We’re Giving Double the Charituesday Donation to…

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This past week, For the Seventh Generation & the Muscular Dystrophy Association have been battling head to head to receive double the Charituesday donation from Gardner-White!

This week’s winner, with a whopping 49 votes is For the Seventh Generation! Congratulations! For the Seventh Generation will be receiving a $1,000 gift certificate from Gardner-White.

A huge thank you to our runner-up, Muscular Dystrophy Association. They had an admirable 20 votes and will be receiving a $500 gift certificate from Gardner-White.

Thank you to both organizations for participating, and of course a huge thank you for all that they do to enrich our community.

Gardner-White Job Fair – 2 DAYS – 4 LOCATIONS, October 1 & 2, 11am – 7pm

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Gardner-White is having job fairs at 4 store locations!

  • Wednesday, October 1, 11 am – 7 pm
  • 14 Mile Location: 4400 East 14 Mile Rd. Warren, MI 48092 – (586) 826-8300
  • Auburn Location: 4445 N. Atlantic Blvd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326 – (248) 481-2108
  • Thursday, October 2, 11 am – 7 pm
  • Canton Location: 39453 Ford Rd, Canton, MI 48187 – (734) 844-3190
  • NEW! Brighton Location: 8393 Grand River Ave. Brighton, MI 48116 – (810) 229-1754

Gardner-White Furniture’s explosive growth has left us with plenty of great positions to fill. And- we’re expanding even further in 2015!

We’re inviting everyone to be part of our metro Detroit success story. We’re hiring salespeople, clerical workers drivers and helpers. Lots of them. If you have experience, skill, drive and a desire to be part of a winning team- we’re talking to you.

On Wednesday and Thursday, October 1-2, Gardner-White recruiters will be interviewing applicants at 4 store locations. Jobs are available at all eleven Gardner-White locations, including the Auburn Hills distribution center. Gardner-White is hiring to support growth, both at new stores and in current locations. Gardner-White is opening a new location this October in Brighton, Michigan. Additionally, metro Detroiters have been receptive to Gardner-White’s value proposition; therefore staff is needed at existing locations to support increased demand.

Gardner-White Furniture has been a Michigan owned-and-operated furniture company since 1912. Gardner-White’s mission is to offer value-conscious consumers with excellent service and selection. Gardner-White has expanded and innovated significantly in the past three years. In 2012, Gardner-White expanded operations and moved into a state-of-the-art 450,000 square foot distribution center in Auburn Hills.

In 2013, Gardner-White became the first furniture company in the Midwest to offer same-day delivery to its customers. Additionally, Gardner- White is the national pilot for Best Buy’s store-within-a-store furniture concept.

The majority of available jobs are for sales associates. Gardner-White will hire candidates who possess passion and commitment to excellence. New salespeople will attend three weeks of PAID professional training. Gardner-White sales associates have unlimited salary potential. Average sales income is $52,000 annually, with top earners at over $100,00 annually. Gardner-White offers paid training, an affordable benefit package including health, dental, vision, flex spending account, voluntary life insurance, short and long term disability, along with the option of 401K investing.

Candidates should come equipped with a resume, and be prepared for two interviews, and a potential job offer.

GW Customer of the Month: Tom D.

Our GW Customer of the Month is Tom D. from Warren! He visited our 14 Mile store in Warren and purchased a brand new Mattress. We’re sending Tom D. a $100 gift certificate for being a loyal Gardner-White customer!

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GW: Who was your salesperson?

Tom D.: Jim Pert.

 

GW: Which store did you purchase your mattress?

Tom D.: The Warren location on 14 Mile Rd.

 

GW: How soon after you placed your order did you get your delivery?

Tom D.: I purchased the mattress Monday, it was delivered at 5:15 Wednesday and was promptly assembled by the delivery men. They were there probably less than 10 minutes!

 

GW: What community do you live in? How long have you lived there?

Tom D.: I live and work in the Warren community. I have lived here for 27 years, with exception for 2 years I lived in Rochester Hills for school.

 

GW: What is your favorite part of being a Michigander?

Tom D.: My favorite part of being a Michigander is enjoying the 4 seasons. Nothing is better than being in Northern Michigan on one of our beautiful lakes during the summer.

