Thursday, May 26, 2011

Best of Show: National Hardware Show Part II

The National Hardware Show housed exhibitors from around the globe. Products from a variety of industry categories captured the attention of show attendees. ECPR had the privilege of conversing with companies and discovering new and innovative products to feature in our “Best of Show” series. For a show recap, please read the first part of the National Hardware Show “Best of Series” entitled “National Hardware Show Yields Attention-grabbing New Products and Revealing Industry Trends.” Thus, the ECPR team would like to share the second part of the “Best of Show” series with our friends and followers now.

Customers complaining of a pesky stink bug problem? Not to worry, Sterling International, Inc. has developed a solution called the RESCUE! ® Stink Bug Trap. The company unveiled this revolutionary product at the National Hardware Show, drawing in show goers to learn more about how to eliminate stink bugs outdoors and indoors. The trap works outdoors to prevent stink bugs from entering homes and businesses as well as prevent them from destroying fruit and vegetable gardens by releasing pheromone attractants which are odorless to humans. The indoor trap has a blue LED light attachment that plugs into the wall, drawing in stink bugs. Once inside the trap, the bugs become dehydrated, allowing them to be disposed of odor-free. Stink bug infestations have become a major issue in the U.S. and with the help of the RESCUE Stink Bug Trap, homeowners, farmers and businesses can rest easy. The product will be available beginning in July, to learn more about Sterling International. Inc’s Stink Bug Trap or other products, visit www.rescue.com.

South African company Terrax, exhibited at the National Hardware Show this year, showcasing the company’s new product, the Terrax-Ground Breaker. The patented reaction bar on this surface-cutting tool allows for strong impact and eliminates jarring. The Terrax-Ground Breaker can easily cut through tree roots, clay, asphalt, stone and even concrete. Most notably, along with other tools made by Terrax, the Terrax-Ground Breaker features a sliding internal weight, designed to maximize productivity by minimizing stress, discomfort and fatigue. Additionally, this innovative product prevents injuries by easing the burden of the work on the body while also increasing efficiency by digging smaller, yet deeper holes. Mass merchants and independent retailers, consider this as part of your summer inventory. For professional landscapers, maintenance teams and contractors, give your arms and back a break with this Best of Show items. The company offers a collection of tools such as the Compax Ram Attachment, Terrascoop and the Terrastamper. To learn more about Terrax tools, visit the company’s website at www.terraxtool.com.

Stay tuned for the next set of the “Best of Show” from the National Hardware Show. Remember, you can enlarge the photos simply by clicking on them.

* To vote for your favorite "Best of Show" product, add your "Comments" below. Be sure to indicate the name of the product in your comment. At the end of our article series, the product with the most comments will be awarded the top "Best of Show" status.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

ECPR Welcomes New Social Media Client Ligne Roset

The ECPR team is proud to announce our newest social media client, Ligne Roset. We are excited to work with the company’s New York City and Miami marketplace teams to develop new forms of interfacing and engagement with interior designers, local organizations and consumers. With social media now a top means for marketing, the New York- and Miami-based Ligne Roset retailers are advancing community and customer relations with a bold new face, via Facebook.

Ligne Roset, makers of high-quality contemporary interior furniture, is a French company with several store locations across the United States. Our goal is to help transform the current New York City and Miami Facebook pages into informative, interesting and interactive fan pages for interior designers, consumers and media members. The two markets’ Facebook walls and applications will be used to educate and enlighten fans about Ligne Roset as well as share information of value and interest. Topics will include interior decorating ideas, tips and trends from the company’s design experts, photos and profiles of furnishings / accessories, and local store events and insights.

Ligne Roset has been embracing online interaction for quite some time. For example, interactive software allows designers and homeowners to design customized living spaces online through, not only the national website, but also individual store websites. Users can access the easy online tool to choose room layouts and furniture pieces, such as the Ottoman chair or the Exclusif Sectional featured in this blog, based upon their unique living spaces. This makes it possible for essentially anyone to select Ligne Roset pieces to transform ordinary rooms into sleek, modern living spaces.
More and more companies are adopting social media and interactive forums like this to help drive traffic to company websites and to retail locations. This is a result of changes in consumer buying habits; A.K.A. “Click to Action.” In short, motivators that drive customers to make purchases for their homes increasingly stem from social networking. The ECPR team is available to answer your questions or host online webinars, sessions or comments regarding social media and how to measure its ROI. We will be glad to also provide information about Ligne Roset to our fans, followers and readers upon request.

