Cynthia Heathcoe

A black-and-white wall in the Contemporary Living showroom in Lake Park, FL
A wall mural in the new Contemporary Living showroom by local artist Anri Arts adds to the local flair of Heathcoe’s reinvented design-focused business.

The New Hybrid in Town: How Cynthia Heathcoe Reimagined Contemporary Living

Every year, the Home Furnishings Assn. recognizes outstanding merchants across the country with its annual Retailer of the Year Awards. Named an Emerging Star little more than 12 months ago, Cynthia…
Screenshot from Palette & Parlor's website
Palette & Parlor owners John and Ivy Simon set their site apart from the pack with strong content.

Breaking Through the Noise

It’s near midnight and John and Ivy Simon are still hard at work. While their Chapel Hill, NC, store closes at 6 p.m., most evenings the husband-and-wife team can be found bent over their laptops,…
Showroom-of-the-Year-Awards
We all have a story to tell. In this issue, check out our profiles on the Showroom of the Year Award winners, where they offer their thoughts on the future and share the biggest risks they've taken.

Storytime

"Tell me a bit about yourself.”   No matter how many times I’ve been asked that question (or a variation of it) in networking circles, I will unabashedly say that my inner monologue still hesitates…
Photo: brownpau
Photo: brownpau

Industry Leaders Talk Tough to Washington

Last week, American Lighting Assn. (ALA) and Home Furnishings Assn. (HFA) members headed to D.C. for independent meetings with Congressional members. Their goals? Discuss upcoming legislative…
The staff at Northern Lighting in Westerville, OH, gets the job done, but they like to have a little fun. “We keep it loose,” lighting consultant Scott Metz (third from right) says.
The staff at Northern Lighting in Westerville, OH, gets the job done, but they like to have a little fun. “We keep it loose,” lighting consultant Scott Metz (third from right) says.

How to Keep a Happy Work Environment

Happiness and productivity go hand in hand. A 2015 study by the Social Market Foundation and the University of Warwick’s Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy found that employee…