Furniture Stores – FYJ 5 http://fyj5.net/ Fri, 17 Sep 2021 19:09:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://fyj5.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1-150x150.png Furniture Stores – FYJ 5 http://fyj5.net/ 32 32 EBR Housing Authority honored for efforts to let children sleep in beds, not sofas or pallets | New https://fyj5.net/ebr-housing-authority-honored-for-efforts-to-let-children-sleep-in-beds-not-sofas-or-pallets-new/ https://fyj5.net/ebr-housing-authority-honored-for-efforts-to-let-children-sleep-in-beds-not-sofas-or-pallets-new/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 18:00:00 +0000 https://fyj5.net/ebr-housing-authority-honored-for-efforts-to-let-children-sleep-in-beds-not-sofas-or-pallets-new/ The East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority was honored on Friday for its work providing beds for children and babies who might otherwise have slept on makeshift furniture over the past year. The parish town housing authority, through partnerships with local community organizations, raised more than $ 20,000 last year to purchase 50 beds at […]]]>

The East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority was honored on Friday for its work providing beds for children and babies who might otherwise have slept on makeshift furniture over the past year.

The parish town housing authority, through partnerships with local community organizations, raised more than $ 20,000 last year to purchase 50 beds at a local furniture store that were delivered to the children. they did not have their own beds.

Thanks to a $ 4,984 grant from the Junior League of Baton Rouge and a fundraising initiative with Partners Southeast, the Housing Authority also purchased 18 cots and bedding supplies for local families in need. . Louisiana’s infant mortality rate is nearly double the national average, and concerned officials have seen their efforts as a way to tackle the health and safety of babies in their community.

Nan McKay and Associates, a company that works in the administration and inspection of housing agencies nationwide, presented the East Baton Rouge agency with its Resident Service Award.

“In a year when so many have faced extraordinary challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority and its partners have come together to develop new ideas and establish new partnerships while continuing to work towards the goals of providing affordable, quality housing for their communities, ”said John McKay, CEO of Nan McKay and Associates, in a press release Friday.

The Resident Service Award recognizes leaders whose community outreach and similar efforts improve the future of the families they serve. The Parish City Housing Office won the award in the category of small agencies.

“The EBRPHA team members sleep well every night knowing that our beautiful little ones are also sleeping soundly and safely,” said J. Wesley Daniels, Managing Director of the East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority, in a statement.

The local initiative began when a maintenance worker noticed that children’s rooms did not have beds and asked if he was buying wood and building beds for the children. Daniels said if the problem was noticed in an apartment, “there were probably more children in our communities without beds.”

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Overstock.com Bounces Back After COVID Pushes Online Furniture Sales https://fyj5.net/overstock-com-bounces-back-after-covid-pushes-online-furniture-sales/ https://fyj5.net/overstock-com-bounces-back-after-covid-pushes-online-furniture-sales/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 04:00:00 +0000 https://fyj5.net/overstock-com-bounces-back-after-covid-pushes-online-furniture-sales/ Predictions of the imminent demise of e-commerce giant Overstock.com were rampant in early 2020, and company shares were hovering at an all-time high on March 13 of this year – the day President Donald Trump declared a national emergency. in the face of the rising COVID-19 threat. But less than two years later, the company […]]]>

Predictions of the imminent demise of e-commerce giant Overstock.com were rampant in early 2020, and company shares were hovering at an all-time high on March 13 of this year – the day President Donald Trump declared a national emergency. in the face of the rising COVID-19 threat.

But less than two years later, the company is reaching record performance figures, its stock value has risen more than 2,000%, and the oft-maligned furniture and household goods retailer outperforms many of its competitors.

This all-time low hit its lowest level just months after longtime Overstock executive Jonathan Johnson took over as CEO following the unsavory departure of Mercurial founder Patrick Byrne , amid the widespread fallout from Byrne’s public comments about his involvement in a “deep state” plot and inquiries into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Johnson had run the company, founded in 1999, through some of its most successful years. But before accepting a board appointment to take the No. 1 spot at Overstock following Byrne’s departure in August 2019, he had spent the past six years or so overseeing Medici Ventures, an investment subsidiary of Overstock. focused on blockchain technology startups.

While Overstock enjoyed early success as one of the pioneers of online shopping, the company found itself slipping amid an evolving market that became overrun with aggressive competitors in the market. e-commerce home furnishings niche.

