The Fox 2 Giving Guide

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‘Tis the season for giving…and it’s even more special when you give to those in your own community. Along with Fox 2, we at Gardner-White are pleased to put together The Fox 2 Giving Guide, an annual book that features more than 100 local non-profits agencies and their respective “wish lists.” These wish lists are made up of the things the non-profits need to be able to help others.

You can find charitable organizations from A to Z that work hard all year serving people in Michigan. Remember, during the holiday season a little goes a long way and every person can make a difference.

The Gardner-White family was pleased to help a local family in need by providing them with furniture for their home before the holidays. The children received toys thanks to the Bottomless Toy Chest.  See the full story of how Christmas came early for a family working to overcome particularly difficult times.

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The Giving Guide is available at any of our locations and can also be downloaded here.

We invite you to tune in to a special show on Fox 2 hosted by Sherry Margolis, where she will spotlight some of The Giving Guide’s charities and the special stories of those who have supported the giving efforts.

Air dates as follows:

  • AIRS: December 24th 6pm (1/2 HOUR version)
  • AIRS: December 25th 7a (ONE HOUR VERSION)
  • AIRS: December 25th 11am (1/2 HOUR VERSION)
  • AIRS: December 25th 5pm (ONE HOUR VERSION)
  • AIRS: January 2nd 4:30 (1/12 hour version)

We are pleased to be a part of this special effort with Fox 2 and Fresh 100.3. Happy holidays to all and thank you for your support!

Tips for Hosting Holiday Houseguests

The holidays are underway and although it’s fun to have friends and family over to celebrate, preparing for houseguests can be pretty stressful! In today’s blog, we are sharing some tips to that can make your holiday hosting simple, enjoyable and affordable.

  • Turn the heat down! Expecting the in-laws, brothers, sisters, cousins and their kids? The more people gathering inside combined with the heat from cooking and holiday lights, your home is bound to get extra warm. Lower your thermostat to avoid the need to open windows and send that extra heat – and money – out with it.
  • Try recyclable dishes and utensils. Not only does this allow for an easy clean-up, but you won’t have to stress about your favorite dishes being broken (nor will you stress if you don’t have enough place settings). There are so many festive styles to choose from while being environmentally conscious as well.
  • Board games. You can pick up some inexpensive games that give all ages a chance to play and have fun. (Charades is a FREE way to let everyone’s personality shine!)
  • Movies. Who doesn’t love a good holiday movie? Watching certain stories can even create traditions for the younglings. Check out Best Buy to find great deals on movies– or better yet – borrow and trade DVDs with your friends.
  • Make additional sleeping room. Are your in-laws staying for a few days? Do you have more guests than you have bedrooms? You can get more sleeping space while providing another place for guests to sit with a sleeper sofa for a great deal.

Remember, the holidays are busy but it’s your time to focus on family and friends; be sure to enjoy some downtime!

What tips do you have to simplify holiday hosting? We’d love to hear from you!

Expecting company? Get some new furniture at awesome prices by visiting any of our stores.  Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to stay in the loop on holiday deals. Thanks for reading!

Creating the Perfect Holiday Table

Creating the perfect holiday table centerpieces can be as important as cooking the turkey itself. You can make your guests feel special by providing a delicious feast and a festive table, but decorating doesn’t have to be difficult.

How do you come up with the perfect holiday table decorations?

Table setting photo credit: hgtv.com

Deciding on this year’s settings can be as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Step 1: Decide on your color scheme. Within the fall months, many people turn to brown, gold and orange. Why not branch out? Try something new like teal or purple…heck, you might even have linens in these alternative colors already.

Step 2: Determine the number of place settings and plan space accordingly. Set your table with plates and serving dishes, then determine how much room can be dedicated to décor. Having enough room to eat can result in a continued conversation and more enjoyable holiday family meal.

Step 3: Pick your centerpiece. The focal point should be in the center of the table and can include pumpkins, candles or perhaps a glass vessel. Live flowers and decorative ornaments can even be sent home with guests as party favors (and make clean-up a breeze!).

Nicole Dining Room Table from gardnerwhite.com

Still looking for the perfect family dinner table to decorate? Come on out to Gardner-White and we’d love to help you plan for your family and get the best deal this holiday season!

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!

Want to learn more great tips? Join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Do you have any furniture-friendly Halloween tips? Please share!

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!

Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.

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

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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.

