Gardner-White to Close on Thanksgiving

Gardner-White Furniture to
Close on Thanksgiving

Family-Owned and Operated Business Wants Employees to
Spend the Holidays with Loved Ones; Deals Begin on Black Friday

Thanksgiving

Gardner-White Furniture announced today that they will continue to close all of Thanksgiving Day. Gardner-White’s Black Friday deals will become available on Friday, November 24, at 8:00 a.m.

“We at Gardner-White think that spending Thanksgiving Day with your family is one of those cherished and time-honored traditions that deserves to be upheld. I, along with all the other members of the Gardner-White team, will enjoy the day off and will spend it with my loved ones,” said Steve Tronstein, CEO. “As a family-owned and operated business since 1912, we are choosing to remain closed on Thanksgiving to not only honor our staff, but our customers as well so they too can spend more time with their families. Family time is more important than shopping on Thanksgiving Day.”

“We are pleased to note that this year several malls and national retailers have announced that they will also remain closed on Thanksgiving Day. We applaud their decision,” said Tronstein.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, November 24, all Gardner-White stores will re-open for Black Friday.

For a list of store hours, please visit, www.Gardner-White.com. Select Black Friday deals will be made available in early November.

ABOUT GARDNER-WHITE

Gardner-White Furniture is a Furniture Today Top 100 company, an industry leader in sales per square foot, and a market leader in bedding sales. Founded in 1912, Gardner-White has been serving generations of Michigan families for over 100 years. Gardner-White is a family-owned and operated furniture retailer whose mission is to offer excellent value and selection, along with convenient delivery options for the busy consumers – becoming the first furniture company to offer same-day delivery. A single store until 1974, Gardner-White now operates throughout all of metropolitan Detroit and continues to
grow.

Fall Bucket List To Do With Your Family

With the kids back at school and the busyness of work, it’s important to find time to spend with your family. We’ve put together a Fall Bucket List that you can do with your family that won’t break the bank! Some of these activities are free!

Carve Pumpkins
Go to your local grocery store or pumpkin patch and pick up enough pumpkins for everyone to carve! With countless patterns to carve out, each family member can show their personality! Plus, once you’ve finished, you can cook up those pumpkin seeds and have them as a snack!

Thanks to Pumpkinlady.com, here’s over 700 FREE pumpkin carving patterns and stencils to choose from!

 

Raking Leaves
Instead of just one person doing this as a chore, make it a family project! But before you bag those leaves, make sure to jump in the big pile you just made!

 

Go to an Apple Orchard or Cider Mill
Who doesn’t love a good cider donut and apple cider? YUM! Many cider mills or apple orchards have activities for the whole family! Apple orchards are so fun because it’s not every day you get to pick your own apples. Most apple orchards have many different types of apples, so you can pick some that everyone likes!

Here’s a list of some local apple orchards and cider mills:
Yates Cider Mill
Franklin Cider Mill
Rochester Cider Mill
Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill
Blake’s Big Apple
Wiard’s Orchards
Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill

Let us know if there are other orchards you like to visit!

 

Make Caramel Apples
After you picked your apples at the apple orchard (or from your local grocery store), it’s time to dress them up for a yummy dessert! Lay out a variety of toppings so everyone’s favorites are covered!

Here’s an easy caramel apple recipe from Just A Taste that is good for the whole family!

 

Bake Fall Treats
Nothing puts you more in the fall mood than eating fall flavored goodies. Bake your family favorite whether it’s a pie, bread or cookies!

Try this recipe for Healthy Pumpkin Bread by Country Living.

 

Take a Hike
Spend time outdoors and find a local nature preserve or park to walk around. Enjoy the beautiful fall colors while getting some exercise!

 

Make Fall Decorations for Your Home
Have a craft night and make decorations you can display around your home! This adds a personal touch with unique decorations your friends will love! Plus, you can use these for years to come.

Try these fun crafts from Country Living!

 

Let us know if you do any activities with your family that aren’t listed here!

25 Things You Should Know About Gardner-White Furniture

1. The owners aren’t named Gardner or White. Its a family affair at Gardner-White – we are proud that many of our team members include- fathers and children, cousins, mothers and children, grandparents and grandchildren, aunts and uncles. We are all Michganders working together to serve you and take care of our families.

