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  • 02 May 2015
    Google is it.  Don’t discount the need to be involved in  Bing, Yahoo and other search sites, but Google needs most of your attention.  Google does 67% of the U.S. online searches, compared to second place Bing at 18%.   This blog may not be all inclusive to every aspect of proper ways of getting your business listed on Google, but it will give you a quick guide to getting a new business listed, or to make sure you have your existing business going in the right direction. Everything described here is free. IMPORTANT NOTE:  Before starting any of this, make sure you have your logo ready, a brief paragraph about your business and a longer paragraph describing your business.  Also, you should Google your businesses street address just to see how Google has it listed (i.e. do they use RD instead of ROAD).  Use whatever Google does.  And be ready with several photos of your business (inside and outside). **Don’t start until you have the above info ready, your website is complete and it’s operational. #1  GMail Account – Sign up for a GMAIL account that will be used as your ‘base of operations’.  This isn’t necessarily the email address you’ll use for your business, but it will be the account used to sign up for other Google services. The GMail we use, rarely gets any incoming email and we never send an email from it.  Actually, we don’t want anyone to know about it.  It’s simply needed for account access to the other Google services. Note:  Explore Google Apps for Business to handle your company’s email service. #2  Google Analytics – Using your GMAIL account above, go to www.google.com/analytics and sign up for an account.  Once you’re in there, look for the section that gives you a Tracking Code.  This is the information needed to modify your website with. As people visit your web pages, Google tracks information about them. You may need to enlist the help of the person who takes care of your website, so the code is inserted into every page properly. I can’t say enough about how important the information is that you will see from Google Analytics. Check out the Real-Time section to see who is currently on your site. #3  Google Webmaster Tools – Visit: www.google.com/webmasters/tools and sign in with your GMAIL account.  You’ll need to verify information about your website.  There’s plenty of info on how that is done. Google’s Webmaster Tools area helps you manage the technical side of your website.  Go back to Webmaster Tools occasionally to check for problems. This is Google’s ‘Hot Line’ to communicate with website owners. #4  Google + (Plus) -  VERY IMPORTANT: Your Google+ business page is not a personal Google+ page that comes with every GMAIL account.  DON’T CONFUSE THE TWO. Go to www.google.com/+/brands/thebasics.html to get started creating your business’s page. There are several steps to follow in this process. You will also end up with a YouTube account for sharing videos (yes, this is important also). Google+ is vital to having an online presence through Google.  You’ll access your Google+ business page by going to your GMAIL account, then clicking the + link at the upper right which will take you to Google plus, THEN on the left select Home and you will see PAGES. Google has recently changed how you manage your business listing, most of it now is done in the Google+ business page. Be sure to verify your Google+ page if needed. Your Google+ business page needs to have all the essential info about your business.  It’s important to include several photos, plus a quick video.    You can post the video right on the Google+ page.  Remember, YouTube is also one of the top search engines.  Having a few videos on YouTube can give you lots of exposure.   Conclusion You need to stay involved with your Google info.  Make sure when you search for yourself on Google Maps, that it’s showing accurate info. Lastly, remember to explore how Google sees your website.  Are you using the correct key words and other info.  If you have an antique store in Cincinnati, Ohio; you should do a Google search for “Antique Store Cincinnati Ohio”.  If you’re not showing up on the first page of results, you need to explore what you should change to get there.
