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La-Z-Boy turns 90

In 1928, cousins Edward M. Knabusch and Edwin J. Shoemaker introduced a chair that changed the furniture world: the La-Z-Boy recliner. The company was started in Monroe and today it’s still headquartered there. On Friday, La-Z-Boy celebrated a huge milestone: its 90th birthday. It’s come a long way since its simple beginnings. Today, La-Z-Boy has 6,300 employees nationwide, spanning its corporate headquarters in Michigan, five U.S. manufacturing plants, six U.S. distribution centers, and 142 corporate-owned La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries stores. Two hundred more store locations are dealer-owned. “Since the very first day, La-Z-Boy has had a clear focus on building comfortable, great-looking furniture with a focus on quality,” said Kurt Darrow, La-Z-Boy’s chairman, president and CEO in a press release. A company spokesman said the company celebrated with a special toast with its employees last week. Pictured is the company’s Monroe assembly line in 1947.

Local glass-blowing studio hosts spring show, sale

Dearborn’s Glass Academy has an egg-cellent idea for a fun spring activity: its 6th annual “Glass Eggtravaganza” show and sale on Saturday and Sunday. Held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the show and sale will include live glass-blowing demonstrations throughout the day along with a variety of fun spring glass gifts, including its signature Glassy Chicks, colored glass birds, along with striped, spotted and speckled eggs made by the academy’s glass artists. And new this year: a glass rabbit in two styles. The show is great for families and educational too “since we narrate the show as we go along,” says academy co-owner Michelle Plucinsky. “It looks really cool so people stay for hours! It helps the general public understand the craftsmanship that goes into handmade” glass art. To learn more about the Glass Academy and “Glass Eggstravaganza,” call (313) 561-4527 or visit glassacademy.com.

Swedish luxury company opens showroom at MDC

Scandinavians have a different approach when it comes to building a bedroom. They pick their mattress first and then everything else is built around that, says Derek Hall, sales consultant for Hästens, a Swedish luxury bedding company that just opened its first Michigan location at the Michigan Design Center in Troy. Hästens knows a thing or two about mattresses: the company has been making them since 1852. At their new showroom at the design center (suite 11) they have more than six mattresses on display from their continental collection. The mattresses are unique in that they are made from all natural products — cotton, wool, horse hair and coils made of virgin steel. They aren’t cheap — they start at $8,000 — but Hall says once you buy one, it lasts a lifetime. Mattresses can be upholstered in one of 14 cotton fabrics, but the big blue and white check cotton is their signature style. To learn more about Hästens, call (866) 647-5744.

 

Drop off old home goods,

appliances at ReStore

If you are in serious cleaning mode this spring and live in Macomb County, keep Habitat for Humanity Macomb County’s two ReStores in mind. The ReStore accepts everything from doors and windows to furniture, appliances and home decor. Macomb’s Habitat has one location on Van Dyke in Warren and is getting ready to open another in Shelby Township. You can schedule a free pickup in Macomb County by calling (586) 263-1540 or emailing info@macombhabitat.org. The ReStore is open from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Go to macombhabitat.org/restore for a complete list of accepted items.

Winner announced for Motawi contest

Drumroll, please: The winner of a very cool behind-the-scenes tour at Motawi Tileworks in Ann Arbor is Anne Ulicki of Wayne County. Ulicki beat out more than 165 Detroit News insiders to win the tour, which was sponsored by Homestyle and the Novi Home & Garden Show. Anne and up to 20 of her friends will get a tour of Motawi, along with the opportunity to design their own Motawi tile while at the studio. She’ll also win two tickets to this weekend’s home show, which will include a display from Motawi.

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