Overstock CEO Jonathan Johnson poses for a portrait at Overstock headquarters in Midvale on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

But Johnson was ready to take a new direction when he got behind the wheel of the Overstock ship just before the pandemic closures.

“In 1999, e-commerce was definitely an infant industry,” Johnson said in an interview with Deseret News after his appointment as CEO. “In 2019, it’s a much more mature market with many larger players. Overstock has found a big niche focusing on home goods … and the business has rebounded in the last quarter. There is certainly a place in the market for Overstock to grow and prosper, be profitable and generate positive cash flow.

“We see a bright future for retail.

This bright future may have come sooner than Johnson anticipated when online shopping saw a huge boost as COVID-19 closures and home isolation pushed consumers toward options in line.

In an interview this week, Johnson discussed the arc his company has traveled under his leadership and what the future holds for Overstock.

And, of course, Byrne’s messy departure, coupled with the company’s performance struggles, presented Johnson with enormous challenges from the get-go.

“When I became CEO, Overstock was losing market share, shrinking and losing money,” Johnson said. “It was clear to me that we needed to re-focus on what we do best and deliver value to our shareholders. “

It started, Johnson said, with an overall readjustment of Overstock’s approach to growing its business, which included replacing a 27-point initiative plan with a four-point roadmap focused on achieving goals and measuring success based on key results. The move, Johnson said, provided “clarity of purpose at all levels of the company.”

Johnson has also moved away from micromanagement at the executive level and allowed those closest to operational issues to assess and implement their own solutions. And the changes, Johnson said, were reflected positively in a company culture that was changing before his eyes.

In the end, the timing of Overstock’s reset and retooling was very fortuitous as business, Johnson said, exploded shortly thereafter.

“In March 2020, when many of us were forced to self-isolate and work from home, business started to take off,” Johnson said.

While the usual buying of books, clothing, electronics and other smaller consumer goods has long been embraced by online shoppers, the furniture and home furnishings industry has been a bit slower. to attract and retain customers.

Overstock CEO Jonathan Johnson poses for a portrait at Overstock headquarters in Midvale on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

Overstock CEO Jonathan Johnson poses for a portrait at Overstock headquarters in Midvale on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

But then everything changed.

“Over the past decade, the furniture market has migrated to online sales at a rate of around 1% to 2% per year,” Johnson told Deseret News in August 2020. “At the end of 2019, about 23% of those purchases were online.

“The pandemic has accelerated this and what has been three to five years of growth happened in a matter of months. We are now looking at around 36% of purchases made online.

COVID-19 restrictions and limitations have also contributed to a doubling in sales volumes, a tripling of new customers and skyrocketing customer retention rates, Johnson said. And perhaps most importantly for the once struggling retailer, the company has regained market share.

As Overstock’s stock price is down from a high north of $ 121 per share last summer, the company’s shares were trading above $ 70 per share when trading closed. regular Wednesday, which earned the retailer a market cap of more than $ 3 billion.

Notably, Overstock also announced a share buyback effort last month and is expected to spend $ 100 million on outstanding common shares. This move is widely seen as a sign of the company’s confidence in continuing its positive performance.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates our confidence in our business and our ability to generate sustainable and profitable market share growth,” Johnson said when announcing the buyback program on Aug. 17. “This share buyback program is aligned with our commitment to strategically deploy capital where we believe we can generate the most value for our shareholders and underlines the strength of our balance sheet.

And market watchers who once sounded, and not so long ago, the death knell for Overstock are now almost unanimous in their support for the ‘buy’ recommendations and are quite optimistic about the outlook for the market. business.

None of this comes as a surprise to Johnson who is, and has been, quietly confident in his company’s ability to both level up and maintain momentum, even as consumer habits continue to fluctuate.

Many factors, aside from the pandemic, will continue to keep Overstock well positioned in its market, Johnson said. Record-breaking housing starts, consistently high personal savings rates and, perhaps most importantly, a buying audience newly comfortable with buying, say, an 8ft sofa online.

“Twenty years ago people were hesitant to buy books online,” Johnson said. “Ten years ago, the same could be said about shopping for clothes online. But, these industries have all undergone secular changes and this is what we now see in furniture and furnishings. For a growing number of consumers, shopping in a physical store is being replaced by a better experience.

