News & Merchandising tips for casual furniture retailers

Retail Profiles and Metro Reports, retail and business news, plus awards in the casual furniture retail industry.
  • Sea of Tranquility

    Deep blues, crisp greens and cool aqua tones inspired by sparkling seas and lush landscapes provide peaceful palettes for outdoor collections More

  • Yard Art Patio & Fireplace

    With business up about 12% by mid-summer, life is good this season at Yard Art Patio & Fireplace. More

  • Stauffers of Kissel Hill

    For first-time apollo award nominee Stauffers of Kissel Hill, exceptional customer service begins with good sales training, which is why it added new sales training this year for its patio furniture department staff. More

  • Outside in Style

    A year after steppinginto The Unknown, The seasoned leadership of what was formerly Greenhouse Mall finds itself heading up a new and exciting specialty business that is drawing "tons" of new customers without any loss of its base. More

  • Patios Plus

    Nominated 13 Out Of The Last 15 Years AND a three-time Apollo Award winner, Patios Plus clearly has its finger on the pulse of the industry. And that pulse, that life force, requires continual change. More

  • ABSCO Fireplace & Patio

    Known for its charity work as well as its events, ABSCO Fireplace & Patio was an obvious choice to sponsor Alabama's first Egg Fest inspired by the Big Green Egg's popular EGGtoberfest. The problem was that Easter Seals of Birmingham approached the retailer with the idea leaving little time to spare. More

  • Village Green

    First-Time Apollo Award Nominee Village Green is a bright light in a challenging setting. Though it offers one of the largest casual furniture showrooms in the Midwest, the garden center is located in a community with high unemployment and low income demographics. More

  • Sunnyland Patio Furniture

    Potential Customers Who Haven't Yet ventured into Sunnyland Furniture can now take a virtual 360-degree tour on the retailer's website to get a sneak preview of a multiple Apollo Award winner's showroom. The tour is one more way Sunnyland is making it easy for customers to engage with the company. And it's working. Since late spring, around 2,000 site visitors have taken the virtual tour. More

  • Seasons Four

    Established 35 years ago, seasons four is New England's largest outdoor living store with its 14,000-sq.-ft. showroom and garden center. Its reputation, coupled with personal referrals, attracts people from far and wide, generation after generation. More

  • Outdoor Elegance

    Anyone still doubting the power of social media should consider this. Earlier this year, Doug Sanicola of Outdoor Elegance appeared on a local TV station's morning program where he spent less than two minutes doing a "text to win" Father's Day promotion in which the 500th person to send a text would win a Fornetto wood fired pizza oven. Within minutes, the television station received more than 30,000 text messages. More

  • Service First

    "We'Re Not Order Takers. We'Re Here To guide our customers and make sure that they make the right choices," said Greg Martin, co-owner of Kolo Collection with his wife, Michelle More

  • Getting the Big Sale Down to a Science

    Running a successful annual sale means controlling as much as possible, even in a retail market that is ruled by something no one can control: The weather. More