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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.

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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