Gardner-White is Calling All Bloggers in Michigan! Write a Grand Blog to Win a Grand!

Introducing The Gardner-White Auburn Hills Grand Opening Blogger Contest! #GWgrand

Well friends, we all know there’s usually a piece of tired furniture in each of our homes we’d love to replace.  Whether you are putting together your first home, wanting to redo a family room to enjoy with the kids, or need an amazing new mattress, Gardner-White has you covered!  Through the power of your blog, you can tell us what items would be grand for your home and enter to win grand prizes!

The Grand Opening of the new Gardner-White store in Auburn Hills, MI (located at 4445 N. Atlantic Blvd. behind the Home Depot) is happening on October 20, 2012. This store is going to ROCK with big screen TVs by Best Buy, the dreamiest mattresses, amazing prices and a convenient location close to Great Lakes Crossing.

To celebrate the Grand Opening, Gardner-White has launched a “Blog for a Grand” contest for bloggers like you and Gardner-White is offering a grand prize of a grand!

A $1,000 gift card will be given to one winning blogger and a $500 gift card will be given to two individual bloggers.

The winners will receive their prizes at the October 20th Grand Opening in Auburn Hills!

We’re excited to celebrate the fabulous bloggers in Michigan and the homes you blog from; read on to learn how you can participate today!

TO ENTER:

  • – Write a blog post to publish on your own personal blog.  Use the title, “My Gardner-White Blog for a Grand”
  • – Tell us about your current furniture, mattress, TV or anything you’d LOVE to replace and why it’s time for what you have to go!
  • – Feel free to include photos of your old furniture (for visual emphasis of course)
  • NOW – the fun part!  In order for your blog entry to be complete, you must include at least 1 photo from the Gardner-White website of the item YOU would get if you were the winner of a grand prize.  You are welcome to include as many Gardner-White website photos as you’d like; we’d love to see what you think is grand.
  • – Finally, please share a link to your blog post on the Gardner-White Facebook page, tweet the link with #GWgrand, or add a link in the comments below on our blog and you are entered for the prizes!
  • – Your blog post must be submitted by Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 11:59pm.
  • Comfy in front of the camera? Video blog posts are also welcome!

We’ve included a 125×125 “Gardner-White Blog for a Grand” button for your blog post as well

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SELECTING THE WINNING BLOGS

The winning bloggers will be selected by our team of designers on Monday, October 15, 2012 and the winners will be privately notified by Gardner-White at that time. The winning bloggers will be publicly announced and will receive their gift card prizes on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the new Gardner-White Auburn Hills Grand Opening.

The contest is open to any blogger located in Michigan.  For more details on the Gardner-White delivery service areas and customer pick-up options, please click here.

GIFTS FOR ALL

Don’t stress!  This blog contest if designed with busy bloggers in mind and we look forward to seeing your fun, creative posts.  Any blogger who enters our “Blog for a Grand” contest will receive a $50 gift card to Gardner-White as a thank you for your creative efforts.

TWEET WITH US!

Don’t have a blog?  No problem!  You can still stay in our conversation using the #GWgrand hashtag as we talk about the rooms in your home, the Auburn Hills store Grand Opening, upcoming family activities and all Gardner-White has to offer to make your home grand.  Follow #GWgrand for details about all the Grand Opening happenings on October 20, 2012.  We’d love to see you there!

VIP BLOGGER EVENTS

We look forward to tweeting with everyone in the social media community about home design questions and ideas at the #GWgrand hashtag.  Stay tuned as Gardner-White tweets fabulous deals and happenings including an upcoming VIP blogger event available only to our social media community!

Thank you very much for your interest and we look forward to seeing your posts. Please spread the word and have a grand time blogging!

COLOR! Everyone loves it – but we often choose neutrals – what’s your take?

It’s hard to pick one favorite color when the answer usually it depends on our mood, whether we are wearing it, decorating with it, if its our own opinion or if we have to consider someone else’s taste as well. But when it comes to your home, does your favorite color make a good accent in your home?

Most people tend to choose home décor in neutral colors. Often, a neutral color palette for your larger furniture can stand the test of time while smaller, accent pieces and paintings can bring in a fresh new look with a pop of color.

 

Searching for a new bed? At Gardner-White, we offer a variety of materials and textures that complement a taste for more neutral shades to more bold colors. Once you have the bedroom set you love, switching up the look of your bedroom can be as easy as using a new bedspread.