Overstock.Com employee Jeff Owens works in the West Valley City warehouse on August 23, 2011.

Overstock.Com employee Jeff Owens works in the West Valley City warehouse on August 23, 2011.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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Coronavirus restrictions: Retailers reconsider manufacturing in Vietnam https://fyj5.net/coronavirus-restrictions-retailers-reconsider-manufacturing-in-vietnam/ https://fyj5.net/coronavirus-restrictions-retailers-reconsider-manufacturing-in-vietnam/#respond Thu, 16 Sep 2021 19:18:48 +0000 https://fyj5.net/coronavirus-restrictions-retailers-reconsider-manufacturing-in-vietnam/ Workers fold clothes at a Thai Son SP Co. garment factory in Binh Thuan province, Vietnam. Maïka Elan | Bloomberg | Getty Images Vietnam’s extended coronavirus restrictions have become a bigger headache for retailers, especially those who depend on the region for shoe and clothing manufacturing, as the holiday season approaches. Concerns led Wall Street […]]]>

Workers fold clothes at a Thai Son SP Co. garment factory in Binh Thuan province, Vietnam.

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Vietnam’s extended coronavirus restrictions have become a bigger headache for retailers, especially those who depend on the region for shoe and clothing manufacturing, as the holiday season approaches.

Concerns led Wall Street research firm BTIG to downgrade Nike shares last week. BTIG has raised serious production issues for the sneaker maker since the last earnings release. Supply chain challenges are expected to be a hot topic when Nike’s next fiscal quarter financial report drops after the market closes next Thursday.

The issues go beyond Nike. The risk has increased for a number of other retailers, who have been hampered by delays in the supply chain as they wait for production facilities in Vietnam to resume operations, according to recent comments to analysts and reporters. investors.

The difficulties have even led some companies to reconsider their decisions to move their production out of China to Vietnam.

On Monday, authorities announced a two-week extension of restrictions in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s business hub and epicenter of the Covid epidemic. Under the restrictions, factories have been put under rules that require them to either keep workers in place or completely suspend operations. Experts also note that the restrictions in northern Vietnam have not been as strict as the rules in the southern part of the country.

Some retailers have expressed hope that the pressure will ease. Leggings maker Lululemon said it expects factories in Vietnam to begin a gradual reopening in mid-September.

High-end furniture chain RH, meanwhile, targeted a reboot in southern Vietnam in October. He hopes to increase production to full capacity by the end of the year.

The slowdown in manufacturing, coupled with longer delivery times and increased transportation costs, has led RH to postpone the launch of its contemporary furniture collection until next spring. He also delayed the dispatch of the fall catalogs.

For now, many companies are watching and waiting to see how restrictions and manufacturing activity evolve. But the picture will likely get darker as the holidays approach.

The obstacles in Vietnam add to a litany of other supply chain issues, ranging from a shortage of freight containers to waiting ports and a limited number of truck drivers. Some companies that have moved their manufacturing out of China to Vietnam in recent years – in an effort to diversify their supply chains and avoid tariffs – have gone so far as to say they are bringing production back into the country. China.

In a presentation with investors last week, Designer Brands CEO Roger Rawlins said he spoke to another industry CEO who told him that due to the slowdown in Vietnam, six years of work on the supply chain had been canceled within six days.

“When you think about the amount of effort everyone was putting in to get out of China, and now one of the only places you can get the goods is China,” Rawlins said. “It’s really crazy, the roller coaster everyone has been on here.”

Rawlins noted that because Designer Brands sold less workout clothing and performance footwear, such as running and basketball shoes, the company fared better than some of its peers thanks to the metrics. lockdown in Vietnam. Categories, including so-called athleisure, have traditionally relied on country.

The most exposed retail companies in Vietnam include Ugg and Hoka, parent company Deckers Outdoor, parent company of Michael Kors, Capri Holdings, Columbia Sportswear, Nike, owner of Coach Tapestry, Under Armor and Lululemon, according to one. BTIG analysis.

Manufacturing issues in Vietnam might not have much of an effect in the third quarter, BTIG analyst Camilo Lyon said in a report to clients. That could cause more problems in the fourth quarter and holidays and possibly the first half of next year, Lyon said.

