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Contemporary and Classics – What Pride Is All About

Pride_Photo_1From July 14-16, the Chicago Merchandise Mart was a-buzz with anticipation for casual furnishings and accessories introductions from Pride Family Brands. On the 15th floor, the Pride Family Brands’ showroom saw a steady stream of current and future customers introduced to “What Pride Is All About.” Pride Family Brands hosted a record number of casual furnishings retailers who collectively provided positive feedback on the company’s contemporary and classic designs.

Pride_Photo_2“A great deal of time, energy and hard work over the past year has gone into creating the products for the markets and when our efforts are met with such positive response as was the case at the Preview Market, it is gratifying to everyone in our organization,” Steve Lowsky, CEO, Pride Family Brands. “Meeting design as well as marketing demands of our retailers is our primary goal as they are the reason for all we do including product development to customer service.”

Pride_Photo_3Standouts recognized within the new product introductions included the exciting contemporary collections – Eclipse and Park Place. The collections represented luxury elements with modern appeal. Within the 2016 Park Place Collection, Pride Family Brands brings sleek lines, modern seating, aluminum durability and performance fabrics to create a fresh and contemporary appeal.

Pride_PhotoWith an attractive angular frame design and floating seat, the Eclipse Collection is a definite show stopper. Expertly engineered with multiple banding layers and sleigh legs, the Eclipse captures a luxury contemporary look.

From the classical design vein, Villa Bianca. Belle Époque and La Reserve were introduced featuring decorative features, intricate cast elements and open styling.

Pride_Photo_5“We see the Park Place as a real winner with its clean and crisp lines,” said Mary Mann, Laacke and Joys, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.” The Villa Bianca is also exciting as it will have wide customer appeal with a design that will be of interest to a broad range of customers.”

Pride_Photo_6Visitors to the Pride showroom were met with five complete collections and nearly 100 individual new items from furnishings to accessories. A Live Edge dining table top was a show stopper and new Platinum and Jasmine finishes highlighted the contemporary styles.

During opening night of the market, Pride Family Brands hosted a cocktail reception for market-goers that included music, hor d’oeuvres and a preview of all introductions.

www.pridefamilybrands.com


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Hearth & Home Technologies’ Summer Summit Inspires and Informs

HHT_2Hearth & Home Technologies hosted its second-annual Summer Summit from June 8-10 at the historic Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. More than 400 attendees participated in two days of customized breakout sessions focused on best practices in online marketing, human resources, sales expertise, risk management and profit maximization, as well as brand immersions and hands-on product demonstrations from Heatilator, Heat & Glo, Quadra-Fire and Harman.

HHT_4The nearly 20 breakout sessions featured functional experts from HHT, Houzz, Rocket 55, The Alexander Group, Best Buy, The Adler Group, Resultants for Business and the University of Minnesota. In addition to world-class business content, attendees enjoyed a cocktail reception, an awards dinner honoring top customers for sales volume and sales growth by brand, and entertainment provided by the Wes Cook Band with special guest appearances by Elvis.

HHT_3The event, designed for HHT customers to celebrate, collaborate, educate and win, was a success, “customer events like the Summer Summit are key in keeping us grounded and connected with our customers,” VP Berger, president of Hearth and Home Technologies commented. “It’s our dealers and distributors who provide the passion, sales and service in the field every day so it’s important we take the time to get together to collaborate and say thank you to our customers. They are the lifeblood of the industry and we sincerely appreciate their efforts and commitment.”

HHT_1Feedback from customers was overwhelmingly positive:
• “Exciting, energetic learning experience with fun mixed in.” — Tim Colwick, Afterglow Energy
• “I’m very impressed with how HHT used Summer Summit to help distributors become better business partners instead of just promoting their own products.” — Ron Cochran, of Builder Specialties in Georgia.
• “Thank you for the opportunity to attend Summer Summit! We enjoyed conversing with other hearth professionals. Hats off again to wowing us with one of your events! Summer Summit was a home run. We’re gearing up to grow in the 2015-2016 season and look forward to partnering with HHT!” — Alexis Rettinger, Rettinger Fireplace Systems in New Jersey.  
• “Informative and motivating. Glad we were invited to attend.” — Robert Kladke, Black Hat Chimney & Fireplace

HHT is currently planning its 2016 summer summit.