 Whether you take the neutral route or choose to see your furniture in a colorful spectrum, be sure to take a look at some of our color options on Pinterest. We’d love to know your take, so please repin your favorites!
Thanks for reading!

What is your favorite color to use in your home?  Do you have a consistent palette throughout your home or do you choose to use entirely different colors room by room?

Gardner-White sponsors Detroit institution

This summer marks Gardner-White Furniture’s Centennial Anniversary.
In celebration of this milestone, Gardner-White does what they always do – give back to community – this time it is through their sponsoring of the Fireworks Broadcast on WDIV. Steve Tracey, Gardner-White President says, “we all grew up with the fireworks and for those of us who can’t make it there in person – we still get to participate”.

You can watch the interview with Steve and Carmen Harlan by Clicking Here.

Also, a big congrats to Michael DeSchutter from St. Clair Shores on
winning the $2000 Gardner-White shopping spree!

Gardner-White Celebrates Century with New Center

Auburn Hills, Mich. – Gardner-White Furniture is tying the upcoming opening of its new distribution center, store and corporate office her to its 100th anniversary celebration, which began in late April.

A rendering shows an entrance to the 45,000-square-foot corporate office distribution center and showroom complex Gardner-White Furniture will open in Auburn Hills, Mich., this summer.

The Warren, Mich. –based top 100 company also is expanding its charitable and civic

work as part of the centennial tribute, and is planning customer appreciation events throughout the year.

Construction and renovation on the new 455,000-square-foot, Auburn Hills facility at 4445 North Atlantic Blvd., near Great Lakes Crossing, began in January. The entire facility is expected to be up and running by July or August and will include a modern distribution center, corporate offices and a 90,000-square-foot store and outlet, its largest showroom in the currently seven-store chain.

In a release, Gardner-White President Steve Tronstein indicated more expansion will be coming, saying the company is “going to be making significant investments in the region by expanding to new communities and employing many more local residents. The new Auburn Hills site is the first of these developments.”

The 350,000-square-foot distribution center, with 30-foot ceilings, will give the company roughly four times the capacity of its current warehouse, which is 155,000 square feet with 13-foot ceilings, Tronstein told Furniture|Today. He declined to elaborate on the timing or other details of expansion beyond the new complex, an approximately $15 million investment for the company.

Furniture|Today estimates that Gardner-White’s sales furniture, bedding and accessories sales grew 6.7% in 2011 to $95 million.

Tronstein said Gardner-White will begin transitioning over to the new distribution center in June.

As part of its 100th anniversary celebration, the retailer also is expanding its charitable and community efforts. A portion of store sales during a 100th anniversary sale period – which ran in April and May – will be donated to build houses for homeless veterans, in cooperation with Volunteers of America, a longtime charity partner of the retailer

In addition, the company said it donated more than $100,000 in lumber to Habitat for Humanity – wood salvaged from the renovation s done on the facility – that will be used to build homes for the needy families in the Detroit area.

Other new community sponsorships include the Detroit Tigers’ Kids Take the Field and Ultimate Fan Experience.

Gardner-White said it also will continue other longstanding initiatives, such as in-store blood drives and support for local charities and schools.

“Being part of the community we serve is not just a company motto, it’s truly who we are and the reason for what we do, and this is the key to Gardner-White’s longevity and success,” Tronstein said.

A 100th anniversary sale promotion includes discounted merchandise and “hot buys.” And online, the retailer is hosting an anniversary contest, where Web visitors are invited to search for 100 cupcakes that have been hidden across its website, for Gardner-White cash prizes.

The first Gardner-White opened in 1912 on Mack Street near Mount Elliot in Detroit. In the late 1950’s, the company was purchased by Irwin Kahn, whose family still owns and operates the business.

“Kahn’s keen retailing expertise, and strong belief in giving customers the best quality shopping experience, laid the foundation for Gardner-White’s furniture expansion across metro Detroit,” the retailer said.

The company also said it was the first furniture retailer in Michigan to use TV advertising and was a “whole room package” innovator in the 1960’s and ‘70s.

It also said it was the first furniture retailer in the state to package furniture and brand-name televisions together, in a partnership with Best Buy. Gardner-White said the two retailers will soon be announcing their plans to expand their relationship.

Article by Clint Engel

Published in Furniture|Today Newspaper, May 28, 2012