“Many brands have proactively reduced orders in anticipation of capacity constraints and backlogs once factories are back up and running after the lockdown,” Lyon noted. “Many big brands have moved or attempted to move part of their production to other countries.”

Products tracked by BTIG which normally take around three months to produce in parts of Asia now take 12 more weeks due to backlogs.

“It can take 5 to 6 months for factories to be back to normal operation after the lockdown,” Lyon said. “This includes 4 to 5 weeks of delay in receiving raw materials and an additional 8 weeks for a factory to resolve its production delay.”

Vietnamese factories are also likely to struggle to bring workers back after authorities lift Covid-related restrictions, BTIG said.

Urban Outfitters CEO Richard Hayne told analysts in late August that the retailer’s biggest concern was receiving inventory, especially dresses and stockings ordered from Vietnam.

“We have a situation in Vietnam (…) where the country is completely closed,” he explained. “We have a lot of products there, and we’re trying to get them in.”

Months earlier, the Covid outbreaks made India a hotspot for the retail sector, before conditions improved there, Urban Outfitters said. Vietnam then began to pose challenges, the company said.

Donna Dellomo, chief financial officer of furniture company Lovesac, said the company moved orders from Vietnam to China in an attempt to minimize the risk.

“We know that the stocks coming from China are impacted by the tariffs, but this allows us to stay in stock on our stock, which is very important for us, as for our customers,” she said during the meeting. ‘a conference on the results. call earlier this month.

Nike produced some 350 million pairs of sneakers in Vietnam last year, the BTIG estimated. The research company predicts that 160 million pairs may not be made this year due to the closures.

Nike declined to comment as the company is in a quiet period ahead of its earnings report.

– CNBC Michael bloom contributed to this report.

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Labor shortage affects furniture deliveries https://fyj5.net/labor-shortage-affects-furniture-deliveries/ https://fyj5.net/labor-shortage-affects-furniture-deliveries/#respond Thu, 16 Sep 2021 04:55:18 +0000 https://fyj5.net/labor-shortage-affects-furniture-deliveries/ Posted: Sep 15, 2021 / 11:55 PM CDT / Update: Sep 15, 2021 / 11:55 PM CDT WICHITA, Kansas (KSNW) – What started as a seemingly innocuous purchase has turned into a headache for Mark Yonash and his wife, a couple who moved to Wichita last fall. Working on renovating their new home, they bought […]]]>

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WICHITA, Kansas (KSNW) – What started as a seemingly innocuous purchase has turned into a headache for Mark Yonash and his wife, a couple who moved to Wichita last fall.

Working on renovating their new home, they bought furniture in November from a big box store. Yonash says the company told them to wait for their purchase by January.

It arrived damaged in April.

“One side of the electric loveseat was not functioning properly – the headrest was tilted,” said Yonash.

For Yonash, that means waiting a year from its original purchase date before a replacement arrives.

“He won’t be replaced until November 2021, it’s unheard of,” Yonash said.

And it’s not just big box stores that are feeling the heat.

“We’ve been here 48 years, we’ve never seen anything like it,” said Bruce Maybrier, owner of Jim’s Furniture.

Maybrier says a labor shortage in the factories he does business with is disrupting supply and demand in the furniture industry.

“Instead of asking you to buy it and pick it up and load it, now you pay on it and order it, and wait for me to call you when it arrives,” Maybrier said.

Maybrier says that as a result of the change, he even had to stop guaranteeing delivery dates to his customers.

“Before, we received stuff in a week. now it could take three months, four months — 90 percent of the product here is sold out, and we’re waiting for more, ”Maybrier said.

Maybrier says current price increases may soon balance things out.

“From freight to custom materials, everything is on the rise. The wood, the lumber, I mean, the fabric, the steel, the, everything, keeping the fuel costs down, ”Maybrier said.

Yet the nationwide shortage has prompted people like Yonash to rethink future furniture purchases.

“I paid them $ 4000 for this set. I told my wife, we never order anything again. If they can’t deliver it the next day, or if we don’t see it… then I’m not buying from them, ”Yonash said.