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New Products Shine at the Outdoor GreatRoom Company

The Stonefire 32.

The Stonefire 32.

MINNEAPOLIS – The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ is releasing newly designed Stonefire 32 and Saturn 16 Gas Fire Pit Tables. These fire pit tables were designed to bring function and style in a compact size to the outdoors as both a fire pit and as a table. Both fire pit tables use a 16-inch stainless steel, UL-listed Crystal Fire™ burner for safety and are made out of durable, outdoor-rated materials.

Stonefire 32 features include:
• compact design with 32” diameter stonefire composite top and an enclosed Dora Brown mesh base to hide the propane tank;
• matching burner cover;
• easy to maintain powder coated Dora Brown metal and mesh base;
• 16-inch stainless steel burner-UL listed;
• 20 lb. LP Tank in base; and
• ability to convert to natural gas.

The Saturn 16.

The Saturn 16.

Saturn 16 features include:
• compact design with 32-inch diameter stonefire composite top with an open base;
• matching burner cover included;
• easy to maintain Dora Brown powder-coated metal base;
16-inch stainless steel burner-UL listed; and
• ability to convert to natural gas

In addition to the Stonefire and the Saturn, the newly designed Monte Carlo Gas Fire Pit Table was designed to bring modern elegance to the outdoors as both a fire pit and a table. The fire pit table uses a stainless steel, UL-listed Crystal Fire™ burner for safety and is made of durable, outdoor-rated materials.
 

The Monte Carlo

The Monte Carlo

The black glass top, coordinated with an easy-to-care-for black powder-coated metal base will withstand all of the elements. Whether entertaining a small or large group, the Monte Carlo Fire Pit Table will be the center of attention.

Monte Carlo features include:
• modern linear design;
• black glass top with matching burner cover included;
• easy to maintain powder-coated metal base;
• 12-inch by 42-inch stainless steel burner-UL Listed;
• burners produce up to 100,000 BTUs;
• stores 20-pound LP tank in base; and
• ability to convert to natural gas

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Hearth & Home Technologies Honors Top Customers With Mexico Vacation

(L to R): Melanie Casey, Cory Casey, and Natalie Casey (California Mantel); Brian Smith and Heather Lang (HHT); Erin and Scott Lewison (Fireside Hearth & Home); and Shelby Capps (Spa Brokers).

(L to R): Melanie Casey, Cory Casey, and Natalie Casey (California Mantel); Brian Smith and Heather Lang (HHT); Erin and Scott Lewison (Fireside Hearth & Home); and Shelby Capps (Spa Brokers).

LAKEVILLE, MN – Hearth & Home Technologies (HHT) celebrated another fantastic year with a week in Mexico. The 150 top-selling customers, and their guests, relaxed in Puerto Vallarta with HHT members from April 27 – May 1, 2015.

In addition to enjoying the amenities of the all-inclusive resort, customers experienced catamaran sailing, zip-lining, waterfall repelling, rounds of golf, spa treatments, a private farewell dinner, and entertainment on Las Caletas Island.
 
Owner winners were selected based on the highest year-over-year growth, or highest individual brand volume, and sales rep winners were selected based on the most products sold.

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(L to R, Back to Front): Jeff and Becky Hanel (HHT); Rory Hamblin (Hearth & Home Dist of Utah); Brad Determan (HHT); BJ Hogge, Gary Reuter, Jennie Hamblin, Summer Hogge and Katy Reuter (Hearth & Home Dist of Utah).

(L to R, Back to Front): Jeff and Becky Hanel (HHT); Rory Hamblin (Hearth & Home Dist of Utah); Brad Determan (HHT); BJ Hogge, Gary Reuter, Jennie Hamblin, Summer Hogge and Katy Reuter (Hearth & Home Dist of Utah).

