Articles by Robert Bell


The new era of retail

October 2018— Doug Stephens can tell you all about the decline of brick-and-mortar retail. He can tell you all about the projected 8,642 retail stores—many of them furniture retail stores—that…




HFA Trailblazer Award Winner

HFA Trailblazer Award Winner: Karen Arakelian, White House Design At 17, Karen Arakelian had life all figured out. She was going to attend Rutgers University and pursue a biology degree…


Second Act

October 2018— For Rick and Pat Howard, life after retirement seems a lot like work. They wouldn’t have it any other way. Rick Howard enjoyed a rewarding career in the…



Building Buzz

September 2018— Mike Graybeal remembers everything—the crowds, the excitement, the buzz—like it was yesterday. Truth be told his story happened nearly a decade ago, but when customers line up outside…


Agent of change

August 2018— Mandy Jeffries isn’t afraid to try something different. Maybe that’s why Colfax Furniture is so successful. HFA member Mandy Jeffries understands that life changes, plans change, dreams, too….


Coming Home

July 2018— Artis Furniture will celebrate turning 90 this month with cake, ribbons, balloons—oh, and a new store. It’s Monday at Artis Furniture, which means another day, another truck to…