2. We’re the only family-owned and operated home furnishings store in Metro Detroit.

3. GW opened it’s doors in 1912 at it’s first location on Gratiot.

4. Gardner-White has women in half of the top executive spots!

5. We pioneered the Big Picture Packages with Best Buy, which now have taken hold throughout the entire industry.

6. We have a complete recycling center in our Distribution Center.

7. All bedding that GW carries is made in the U.S.A!

8. If you’re traveling up north on I-75, you pass our distribution center and can see us from the highway!

9. GW blue is the same as Pepsi blue. We bought Pepsi trucks and didn’t want to repaint, so the blue stayed!

10. We’re opening a brand new store in Novi! Check us out in the West Oaks Mall!

11. Home of #LiveWithLynn! Check us out LIVE on Facebook every Wednesday at Noon!

12. We found this when renovating our Taylor store. We agree! GW has always known what a great community Taylor is!

13. In 2014, GW was named Retail Bedding Giant by Furniture Today.

14. We carry the biggest selection of premium brand name mattresses and offer FREE same day delivery!

15. And if you need evening delivery, we’ve got you covered! We deliver up to 11pm!

16. We know you’re busy, that’s why we give you the ability to track your delivery so you don’t waste your day!

17. GW loves working with local organizations. We partner with Metro-Detroit organizations such as Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Humble Design and Volunteers of America.

18. We’re the only furniture store in the region to offer same-day furniture delivery.

19. In 2017, GW was named Retailer of the Year by the International Home Furnishing Representatives Association.

20. GW has it’s own mascot – Trone!

21. Our sales associates have unlimited earning potential and some make over $100,000 annually. You can too, join our team!

22. Gardner-White partners with the Salvation Army to offer pick-up service of your used furniture in advance of your Gardner-White delivery. Ask your salesperson for details!

23. We were featured on This Old House for furnishing this season’s home in Detroit!

24. We host a bi-weekly contest, #Charituesday, that helps local organizations! Vote, vote, vote!

25. We wouldn’t be where we are without the support of Metro Detroit. Thank you!

Drowsy Driving the Same as Drunk Driving?

Not getting enough sleep? Well maybe it’s about time you should because a recent study from AAA says that getting less than seven hours of sleep a day is just as risky as drunk driving! Read the article below by Sleep Savvy Magazine all about AAA’s study.

Drowsy Driving as Risky as Drunk Driving

A study from AAA finds sleeping less than seven hours a day doubles the dangers of crashing.

Drivers who miss between one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period and are drowsing driving nearly double their risk of a crash, according to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 35% of U.S. drivers sleep less than the recommended seven hours daily. And with drowsy driving involved in more than one in five fatal crashes on U.S. roadways each year, AAA warns drivers getting less than seven hours of sleep may have deadly consequences.

“You cannot miss sleep and still expect to be able to safely function behind the wheel,” says David Yang, executive director for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Our new research shows that a driver who has slept for less than five hours has a crash risk comparable with someone driving drunk.”

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s report, “Acute Sleep Deprivation and Risk of Motor Vehicle Crash Involvement,” released in December 2016, reveals that drivers missing two to three hours of sleep in a 24-hour period more than quadrupled their risk of a crash, compared with drivers getting the recommended seven hours of sleep. This is the same crash risk the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration associates with driving over the legal limit for alcohol.

See original article here!

Is it time for you to get a better night’s sleep? We have the largest and best selection of mattresses in Michigan! Plus, you can sleep better TONIGHT with same day delivery! Let our bedding experts help find the perfect mattress for you now!

*Gardner-White Furniture does not own this article. This article is taken from Sleepsavvymagazine.com.

Kim Adam’s Dining Room Traditions

HolidayDining copyOne of the craziest things I’ve ever said as a mother came after I found my two toddlers sitting under our formal dining room table eating crackers. I walked into the room and said in utter dismay  “No eating in the dining room!” As soon as the words came out of my mouth, I started to laugh. How ridiculous that the sight of my kids eating crackers under our fancy table would prompt such shock. But the kids knew the formal dining room was only for special occasions. The crystal and china, turkish rug, and the beautiful dining set complete with….ready for this…white, silk covered chairs!  Yes, I said white silk. Clearly a purchase made before my 5 adorable kids were part of the picture.