Lester and Kesha Palmer (HHT)

Lester and Kesha Palmer (HHT)

Bob Ballard (HHT senior vice president of Marketing).

Bob Ballard (HHT senior vice president of Marketing).


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A Busy Year for Founder of “Girls at the Grill”

North Carolina native Elizabeth Karmel, a.k.a. Grill Girl, started “Girls at the Grill” because she truly believed that cooking in the outdoors could be expanded beyond the occasional backyard barbecue. “I had an idea that if I could get women to embrace a gas grill, they would start using it for everyday cooking,” she says. “Men and women are doing that.”

Getting more “girls at the grill” is of particular interest to grill manufacturers and specialty retailers, especially considering that industry statistics show that women are grilling out more and continuing to influence purchasing decisions in the household.

Elizabeth Karmel at the grill.

Elizabeth Karmel at the grill.

“Women all across the U.S. are hungry for recipes and hints on how to use the grill to cook for family and friends,” says Karmel. “Girlsatthegrill.com is the first grilling website designed for women by women—or rather ‘for girls by girls’ because in North Carolina where I grew up, a woman is a ‘girl’ until she’s 99.”

With her reputation growing, Karmel launched CarolinaCueToGo.com last year, an “online barbecue shack” specializing in North Carolina whole-hog barbecue, seasoned with Karmel’s signature Lexington-Style Vinegar Barbecue Sauce. This dedication to cooking innovation is an extension of her career-long dedication to indoor and outdoor cuisine.

She is the founding executive chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market in NYC, Brooklyn, and Washington, DC, and NYC and Brooklyn’s Hill Country Chicken. She developed the award-winning menu and flavor profiles from the meats to the sides and desserts for both restaurant concepts.

“I’m committed to sharing my passion for outdoor cooking with women everywhere,” adds Karmel. “Not only will you have eaten your last piece of charred chicken or shoe-leather steak, but you’ll find out just how fun it is. Why do you think the boys have kept it to themselves all these years?”

www.girlsatthegrill.com
www.elizabethkarmel.com


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Up Your Game During National Barbecue Month

Cal_Flame_1POMONA, CA – May is all about barbecuing—from Memorial Day to National Barbecue Month. Cal Flame BBQ challenges barbecuers of all proficiencies to up their barbecue game by learning “one new skill” by Labor Day.

“Too often, individuals fall into a barbecue rut and forget that barbecuing is an art that can be improved upon over time by exploring new techniques, ingredients and technologies,” said Casey Loyd, Cal Spas President. “During this month, the unofficial start to summer and barbecuing season, we want to provide individuals with a reminder to look past their usual barbecue habits and try something new on the grill or smoker.”

To help inspire barbecuers to take that next step, Cal Flame BBQ is sharing 10 essential tips for barbecue novices and masters to consider:

1) Flirt with a New Flame. Loyal to gas or committed to charcoal? No matter your flame of choice, experimenting with a new style can sharpen your approach and reveal new ways to enjoy your food. Try switching up gas for charcoal, or vice versa. Borrow a smoker from a neighbor, try wood pellet grilling, or go low and slow with a komodo. Taste the difference.
2) Master Marinades. Many consider barbecuing to be all about the sauce – that’s why 46 percent of online grill owners prefer marinating before grilling*. Consider creating and perfecting your own special marinade blend to give your backyard edibles a distinct, signature flavor.
3) Pair up with Produce. While four in ten (44 percent) barbecuers regularly cook with corn*, try perfecting new produce items on the grill, such as watermelon, pineapple, apples, peaches and pears. They grill best when firm and barely ripe.
LBK_Island4) Visit a Barbecue Competition. Find true barbecue inspiration by witnessing (and tasting) the masters in their element. Visit Kansas City Barbecue Society’s online directory of sanctioned events – chances are one is near you.
5) Hold a Neighborhood Cook‐off. Put your barbecuing skills to the test with a neighborhood cook‐off. Invite neighbors to gather up the grills and fire up their favorite recipes. Let area kids and seniors serve as judges for an unforgettable block party.
6) Grill all Three Meals on the Fourth. While 68 percent of online grill owners barbecue on the 4th of July*, consider declaring full independence from your indoor kitchen for the holiday by cooking up breakfast, lunch and dinner on your grill.
7) Go Global. Mix up your outdoor meal plans by trying full ethnic flavored dinners – like Asian cuisine (kebobs and satay) or French delicacies (canapés or niçoise salads).
8) Befriend Your Butcher. Few know meats better than your neighborhood butcher. Take the time to regularly ask him or her for the best cuts for barbecuing – and tips for bringing out its best flavor.
9) Go Whole Hog on Accessories. Beyond a new spatula or tongs, go all in with new accessory purchases such as smoker boxes, rotisseries or a side burner – for a major refresh in what and how you cook.
10) Top‐off with Desserts. Celebrate the end a great meal not with ice cream from the freezer, but rather decadent desserts over an open flame. Think donuts, cakes – even s’mores – cooked in a grill pot.

