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Ramos Joins Bella-Dura

By Home Furnishings Business in Executive Changes on May 31, 2013

MJ Ramos has joined the merchandising and design team of fabric supplier Bella-Dura.

With more than 20 years of expertise in the in the manufacturing and distribution of luxury textiles and trimmings, Ramos brings her experience, eye, and design talent to the position.

"MJ is an exceptionally talented individual with an incredible eye and intuition for design," said Irwin Gasner, Bella-Dura/Wearbest CEO. "Her past collaborations have produced many of the best-selling fabrics and trim in production today. We are honored and thrilled to have her on our team.  We are already planning some amazing things."

Ramos began her career with Sunbury Textiles Mills and later created the Highland Court brand, a luxury division of an international wholesaler.

"I specialize in working with textile manufacturers, trimming mills, wholesale distributors and private companies around the world. My passion is to bring these companies to 'the next level' in their business by creating adding new ranges of decorative products, new collections and color stories," Ramos said. "I am beyond excited to start working with Bella-Dura. Not only is it an amazing fabric, its colors are limitless and vibrant (almost unheard of in the performance category) and its applications are vast. The sky is the limit with Bella-Dura."

Berkshire Hathaway Buys The Roanoke Times

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is adding another Virginia newspaper to its steadily growing list of print media properties.

The Omaha, Neb.-based company said Thursday that its BH Media Group subsidiary will acquire The Roanoke Times from Norfolk-based Landmark Media Enterprises. The sale is effective today.

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March Furniture Orders Down in March

Orders for home furnishings dropped 1 percent in March to $2.08 billion compared with a year ago, according to a monthly report released Thursday by Smith Leonard PLLC, a financial services company based in High Point.

Orders were up 4.8 percent from $1.99 billion in February.

By comparison, retail furniture sales in April were up 3.9 percent from a year ago at $8.18 billion, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

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Bob Mills Furniture to Open New Store, Warehouse

Bob Mills Furniture has decided to open both a retail showroom and a warehouse in the former RoomStore Furniture building at 5400 Franklin Ave. that the Oklahoma City-based company acquired late last year, a spokesman confirmed in a phone interview.

In December, COO Bryan Dyson said Bob Mills Furniture continued to weigh its options.

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Furniture showroom will add to boom in downtown Columbia businesses

By Aggregated Content in on May 30, 2013.

Alfred Williams & Co. will open a furniture showroom in January, helping spruce up an emerging gateway corridor into Columbia'€™s downtown business district. The company will make extensive...

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