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Hooters spin-off opens in Fort Worth; The Worth the Pour Liquor Store now serves Castle Hills and more information about the DFW area https://fyj5.net/hooters-spin-off-opens-in-fort-worth-the-worth-the-pour-liquor-store-now-serves-castle-hills-and-more-information-about-the-dfw-area/ https://fyj5.net/hooters-spin-off-opens-in-fort-worth-the-worth-the-pour-liquor-store-now-serves-castle-hills-and-more-information-about-the-dfw-area/#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0000 https://fyj5.net/hooters-spin-off-opens-in-fort-worth-the-worth-the-pour-liquor-store-now-serves-castle-hills-and-more-information-about-the-dfw-area/ Hoots Wings offers five cooking options and 14 sauces and dry rubs to choose from. (Courtesy of Leah Trice of Fishman Public Relations) Read the latest business and community news in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Keller-Roanoke-Northeast of Fort Worth Hoots Wings opens for the whole family in Fort Worth Hoots Wings, a family-only, wing-only Hooters […]]]>

Hoots Wings offers five cooking options and 14 sauces and dry rubs to choose from. (Courtesy of Leah Trice of Fishman Public Relations)

Read the latest business and community news in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Keller-Roanoke-Northeast of Fort Worth

Hoots Wings opens for the whole family in Fort Worth

Hoots Wings, a family-only, wing-only Hooters concept, has opened its second location in Texas at 5317 Golden Triangle Blvd. in Fort Worth on September 13.

West Dental Care in Roanoke celebrates 5th anniversary

Services offered by West Dental Care include preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry, oral surgery, endodontic therapy, prosthetic dentistry, implants and oral sedation.

Lewisville-Flower Mound-Highland Village

Cut Creators Salon Suites opens in Lewisville

Cut Creators is a collection of private salons for rent that will include hairstylists, barbers, braiders and makeup specialists.

Worth the Pour liquor store opens in the community of Castle Hills

Worth the Pour sells beer, wine and spirits in its 3,000 square foot space. It also has a humidor stocked with a variety of cigars, some created by a Cuban cigar roller master from Dallas.

McKinney

OsteoStrong wellness center now open in McKinney

The wellness center focuses on building bones, muscle strength and balance through technology while reducing joint and back pain.

Frisco

Stash Home Furniture in Frisco selling whole home accessories

The store has a wide range of furniture for sale, including lighting fixtures for bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms and offices.

Bailey Lewis, Samantha Van Dyke, Valerie Wigglesworth, Miranda Jaimes and Matt Payne contributed to this report.

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City Furniture and Miami Marlins are proud to support three local small businesses to be recognized under the Small Business Partnership Program https://fyj5.net/city-furniture-and-miami-marlins-are-proud-to-support-three-local-small-businesses-to-be-recognized-under-the-small-business-partnership-program/ https://fyj5.net/city-furniture-and-miami-marlins-are-proud-to-support-three-local-small-businesses-to-be-recognized-under-the-small-business-partnership-program/#respond Tue, 14 Sep 2021 18:18:33 +0000 https://fyj5.net/city-furniture-and-miami-marlins-are-proud-to-support-three-local-small-businesses-to-be-recognized-under-the-small-business-partnership-program/ MIAMI – In June of this year, the Miami Marlins and CITY Furniture launched the Small Business Development Program, with the announcement of the renewal of their annual partnership. After witnessing the devastating effects of COVID-19 on the local community, the two organizations recognized the need to support local businesses throughout South Florida. The Small […]]]>

MIAMI – In June of this year, the Miami Marlins and CITY Furniture launched the Small Business Development Program, with the announcement of the renewal of their annual partnership. After witnessing the devastating effects of COVID-19 on the local community, the two organizations recognized the need to support local businesses throughout South Florida.

The Small Business Venture program identifies deserving businesses and provides recognition and exposure through broadcasts in stadiums and games, as well as a $ 2,500 grant on behalf of CITY Furniture to meet their most important needs and support ongoing operations. Knowing the value and impact of key publicity, each organization will be recognized with behind-the-plate signage for four games and an in-game interview on the Marlins Radio Network driven by AutoNation.

CITY Furniture and the Marlins proudly support El Cristo, Heritage Art Galleries and Jaxson Maximus, the three small businesses selected to be part of the program. Each of the organizations will receive their grant from CITY Furniture and will be spotlighted during the month of September.

Opened in 1972, El Cristo is a Cuban restaurant owned and operated by Latinx located in Little Havana. Their team, made up of 16 Latinx people, felt the continued effects of COVID-19 in Miami, where a slower-than-usual tourism market, coupled with labor shortages, created extremely difficult circumstances for them. the independent restaurant. The Small Business Venture program funds allowed them to invest in additional marketing initiatives to boost business and cover salary expenses to keep their team in business.