    1163 Posted by Daniel Briddle
  • Google is it.  Don’t discount the need to be involved in  Bing, Yahoo and other search sites, but Google needs most of your attention.  Google does 67% of the U.S. online searches, compared to second place Bing at 18%.   This blog may not be all inclusive to every aspect of proper ways of getting your business listed on Google, but it will give you a quick guide to getting a new business listed, or to make sure you have your existing business going in the right direction. Everything described here is free. IMPORTANT NOTE:  Before starting any of this, make sure you have your logo ready, a brief paragraph about your business and a longer paragraph describing your business.  Also, you should Google your businesses street address just to see how Google has it listed (i.e. do they use RD instead of ROAD).  Use whatever Google does.  And be ready with several photos of your business (inside and outside). **Don’t start until you have the above info ready, your website is complete and it’s operational. #1  GMail Account – Sign up for a GMAIL account that will be used as your ‘base of operations’.  This isn’t necessarily the email address you’ll use for your business, but it will be the account used to sign up for other Google services. The GMail we use, rarely gets any incoming email and we never send an email from it.  Actually, we don’t want anyone to know about it.  It’s simply needed for account access to the other Google services. Note:  Explore Google Apps for Business to handle your company’s email service. #2  Google Analytics – Using your GMAIL account above, go to www.google.com/analytics and sign up for an account.  Once you’re in there, look for the section that gives you a Tracking Code.  This is the information needed to modify your website with. As people visit your web pages, Google tracks information about them. You may need to enlist the help of the person who takes care of your website, so the code is inserted into every page properly. I can’t say enough about how important the information is that you will see from Google Analytics. Check out the Real-Time section to see who is currently on your site. #3  Google Webmaster Tools – Visit: www.google.com/webmasters/tools and sign in with your GMAIL account.  You’ll need to verify information about your website.  There’s plenty of info on how that is done. Google’s Webmaster Tools area helps you manage the technical side of your website.  Go back to Webmaster Tools occasionally to check for problems. This is Google’s ‘Hot Line’ to communicate with website owners. #4  Google + (Plus) -  VERY IMPORTANT: Your Google+ business page is not a personal Google+ page that comes with every GMAIL account.  DON’T CONFUSE THE TWO. Go to www.google.com/+/brands/thebasics.html to get started creating your business’s page. There are several steps to follow in this process. You will also end up with a YouTube account for sharing videos (yes, this is important also). Google+ is vital to having an online presence through Google.  You’ll access your Google+ business page by going to your GMAIL account, then clicking the + link at the upper right which will take you to Google plus, THEN on the left select Home and you will see PAGES. Google has recently changed how you manage your business listing, most of it now is done in the Google+ business page. Be sure to verify your Google+ page if needed. Your Google+ business page needs to have all the essential info about your business.  It’s important to include several photos, plus a quick video.    You can post the video right on the Google+ page.  Remember, YouTube is also one of the top search engines.  Having a few videos on YouTube can give you lots of exposure.   Conclusion You need to stay involved with your Google info.  Make sure when you search for yourself on Google Maps, that it’s showing accurate info. Lastly, remember to explore how Google sees your website.  Are you using the correct key words and other info.  If you have an antique store in Cincinnati, Ohio; you should do a Google search for “Antique Store Cincinnati Ohio”.  If you’re not showing up on the first page of results, you need to explore what you should change to get there.
    May 02, 2015 1163
  • 16 Mar 2015
    It’s now the year 2015. Smart phones and tablets are everywhere. Browsing the aisles of antiques, you see shoppers with their smartphones in hand, snapping pictures, looking up prices and other reference information. Consumers use the Internet in various ways to search for information, locate places to shop, share their love of collecting. And now, they are doing it primarily on MOBILE DEVICES. Why do we need recognize the importance in mobile technology? Seventy percent of mobile searches lead to action within an hour. And, 4 out of 5 consumers use smartphones to shop. Mobile internet usage in the U.S. has grown by 73% for the 12-month period ending August 2014. There may be some young people now who have little or no exposure to a desktop computer. They only know the world of smart phones and tablets. (Do not discount the importance of the last two sentences). The Brass Armadillo Antique Mall’s website visitors are less than 45% desktop users. When the majority of the visitors to a website are on smart phones or tablets, it’s time to make sure your website is designed to work well on those smaller screens. If a mobile user is searching for you, the majority of the time they want to call you or find where you are at. (Your phone number and address should be one of the first things they see). The antiques industry can’t afford to conduct business as it had ten years ago... even five. Consumers are different and so is how they decide to spend their money. We have found that direct mail marketing is less cost-effective and email marketing provides more reach to our customers. Other forms of online marketing now must be evaluated and included in your advertising plan. Every event, promotion, sale or gathering that an antiques business plans, should include some thought on how mobile users are going to be reached and included. Future blogs will include topics such as: Using social networking for your antique store / mall. Online Marketing for the antique stores / malls. What you should be doing with Google. Why the importance of Yelp and TripAdvisor. How you can take control of your own website. What your antiques business should do to protect itself on the Internet. Daniel BriddleGeneral ManagerPhoenix West - Brass Armadillo Antique Mallwww.brassarmadillo.com
