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Williams-Sonoma Opens 1st Overseas Store in Sydney

By Aggregated Content in Furniture Retailing on May 6, 2013 from

San Francisco's elite furniture and gourmet cookware brand Williams-Sonoma has opened four new stores in Sydney, the first time the brand has expanded beyond its US base.

The company will be opening outlets under its four brand identities of Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and West Elm stores.

"It's an exciting day for us," said Laura Alber, President and Chief Executive Officer of Williams-Sonoma.

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La-Z-Boy Donates Chair for Dalai Lama's Visit

By Aggregated Content in Furniture Retailing on May 6, 2013 from

When the Dalai Lama visits Eugene, Ore., later this week, he'll sit in a La-Z-Boy arm chair as he reflects on "The Path to Peace & Happiness in Global Society: A Public Talk." 

Tulku Jigme Rinpoche, spiritual director for the Eugene Sakya Center, and Pam Jongeward visited the La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery in Eugene, Ore., and chose two chairs - a red stationary chair called Cadence for the Dalai Lama and a smaller, gold chair called Ariana for Sakya Trinzin.

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Ethan Allen Honored for Environmental Excellence

By Home Furnishings Business in Green on May 3, 2013

Full-line furniture manufacturer and retailer Ethan Allen (NYSE:ETH) will receive a 2013 Vermont Governor€™s Award for Environmental Excellence.

The Vermont Governor€™s Awards were established in 1993 to recognize the efforts of Vermonters to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution, and promote environmental sustainability.

€œWe are proud of our commitment to environmental protection and we take it very seriously both locally and globally,€ said Ethan Allen Chairman, President and CEO, Farooq Kathwari. €œAll of our facilities, including those in northeastern Vermont are dedicated to making best use of our resources and protecting the safety and health of our employees and their communities.€

The Danbury, Conn.-based company€™s project--Fossil Fuel Oil Use Reduction and Increased Recycling Efforts--was honored due to the significant efforts of the company€™s manufacturing facilities in Orleans and Beecher Falls, Vt., to reduce fossil fuel oil use to zero or near zero through increased recycling of sawdust, chips and wood scrap, and to increase recycling in general to reduce land-fill waste. In the company€™s Vermont facilities, wood chips, and sawdust--byproducts of its manufacturing operations--are burned to provide steam energy for heat and reused for electric co-generation. This has resulted in a drastic reduction in heating oil use at these plants; the goal is to be oil-free by the end of 2013.

An award presentation will take place at the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility€™s annual spring conference at the University of Vermont Davis Center on Tuesday, May 14, during which Governor Peter Shumlin will acknowledge Ethan Allen€™s environmental performance and sustainability accomplishments.

In Beecher Falls, Ethan Allen has also been recognized by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation as a Vermont Business Environmental Partner for its commitment to preserving Vermont€™s environment. Ethan Allen€™s Beecher Falls and Orleans, Vermont facilities became Enhancing Furniture€™s Environmental Culture certified in July of 2012. Launched by the American Home Furnishings Alliance in 1999, EFEC is an environmental management system that requires companies€”on a facility-by-facility basis€”to analyze and better understand the environmental impact of their processes, raw materials, and finished products. Earlier this year, Ethan Allen was awarded the Corporate Environmental Excellence Award at the AHFA€™s annual Sustainability Summit for demonstrating exemplary environmental management and ongoing stewardship.

New Ulm Furniture Adds La-Z-Boy Comfort Studio

By Home Furnishings Business in Furniture Retailing on May 3, 2013

New Ulm, Minn., furniture store New Ulm Furniture has added a 3,000-square-foot La-Z-Boy Comfort Studio.

The new Comfort Studio carries a selection of La-Z-Boy furniture for the family room and living room, including the company€™s world famous recliners, motion sofas, sleep sofas, sectionals and leather upholstery.  
€œLa-Z-Boy furniture has always stood for comfort, and we€™re proud to partner with such a well-known furniture brand to bring its wide selection and stellar reputation to our community,€ said Ben Pieser, store owner. €œThe addition of this Comfort Studio demonstrates the commitment we have to offering our customers the best selection of comfortable, quality furnishings available.€

In addition to the company€™s wide selection of upholstered furniture, La-Z-Boy offers hundreds of fabric and leather choices for custom-made pieces, as well as many pre-selected pairings for quicker delivery.
€œWe are especially pleased to be adding a La-Z-Boy Comfort Studio to New Ulm Furniture,€ said Mark Bacon, president, La-Z-Boy Branded Business. €œThrough our continued partnership, we are strengthening our presence in the New Ulm area and making it even easier for local customers to find our quality products.€

Dallas Market Center Names Marcum EVP of Finance

By Home Furnishings Business in Executive Changes on May 3, 2013

Cherie Marcum has been named executive vice president of finance at Dallas Market Center.

In her position, Marcum is responsible for overseeing the company€™s financial processes, audits and budgeting system.

€œCherie has been instrumental in streamlining accounting functions and the budget process throughout the past six years,€ said Cindy Morris, COO, Dallas Market Center. €œWe value her contributions and dedication and are thrilled to have her lead our finance team.€

Marcum joined Dallas Market Center in 2007 as a controller and was promoted to vice president of finance in 2008. Marcum previously served as accounting manager then assistant corporate controller at Carreker Corporation, responsible for financial practices and procedures relative to accounting systems and reporting. She also coordinated external audits for the company.

In addition, Marcum held the positions of senior accountant and controller at Internet America, supervising accounts receivable and accounts payable staff, providing accurate financial results and high-quality reporting. She has served in various financial leadership positions at Northern Telecom, Citizens Communications and Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Marcum earned a bachelor€™s degree in accounting from Baylor University and went on to finish her CPA certification. She resides in Dallas with her family and is involved with various activities throughout the community benefitting Alzheimer€™s, diabetes and breast cancer research.

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