Family owned and operated, Heritage Art Galleries is deeply committed to fostering the positive impact of art in its community. With mandatory closings throughout the pandemic, the family suffered a complete loss of income from their sole source of income. Despite their challenges, they managed to introduce new services, including personalized remote photo printing framing, which helped their recovery and expansion to new customers.

One-stop shop for men in the heart of Brickell, Jaxson Maximus offers bespoke suits, grooming services and alterations. Just as the business started up successfully, they were forced to shut down due to COVID-19. Taking advantage of teleworking trends, the father-daughter duo has been able to pivot and develop a tailor-made athleisure brand to satisfy its customers who no longer wear a suit on a daily basis.

CITY Furniture President Andrew Koenig adds, “We are always inspired by the ingenuity and tenacity of local business owners within our community. This is an incredible initiative, in which we are extremely proud to be a part.

CITY Furniture is committed to giving back 5% of annual profits through their 5% commitment, their way of making an impact and demonstrating a commitment to the community throughout the year. CITY’s participation in the Small Business Venture program sets them apart as the official furniture and mattress supplier to the Miami Marlins and the exclusive sponsor of the Marlins’ batting practice at LoanDepot Park. The partnership unites two organizations with a common commitment to providing first-class experiences at incredible value.

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Crime grows in Harlem in Colson Whitehead’s new novel https://fyj5.net/crime-grows-in-harlem-in-colson-whiteheads-new-novel/ https://fyj5.net/crime-grows-in-harlem-in-colson-whiteheads-new-novel/#respond Fri, 10 Sep 2021 20:29:17 +0000 https://fyj5.net/crime-grows-in-harlem-in-colson-whiteheads-new-novel/ “Sometimes he slipped and his mind was gone,” writes Colson Whitehead of Ray Carney, the Harlem furniture salesman adjacent to the crime at the center of his new novel, “Harlem Shuffle.” Whitehead’s Spirit is famous for coming through nine other books that aren’t much alike, but this time he found a setup that will hold […]]]>

“Sometimes he slipped and his mind was gone,” writes Colson Whitehead of Ray Carney, the Harlem furniture salesman adjacent to the crime at the center of his new novel, “Harlem Shuffle.” Whitehead’s Spirit is famous for coming through nine other books that aren’t much alike, but this time he found a setup that will hold up. He said he could keep Ray in another book, and it won’t take you long to figure out why.

“Harlem Shuffle” brings Whitehead’s steadfast eloquence – at one point he describes traffic as “honking molasses” – to a mix of city history, niche hangouts, racial stratification, great hopes and weak individuals. All of this is sort of worked into a rich, wild book that might pass for genre fiction. It’s much more, but the entertainment value alone should secure him the same kind of popular success that hosted his last two novels, “The Underground Railroad” and “The Nickel Boys”. It reads like a book whose author really enjoyed what he was doing.

The narrative takes place in the mid-20th century, and a key story involves a heist at the Theresa Hotel (Harlem’s response to the Pierre Hotel in Midtown, which was actually broken into in 1972). The Theresa was so glamorous, such a magnet for black royalty, that raping her “was like dragging Jackie Robinson to Mickey on the eve of the World Series,” Whitehead writes. The flight gives Whitehead a lot to play with from a plot point of view and allows him to conjure up a delightful landmark lost in the process.

Meet the gallery of thugs Whitehead imagined for it: there’s Miami Joe, the dope in the purple suit who’s planning the heist; Chink Montague, the gangster who was staying there with a starlet and is annoyed that his necklace was missing from the safe; Chet the vet and Yea Big, Montague’s henchmen; and Cousin Freddie, who never encountered a crime he didn’t like. Then there’s Ray, who inevitably gets caught up in it all. Ray runs Carney’s Furniture, but he’s okay with occasionally fencing jewelry on the side. He is a preliminary criminal.

Whitehead names the second of the three sections of this book “Dorvay”. In a convoluted way, this word means division – it comes from a bad hearing of the French “dorveille”, referring to a period of awakening in the middle of the night – and it sums up a huge theme at play in the novel. It’s not just that Ray has two trades or is both a father and a fledgling crook; it’s that almost every place and every person in Harlem Shuffle can go one way or the other, whichever is appropriate. The author creates a constant, suspenseful whirlwind of events that almost forces his characters to do what they’re doing. The final choice is theirs, of course.