That was the day I decided we needed to use our dining room more. Why have a formal dining room if no one is even allowed to eat in it? I thought I would start with Sunday dinners. But a few months later, we moved into a home with no eat-in kitchen at all. The home was built in 1928 when the only people that ate in kitchen were the servants. So our beautiful dining room table, and our 6 white chairs became our everyday table.   At the time, I had 4 kids. Including 3 children under the age of 6.  So you can imagine how quickly my white chairs became multi-color with stains of every kind. And you know what?   I didn’t even care. I loved that every family meal seemed special. It was a gorgeous room that felt cozy and warm.

Family dinner is a tradition in my home. We sit down as a family at least 3 times a week.   Its when my kids talk about their day. Where we pray and come together and shut out the rest of the world. I love my dining room table. I love that my children will remember it someday. And not unlike my life, those perfect white chairs are now a bit stained and imperfect. And I love that too.

Bring those traditions home to your dining room with a new dining set. Gardner-White offers a range of dining sets to fit your family style and size! Here are just some of the options we offer!

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Plus, get same day delivery so you can have your new dining set ready for the holidays! Shop all of our dining sets here!

Halloween Decorating Ideas from Kim Adams

With sunshine and temps in the 80s for much of October, decorating for Halloween just hasn’t felt right. But now as cooler weather returns, it’s time to break out the tombstones, fake spiders, and spooky hanging ghosts. This year I wanted something a little different for my own house.  Pinterest is like an internet buffet of ideas. Which is great, but can also be overwhelming. So I narrowed it down to my Top 5 New and Unusual Ways to decorate for Halloween.

1. HEAD IN A JAR 

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Here’s what you need to make your own:

Find the instructions and other tips here!

2.  CREEPY CHICKEN WIRE HUMAN SIZE GHOSTS

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1. Cut chicken wire.

2. Form the shape of the head.

3. Form the torso.

4. Create support.

5. Form the arms.

6. Attach body forms.

7. Add shoulder support.

8. Form the legs.

9. Attach base to torso.

10. Create skirt.

11. Complete body form.

12. Cover with cheesecloth.

13. Hang half-figure ghosts.

Full instructions with pictures and supply list here! 

3. CREATE A “MONSTER” GARAGE

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This garage door has been shared all over social media! Make your own with this tutorial! 

4. PATTERN CARVING PUMPKINS 

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 See more patterns and get templates here! 

5.  MICE INFESTATION ON THE STAIRCASE

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  1. 1. Print mice template.
  2. 2. Trace the shapes onto black construction paper, and cut out.
  3. 3. Mount as desired with masking tape.

Find the mice template and other instructions here!

Hope you all have a safe and Happy Halloween!!!!!

Kim Adams

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Emmy award winning television and film personality and mother of 5, Kim Adams is one of metro-Detroit most recognizable faces. While most remember her as a skilled meteorologist at WXYZ (ABC-Detroit) and WDIV (NBC-Detroit), Kim has now joined the film industry appearing in “Scream 4″ starring Courtney Cox and David Arquette. Kim can also be found on national tv shows such as “Detroit 187″ and “20/20.” She’s currently a medical reporter for the Childrens Hospital of Michigan. Kim’s busy schedule also includes being a spokesperson for numerous local and national companies. Kim graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oakland University ranking 3rd in her graduating class. She received a master’s degree from Wayne State University majoring in Radio/TV & Film. In addition, she studied thermodynamics and dynamics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School in Washington, D.C., and synoptic meteorology at the Ohio State University.

Help Reduce Back-to-School Anxiety

Are your kids ready for back to school? Most of us have spent weeks shopping for new clothes, shoes, and a great backpack full of school supplies. But have you prepared your child emotionally? For some kids that first day of school is filled with anxiety.Whether it’s the first day of kindergarten or the first day of high school, not all kids are ready for the stress of a new situation. One of the biggest fears we face as humans is fear of the unknown. Remember your first day on a new job? Will my co-workers like me? Will I understand what to do or where to go? A child experiences the same feelings that first day of school. Here are few ideas to help your child (or even your teenager) cope with the anxiety of back to school.

