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Surya Rugs Featured in Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge

Several rugs from rug and home furnishings vendor Surya are in the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, being held this week in New York City.

EJ Lauren Has New High Point Showroom

Domestic upholstered furniture manufacturer EJ Lauren will exhibit in a new showroom at the Oct. 19-24 High Point Furniture Market.

Art Van Furniture To Host Veteran's Tribute

Art Van Furniture will salute Michigan's military veterans and their families at a free Veteran's Tribute Celebration on Sunday, Sept. 22.

U.S. Retail Sales Miss Expectations

U.S. retail sales rose less than expected in August even as demand increased for automobiles and other big-ticket items, the latest sign that economic growth slowed in the third quarter.

The Commerce Department said on Friday retail sales increased 0.2 percent last month as Americans bought automobiles, furniture and electronics and appliances.

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Source: Yahoo! News

Bassett is a Factory Town without Factories

Organizers of Saturday's 20th annual Bassett Heritage Festival had the bands hired and the details plotted out: For the first time, the festival would be held on land where the first Bassett Furniture Inds. factory once stood, back when it was this small unincorporated town's reason for being.

Old-timers still call that 1902 plant "Old Town," even though it closed in 1989, the first Bassett factory to fall as imports from Asia decimated Southern furniture- and textile-making, wiping out almost half of the jobs in Martinsville and Henry County alone.

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Source: The Roanoke Times

DIFFA Dining by Design Detroit Spans 3 Days

The Michigan AIDS Coalition (MAC) in partnership with DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS will host the fourth annual Dining by Design event in Detroit later this month.

Libas Sales Director Walter Bergquist Dies

Walter Bergquist, 67, a retired fabric sales director and history buff, died Sunday in Richmond University Medical Center, West Brighton, N.Y.