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September 12, 2017While my old friend Len Gaby was in the final days of his battle with cancer, I was sorting through a big stack of old issues of Furniture Today. That stack, tucked into a corner of our bedroom for years, commanded my attention now that it was time for us to move to a condominium elsewhere in High Point. I flipped through the issues, assigning most to the discard pile, until I came to the issue of July 29, 2002. There on the cover was a picture of Len and Debbie Gaby of Sleep America, who were featured in my ...
August 18, 2014Last week, I had the bittersweet opportunity to attend the funeral service for Darrell Harris, who along with his wife, Stella, launched Furnitureland South in 1969. (Read article.) Starting with only a few catalogs, showroom samples and a truck, Darrell and Stella nonetheless had a secret weapon — a vision of providing customers with exceptional, personalized service. Most of the shoppers who visit FLS and marvel at the more than one million square feet of showroom space are not aware of the store’s humble beginnings. But those who knew Darrell back in the day could tell you that he and ...
From A Rep's Perspective
August 14, 2014Today I read of the passing of one of our industry's entrepreneurs, John Lawhon, a true furniture “pitch” man, who passed away at the age of 86. John opened his first furniture store in Waco, Texas, in the 1960s and later opened stores in a number of cities including Tulsa, Nashville, Phoenix and Detroit. I came to meet John after he closed his stores and developed Sales Education Systems, a learning system for retail furniture stores. At the time I had a retail store and was hungry for how to enhance the performance of our sales staff. After I ...
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