Articles by Robert Bell


Retail Trends

January 2018— I live in Greensboro, N.C., a town with stone churches and wraparound porches like you’d expect to see in most Southern towns. Here’s something else you’d expect to…


Lessons from dad

November/December 2017— Edward Bruski taught his son a lot about running a family business. Those lessons and Larry Bruski’s determination have made Rogers City Home Furnishings the success it is….



Life after Harvey (and Irma)

September 2017— One HFA member shares how your store can recover from a natural disaster Home Furnishings Association member Tom Olinde knows two things: How to sell furniture and how…




Agents of Change

August 2017— The first thing you need to know about The Farmhouse Store, the wildly popular furniture store of celebrities, Millennials and every consumer in between, is that it was…