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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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Surya Moves, Expands Las Vegas Showroom

By Home Furnishings Business in Rugs on May 30, 2013

Rug and decorative accessories supplier Surya has expanded its showroom at the Las Vegas Market by 400 percent.

The new showroom will be moved from the current showroom in building B into a 30,447-square-foot space in Building C. The space is C400.

"International Market Centers is delighted to support this significant expansion and line extension in Las Vegas," said Bob Maricich, CEO of IMC. "A long-time partner in both Las Vegas and Highpoint, Surya has built a dynamic and influential brand in the home décor industry, and their prominent position on C4 serves to anchor the launch of this new floor of leading home décor suppliers. We look forward to partnering with Surya to expand and strengthen their reach in the Western United States now and in the future."

Satya Tiwari, president of Surya, said the company is excited to be an important part of the market center's vision for creating the fourth floor of the C Building into a home decor shopping destination.

"Through this move, we will be able to create an exciting venue to share Surya's full range of offerings with our West Coast customers," Tiwari said. "The additional space also affords us the opportunity to utilize certain areas of the space to showcase innovative new concepts to merchandise and display a diverse range of home decor products. We know that time is often limited for Market visitors and this transition to Building C's 4th floor brings us in close proximity with several of our customers' other key suppliers - saving them valuable time. Our ultimate goal is to offer a comprehensive shopping experience for our customers; providing both a complete home accessory resource and concepts for impactful retail merchandising and display."

Surya will offer a number of special events, meals and cocktails throughout the market giving showroom visitors a place to "explore the latest design trends and product introductions but also a place to relax, recharge and connect with others in the industry," Tiwari said.

The Las Vegas Market runs July 29-Aug. 2.

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