    1374 Posted by Daniel Briddle
  • It’s now the year 2015. Smart phones and tablets are everywhere. Browsing the aisles of antiques, you see shoppers with their smartphones in hand, snapping pictures, looking up prices and other reference information. Consumers use the Internet in various ways to search for information, locate places to shop, share their love of collecting. And now, they are doing it primarily on MOBILE DEVICES. Why do we need recognize the importance in mobile technology? Seventy percent of mobile searches lead to action within an hour. And, 4 out of 5 consumers use smartphones to shop. Mobile internet usage in the U.S. has grown by 73% for the 12-month period ending August 2014. There may be some young people now who have little or no exposure to a desktop computer. They only know the world of smart phones and tablets. (Do not discount the importance of the last two sentences). The Brass Armadillo Antique Mall’s website visitors are less than 45% desktop users. When the majority of the visitors to a website are on smart phones or tablets, it’s time to make sure your website is designed to work well on those smaller screens. If a mobile user is searching for you, the majority of the time they want to call you or find where you are at. (Your phone number and address should be one of the first things they see). The antiques industry can’t afford to conduct business as it had ten years ago... even five. Consumers are different and so is how they decide to spend their money. We have found that direct mail marketing is less cost-effective and email marketing provides more reach to our customers. Other forms of online marketing now must be evaluated and included in your advertising plan. Every event, promotion, sale or gathering that an antiques business plans, should include some thought on how mobile users are going to be reached and included. Future blogs will include topics such as: Using social networking for your antique store / mall. Online Marketing for the antique stores / malls. What you should be doing with Google. Why the importance of Yelp and TripAdvisor. How you can take control of your own website. What your antiques business should do to protect itself on the Internet. Daniel BriddleGeneral ManagerPhoenix West - Brass Armadillo Antique Mallwww.brassarmadillo.com
    Mar 16, 2015 1374
  • 23 Mar 2013
      An exciting new documentary series that celebrates fascinating collectors and collections from across North America is coming to the Denver, Colorado area. We're currently looking for collectors who have home-based collection to feature in our series.   About “Collectors” show:   This is our first season of “Collectors.” In each of the 14 episodes, we visit a different city to meet 4 different collectors. The show pays tribute to private collections and the dedicated people who assemble them: anything from rare sports artifacts to vintage salt and pepper shakers, from antique clocks to action figure memorabilia - and everything in between.    "Collectors" is hosted by Andrew Zegers, an appraiser and collector from "Antiques Roadshow Canada." Our first episode showcased a broad range of collections from vintage toys to high-end hats, from all kinds of Wonder Woman memorabilia to several hundred snow globes amassed by actor Corben Bernsen of "L.A. Law.   Participants who appear on the show are compensated financially for their time, and are furnished with a video record of their collection in the form of a DVD of their episode.  Given that the collections we showcase are highly valuable, collectors’ privacy is maintained by referring to them on the program by first name only, and providing viewers with only the most general information about where in the country they live.   If this is something you might be interested in, or if you have any leads to collectors in and around the Denver area who you think might be willing to share their passion and expertise with our viewers, please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions.   Please contact: Sandra Kim sandra@architect-films.com 416.466.5888 ext. 275
    2177 Posted by Daniel Briddle
  •   An exciting new documentary series that celebrates fascinating collectors and collections from across North America is coming to the Denver, Colorado area. We're currently looking for collectors who have home-based collection to feature in our series.   About “Collectors” show:   This is our first season of “Collectors.” In each of the 14 episodes, we visit a different city to meet 4 different collectors. The show pays tribute to private collections and the dedicated people who assemble them: anything from rare sports artifacts to vintage salt and pepper shakers, from antique clocks to action figure memorabilia - and everything in between.    "Collectors" is hosted by Andrew Zegers, an appraiser and collector from "Antiques Roadshow Canada." Our first episode showcased a broad range of collections from vintage toys to high-end hats, from all kinds of Wonder Woman memorabilia to several hundred snow globes amassed by actor Corben Bernsen of "L.A. Law.   Participants who appear on the show are compensated financially for their time, and are furnished with a video record of their collection in the form of a DVD of their episode.  Given that the collections we showcase are highly valuable, collectors’ privacy is maintained by referring to them on the program by first name only, and providing viewers with only the most general information about where in the country they live.   If this is something you might be interested in, or if you have any leads to collectors in and around the Denver area who you think might be willing to share their passion and expertise with our viewers, please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions.   Please contact: Sandra Kim sandra@architect-films.com 416.466.5888 ext. 275
