Furniture-Friendly Treats

‘Tis the season of messy chocolates, and little ones running wild through the house in costumed apparel, but we believe “furniture” and “Halloween” can belong in the same sentence.

If you’re looking to pass out something unique that will treat – rather than trick — furniture, check out these seven items and make Halloween an easy cleanup experience.

  1. Glow Stickers. Check your local dollar store and stock up on a variety of stickers fit
    for boys and girls of all ages.
  2. Temporary tattoos. What child doesn’t like to decorate an arm or a leg with some faux ink?
  3. Party favors. Check your local store for small trinkets like yo-yos, bouncy balls or rings typically used for birthday parties. These can be a big hit and last much longer than candy.
  4. Furniture-approved snacks. Treats like small bags of pretzels, cheddar crackers and popcorn are popular and won’t cause for messy stains.

If you have your heart set on passing out candy, steer clear of chocolates that easily melt and will cause for some serious cleaning skills.

Halloween doesn’t have to be a disaster for your home. By switching out candy for trinkets, treasures and healthy treats, you will set a good example for your kids and not get tricked into cleaning the next day!

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What a #GWGrand Weekend in Auburn Hills!

We are so thankful to our customers for making the grand opening of the new Gardner-White store in Auburn Hills, MI (located at 4445 N. Atlantic Blvd. behind Sam’s Club and the Home Depot) a success! Our new flagship location and warehouse has over 90,000 square feet and showcases a wide range of furniture, TVs by Best Buy, the dreamiest mattresses and amazing deals all from a convenient location near Great Lakes Crossing.

One of the ways we celebrated the grand opening was with our “Blog for a Grand” contest for Michigan bloggers. The entries we received came from across the mitten; they were creative, well thought-out and entertaining. The entire Gardner-White team enjoyed reading the blogs and to say it was “difficult” to narrow down to a final 3, is an understatement!

Our #GWGrand blog winners were announced on Saturday: a $1,000 grand prize gift card went to Michigal and our two runners up, Saving Dollars and Sense and SimplyRaising8, each received a $500 gift card. We were excited to learn what items the bloggers said would make their homes grand! From a mattress, to a sofa to a dining room table, a Gardner-White Furniture gift card will certainly be put to good use in these bloggers’ homes. Two of our winners were even able to stop by Auburn Hills this weekend to get a jumpstart on their shopping.

2 of our 3 #GWGrand Blog Winners: Kristie of Saving Dollars & Sense, and Alysia of MichigalMom

We are so thankful to all the bloggers who put the time and effort into entering our contest and look forward to seeing you in our stores to use your gift card. (PS To all entrants, in case you didn’t see instructions on Facebook, please private message us with your mailing address, please include your blog name and we will mail out the cards to you ASAP.)

Throughout the weekend, we had a blast giving away gift cards ranging from $100 to $1,000 in a raffle that was free for all customers in the store to enter.  Here are some photos of our customer winners!

Besides the hourly drawings, customers could enter to win a $10,000 shopping spree as well as have a chance for two tickets to the Tigers game 4. For ways you can still win the tickets, please click here.

Do you like music when you shop? We certainly do! The StoneyCreek High School wind ensemble played in our Auburn Hills store on Saturday and customers enjoyed the Avondale High School marching band on Sunday. Each school received a $1,000 donation from Gardner-White. The performances were beautifully conducted and it was a great experience for customers to get to hear talented local musicians while they shopped.

Besides all the activity in the store, there was plenty buzzing in the virtual world on Twitter about our #GWGrand opening. Members of our TweetTeam were tweeting all afternoon from our Auburn Hills store about the various furniture, mattresses, in-store activity and exceptional deals customers were getting at the grand opening weekend. The team members talked to customers about the “hashtag” for the event (#GWGrand) and even tweeted Gardner-White team member testimonials about their pride and happiness working at the new flagship store.

What item catches your attention?

Thanks again to all customers for your participation. If you haven’t been to our Auburn Hills store, we look forward to seeing you there!

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See the Tigers in Game 4 – Win Tickets

See the Tigers in Game 4!

Gardner-White is giving away 2 tickets to see the Tigers in Game 4! From now through 5:00pm on Friday, October 26th, just stop into any Gardner-White location and sign up to win using one of our iPad kiosks. There will be a random drawing to pick the winner, and you can enter up to once per day. Game 4 is on Sunday, October 28th… stop in today and sign up to win tickets! Good luck, and GO TIGERS!!

Sign up at any store

Official Rules:

Who Can Enter:

  1. Entrants must be legal residents of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, St. Clair, Livingston, Genesee and Lapeer Counties in Michigan who are 18 years of age or older and have lawful access to the Internet with a valid e-mail address.
  2. Employees of Gardner-White Furniture (“Sponsor”) and the immediate family members of such employees, are ineligible.

How To Enter:

  1. No purchase is necessary to enter or win. Only one entry per e-mail address, per day. The contest begins at 9a.m. on Saturday October 20, 2012 and all entries must be received by 5:00pm ET October 26, 2012.
  2. To enter, fill out the contest entry form on an iPad kiosk at any Gardner-White location. Follow all instructions to complete the form.

The Prize:

  1. The winner will receive two (2) tickets to see the Tigers play at Comerica Park on Sunday, October 28th, 2012.
  2. The winner will be notified by e-mail after the contest ends. The contest ends at 5:00pm on Friday, October 26th, 2012.
  3. The winner will be required to pick up the tickets at the Gardner-White store at 4445 N. Atlantic Blvd., Auburn Hills, MI 48326.