But only a few of them are lucky enough to find out. Ray is one of them.

Ray’s ambition guides the story. His silent revenge too. He has lighter-skinned in-laws who raised their daughter in Strivers’ Row and consider him unworthy. He’s got a white cop who needs bribes if Ray is to stay in business. He has the upward mobility offered by a prestigious club, although his acceptance may hinge on whether he’s darker than a paper bag – that notorious criterion – and will certainly cost him a win. Whitehead’s elaborate way of handling this plot thread is reason enough to read it.

The same goes for the furniture store, where Ray tells fables to gullible young couples, telling one of them that they look at a sofa featured in “The Donna Reed Show” and throw whatever is. necessary to keep the business afloat. The book covers the period from 1959 to 1964, and it happily descends into rabbit holes to show Ray’s encyclopedic knowledge of the furnishing advancements of that era. He knows what tissue you can bleed into.

While the Harlem Riots of 1964 were in progress, Ray was visited by a representative of the company with which he aspired to be an affiliate. He’s a white man from the Midwest. Whitehead gives it freckles, a crew neck and seersucker cut. And for a moment, the riot is funnier than it’s allowed to be.

Although Ray is an adventurer, circling Washington Heights to the site of the future World Trade Center to take care of his various activities, the heart of the book is in Harlem. His one big trip elsewhere is very deliberate. The Futurama exhibit at the 1964 World’s Fair in Queens is conjured up as if it is part of another world, because that’s what Ray feels when he sees it.

“Sure, Carney dug all the gee-whiz stuff of Futurama,” Whitehead writes, but if he “walked five minutes in any direction, a generation’s pristine townhouses were the shooting galleries. Next, the slums testified in a chorus of neglect and businesses sat ravaged and demolished after nights of violent protests. What had started it, the brothel this week? A white cop shot a unarmed black boy three times and killed him. Good old American craftsmanship on display: We do wonders, we do injustices, and our hands were always busy. Aside from the picturesque details, this is not a period piece.

While it’s a slightly slow start, “Harlem Shuffle” has crackling dialogue, a final third that almost exploded, hangouts that invite even though they’re full of nuts, and characters you won’t forget. even if they don’t stick around for more than a few pages. Take Julius, the heroin addicted kid that Ray and his street mentor, Pepper, find passed out among blackened needles in a once popular brothel.

Pepper: “Your mother had a good joint.”

Julius: “I should have joined the Navy.”

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Jackson County organizations among ‘Best of West Virginia’ nominees https://fyj5.net/jackson-county-organizations-among-best-of-west-virginia-nominees/ https://fyj5.net/jackson-county-organizations-among-best-of-west-virginia-nominees/#respond Tue, 07 Sep 2021 20:05:57 +0000 https://fyj5.net/jackson-county-organizations-among-best-of-west-virginia-nominees/ If you asked someone in Jackson County where to get the best of West Virginia, the answer would be simple. “It’s right here,” they said. When the folks at West Virginia Living magazine asked for nominations for their annual “Best of West Virginia” competition, many finalists ended up coming from Jackson County. Some of them […]]]>

If you asked someone in Jackson County where to get the best of West Virginia, the answer would be simple.

“It’s right here,” they said.

When the folks at West Virginia Living magazine asked for nominations for their annual “Best of West Virginia” competition, many finalists ended up coming from Jackson County. Some of them have participated in the competition in previous years. Some are newcomers. One of the local competitors has only been in business for a few months, another for a little over a year, but rumors have spread about their specialties.

What is the story behind these nominees? Why do they think they are different from others in their categories? Why should they be considered by those who go online to vote?

The seven nominees who answered these questions agree on one thing. It is a real honor to be nominated.

“This appointment means the world to me and my family,” said Justin Johnson of Hot Johnson. “I think there is a comfort in nostalgia and the food does it for me.”