    Mar 23, 2013 2177
  • 23 Nov 2012
    Is anyone doing any special promotions for tomorrow, Small Business Saturday? I'll post my results & any conclusions I come to on Sunday. Would be very interested in any of you fellow dealers thoughts about the success of this day. The big box retailers & malls have their day Friday, and the big online sellers, like Amazon, have their Cyber Monday. It would be nice for small businesses to have a successful Small Business Saturday. Gary
    751 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • Is anyone doing any special promotions for tomorrow, Small Business Saturday? I'll post my results & any conclusions I come to on Sunday. Would be very interested in any of you fellow dealers thoughts about the success of this day. The big box retailers & malls have their day Friday, and the big online sellers, like Amazon, have their Cyber Monday. It would be nice for small businesses to have a successful Small Business Saturday. Gary
    Nov 23, 2012 751
  • 18 Jun 2012
    If you are looking for outdoor furniture or décor, there is no doubt that teak wood is the way to go. Let me tell you why…   First and foremost, teak is weather-resistant and bugs hate it! All trees have oil when they are living, which acts as a protectant and moisture component. However, teak is the only type of wood that maintains these oils even after it is felled and processed. It can be carved or molded into any shape or size while still maintaining these biological components. This oil and rubber retention not only makes the material weather resistant, but also protects it from splitting, buckling, and rotting. In fact, untreated teak items have recently been found in West Indian caves that date back 2,000 years.   The second benefit of teak is its diverse funtionality. Teak gained recognition as a useful ship-building material as early as the 1800s during Myanmar’s Konbaung dynasty. As trade routes extended, the French, Portuguese and English ships docked on the Taninthayi coast for teak repairs, and in turn, helped to spread the word of the useful resource. Teak has also been recognized as a suitable material for doors, window frames, flooring, and of course, furniture. One of the natural beauties of untreated teak that is left outdoors is it takes on a grey patina that has become very sought after. Currently there are many furniture manufacturers actually simulating this color in their latest furniture collections.   A third trait of teak, particularly in the products at High Point Antique, Art and Design Center, is that the resources are green. The older a teak tree is, the more durable and time-withstanding it will be. It can take between 40 and 80 years for a tree to be mature enough for harvest. Taking this into consideration, Designer John Aspley realized that after the pricey trees were cut, there was still a large amount of product being wasted or ignored. So John decided to set up his own workshops specializing in using what was leftover after logging. So the teak furniture he designs and produces is not only weatherproof and functional, but is also eco-friendly. These felled branches and roots take on an art form of their own. With each piece, there is a natural identity that makes them unique. Check out our Photo Stream to view a small portion of the collection!
    693 Posted by John Aspley
  • If you are looking for outdoor furniture or décor, there is no doubt that teak wood is the way to go. Let me tell you why…   First and foremost, teak is weather-resistant and bugs hate it! All trees have oil when they are living, which acts as a protectant and moisture component. However, teak is the only type of wood that maintains these oils even after it is felled and processed. It can be carved or molded into any shape or size while still maintaining these biological components. This oil and rubber retention not only makes the material weather resistant, but also protects it from splitting, buckling, and rotting. In fact, untreated teak items have recently been found in West Indian caves that date back 2,000 years.   The second benefit of teak is its diverse funtionality. Teak gained recognition as a useful ship-building material as early as the 1800s during Myanmar’s Konbaung dynasty. As trade routes extended, the French, Portuguese and English ships docked on the Taninthayi coast for teak repairs, and in turn, helped to spread the word of the useful resource. Teak has also been recognized as a suitable material for doors, window frames, flooring, and of course, furniture. One of the natural beauties of untreated teak that is left outdoors is it takes on a grey patina that has become very sought after. Currently there are many furniture manufacturers actually simulating this color in their latest furniture collections.   A third trait of teak, particularly in the products at High Point Antique, Art and Design Center, is that the resources are green. The older a teak tree is, the more durable and time-withstanding it will be. It can take between 40 and 80 years for a tree to be mature enough for harvest. Taking this into consideration, Designer John Aspley realized that after the pricey trees were cut, there was still a large amount of product being wasted or ignored. So John decided to set up his own workshops specializing in using what was leftover after logging. So the teak furniture he designs and produces is not only weatherproof and functional, but is also eco-friendly. These felled branches and roots take on an art form of their own. With each piece, there is a natural identity that makes them unique. Check out our Photo Stream to view a small portion of the collection!