Odds of Winning/Miscellaneous:

  1. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.
  2. This contest is subject to all applicable laws and regulations and is void where prohibited or restricted by law, including without limitation, in jurisdictions requiring registration, filing, trust account, or posting of a bond, or any other requirements or disclosures that are not expressly satisfied by these rules.
  3. By entering, participants represent that they are eligible, and that their entry materials are original, and agree (a) to be bound by these rules and the decisions of the judges, (b) to release Sponsor, its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agents from any and all liability for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind caused by any prize or resulting from acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize, and (c) to Sponsor’s use of participants’ personal information as described in Sponsor’s Privacy Policy located at www.gardner-white.com. and (d) that entry constitutes an assignment to Sponsor of all intellectual property rights in the entry materials.

Navigating the Shades of Gray – Auburn Hills New Show Room

Published by Steve Cohen, City of Auburn Hills Director of Community Development

To be honest, it wasn’t an easy decision at first.

When Gardner-White Furniture approached us in September 2011 about moving their corporate headquarters to the north part of town, it wasn’t a routine zoning decision.  We had to take a step back and figure out how to do it.

Gardner-White wanted to invest $15 million into a vacant 455,000 industrial building to create a new 350,000-square-foot distribution center at 4445 N. Atlantic Boulevard.  The move would be a game changer for the company, as it would quadruple their existing warehouse space capacity.  The facility would also house their corporate offices and bring over 200 good paying jobs to Auburn Hills.  No brainer, right?

Gardner-White’s new “Flagship” retail store and outlet center is now open

 

Well, there was also one other important component to their proposal.  They wanted to operate a retail store at the complex, which is located inside a large industrial park.  It would be a 90,000-square-foot store and warehouse outlet – their largest showroom to be precise. Company executives wished to make it their flagship store.

What’s the problem?  Well, a retail store in an industrial district does not fit into the typical “Euclidian model” of zoning young city planners are taught in college. Historically, the two land uses have not mixed.  

Further, you do not commonly see retail stores in planned industrial parks that house companies like Continental Automotive Systems, Dana Corporation, FedEX, Magna E-Car, and others.  In a nutshell, the proposal did not fit into the conventional zoning mold.

Luckily, as a team, we looked at Gardner-White’s proposal and decided that common sense must prevail.   Understanding the intent of the City’s laws and that “shades of gray” do exist in a complex community, we quickly made the administrative decision to embrace the proposal.

We were not paralyzed with fear to make the complex decision because the leaders of this community decided long ago to give us that freedom.  It’s ingrained in our City’s culture “that failure to decide … is a decision.”  Filling an empty building, fostering the creation of new jobs, and the deep pain of the Great Recession all factored into our thought process.

In return, a dynamic company will celebrate their new beginning in our town next week with a big Grand Opening.  We are so very thankful Gardner-White Furniture decided to invest and grow here.

It’s funny, our peers often ask us why the City of Auburn Hills is flourishing, when other communities are having a difficult time.  Well, the answer is very complicated.  However, we prefer to keep things simple.  We strongly believe that navigating the many shades of gray can change the course of a community’s future.  Small decisions like this one will add up over time and make our town stronger.

Opportunities must be seized and partnerships need to be formed, even when decisions are not entirely black and white.  Risky?  Perhaps, but maybe that’s “The X Factor” between being good and great.   This may sound simple, but navigating the details takes a City-wide team all being on the same page – which we intentionally focus on everyday.

 

SLEEP! Everyone Needs It But Not Everyone Gets Enough of It.

Photo credit: MomLogic.com

Do you find it difficult to fall asleep at night? Do you fall asleep but can’t seem to stay asleep? Maybe you are a parent who has experienced the surprising moment when your child’s face is 3 inches from yours in the middle of the night. Regardless, if you are tired of being tired, you are not alone!

With our busy schedules these days, it can be hard to unwind and get the rest we need. While every person’s sleep needs are different, it can be particularly hard for busy moms, working parents, and even the kids to release what’s on our minds to allow us to slip into REM sleep.

Good sleep certainly impacts our moods, alertness and even our patience; however, not getting enough zzzzs can also lead to physical symptoms from overeating to an increased chance for low bone density. When we sleep, our bodies heal and develop and our brains regulate hormone levels, including the levels involved with regulating our appetite.

To help yourself rest up, try the following:

  • Turn off the technology. Bright backlighting from our iPads, iPhones, laptops, electronic readers and TVs can keep us alert even when we are dog-tired.
  • Be aware of partner disturbance. While we may not have a sure-fire way to stop the snorer in your bed, the right mattress can help you significantly reduce movement that can disturb your sleep more than you may realize.
  • Make regular “to-do” lists. When we free ourselves of mental notes to keep track of, you might resist the urge to think of the next day’s tasks the moment your head hits the pillow. Your kids can benefit from learning this practice as well!

If you don’t know where to start to “get your snooze on,” come talk to a Gardner-White sleep expert. He or she can teach you the features to look for in a mattress so you can see what you may be able to do differently to get the sleep you need.

And if that doesn’t help you fall asleep, you can always count the Serta sheep ☺

What do you swear by for a good night’s rest?  Please share below!

PS Check out some restful –and adorable— images on Pinterest, we’d love for you to repin your favorites!

Thanks for reading.