In closing for now, our team is looking forward to working with Ligne Roset and is excited to use these revolutionary methods to spread the word about the company’s amazing collection of contemporary furniture. For current information about Ligne Roset’s New York City and Miami store locations, visit www.lignerosetny.com or www.lignerosetmiami.com. And, stay tuned for more posts in the coming weeks, as we will be sharing and featuring the links to the enhanced Ligne Roset New York City and Miami Facebook pages soon.

~ The ECPR Team

Thursday, May 19, 2011

National Hardware Show Yields Attention-grabbing New Products and Revealing Industry Trends…

The National Hardware Show has come and gone, leaving a trail of excitement and positive feedback. This year’s highly successful and sold-out show featured exhibitors from all over the world. Ranging from lawn and garden products, hardware and tools, outdoor living, paint and accessories, plumbing and electrical, the National Hardware Show had it all.

Before the show began, the ECPR team had the privilege of writing a “Sneak Peek” series for the show. Exhibitors were able to submit product information and photos to be featured on our blog and linked to nearly 200 media outlets. Now that the show is over, we are beginning the “Best of Show” series. Each product featured in the series has unique and innovative characteristics, earning them honorable mention. In addition, the series will include a look at several trends our team uncovered at the show, giving retailers, contractors, builders, and media members a chance to be informed about current product and buyer evolution.
The first of the “Best of Show” series features ErgoDig. Makers of high-quality ergonomic lawn and garden tools, the company has set a new standard in lawn and garden care. The company’s new collective line of Ash Wood handle tools was the talk of the show. Media members and retailers flocked to ErgoDig’s booth to test out the new products. Our team at ECPR was even able to obtain national television coverage of the brand, which was filmed by the producers of the DIY Network during the show. Each of the 40 garden tools in the line features a distinctive wooden handle with an angle at a degree consistent with the human arm. The angled handle is designed to relieve stress on the wrist and back, allowing a person to work in the garden pain-free. The launch of the collection encompasses a full line of tools utilized for pushing, pulling and lifting items such as soil, leaves, mulch, pine straw, debris, and other aspects of lawn and garden maintenance. Knowing that inventory of high-end tools with premium design and manufacturing is only part of reaching success for retailers, Rogers and his team have created a branding program to support the launch of the line. Beginning with brand standards to unify a stylish look for the collection, the ErgoDig logo is stamped in kelly green on every handle. The specific green color differentiates the products from others on the market and signifies the idea of grass, freshness, the environment, and ergonomics. ErgoDig has plans to become an all-inclusive lawn-and-garden product resource. As the brand grows during 2011 and beyond, the company will expand into other handle materials such as bamboo, fiberglass, and a variety of woods and metals. To learn more about ErgoDig, visit the company’s website at www.ergodig.com
The Juwel NovaPlus Rotary Clothes-line from Exaco Technologies aims to bring European ingenuity to the United States. Showcased at the National Hardware Show, the NovaPlus caught the attention of the ECPR team. The product stand is constructed from high-quality airplane aluminum, while the clothes-line is made from “Twaron” high-tension fiber, the same material used in bullet-proof vests. Needless to say, this product is durable and sturdy enough to hold 4-5 loads of laundry at one time. Most notably, this environmentally-friendly, energy- saving product, allows homeowners to cut down on extra costs due to fewer drying loads. The NovaPlus comes assembled and ready to use out of the box. This product is ideal for homeowners looking to bring a little European flare to the U.S. Retailers, market this item by informing consumers about energy-savings that can result from hanging clothes outside for a “fresh air” smell. For more information about the Juwel NovaPlus Rotary Clothes-line, visit www.exaco.com.

Click on the photos to enlarge them, and keep checking back to this blog for many more “Best of Show” features and trend insights we gathered from the show floor

* To vote for your favorite "Best of Show" product, add your "Comments" below. Be sure to indicate the name of the product in your comment. At the end of our article series, the product with the most comments will be awarded the top "Best of Show" status.

