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Pride Family Brands’ In-Season Custom Orders Exceed Previous Year in Size and Frequency

Luxury casual furniture designer and manufacturer, Pride Family Brands, recently reported that its in-season custom orders have surpassed those for the same period in 2011. The positive growth being experienced by the company is reflected in increases in custom order sizes, the frequency of casual retailer orders, as well as the higher-end products selected.

“The custom order segment of our business has always been significant,” says Steve Lowsky, president of Pride Family Brands. “In 2012, we are experiencing increases from retailers across categories and regions of the country. We feel if this continues throughout the season, it will create...

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International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo to Appear on DIY Network’s “Extra Yardage” Next Weekend

DIY Network’s “Extra Yardage” will take millions of viewers behind the scenes of the 2011 Int’l Pool | Spa | Patio Expo [PSP] in a one-hour special highlighting the hottest trends in backyard living.

Taped during the 2011 Int’l Pool | Spa | Patio Expo last November at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, “Hot List: Backyards” will premiere on DIY Network at 1:00 pm EST on Monday, May 28, on the national cable network’s “Extra Yardage” show. Repeat episodes will air at 6:30 pm EST on Monday, May 28, and again on Thursday, June 7, at 6:30 pm EST.

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Brown Jordan Announces Strategic Licensing Partnership with CT Acquisitions

Brown Jordan, the leading brand in outdoor leisure furnishings, announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Wallingford, CT.-based CT Acquisitions., to develop and market a collection of high quality and stylish outdoor kitchens. The Brown Jordan® Outdoor Kitchen collection will include a breadth of exclusive cabinetry designs and styles to meet the needs of today’s consumers, architects, designers, and builders who seek Outdoor Kitchens that can uniquely fit the décor, style and personal tastes for an outdoor living environment. CT Acquisitions, maker of Danver Stainless Steel Cabinetry, will develop Brown Jordan’s first-ever...

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Mastering the Grill with Steven Raichlen

Chef Steven Raichlen, who has his own barbecue line with The Companion Group, shares his 10 easy steps to mastering the grill: article here

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Waterloo Gardens to Sell Original Main Line Location

Waterloo Gardens, the Philadelphia region’s premier garden and gift center, today announced it will be selling, and subsequently closing, its original store and garden center in Devon, Pa. at 136 Lancaster Avenue. It will consolidate operations to its larger and more spacious Exton, Pa. location at 200 North Whitford Road.

The sale and subsequent closing of the Devon location comes on the heels of the October 2011 passing of Linda LeBoutillier, who owned and operated the company together with her husband, Bo, after they purchased it from her parents in 1972. Waterloo Gardens, which just celebrated its 70th anniversary in...

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Oxford Garden to Introduce New Products at HD Expo

Looking to make a statement in the contract and design industries, outdoor furniture manufacturer Oxford Garden will be debuting several new products at the upcoming Hospitality Design Expo in Las Vegas, marking the largest product expansion for the company since its beginning in 1997.

The introductions feature a new container-exclusive line entitled Vancouver, crafted from pre-weathered teak. In addition to Vancouver, Oxford Garden will be introducing wood alternative materials to its popular Travira Collection, as well as expanding the collection to include bar and bistro elements. Finally, the company will be releasing deep seating items to its Siena...

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Don Bottemiller and John Miles to be Honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards

The International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA) has named Don Bottemiller and John Miles recipients of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.

The two men, both of whom are retired from Homecrest Outdoor Living, will be honored at the casual furnishings industry’s annual awards gala to be held September 22, at the Field Museum in Chicago, during the 2012 International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market. The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award is reserved for individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the outdoor furnishings industry, to their company and to their community.

Bottemiller grew up in the small town of...

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HD Expo 2012 Breaks Records in Las Vegas

Leaders from across the hospitality design world met in Las Vegas from May 15 to 17, 2012, at HD Expo to shape the future of their industry through discussion, demonstration, and collaboration. HD Expo is the industry’s premier trade show, providing attendees with the tools to succeed year-round in the ever-changing, ultra-competitive field of hospitality design. The 2012 show filled more than 250,000 square feet with the wares from more than 842 exhibitors and 7,500 attendees from across the globe.

“The energy found at this year’s show was palpable—from the enthusiasm of our exhibitors both new and experienced, to the inspirational...

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