Industry Spotlight

SFC:  Working to Make the World a Better Place

by Carol Daus

Since everyone these days seems focused on the importance of eco-friendly home design, it’s no surprise that the Sustainable Furniture Council has been able to create such a large impact in such a short time. Founded in October 2006 at the High Point Market and legally chartered in February 2007, SFC currently has 120 members, consisting of…


Marketing Maneuvers

A Long Island Legacy

by Robert Elmquist

On the prestigious north-shore Gold Coast of Long Island, N.Y., there’s a little patio-and-garden shop with a big presence and lots of style. Dodds & Eder has built a brand image that resonates with customers looking for the best of the best in products, selection and service. With a marketing strategy built on image and div­ersity, Dodds…


Marketing Maneuvers

The Best Protection for Outdoor Furniture

by Robert Elmquist

303 Products is fast becoming the most trusted name in fabric care and furniture care among specialty outdoor-living retailers. Dennis Praegitzer, founder and CEO, has built a brand that manufacturers, including Sunbrella®, are recommending to customers to protect and enhance their patio furniture and fabrics.

Praegitzer created the formula…


Hearth Retailer Profile

Staying Small: A Sound Strategy

by Robert Elmquist

Bigger isn’t always better; just ask Guy Thompson, owner of Thompson’s Hearth & Home in Issaquah, Wash. Guy and his wife Nicole just opened their thriving specialty hearth store a little over three years ago, and they are actually turning away customers. Their secret is simple: have a clear vision, know your limitations and provide…


Hearth Retailer Profile

Unique, Clean and Easy Stainless Venting

by Robert Elmquist

Stoves that burn wood pellets and corn have reached amazing heights of technological sophistication over the past few years, with an emphasis on energy efficiency and clean burning. A stove or fireplace, however, is only as good as its venting system, and this is where the technology of Selkirk’s Direct-Temp product line comes in (and goes…


Barbecue/Grill Retailer Profile

Serving Up Barbecue at Backyard Bash

by Carol Daus

It makes perfect sense that Backyard Bash has been such a hit with barbecue lovers since it opened its doors three years ago. The barbecue/grill specialty store is located just outside of Kansas City, Mo., considered by many to be the barbecue capital of the world. Kansas City holds the largest barbecue competition in the United States (the American…


Barbecue/Grill Retailer Profile

Calise Experiences Record Growth

by Carol Daus

If Bruce Spangrud, founder and president of Las Vegas-based Calise Outdoor Kitchens, has his way, Calise will be a household name by the end of 2008. Given the skyrocketing growth of his company, which manufactures modular outdoor islands, grills, fireplaces, firepits and accessories, it is extremely likely that Spangrud will attain his goal. In…


Showroom Showcase

Catering to Customers

by Robert Elmquist

Robb & Stucky Patio isn’t a typical outdoor-living retailer. From the moment you walk into one of its nine elegantly appointed showrooms, you can’t help noticing attention to detail at every turn. From the expertly designed furniture vignettes to luxurious merchandise, everything is intended to inspire customers who want to create…


Showroom Showcase

Shade Products’ Sales Surge

by Robert Elmquist

Wherever there’s sunshine, there’s a need for shade. As the outdoor room grows in popularity, the shade-product industry is seeing its most dramatic rise in sales in years. Companies like Treasure Garden, Baldwin Park, Calif., the largest shade-products manufacturer in the world, are developing innovative products that are being embraced…


As I See It

Plantation Patterns: A Rare Breed

by Robert Elmquist

Plantation Patterns, a division of Birming­ham, Ala.-based Meadowcraft, is one of the leading domestic producers of casual outdoor furniture and is the largest manufacturer of outdoor wrought-iron furniture in the United States. The company designs, manufactures and distributes a variety of outdoor and indoor wrought-iron consumer products, including…


My Turn

Perfecting Outdoor-furniture Design

by Robert Elmquist

While many industrial-design graduates go on to design mechanical devices and gadgets for companies that make electronics or automobiles, Doughty found the perfect fit for his creativity in the outdoor-furniture industry. “Furniture is a nice outlet for me,” he says. “It allows you to have the scale of architecture, and it has a lot more relevance…


Product Innovation

Lennox Redefines Innovation

by Robert Elmquist

Lennox Industries has been an established leader in the heating, ventilation and cooling industry since the turn of the century. Its name is synonymous with innovation, quality and reliability. In 1994, Lennox entered the hearth market, and it has grown to become the most recognized name in the industry among consumers, providing high-quality products…



Last Word

On the Porch


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Industry News

Industry News - November 2007



Solarium Introduces Pattern Rave

Princessa Collection

Infrared Outdoor Patio Heater

New MagnuM E-commerce Store

Caluco Brings a Taste of Paris to Your Home

Palm Springs Portable Gas Firepit Chat Group

Bradley Propane Smoker

The Scepter

Big Tex Log Sets

Harman BioFuel Bulk Hopper

Models 254 and 354

Heat & Glo SlimLine Series

Adagio Gas Fireplace

Kelp Stone Fireplace Surrounds

Morsø Moisture Meter

The AES Comparative Fuel-cost Calculator

Mr. Flame Sport Grill

High-quality Custom Cushions Delivered in Two Weeks

Athens Patio Heater

Omega Mantels: Natural Stone

WoodMaster Plus


Parker From Agio Reserve

Custom Mantels

Bradley Digital Smoker, Four and Six Rack

Legacy Collection

Solaire’s New Built-in Doors

Heat & Glo Soho

Crestline Fireplace

Rasmussen Mixed FireBalls

Sinus Multibasket: A Patented Morsø Design

Flame Control Burner System


DuraChimney II

Curly’s Chuckwagon


303 Patio Furniture Protectant

Braxton Culler

Patio-furniture Covers

Island Wave

Grand Style Chateau Series

Authentic Logs, Authentic Fire

Denver Collection

Tuscana Collection

Harman TL300 Wood Stove

Enclume Log Rack LR7

Bio-King Corn/Wood Pellet Furnaces

Memory Foam for Folding Recliner

The Fulham Group

New -foot Cantilever Umbrella (886)


Teak Fireplace Mantel

Sail Lounge Collection

New Charcoal Grill From Calise

The Expanse

Havana Counter-height Dining

New PGS A Series

Flat Pan Burner

Chaise Collections

Monte Cruz Natural Limestone Fireplace Mantel

Calise Introduces 27-inch Icemaker

Sunbrella Sheer Fabrics

Momentum Sling

Cast-iron Grids Make Masterful Sear Marks

Sectional Daybed

Twin Eagles 30-inch Outdoor Teppanyaki Griddle

Oversized Outdoor-furniture Covers


Chatham Collection


Dura Black Telescoping Stovepipe

Milano Sing 2U

Ash Removal Made Even Easier

Heat Wave

Green Patio Heat: No Wasted Energy

Fire Magic Echelon E060s

Morsø 5660

Tuscany Outdoor Electric Fireplace


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