mattress Clearance Center by licensee Highland Park Furniture in Tampa. There, he was director of marketing, building a website and managing all marketing, including print, billboards, direct mail, TV, signage and online, he said.
In late 2008, he added purchasing to his role, responsible for the merchandising of case goods, upholstery, occasional tables, accents and youth categories. Walter was later promoted to director of operations as he continued to direct the marketing and merchandising departments.
In addition to founding SearchWurx, Walter recently became a partner at Pottstown, Pa.-based marketing firm Tango Multimedia and will take on the role of director of business development.
Walter said the AdWords campaigns for his retail stores consistently generated revenue in excess of four times the cost of the campaigns. SearchWurx, he added, now has customers generating 10 times their spend in sales, noting that a retailer doesn’t’ have to sell online for the marketing strategy to work.
He pointed to a Google reports that says more than 74% of all furniture shoppers start their research online, contrasting this against a November U.S. Department of Commerce reported showing 90.9% of retail sales were still made in stores.
That’s good news for furniture store owners, he said.
“Today’s independent furniture retailers know they must have a presence on the Web because that’s where customers start their shopping journey despite making the final purchase in-store,” he said. “But just having a website isn’t enough. Your site needs to show up at the precise moment customers are looking for a place to buy.”
His new business, he said, aims to help retailers get their websites into those top Google search positions. Walter said he uses his retail experience “to apply a holistic, consultative approach to online marketing rather than a set-it-and-forget-it or strictly data based strategy.”
“Knowing retail and asking the right questions to ensure our clients aren’t just getting clicks, but getting store visits and sales, gives our clients a distinct advantage,” he said. The company uses both online and offline data from client’s point-of-sale system and their observations to guide the ad campaigns.
SearchWurx charges retailers a flat fee of $499 per city per month for the SearchWurx complete AdWords campaign design and management service in addition to the retailer’s Google AdWords budget. For retailers who prefer to manage their own AdWords account, the company offers consulting services billed by the day.
Source: Furniture Today
Three Luxury Mountain West Houses by Montana Architecture Firm JLF Architects Featured in New Rustic Modern Book
BOZEMAN, MONTANA, September 20, 2017 - A new book documenting a Western design trend through stunning photos of 15 luxury homes across four states includes three residential projects by leading Mountain West architecture firm JLF Architects, headquartered in Bozeman, Montana, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Recently released by publisher Gibbs Smith, “Rustic Modern” was written by Chase Reynolds Ewald with photography throughout by Audrey Hall.
The book’s selection of featured homes resound with customized details – as well as an inherent connection to nature. “The architecture of the rustic modern movement collaborates with the landscape; they are partners,” writes Reynolds Ewald. “It boldly employs materials that combine the organic with the cutting edge; it celebrates interiors that are clean, unfussy, and uncluttered; and it revels in the transitions between indoors and out that seamlessly blend the two.”
No stranger to this movement, the award-winning design-build team of JLF Architects and Big-D Signature created three of the private residences anchoring the book. The structures – which include the project that won the team Mountain Living magazine’s 2016 Home of the Year award – redefine homestead roots, reinvigorate regional vernacular and use reclaimed building materials with integrity.
A Jackson, Wyoming, project featured in the chapter “Glass & Stone Homestead” heralds a fearless application of architecture’s most modern feature – a floating glass staircase – in a house that is otherwise classically constructed of regional stone, hewn beams and gabled roofs. Yet the blend of traditionally rustic materials with a precision-engineered element cedes to a modern design that is rooted in the landscape but inspired by a broader world.
Two additional Jackson Hole projects spotlight JLF Architects’ commitment to sustainability and timeless design. Both resonate with the rugged beauty of the Teton Mountains, while expressing the personalities of their inhabitants through architectural features that brush on agricultural roots, as in a minimalist staircase that echoes the form of a grain silo, or in the interconnected embrace of a mountaintop house that adjoins a series of structures to scale potentially voluminous square-footage into livable spaces.
Noting that many of the best examples of the rustic modern design trend have been conceived by architects and builders in the Rocky Mountain West, author Reynolds Ewald lauds the approach of JLF Architects for leading the architectural movement from the simplicity and historical context of the iconic log cabin to the contemporary vision of structures that respond to their natural environment.
“Architecture does contribute so much to sense of place,” JLF principal Paul Bertelli is quoted in the book as saying. “It can’t just be nostalgic, though. It has to have some honesty in the twenty-first century. But it can still have that truth within a romantic context.”
As one of only nine featured architectural firms, JLF Architects’ projects, constructed with design-build partner Big-D Signature, represent what the new book establishes as an American architectural tradition.
“Another coup for Chase and Audrey,” says JLF principal Paul Bertelli of the book’s author and photographer. “’Rustic Modern’ is their latest work of art shining a light on the region’s built environment. It is a joy to be included in the charm and grace these two bring to the printed page.”