~ECPR

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Going Once, Going Twice: European-style Auction this Sunday

The room will be filled with everything from vintage and new furniture to artwork this weekend, and the sounds of hopeful prospectors vying for the best deal. Among the finds will be Brazilian terracotta pots and a mahogany 19th century secretary bookcase.

This Sunday, May 22, is Englishman’s Fine Furnishings European-style auction in Smyrna. The event celebrates the company’s U.S. business anniversary. Englishman’s Fine Furnishings has made high-quality European-style antique reproduction furniture and accessories available to customers in the U.S. for 30 years.

The ECPR team recently had a look at some of the roughly 500 items up for grabs: home furnishings, antiques, tapestries, terracotta urns and planters, water features, artwork, lighting, rugs, and decorative accessories are samples of the impressive selections appearing on the auction stand.

Whether you want to partake in the bidding action, or are curious to see one-of-a-kind items, mark this event in your calendar. The bidding starts at 11 a.m. and doors open at 9 a.m.

Find more details about the event below, and to see photos and descriptions of the items available, visit www.englishmansfurniture.com.


Atlanta European-style Auction hosted by Englishman’s Fine Furnishings   

What: European-style Auction
Where
: Englishman’s Fine Furnishings, 4874 S. Atlanta Road, Smyrna, Ga. 30080.   
When:
Preview Days:
Monday, May 16 – Friday, May 20, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 21, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Preview Party:
Friday, May 20, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Auction:
Sunday, May 22, 11:00. Doors open at 9:00 a.m.   
Cost: FREE entrance and open to the public

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Best of TAP: J.T. Burke

J.T. Burke  – "Beautiful Landscape II - Homecoming" 2010

The Artist Project show ran concurrently during the New York Architectural Digest Home Design Show this past March. The Artist Project, otherwise known as TAP enables talented artists from all over the world to showcase extraordinary pieces of art. Whether you were a first time buyer or well established art collector, this year’s show offered a little taste of heaven to everyone.

Among many artists exhibiting at TAP was J.T. Burke. His compositions at the show attracted many show goers, the ECPR team included. His unique style captures intangible human desires and philosophies by creating fantastical compositions from unprecedented inanimate objects from the physical world deemed most important to the human soul. Using photographic and digital manipulation, Burke creates wildly erratic and colorful pieces.

Each composition begins with photographs of items Burke has collected. Despite having a general concept in mind before beginning a piece, Burke allows his intuition and instinct to guide him rather than working from a cookie-cutter layout. While influenced by artists and mediums such as Kandinsky, Bosch, medieval illuminations, contemporary pop surrealists and many more, J.T. Burke’s compositions are one of a kind.

As seen in this blog, Burke’s latest series of work, Beautiful Again, was showcased at the TAP show. Inspired by human’s obsessions with the concept of paradise, this series certainly made a lasting impression among show goers. To see more compositions from J.T Burke, visit his website at www.jtburke.com.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Lisa Perry's Mod-Style Beach Home

Photo courtesy of Veranda Magazine
Well known fashion designer Lisa Perry shares her North Haven, NY beach home with Veranda Magazine readers. Working with interior designers Tony Ingrao and Alexia Kondylis, Lisa's beach home reflects her signature mod style. The interior decor incorporates minimalist geometric pieces infused with splashes of bright colors to create a modern and fun living environment. To see more photos from Lisa Perry's beach house, visit Veranda Magazine's website at www.veranda.com.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Four Hands presents line for the modern man: Esquire Home Collection

The sophistication and style synonymous with the name Esquire Magazine has come to life through furniture pieces. The Esquire Home Collection, which includes both furnishings and decorative accessories, debuted in Las Vegas last summer and is distributed by Four Hands, a global manufacturer and wholesaler of home furnishings. The collection extends Esquire Magazine’s philosophy of “man at his best” – a lifestyle focused on comfort, luxury and sophistication. Unique features in each piece reflect the same attention to detail as a custom-made suit. For example, the Triple Old Fashioned tufted sofa, which blends leather and linen, has antique brass stud detailing. 

The Spider Web bookcase is another stylish piece with a decidedly masculine feel. The bookcase features a complex stainless steel frame, with saddle black leather in the shelving and paneling of the bookcase. A unique seven-stage tanning and hand-finishing process gives the leather panels a distinctive depth of color and an ultra sleek, modern finish.