 

GW: What inspired you to purchase your new mattress?

Tom D.: I was inspired to purchase the mattress because my current one was getting old, sagging in the middle and I had neck & back pain.  So I figured I would invest in a new bed because I deserve it!

 

GW: If you had unlimited resources to design your dream room or dream home, what would it look like?

Tom D.: My dream home would be rather modest. However it would be somewhere on the water in Michigan.  It would have a “homey” feel to it with sophisticated decor. There would also be a room that opened up with doors and windows to enjoy the weather.

 

GW: What’s the next room you’d like to redesign in your home?

Tom D.: I am currently looking to move to a new residence to be more centrally located for work possibly in the Sterling Heights or Shelby Twp. area. I will have quite a few rooms to make my own, but I would be most excited to furnish the living room to entertain family and friends.

 

GW: What is your favorite piece of furniture in your home and why do you love it?Tom D.: I would have to say my favorite piece of furniture in my house (besides my new bed) is the couch. The couch is a dining area when the game is on, it’s a sitting area when family gathers, it’s a bed when you need a quick nap. It does a little bit of everything!


Have you recently purchased furniture at Gardner-White and want to be GW’s Customer of the Month? Email us at rachele@gardner-white.com and it could happen! We’ll send you a $100 gift certificate if you’re chosen.

Charituesday: For the Seventh Generation & Muscular Dystrophy Association

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This week’s Charituesday benefits not only one deserving charitable organization, but two! Both For the Seventh Generation AND the Muscular Dystrophy Association will be receiving $500 Gardner-White gift certificates to use for community members in need. Here’s the best part; the organization with the most votes on our Gardner-White Facebook poll will DOUBLE their prize to $1,000!

About For the Seventh Generation

For The Seventh Generation supports foster children by matching donated services and goods with the children who need them. They give individuals and organizations the opportunity and structure that allows them to make a huge difference in the lives of foster children, one child at a time.

Learn more about For the Seventh Generation here.

About the Muscular Dystrophy Association

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. MDA funds worldwide research; provides comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and rallies communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.

Learn more about the Muscular Dystrophy Association here.

How You Can Help

Visit the Gardner-White poll here, and vote for your favorite charity once per day. Gardner-White will donate a $500 gift certificate to both For the Seventh Generation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. We will donate an additional $500 for a grand total of $1,000 to the organization that gets the most votes. Check back next week to see which organization will get the bonus!

Look for Less: Old World Dresser

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Are you looking for the perfect traditional dresser, but can’t find one that fits your budget? Look no further than Gardner-White’s Maletto collection! Not only do you get a beautiful old-world dresser for $999, but you get the detachable mirror that comes with it too. A similar dresser from Horchow is $2,199 and doesn’t come with a mirror – how sad!

…And actually, for less than the price of this one Horchow dresser, you can get the Maletto Queen Bed, Dresser, Mirror and Nightstand.

Click here to get the look for less.

Five Mouth-Watering Tailgate Recipes

Football season is in full swing and that means tailgating is most likely on your list of events this fall. Whether you’re tailgating before the game or rooting for your team from home, our top five tailgating recipes will have your friends high-fiving you all day long!

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1. Seven Layer Dip Cups — These individual cups are perfect for tailgating. They allow friends to mingle without worrying about the dreaded “double-dip”! Click here to get the recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything blog.

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2. Jalapeño Popper Dip — What’s better than a Jalapeño Popper? Jalapeño Popper dip! This delicious dip combines spicy jalapeños, creamy cheese and crunchy topping that delivers the familiar taste without all the hassle. Click here to get this recipe from the Raining Hot Coupons blog.

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3. Pizza Puffs — Pizza has long been synonymous with football, but who has room for large bulky pizza boxes at their tailgate? Get the best of both worlds with these easy and adorable Pizza Puffs! Bite sized and delicious, these will have your football fans raving. Get this recipe from the What2Eat blog here.

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4. Ham & Swiss Cheese Sliders — Football fans are HUNGRY! Feed them these too-easy-to-be-true Ham & Swiss sliders, complete with baked ham, melty swiss cheese and poppy seed mustard sauce. Oh, and did we mention that you can prepare an entire tray of these the day before? Get this recipe from the Chef in Training blog here.

