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McRoskey Mattress Donates Beds for Homeless

By Home Furnishings Business in Bedding on April 26, 2013

San Francisco-based McRoskey Mattress Co. is working its local community to ensure the city's homeless get a restful night's sleep.

Working with Canon Barcus Community House, a program that provides long-term housing for San Francisco's homeless. McRoskey has donated hundreds of new mattresses, box springs and bed frames.  After an initial donation of 200 mattresses when Canon Barcus opened its doors in 2002, it has been supplying the 48-unit facility an average of one bed a month as new residents move in. 

Over the years, McRoskey Mattress has been active in its local community, sponsoring the arts and local cinema, supporting area design students, and frequently hosting fundraisers, art exhibits and other non-profit events in the loft above its San Francisco showroom.  

Tepperman's Takes Business Excellence Award

By Home Furnishings Business in Furniture Retailing on April 26, 2013

Ontario furniture retailer Tepperman's has received a 2013 Business Excellence Award in Windsor.

President Andrew Tepperman accepted this years award as "Large Company of the Year Winner" Wednesday at the Ciociaro Club for Tepperman's, which along with Windsor, has stores in Chatham, Sarnia and London, Ontario.
In addition, Tepperman€™s was nominated for Large Business of the Year in Sarnia and London. The company also was named "Best Furniture Store in London," chosen by the London Free Press newspaper readership and the Chatham Daily News.

The family-owned business is in its third generation and just celebrated 88 years in Windsor. Community initiatives include the Canadian Scholarship Trust Fund where the store has donated more than $550,000; United Way, Heart and Stroke€™s Big Bike Ride, Movember, Terry Fox Run, Habitat Builds and The Holiday Train.

New Franchises at Decorating Den

By Home Furnishings Business in Furniture Retailing on April 26, 2013

Home furnishing and interior design network Decorating Den Interiors has five new franchise owners.

Those include: Cassy Young of Athens, Ga., who is expanding her existing interior design business; Laura Speed of Spring, Texas, who had been a decorator in the Decorating Den Interiors franchise owned by Cathy and Gerald Salyers, also of Spring; Kathy Potts of Forest, Va., who had worked in finance before acquiring the franchise previously owned by Linda Edwards, also of Forest; Leslie Young of Fort Mill, S.C., a mechanical engineer who made a career change to interior design; and Ana Gil-Jones of Exton, Pa., had worked in corporate finance before starting a small interior design business.

€œThis group of new owners demonstrates several important strengths of our company," said Jim Bugg Jr., president and chief executive officer of Decorating Den, Easton, Md. €œOur franchise owners are able to build solid businesses that are attractive for acquisition. Decorators working within an existing franchise have the opportunity to open their own business. Owners can come from careers outside of interior design. And, independent interior designers can benefit from converting their business to a franchise.€

Decorating Den also has developed a new online resource to assist those who would like to explore starting or expanding an interior design business

€œIt is a virtual tour of our proven business tools and educational program,€ said Bugg. It can be accessed at the Web site by clicking on "Franchise Information" and then the "Take our Virtual Tour" button.

Downton Abbey Home Furnishings?

By Aggregated Content in licensing on April 25, 2013 from

Home furnishings is among the categories sought for a license with the smash PBS series Downton Abbey.

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Duke Study Will Gauge High Point Market Impact

By Aggregated Content in High Point on April 25, 2013 from The High Point Market Authority has contracted Duke University to conduct a study of High Point Furniture Market's economic impact.

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