Cowboy Maloney’s Electric City: Keeping it Local
August 1, 2014

The industry’s accolades continue to pile on for Cowboy Maloney’s Electric City, a Jackson, Miss.-based 12-store family-run regional chain that was started in 1952 as a lumberyard by Con Maloney—one of this year’s CEA Hall of Fame honorees. The business is currently run by his sons, Con, Eddie and Johnny, from a Jackson facility that is a combination office, warehouse and showroom.

Starpower To Open New Dallas Showroom
September 16, 2013

Starpower Home Entertainment Systems will open a new flagship showroom in North Dallas later this week, with grand opening activities taking place for the entire month of September.

More Training Leads to More Sales
March 13, 2013

Upselling has always been a matter of explaining products well enough for customers to agree to pay a premium. But highlighting the differences that separate premium from lower-end products is more of a challenge these days, mainly because rapidly evolving technologies blur the contrasts that can be made between the two categories.

To make matters worse, most vendors cut back their dealer training budgets during recessions. But that trend is changing as more vendors realize that dealer training increases revenues and profits for both parties.

Julia Child's Family Outraged Over Thermador Ads Featuring Chef
August 28, 2012

In her four decades as America's cooking teacher, Julia Child had a hard and fast rule about commercial endorsements: She didn't do them. It didn't matter whether it was the butter that made her beurre blanc sauce sing, the pot in which she slow-cooked her cassoulet or even the cookbooks penned by chef friends; her praise was not for sale.

"It was sort of a life philosophy that she had," her great nephew, Alex Prud'homme, said, recalling how she frequently remarked, "Your name is your most valuable asset

Thermador Announces Updates to Wall Oven Line
August 17, 2012

The luxury appliance maker's wall oven lineup includes an integrated rotisserie and heavy-duty broiling ability. Additionally, the ovens feature telescoping racks and hinges that prevent slamming

The oven has long been a fixture in the kitchen. It stands guard over our food, supplying delicious cooked results on demand. However, as dominant in the kitchen as the oven may be, its very ubiquity sometimes makes it easy to take for granted. Unless, of course, the oven is functional, stylish, and packed with features.

Thermador has just officially announced new features for its 2012

Thermador Microwave Goes Under the Countertop
May 17, 2012

Kitchen countertops are busy landscapes. As with any endeavor, tools of the trade can sometimes clutter the work area. However, cutlery and cutting boards are much easier to store away and out of sight than appliances are. Usually.

The THermador MD24JS Bulit-in MicroDrawer Microwave employs a creative use of space that allows it to always be at the ready while not being in the way. Installing directly into standard-depth cabinetry, the 24-inch built-in microwave slides open at a touch (no handle) and features a full-flush front for an attractive aesthetic

Speedy New Thermador Dishwasher Sets the Pace
April 9, 2012

Tearing through prep work to create a meal is a natural experience for any cook. Things need to get chopped, sliced, and diced, and hungry people don't like waiting. From the simplest home kitchens to those basking in the glow of Michelin stars, preparation is often the most frenzied part of the meal. But now it looks like the clean-up is catching up. The new Thermador Star-Sapphire Dishwasher boasts luxury features as well as StarSpeed, the "industry's fastest full-wash residential hot water cycle," according to Thermador. What does this mean in real life?