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5. Toffee Carmel Apple Dip — Nothing says fall like carmel apples! Satisfy your group’s sweet tooth with this super easy dessert dip. To achieve this touchdown recipe you only need four ingredients! Click here to get this recipe from the Uncommon Designs blog here.

Do you have a favorite tailgate recipe? We want to see it! Leave us a comment below or post it to our Facebook page. Don’t forget, you can get in the game with two FREE Detroit Lions Tickets with nearly every Big Picture Package™! Shop our packages here.

Who Won Double the Donation this Charituesday?

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This past week, Leader Dogs for the Blind & Make-A-Wish Foundation, Michigan Chapter have been battling head to head to receive double the Charituesday donation from Gardner-White!

This week’s winner, with a whopping 406 votes is Leader Dogs for the Blind! Congratulations! Leader Dogs for the blind will be receiving a $1,000 gift certificate from Gardner-White.

A huge thank you to our runner-up, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Michigan Chapter. They had an admirable 33 votes and will be receiving a $500 gift certificate from Gardner-White.

Thank you to both organizations for participating, and of course a huge thank you for all that they do to enrich our community.

Our Employee’s Top Ten Favorites

This week, you pay what we pay for all of our employee favorites! We rounded up 10 of our valued Gardner-White employees and found out what their favorite things are at Gardner-White. Here are their top ten picks:

1. The Lindy Collection – Boris P. says, “you can’t get a better look for less!”

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2. The Bennett Collection – Ann Marie H. says, “cool design.”

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3. The Zebrano Collection – Vince R. says, “each table is one of a kind.”

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4. The Delta Collection – Keith H. says, “everyone can sit in style!”

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5. The Lucasta Collection – Alexis M. says, “turn your room into a retreat.”

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6. Beautyrest Black Mattress – Amy K. asks, “who doesn’t love diamonds?”

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7. iComfort Savant Mattress – Tim M. says, “better personalized comfort.”

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8. The Gracie Collection – Abeer A. says, “classic and comfortable!”

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9. The Walton Collection – Jinie G. says, “superior craftsmanship.”

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10. The Blair Collection – William J. says, “gotta love the push-button power!”

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Sit & Chat with Rachel T.: LED Lighting

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If you stepped into our Canton store on Ford road in the summer of 2013, one thing you would have immediately noticed is that it was sweltering. It wasn’t that hot outside, and the air conditioning was working just fine. A major reason for the heat was that we had endless rows of hundreds and hundreds of halogen light bulbs burning. As my dad always jokes, halogen bulbs are really mini-furnaces with light as the by-product.

We need it to be bright – customers need to see the finishes in the walnut dining table they are contemplating or the color of chair for their study – but we also need it to be comfortable. Our solution was to replace our old halogen light bulbs with light emitting diodes (LED) technology from Philips Lighting. For the non-technophiles out there (i.e. all of us), LED’s are made out of a cluster of light emitting diodes. This technology has been around forever, you’ve seen them as the small indicator lights on electronic devices. What’s changed is that the light quality is now way better, and the cost has way down so that they’re now a more practical choice for homes and businesses. More on LED technology is available here.

For us at Gardner-White, the benefits of converting to LED’s were immediate. First, and probably not surprisingly, furniture looks better when you can actually see it. The light quality out of these bulbs was so much better that we even reduced one-third of the lamps throughout our store. Second, the temperature in the stores this summer was a comfortable 72 degrees without the air conditioning constantly working on overdrive, which made the Canton store a much happier place. Third, we don’t need to replace these bulbs all the time, so there isn’t always someone on a ladder in a store being blinded by the light as they constantly run throughout the store replacing halogen bulbs. Lastly, the payback on this investment was less than one-year. Gardner-White is actually saving money by having made this investment.

For me, this project was personally edifying. Back in 2009 I was working in Washington, DC on clean technology, and we tried to install LED’s in the White House. Problem was, the technology wasn’t as mature at the time, and made the Blue Room look like a hospital ward! It was pretty cool to see that now the light coming out of these LED’s was actually better than a traditional halogen bulb. It has only been five years, but the technology has come a very long way.

Philips Lighting was a great partner on this project – check out their write-up here: Gardner-White Case Study

— Rachel T., President of Gardner-White