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Costco closed; Walmart, McDonald’s, open target https://fyj5.net/costco-closed-walmart-mcdonalds-open-target/ https://fyj5.net/costco-closed-walmart-mcdonalds-open-target/#respond Fri, 03 Sep 2021 20:54:34 +0000 https://fyj5.net/costco-closed-walmart-mcdonalds-open-target/ Are grocery stores open on Labor Day? Yes, most are open but Costco clubs are closed on September 6th. Which stores are closed on Labor Day? Large retailers are open, but Costco is the big exception. McDonald’s, Starbucks, Taco Bell, IHOP, Dunkin ‘and most national chains are open on Labor Day. Consumers who want to […]]]>

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17 must-see savings events https://fyj5.net/17-must-see-savings-events/ https://fyj5.net/17-must-see-savings-events/#respond Tue, 31 Aug 2021 19:21:11 +0000 https://fyj5.net/17-must-see-savings-events/ Whether we like it or not, Labor Day weekend is an unofficial farewell to the summer season. The time for outdoor fun is drawing to a close and we will be spending most of our time indoors over the next few months. So updating your indoor space to somewhere you actually want to be is […]]]>

Whether we like it or not, Labor Day weekend is an unofficial farewell to the summer season. The time for outdoor fun is drawing to a close and we will be spending most of our time indoors over the next few months. So updating your indoor space to somewhere you actually want to be is probably next on your to-do list (or it should be). While you soak up the last rays of the summer sun and grill hot dogs on the grill, these Labor Day furniture sales will help you beat the summer blues and get your home ready. for fall and winter.

There are a ton of Labor Day sales this year, especially on quality furniture. Are you looking for a new dining table for your hosts during the next vacation? Or maybe you want to invest in a more comfortable sectional before the hibernation season? Either way, if you’re looking to refresh your late-summer space without going over budget, check out our roundup of the Labor Day Furniture Best Sellers below.

Best Selling Labor Day Furniture

Wayfair: Until September 6, save up to 70% on indoor and outdoor furniture with Wayfair’s Labor Day Clearance Sale.

Raymour & Flanigan: The furniture chain is offering 10% off purchases up to $ 2,500 and 15% off purchases over $ 2,500 by September 13.

Overstock: Overstock is having a huge Labor Day furniture sale with up to 70% off thousands of items and free shipping on everything no matter how much you spend.

Amazon: While Amazon doesn’t have a specific Labor Day sale yet, you can still find great furniture discounts in the retailer’s Daily Deals section. Take a look at this modern office, for example.

Macy’s: Filter the department store’s Labor Day sales by furniture and you’ll find great deals on everything from bed frames to sectional sofas.

Apt2B: Enjoy 15% off all orders up to $ 2,999, 20% off all orders over $ 2,999 and 25% off all orders over $ 3,999, no code promotional is necessary.

All Modern: Use code GET20 get 20% off furniture for every room in the house during the AllModern Labor Day Sale.

SunHaven: Enhance your outdoor space with one of SunHaven’s popular sectional sets, sofas or patio lounges. The outdoor furniture company enjoys a 10% discount on furniture from September 1 to 7.

All shapes: Coded LDAY20 you will get 20% sitewide discount at Allform. The brand sells furniture that is sustainably made in the USA and delivered free and contactless.

Castles: Get $ 100 off every $ 1,500 you spend at Castlery until September 12, no promo code needed. You can also take advantage of free shipping on your order if you spend more than $ 999.

Casper: All Casper bed frame styles are 10% off until Labor Day.

Western elm: Want to give your space a contemporary touch? Modern Home Decor & Furniture Store Labor Day Furniture Sale features hundreds of pieces, like the gorgeous leather chair above, up to 70% off.

Indoor weather: The customizable furniture company is offering up to 20% off sitewide in honor of the holidays. Get 10% Off Orders Over $ 500 With Code LABORATORY10, 15% discount on orders over $ 1,500 with code LABORDAY15 and 20% off orders over $ 2,500 with code LABORATORY20.

Modsy: Modsy online interior design service offers 30% off premium and luxury design packages with code LABOR30 from September 2 to September 6.

Home deposit: Take advantage of 35% off indoor furniture such as desks, entertainment centers and dressers with The Home Depot Labor Day Sale which runs through September 15th.

Ashley Furniture: Enjoy up to 30% off over 600 different pieces for the living room, bedroom, kitchen and dining room at Ashley Furniture. You can also get an extra 10% discount on some items with the code LDAYOFFERS.

abc Carpet & House: Get 25% off all rugs at abc Carpet & Home from September 2 to 6 online and in store.

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