Practice makes perfect

If this is your child’s first time away from you, try a few trial separations. This is especially true for children of stay at home moms. If your child isn’t used to spending the day away, try a few hours at a grandparents’ house, or even a summer day camp. If your child is starting pre-school and will be gone for 3 hours, try spending a few hours apart before school starts.

Never let them see you cry

I’m sooooo guilty of this one. I cried the first day of pre-school for both my two oldest children. And what happened? They cried too. In part because it was all new for them and it’s scary. But i have to admit, seeing mommy upset didn’t help. So when it was time for #3 to go to school, it was a quick hug and kiss goodbye and off i went… (back to my car to cry my eyes out instead).

Set up play dates

If you’ve had an orientation, try and find the names of one or two classmates before school starts and set up a play date. We all feel better when we walk into a new situation and see a friendly face. Or if your child had already started school, tell the teacher if your child is anxious. My daughter was very shy, so i asked the teacher to sit her next to a very outgoing child that could help her along socially. Ten years later, my daughter and that little girl are still best friends.

Do not be late the first day

Sounds simple, but being rushed can really add to the stress. Make sure outfits are picked out the night before, lunches are made and do not hit the snooze! Clock-AnimationThis is especially true for teenagers. Getting up a few minutes early and being able to take their time can help with the pressure (getting a teenager up early however is another blog).

Know when it’s a real problem

Having jitters the first day, or even a few weeks after school begins is normal. Young children might be clingier or whiny. Older kids might have a few sleepless nights, or be a bit moody. But if your child suddenly starts complaining about physical symptoms such as headaches, upset stomachs, or other ailments it’s time to ask an expert. A very small percentage of children simply can’t handle the stress of new situations. Some will even refuse to go to school, or repeatedly ask to stay home. This is when professional help might be needed. But for the vast majority of kids, the anxiety of back-to-school quickly subsides, and the complaints of homework and getting up early take over once again.

Finally, the first week of school can be overwhelming for moms too. I joke that I can’t wait for school to start again. Then when it does, I find myself missing my little chickens. A few extra hugs or cuddles, and carving out time to talk each night really helps both me and my kids that first week of school.

Have a safe and happy school year!

Healthy Meals for a Working Mom by Kim Adams

mom-cooking-dinner-with-son_eobtfh“What’s for dinner mom?”  Its the question all moms, especially working moms dread.   With sporting activities, household chores, plus the regular workload, cooking dinner can be one of the most challenging parts of the day.  But it doesn’t have to be if you follow a few simple rules, and a little bit of discipline.

PLAN IT OUT

1.  Try and cook a full meal at least 2-3 times a week.   Keep it simple!   A protein, vegetable and maybe rice. Don’t worry about complicated recipes. I’ve spent all day cooking a meal only to have my kids turn their noses up.  But the 30 minute baked chicken with steamed veggies gets gobbled up in minutes. In our house we also sit down at the table as a family at least 3 times a week. I learn more about my kids during dinner than I could ever imagine.

2.  Brinner!  Once a week we have breakfast for dinner. Eggs,  homemade waffles, bacon are all perfectly fine choices. This is usually my “the meeting ran over and I’m running late”  weeknight meals. It’s also my kids favorite night.

3.   The other one or two nights a week we either do pizza with salad, or a family night out.    As a mom you have to be kind to yourself. As long as you’re providing healthy, home cooked meals at least a few times a week I say bravo!!!

4.  Many of my mom friends spend their Sundays planning meals and doing food prep for the week ahead. I do this on occasion and it really does make the weekday meals so much easier. However, sometimes our weekends are busier than the weekdays.   If it works for your family, I say try it.  If not, the crock pot is always a viable option for fast, easy meals!

FORGET THE MICROWAVE

Warming up leftovers can’t be avoided. But you can take a few extra minutes and reheat food in the oven. Food reheated this way simply tastes more like when it was first cooked.

