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Marcia Blake Named Glen Raven Custom Fabrics Merchandising Manager

Marcia Blake, a nationally recognized authority on outdoor décor who has served as a consultant to Glen Raven and patio store retailers for the past two years, has joined Glen Raven Custom Fabrics on a full-time basis as merchandising manager.

In her new position, Blake will expand her work with retailers of outdoor living products, focusing on in-store merchandising based on the growing popularity of outdoor rooms. For the past two years, Blake has assisted Glen Raven with the development of its Sunbrella® fabric kiosk program and promoted retractable Solair™ awnings available at retail through Glen...

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Duraflame Introduces New Generation of Bio-Ethanol Fireplace Technology illuma™

Duraflame has introduced illuma™ – fireplace and outdoor fire pit units that utilize a patent pending bio-ethanol burner system that is safe, simple and emits no smoke. This is the first bio-ethanol fireplace product developed by the Stockton-based company. Duraflame has long been the leader in the manufactured fire log category, and the company’s commitment to research and development has created opportunities for the introduction of new, innovative and environmentally conscious fire products.

Unlike other ethanol appliances, illuma uses a unique, sealed, no-pour illuma-fuel® canister to ensure the safe handling of liquid bio-ethanol. The single-use canister is...

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Treasure Garden Launches Online Design Studio

Treasure Garden is proud to introduce an online Design Studio, a revolutionary new sales tool that will help you sell more custom Designer Cover Collection style umbrellas. Help your customers design umbrellas to match their personality. Select an umbrella, designer cover style, fabric(s), frame finish, base and accessories. Consumers can see the actual umbrella prior to making the purchase, download a PDF, take it to a local authorized dealer and place their personalized order!

With over 25,000 variations, Treasure Garden is the #1 name in shade. For more information, visit us online at, email info@treasuregarden...

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The Big Green Egg Launches New Seasoning Line

The Big Green Egg is widely acknowledged as the highest quality ceramic outdoor cooker you can buy, and is used by backyard grillers and chefs alike all over the world to produce amazing culinary results whether grilling, roasting, smoking or baking inside the distinctive domed green EGG.

And now, the company is expanding the culinary experience with the launch of six inspired seasonings which make up the new Big Green Egg Dizzy Gourmet™ line. Unlike many of the seasonings in today’s marketplace, Dizzy Gourmet is made from scratch using only great ideas, high quality spices, fresh...

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OW Lee Announces its Sales Representative of the Year

OW Lee, a manufacturer of high-end outdoor furniture, fire pits, and accessories, announced today its chosen Sales Representative of the Year, Rod Wilcoxen, an independent manufacturer’s representative who has been representing the company for nearly 13 years. He was recognized for his outstanding performance in achievement of sales goals, excellence in customer service and supporting OW Lee’s sales and marketing strategies.

During the course of the year, Wilcoxen met and exceeded OW Lee’s sales goals and agreed to take on an additional 100,000 square miles of sales territory.

“Rod has worked hard to grow...

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Couristan Holds Raffle at Casual Show

At this year’s Casual Market show in Chicago, Couristan (Fort Lee, NJ) held a raffle on Sept. 21 in Couristan’s booth. The raffle was called the Ultimate “Outdoor Living” Grand Prize Raffle, and the prize was a premium Weber Genesis E-330 grill and a jam-packed gift basket with all the essentials for a gourmet barbecue. The winner of the raffle was Bob Dougherty with Green Lea Garden Center, Voorhees, NJ. The raffle was conducted by Sandy Pauly (left) and Steve Codella with Couristan.

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NorthCape International Expands Westward-Opens Larger Facility in Los Angeles

NorthCape International (Bedford Park, IL), manufacturer and distributor of high-quality, high-value outdoor woven furniture and accessories for over 10 years, has opened an expanded distribution and production facility in Los Angeles, CA.

The new class A industrial building is 120 percent larger than its previous West Coast facility and will be used to distribute the full line of warehouse collections offered from NorthCape. The building will also house an updated showroom for retailers and dealers to view NorthCape collections.

On the manufacturing front, this facility will allow the company to double its production staff and cushion manufacturing...

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Bull Outdoor Products Hires Grill Master and Spokesperson “Chef Jeff Parker” to Help its Customers “

Bull Outdoor Products Inc. announced today a partnership with Jeff Parker. Jeff will act as spokesperson and perform demonstrations at a series of special events for our customers and the industry. He will also be developing a series of cookbooks and cooking videos for publication in 2013 and beyond. “We want to help every grill owner become the Master of their grill. Jeff’s knowledge and experience will help us accomplish this for our customers”, said Frank Mello Vice President of sales and marketing for Bull Outdoor Products Inc.

Jeff is an expert culinary producer, food stylist, and...

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