Want to discover your true level of barbecuing expertise? Take the “What Kind of Barbecuer Are You?” online quiz to determine your backyard proficiency and discover new ways to gain “one new skill” this barbecuing season.
Let Cal Flame BBQ help you find the perfect outdoor kitchen, no matter the kind of barbecuer you are.

www.calflamebbq.com


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Momentum Builds at Jensen Leisure Furniture

For almost a quarter century, designers at Jensen Leisure Furniture have meticulously built a beautiful, and sustainable brand. Specialty retailers have spurred the Henrico, Virginia-based company to years of steady growth that culminated in a Casual Wood Manufacturer of the Year award from the International Casual Furnishings Association.

Roble New Kent Rockers from Jensen Leisure Furniture

Roble New Kent Rockers from Jensen Leisure Furniture

Jensen received the award, at least partially, for its well-known commitment to environmentally conscious wood sourcing. It’s not easy maintaining these standards, but Janet Wansor, vice president of Sales and Marketing, says the company manages to combine its mission with solid business practices.

“I think that our being a 100% Forest Stewardship Certified company is a bonus, but has not made it easier or more difficult to achieve our sales growth,” she says. “Like any outdoor furniture manufacturer, we do our very best to maintain high standards in quality and service and hope that the market responds. We take pride in Jensen Leisure Furniture producing furniture responsibly, giving value to our forest.”
 
Jensen’s family of retailers and consumers recognize the company’s signature Ipe wood as a long-lasting and beautiful timber. “Most are familiar with Ipe decks and know about its durability,” says Wansor. “As for our new Roble timber, we are needing to teach about the characteristics and features, because Roble is not known in the United States—as it is in Europe—for outdoor furniture. The chocolate brown of Ipe, contrasted with the creamy color of Roble, makes for a wonderful statement in presentation. Retailers and consumers who like wood are drawn to our Ipe and Roble.”
 
Jensen’s considerable momentum is continuing with the company’s recent introduction of ten accent pieces for 2015: the Ipe Opal Chaise; two Roble Tivoli Benches; Roble Tivoli Chaise; Roble New Kent Rocker; and five Roble Garden benches. Next year will feature even more accent offerings.
 
Handed Down
For those unfamiliar with Jensen Leisure Furniture, the company what designers call “heirloom furniture” that will be handed down through generations. Specifications ensure that furniture will endure the extremities of nature and repeated sittings throughout a lifetime of reading, dining, and gardenside solitude. Longevity begins with the quality of the timber.

The Ipe and Roble timbers that go into Jensen Leisure Furniture are certified by Rainforest Alliance as 100% FSC® Pure. Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC) certification is the global “gold standard” in independent, third-party forest certification. It guarantees that the wood contained in the furniture comes from well-managed forests. The FSC logo and “Chain of Custody” number branded on Jensen products allows buyers to track the wood back to the forest where it originated.

www.jensenleisurefurniture.com

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