Holstein Housewares Founder to be Honored

Vanessa Valera Nolte

MIAMI-Holstein Housewares Co-founder Vanessa Valera Nolte has received the International Business Woman of the Year Award from OWIT (the Organization of Women in International Trade) South Florida. OWIT South Florida strives to enhance the status and interest of women and men in the field of international trade through a worldwide network. Valera Nolte will beMore »

Last updated: November 25, 2014

P. Allen Smith to Present in Dallas

P. Allen Smith

DALLAS–Designer, television host and gardening and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith will present during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market in January. Smith will present on Saturday, Jan. 17, at noon followed by a question and answer session in the World Trade Center (WTC) Hall of Nations. Smith will sign his book, “Seasonal RecipesMore »

Last updated: November 25, 2014

Longtime Rug Editor Lissa Wyman Passes

Lissa Wyman

NEW YORK—Lissa Wyman, the founder of who started her career at what was then Home Furnishings Daily, passed away last Thursday at her home in Manhattan after a long illness. She was 70. A 44-year veteran of the floor covering news business, Wyman first started covering the industry at Home Furnishings Daily (now HFN).More »

Last updated: November 25, 2014

Safavieh’s Angela Hebert Passes Away

Angie Hebert

GREENSBORO, N.C.—Angela Hebert, with a long career in the home furnishings industry, most recently as Safavieh’s manager for its Historic Market Square showrooms in High Point, N.C., passed away this past Saturday of cancer at Duke University Medical Center. She was 65. Born in Thomasville, N.C., she worked for Safavieh for eight years and, alongMore »

Last updated: November 25, 2014

Surya Donates More Than 3,900 Food Items to Community Food Bank

Surya’s food donations

CALHOUN, Ga.—This month, from Nov. 10-20, Surya held its fourth-annual food drive, during which employees collected more than 3,900 non-perishable food items. The donations were then delivered to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, which distributes food to residents of 20 counties throughout Northwest Georgia and Tennessee. Surya began this initiative in 2011, and this year,More »

Last updated: November 25, 2014

RH Marches Into Atlanta

RH head Gary Friedman

ATLANTA–It’s the largest, most complete and outright clearest definition of what RH–the retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware–stands for, and it’s now open for business. Last Friday, RH opened the doors–all 119 of them–to its latest Gallery location, in the upscale Buckhead section of Atlanta, with a six-story, 70,000-square-feet store that looks as much likeMore »

Last updated: November 24, 2014

Newell Rubbermaid Appoints Arcuri to Head Home Solutions Segment

Joe Arcuri

ATLANTA-Joe Arcuri will join Newell Rubbermaid as president of the company’s home solutions segment on Dec. 1. When he assumes his new role, Arcuri will be responsible for the Rubbermaid, Calphalon, Goody and Levolor brands, and the recently acquired Contigo, Avex and bubba brands. He will report to Bill Burke, Newell’s chief operating officer. ArcuriMore »

Last updated: November 24, 2014

Evans Tabbed to Head Gordmans Merchandising

Lisa Evans

OMAHA, Neb.-Gordmans Stores has named Lisa Evans executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, effective Jan. 5. When Evans begins her new role, she will assume charge over all merchandising operations for the specialty retailer. She will report to Andy Hall, Gordmans’ president and CEO. She will succeed Michael Morand, who resigned as chief merchandisingMore »

Last updated: November 24, 2014