    Jun 18, 2012 693
  • 05 Jan 2012
    Happy New Year & Welcome to 2012!  The Denver Brass Armadillo Antique Mall has many exciting things instore for the new year w/in the Mall and on iAntique.   We will be continueing our Classifieds show every 2nd Saturday of each month.  Our next show will be Saturday, January 14th.  We'll be focusing on and discussing items listed in the Classifieds section right here on iAntique.  If you would like Gary & Ski to review your listing or your item for any reason, please let us know.    Along with the Classifieds show we'll also be continuing our Appraisal Day.  This was a great success last month!  Every 2nd Saturday, on the even numbered months (Feb, April, June, Aug, Oct & Dec) you'll have the chance to bring your items in to be appraised for FREE.  This will be broadcast live on iAntique following the Classifieds show.  We do ask that you bring your item into the Mall ahead of time so that more extensive research can be done prior to the broadcast.  Open space will be available for the drop-off of your item starting the Thursday prior to the show.    You can also be getting ready to start up classes again on doing your own listings & auctions here on iAntique.  These classes will be offered on the last Wednesday & first Thursday of every month.  Wednesday classes will be at 6:30 pm & Thursday classes will be at 9:30 am.  All classes will be held in the L&M Cafe.  Along w/ learning how do classified listings & auctions here on iAntique, you will also learn how to easily cross-list your items to Craigslist & the E-bay Classifieds.  We'll be offering updated info on iAntique as things continue to progress on site and also some additional tools from the Mall.    If you have any questions on any of these upcoming events, please contact the Brass Armadillo Staff at 1-877-403-1677.   Good luck to everyon in your Antique & Collecting endeavors in 2012!    
    1346 Posted by Denver Brass Armadillo
  • Happy New Year & Welcome to 2012!  The Denver Brass Armadillo Antique Mall has many exciting things instore for the new year w/in the Mall and on iAntique.   We will be continueing our Classifieds show every 2nd Saturday of each month.  Our next show will be Saturday, January 14th.  We'll be focusing on and discussing items listed in the Classifieds section right here on iAntique.  If you would like Gary & Ski to review your listing or your item for any reason, please let us know.    Along with the Classifieds show we'll also be continuing our Appraisal Day.  This was a great success last month!  Every 2nd Saturday, on the even numbered months (Feb, April, June, Aug, Oct & Dec) you'll have the chance to bring your items in to be appraised for FREE.  This will be broadcast live on iAntique following the Classifieds show.  We do ask that you bring your item into the Mall ahead of time so that more extensive research can be done prior to the broadcast.  Open space will be available for the drop-off of your item starting the Thursday prior to the show.    You can also be getting ready to start up classes again on doing your own listings & auctions here on iAntique.  These classes will be offered on the last Wednesday & first Thursday of every month.  Wednesday classes will be at 6:30 pm & Thursday classes will be at 9:30 am.  All classes will be held in the L&M Cafe.  Along w/ learning how do classified listings & auctions here on iAntique, you will also learn how to easily cross-list your items to Craigslist & the E-bay Classifieds.  We'll be offering updated info on iAntique as things continue to progress on site and also some additional tools from the Mall.    If you have any questions on any of these upcoming events, please contact the Brass Armadillo Staff at 1-877-403-1677.   Good luck to everyon in your Antique & Collecting endeavors in 2012!    