“Rustic Modern” is a follow up to the author/photographer duo’s previous title, “Mountain Modern” (Gibbs Smith, 2015), and a milestone that solidifies the evolving language of architecture and design in the American West. The new book lists for $50 and is available at bookstores and online.
About JLF Architects:
Building timeless structures rooted in integrity and simple elegance, Jackson Hole and Bozeman-based JLF Architects applies distinctive solutions and materials to create place-based houses marked by the influences of landscapes from the Rocky Mountains to the Eastern Seaboard. Their award-winning perspective is powered by inspired design and an exacting eye for placement, an ethos that stems from a unity of nature, beauty, balance and imagination. JLF Architects has established a genuine alliance with Big-D Signature construction, built over 17 years of working together, to create a streamlined design-build process that benefits clients. Winners of Mountain Living magazine’s 2016 Home of the Year, the JLF Architects and Big-D Signature design-build team unites passionate architects with dedicated builders to enable the collective imagination of visionary artisans working with visionary clients. For more information visit http://www.JLFArchitects.com.
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Deserving Veteran Selected for Mortgage-Free Home thanks to Wade Jurney Homes and Operation Homefront
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, September 20, 2017 - Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit that builds strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect, announces today that a military family has been selected to receive a newly-built mortgage-free home from Wade Jurney Homes.
Army Specialist (ret.) Matthew Johnson was selected to receive the 1,513 square-foot, one-story, single-family home in Holly Ridge, North Carolina, through Operation Homefront’s Homes on the Homefront program. The three-bedroom property will provide Matthew, his wife Crystal, and family a home to call their own. The Homes on the Homefront program provides one-on-one homeowner counseling services for one to three years. The family will participate in a customized transition plan, including financial counseling and savings planning.
"Wade Jurney Homes wanted the opportunity to give back to the community and the men and women who serve our country,” said Wade G. Jurney Jr., president of Wade Jurney Homes. “Partnering with Operation Homefront gives us the ability to build a home for those who have given so much for us. We are excited to donate our second home this year to the Johnson family and look forward to welcoming them into their new home soon.
Matthew and Crystal have been married for 13 years and have an 11-year-old son. Matthew and his family will move from Kingwood, Texas, to Holly Ridge, North Carolina for this life changing opportunity.
“Thank you, Operation Homefront and Wade Jurney Homes,” said Matthew and Crystal. “This new home will be a place to plant roots and will give us a chance to settle and see our son grow – in one place.”
“Words can’t express how we feel about this opportunity,” added Matthew and Crystal. “We will not be stressed about finances and our living situation – it is a weight lifted off of our shoulders.”
Matthew’s plans are to save money and to be debt free. He and his wife would like to establish a savings for their son’s college education. Matthew’s dream is to attend the University of North Carolina and to seek a master’s degree in political psychology. His goal is to give back and assist veterans who are suffering with mental illness as a certified counselor. Crystal is a professional photographer and hopes to set up her business in Holly Ridge.
“Operation Homefront is proud to announce we have selected Army Specialist Johnson and his family for this brand new, mortgage-free home donated by Wade Jurney Homes,” said Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray Jr., President and CEO of Operation Homefront. “We are thrilled to be partnered with Wade Jurney and know their entire team is fully committed to helping us give the Johnson family, and other deserving military families, the opportunity to thrive, not simply struggle to get by, in the communities they have worked so hard to protect."
The Homes on the Homefront program began in 2012. Since inception, Operation Homefront has placed nearly 600 veterans and their families in mortgage-free homes providing more than $56 million in deeded value to military families. Wade Jurney is the second home builder to join the program. The home will be presented to the family on Thursday, November 2, 2017.
About Wade Jurney:
Recognized as America’s fastest growing home builder, Wade Jurney Homes has over 200 communities nationwide that feature more than 50 innovative floorplans. Based upon the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to turn their dream of owning a home into a reality, Wade Jurney Homes was founded in 2001 in Greensboro, North Carolina by Wade Jurney Jr. The Company’s legacy continues by providing homebuyers with the most square-footage at the lowest price. From pouring the foundation to adding the finishing touches, Wade Jurney Homes is with you every step of the way. Visit http://www.wadejurneyhomes.com to buy your home online today.
About Operation Homefront:
Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront expenditures go directly to programs that support tens of thousands of military families each year. Operation Homefront provides critical financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing and family support services to prevent short-term needs from turning into chronic, long-term struggles. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the support from thousands of volunteers, Operation Homefront proudly serves America’s military families. For more information, go to http://www.OperationHomefront.org.
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GAINESVILLE, FL., September 20, 2017 - DealCrunch.com, an authoritative retail news, coupon aggregator, and deal comparison site, ranks Hayneedle.com's offers as the best deals on mattresses when compared with those of other retailers.