HEALTHY FOOD IN A BOX

If you really don’t have time to get to the grocery store each week, there is another option.  Companies like Blue Apron, or Hello Fresh will deliver all the ingredients you need for healthy meals straight to your front door. Typically you get enough fresh food for 3 meals that feed 2-4 people. I will be honest, I haven’t tried this option yet. But a few of my friends have and they love it. The food is very fresh, but it will cost a bit more than your local grocery store. However, knowing your children are getting healthy meals and not having to frantically gather ingredients at the grocery store, might just be worth it!

Kim Adams

Select Your Style: Dynamic Dining

Dining areas are an excellent way to really experiment with new styles for your home. It is easy to change your look with something as simple as place settings, updating your seating, or even changing out your entire table completely. Dining sets come in a wide variety of styles for all different sorts of living habits. Here are examples of the Dynamic Dining styles you can find at Gardner-White Furniture. Which of them sounds the most like you?

Dynamic Dining: Farmhouse It doesn’t matter if you live in a rural area or the most urbane of settings, the Farmhouse style is perfect for people who long for a more rustic aesthetic in their dining and/or kitchen area. Pairing wood grain with cream coloring is an excellent way to achieve the Farmhouse look, like you can see in both the Sundance and Whitesburg collections.

Dynamic Dining: Lavish For those who prefer a more traditional and classic dining rooms with a bit of flair, there is the Lavish look. You like feeling fancy while you dine in style. We have many dining collections that are perfect for you, but to get started try looking at the North and Cabernet collections.

Dynamic Dining: Angular For those who are anything but traditional you can eschew the old school dining room table and chairs for something with a more Angular design. The Joring is a high-end take on cafeteria-style seating made for your home. If you want to make even more of a statement with your dining set, there is the very elegant glass-top Berkley collection.

Dynamic Dining: Bistro Whether you need to save some space or you just like you interior design to be more reminiscent of the al fresco dining you so enjoy, you can add a bit of Bistro style to your home. The Bree collection is a gorgeous dining set with an elevated bistro-inspired design. If you are looking for a new twist you can even opt for a pub table like in the Chambers collection.

Dynamic Dining: Industrial If you like the look of reclaimed wood, upcycled goods, and a healthy mix of retro goodness then the Industrial style is probably more up your alley. The Vintage collection has the distressed look to really make your dining space pop. The Urban/Rustic collection features reclaimed wood in a variety of styles and design solutions that are great for homes of all types. Mix and match between the collections to really up your interior design game.

Select Your Style: Beautiful Bedrooms

Select Your Style Your bedroom is your secret retreat from the world. It is the place that is easiest to make reflect your own personal style and taste since the only person you need to impress is yourself. Here are examples of the Beautiful Bedrooms you can find at Gardner-White Furniture. Which of them sounds the most like your style?

Beautiful Bedrooms: Rustic Your happy place involves cabins or cottages. You appreciate the gorgeous nature of wood grain. Your style is Rustic. You would appreciate the look of the Western Bedroom Collection that showcases the natural look of wood against a creamy white. If you are looking for a set with a darker aesthetic you should try the Mitchell Bedroom Collection.

Beautiful Bedrooms: Fabulous There is one word that describes everything about you: Fabulous. You want your bedroom to reflect this accurately. The Saxon Collection has the glitz and glamour that embodies your essence with mirrored accents and a metallic finish. Prefer a little more understated expression of your style? The Image Collection might be more your pace.

Beautiful Bedrooms: Linear You like furniture that makes a statement without being flashy. You appreciate the appeal of an Art Deco influence in your design. You are drawn to Linear designs. The Belair Collection has the mentioned subtle Art Deco influence. Then there is the Tacoma Collection that pairs long lines with tastefully curated curves to make a truly elegant design.

Beautiful Bedrooms: Unique Your style stands apart from the crowd. You seek out designs that have that certain je ne sais quoi. You are Unique. Take a look at the arches that serve as the legs of the bed in the Raven Collection. You might also enjoy the bold wave pattern design of the Franco Collection.

Beautiful Bedrooms: Plush Your style is similar to that of Fabulous above, but you focus more on a type of comforting luxuriousness. Your taste is Plush. Either the Traverse or the Grayling would be your kind of bed. They are both sumptuous without being ostentatious.