    Jan 05, 2012 1346
  • 05 Dec 2011
    NOW OPEN!    Finders Keepers Antique Mall & Coffee Shoppe! After being closed for six months due to the flood we are happy to announce  we are up and running again. We  are celebrating by offering rent specials for new dealers!  Booths are discounted 10% off the regular price.   And, our large double sided display cases are only  $75.  The pre-flood price was $59 each side.    This special rent price is not just for a couple of months but for as long as you continue to rent that space. We’ve made lots of changes to the mall and customer LOVE it!  We hope you will too! We would love to have you join our team of magnificent dealers.   We offer friendly personal service and some extras like daily on-line sales reports and cleaning. We are located just 40 minutes south of Omaha I/29, just ½ mile off the interstate at  exit #10 to Nebraska City next to the truck stops and the Iowa Welcome Center..  We are in the center of Lincoln, Omaha and Kansas City.   We get also get a lot of buyers traveling north and south from Canada to Mexico!    Call or email us to reserve your spot or come see what our friendly mall has to offer you.   We are open 10- 5 daily until April when  our extended hours begin.   712-382-1242 or FKAntiques@yahoo.com. 
    921 Posted by Alicia Chrastil
  • NOW OPEN!    Finders Keepers Antique Mall & Coffee Shoppe! After being closed for six months due to the flood we are happy to announce  we are up and running again. We  are celebrating by offering rent specials for new dealers!  Booths are discounted 10% off the regular price.   And, our large double sided display cases are only  $75.  The pre-flood price was $59 each side.    This special rent price is not just for a couple of months but for as long as you continue to rent that space. We’ve made lots of changes to the mall and customer LOVE it!  We hope you will too! We would love to have you join our team of magnificent dealers.   We offer friendly personal service and some extras like daily on-line sales reports and cleaning. We are located just 40 minutes south of Omaha I/29, just ½ mile off the interstate at  exit #10 to Nebraska City next to the truck stops and the Iowa Welcome Center..  We are in the center of Lincoln, Omaha and Kansas City.   We get also get a lot of buyers traveling north and south from Canada to Mexico!    Call or email us to reserve your spot or come see what our friendly mall has to offer you.   We are open 10- 5 daily until April when  our extended hours begin.   712-382-1242 or FKAntiques@yahoo.com. 
    Dec 05, 2011 921
  • 14 Jul 2011
     "The Business of Estate Sales"   Learn how to conduct Estae Sales, broker, buy, Ebay and More. The four day seminair will prepare you for a full time business. Our third class session. We have over five business up and running through out the USA. Others have opened other business as well. Ebay, brokerage services, expert on antiques, and other. Come Join US!   Next session    November 9,10,11 &12, 2011                               Homewood Suites Gainesville, Fl. FOUR days in Gainesville, Fl.   $825.00        Early Bird Discount before   October  1, 2011     $625.00                                 Class Size: 20 attendees           "The Business of Estate Sales"                                                      Group discount two or more:                 $600.00 each student.                    Early Bird Group Discount Before October 1, 2011:   $550.00 each student                           Registration Form @ Bottom of Page.           Daily Schedule Soon!   Many Guest Speakers on antiques and more!      Beverage & snacks provided each Day.   One Lunch Provided.      Manual,handouts & supplies provided.
    715 Posted by Lynn OKeefe
  •  "The Business of Estate Sales"   Learn how to conduct Estae Sales, broker, buy, Ebay and More. The four day seminair will prepare you for a full time business. Our third class session. We have over five business up and running through out the USA. Others have opened other business as well. Ebay, brokerage services, expert on antiques, and other. Come Join US!   Next session    November 9,10,11 &12, 2011                               Homewood Suites Gainesville, Fl. FOUR days in Gainesville, Fl.   $825.00        Early Bird Discount before   October  1, 2011     $625.00                                 Class Size: 20 attendees           "The Business of Estate Sales"                                                      Group discount two or more:                 $600.00 each student.                    Early Bird Group Discount Before October 1, 2011:   $550.00 each student                           Registration Form @ Bottom of Page.           Daily Schedule Soon!   Many Guest Speakers on antiques and more!      Beverage & snacks provided each Day.   One Lunch Provided.      Manual,handouts & supplies provided.