The DealCrunch team analyzed pricing on mattresses from several retailers, including online-only brands and big-box stores, and ranked them for best value. Shipping fees, shopping experience, return policies, and selection were all taken into consideration for best value.
"Hayneedle.com not only had the best bottom-line price on mattresses, but the retailer also makes it easy for consumers to shop for related products, including bed frames and sheet sets," said Lauren Keys, editor-in-chief of DealCrunch.
Since the launch of DealCrunch in 2016, Keys and her team of experienced journalists have covered the brands impacting the retail industry as well as researching the best offers and deals for the site’s consumer buying guides. The guides DealCrunch puts together analyzes and ranks retailer deals across several categories — including technology, food, automotive, travel, and home goods — to help readers make more informed shopping decisions.
"Many of the brands we looked at for the best mattress deals offered a limited selection, as was the case with many of the newer bed-in-a-box companies," Keys said. "While most online brands offered free shipping, we found Hayneedle's marketplace to be a one-stop shop for both value and convenience."
On Hayneedle.com, shoppers can find mattresses, bedding, foundations, bed frames, and other matching furniture and décor. The site also has a wide selection of home goods for other rooms as well as style guides for helping shoppers complete a desired look or make the most of their living space.
Launched as Hammocks.com in 2002, Hayneedle.com has evolved into a leading home furnishings retailer. Hayneedle, whose corporate headquarters and customer care center are based in Omaha, Nebraska, has delivered millions of products through its fulfillment centers in California and Ohio and reached about $500 million in sales in 2016.
Jet.com acquired Hayneedle in 2016, adding the site’s furniture and décor to its budget-conscience portfolio. Later that same year, Jet.com was acquired by Walmart and Hayneedle was added to the Walmart family of brands, though it still operates its own online marketplace for indoor and outdoor home furnishings at Hayneedle.com. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon has said that Hayneedle, among other acquisitions, helped provide expertise in new, more upscale categories of merchandise.
DealCrunch.com, one of the fastest growing online publications for retail news, highlights the industry’s movers and shakers, up-and-coming startups, influencers, business solutions, and other retail industry trends. The site is one of seven properties owned by Digital Brands, Inc., which develops market-leading online brands to serve a variety of competitive verticals, including finance, lifestyle, retail, and technology. With deep dives into brands and trends, DealCrunch.com keeps readers informed of relevant retail industry and shopping news.
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The online art marketplace returns to Affordable Art Fair to further its mission of opening access to original art.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA., September 5, 2017 - UGallery, the curated online art gallery that delivers original art to your doorstep, is pleased to announce its participation in the 24th edition of Affordable Art Fair NYC, which will be held at the The Metropolitan Pavilion from September 13 to 17, 2017. Visitors will notice the UGallery booth upon entering the fair, and be presented with a selection of work in a variety of media by Scott Dykema, Nick Savides, Jonelle Summerfield, Jose H. Alvarenga, Allen Wittert, James Hartman and Nancy Hughes Miller.
“We’re excited to be back at Affordable Art Fair. It’s a well-run fair and we have had a lot of success here over the years,” said Alex Farkas, UGallery co-founder and Gallery Director. “New York is the center of the art world, and a great market for us. Physical events like Affordable Art Fair are a wonderful opportunity to bring our curated online art marketplace to life and we are thrilled to spread the joys of owning original art to an even larger audience.”
11 years after launching as an online-only marketplace, UGallery is now focusing on the physical realm to further its mission of opening up access to original art. Last week UGallery launched its first retail pop-up shop in Chicago’s Water Tower Place and earlier this year partnered with Crate and Barrel to be the home furnishing retailer’s exclusive original art provider.
In a new twist for 2017, UGallery has curated its booth specifically to match the tastes of New Yorkers. The online art marketplace is leveraging its extensive data on sales in the Tri-State area to showcase artworks that will catch the eye of fair visitors. From Nick Savides’ realist New York City scenes to Scott Dykema’s street art-inspired geishas, the collection speaks to the diversity of UGallery artists and the gallery’s ability to personalize the works on display to the specific audience.
“We had the pleasure of working with UGallery in Spring 2015 and are thrilled to have their talented roster of artists return in 2017,” said Vanessa Seid, Director of Affordable Art Fair NYC. “Currently, I’m in love with the work of Jose H. Alvarenga. His still life paintings are fun, thoughtful, and nostalgic and their price point is great!”
UGallery is a curated online art gallery that delivers original art to your doorstep. Founded in 2006, UGallery passionately represents 500 top emerging artists from all around the world. With free shipping and free returns, UGallery makes it easier than ever to experience the joys of owning original art. Visit us at www.ugallery.com/
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