    Jul 14, 2011 715
  • 06 Jul 2011
    Here is the complete press release that went out to media, Fenton clubs, etc. earlier today:FENTON ART GLASS TO CEASE TRADITIONAL GLASS PRODUCTIONAND SHIFT PRODUCT FOCUS(Williamstown, W. Va., July 6, 2011). The Fenton Art Glass Company announced today that it would wind down production of its collectible and giftware glass products. The company has faced financial challenges since its restructuring in 2007, and recent developments combined to force the shutdown of its traditional glassmaking business."The market for our pressed and blown glassware has diminished," company President George Fenton said. "We cannot sustain the overhead costs. Our employees have worked hard and efficiently, so this is a very sad day for us. Shortly, we will begin the process of shutting down our main furnace. Remaining employees will be finishing existing glassware from the company's inventory that will be available through the Fenton Gift Shop as well as the company's web site and Fenton dealers across the country."As a part of winding down the traditional business, Fenton Art Glass is exploring the sales of one or more product lines."We know that our many customers and friends will have questions," Fenton said. "Our web site www.fentonartglass.com will be updated regularly beginning the week of July 11." Inquiries regarding sales of equipment and other assets should be directed to Fenton Art Glass at assetinfo@fentonartglass.comManagement at the Fenton Gift Shop is evaluating the impact of the termination of traditional glassmaking at Fenton Art Glass. "The Fenton Gift Shop is in discussions with Fenton Art Glass, the glass manufacturing company, to provide customers with a wide range of samples and special decorations as well as final quantities of limited edition pieces," said Randall Fenton, President of the Fenton Gift Shop. "The annual Tent Sale in Williamstown starts July 8, and the Fenton Gift Shop and the outlet store in Flatwoods, West Virginia, remain open." Founded as a decorating company in Martins Ferry, Ohio, in May 1905 by brothers Frank L. Fenton and John W. Fenton, the Fenton Art Glass Co. constructed its factory in Williamstown during the fall of 1906. The first glass pieces were made there on January 2, 1907. During its 106-year history, Fenton introduced the first iridescent ware (now known as "Carnival glass") as well as classic patterns such as Hobnail and a wide variety of handmade colored art glass as limited editions.
    2190 Posted by Tom Norskov
  • Here is the complete press release that went out to media, Fenton clubs, etc. earlier today:FENTON ART GLASS TO CEASE TRADITIONAL GLASS PRODUCTIONAND SHIFT PRODUCT FOCUS(Williamstown, W. Va., July 6, 2011). The Fenton Art Glass Company announced today that it would wind down production of its collectible and giftware glass products. The company has faced financial challenges since its restructuring in 2007, and recent developments combined to force the shutdown of its traditional glassmaking business."The market for our pressed and blown glassware has diminished," company President George Fenton said. "We cannot sustain the overhead costs. Our employees have worked hard and efficiently, so this is a very sad day for us. Shortly, we will begin the process of shutting down our main furnace. Remaining employees will be finishing existing glassware from the company's inventory that will be available through the Fenton Gift Shop as well as the company's web site and Fenton dealers across the country."As a part of winding down the traditional business, Fenton Art Glass is exploring the sales of one or more product lines."We know that our many customers and friends will have questions," Fenton said. "Our web site www.fentonartglass.com will be updated regularly beginning the week of July 11." Inquiries regarding sales of equipment and other assets should be directed to Fenton Art Glass at assetinfo@fentonartglass.comManagement at the Fenton Gift Shop is evaluating the impact of the termination of traditional glassmaking at Fenton Art Glass. "The Fenton Gift Shop is in discussions with Fenton Art Glass, the glass manufacturing company, to provide customers with a wide range of samples and special decorations as well as final quantities of limited edition pieces," said Randall Fenton, President of the Fenton Gift Shop. "The annual Tent Sale in Williamstown starts July 8, and the Fenton Gift Shop and the outlet store in Flatwoods, West Virginia, remain open." Founded as a decorating company in Martins Ferry, Ohio, in May 1905 by brothers Frank L. Fenton and John W. Fenton, the Fenton Art Glass Co. constructed its factory in Williamstown during the fall of 1906. The first glass pieces were made there on January 2, 1907. During its 106-year history, Fenton introduced the first iridescent ware (now known as "Carnival glass") as well as classic patterns such as Hobnail and a wide variety of handmade colored art glass as limited editions.
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