As expressed by Esquire, “A great club chair is like a great navy blazer: Every man needs one and it’ll never go out of style.” The Whiskey Collins Club Chair, with signature loden leather, is both comfortable and timeless. Four Hands also offers the Martini Strap Chair, with arms that resemble belts, complete with polished buckles.

Esquire Home is one of many collections from the Austin, Texas-based Four Hands, which celebrated its 15th year of business in 2010. The company, which offers a mix of design styles and price points for any budget, sells to hundreds of small and large retailers across the globe. To learn more about the Esquire Home Collection, visit www.fourhands.com.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

National Hardware Show “Sneak Peek”: ErgoDig


ErgoDig will be showcasing a new tool line at the National Hardware Show (booth 8351) in Las Vegas, May 10-12, 2011. Each of the 40 garden tools in the line features a distinctive wooden handle with an angle at a degree consistent with the human arm. The angled-handle design has a patent-pending based upon ergonomics to alleviate arm and wrist stress on the part of the user. It is the contoured shape of each handle that enhances the ability to grip the tool, decreases slippage, and allows for ease-of-use. ErgoDig offers a full range of ergonomically designed tools that currently includes shovels, rakes, hoes, brooms and scrapers, all ideal for commercial landscapers as well as homeowners. Adaptable to a variety of tool heads within the ErgoDig line, the long-handled tools provide diverse and multifaceted use. ErgoDig has plans to become an all-inclusive lawn-and-garden product resource. As the brand grows during 2011 and beyond, the company will expand into other handle materials such as bamboo, fiberglass, and a variety of woods and metals. Retailers, this collection is diverse enough to satisfy a multitude of customer-types. Watch our social media channels for more exciting news on this company’s innovative products. Visit ErgoDig’s website at www.ergodig.com.

National Hardware Show “Sneak Peek”: Sansin Corporation

Sansin Corporation, a company specializing in wood protection, is known for researching, developing and introducing environmentally friendly, water-borne interior and exterior wood products and technologies to the industry. The company’s newest product, Sansin Foundation™ will be on display at the National Hardware Show in just a few days. The concentrated, penetrating, water-borne primer is perfect for interior and exterior wood surfaces such as timbers, logs and dimensional lumber. Sansin Foundation stabilizes wood tissue and lignin to keep wood surfaces from weathering for up to 6 months during or after the construction phase. Additionally, Sansin Foundation safeguards wood’s natural resistance to moisture at the building site, while ensuring long lasting beauty and protection. Retailers, Sansin’s new product has the ability to prevent wood discoloration, repel water, support breathability, and delivers superior UV protection. Media members who are interested in learning more about the product, visit Sansin Corporation at booth #3331 or visit the company’s website at www.Sansin.com.

National Hardware Show “Sneak Peek”: Conant Custom Brass

Conant Custom Brass, a Weems & Plath, Inc. company will be introducing the Grande View Thermometer in stainless steel at the National Hardware Show. Originally only available in brass, this outdoor window thermometer is made to last. Standing at 12 ¼ inches tall, the thermometer’s numbers are double the size compared to average thermometers in today’s market. The stainless steel Grande View Thermometer is rust free and features a crystal glass tube, ensuring years of unobstructed viewing. Two important factors for retailers selling it, this product comes with mounting hardware and a lifetime guarantee. Visit Conant Custom Brass’ website for additional information at www.conantcustombrass.com.

National Hardware Show “Sneak Peek”: MPT Industries

MPT series has developed a long-lasting synthetic lubricant without the use of harmful solvents, called MPT Twelve. This product is formulated to penetrate through metal, rather than just the surface. MPT Twelve contains special rust inhibitors and acts as a cleaning agent as well. Made from a proprietary blend of synthetic lubricants, this product contains no fish oils, fillers or petroleum, thus promoting a long-lasting and environmentally conscious product. This versatile product is ideal for lubricating precision bearings; nuts and bolts; indoor and outdoor locks, latches and hinges; power tools; small motors; computers and printers; lawn mower, snow blower, bicycle and motorcycle cables and more. Retailers and editors, you won’t want to leave the show without stopping by MPT Industries’ booth number 4030 at the National Hardware Show. For more information, visit www.mptindustries.com.

National Hardware Show “Sneak Peek”: Organic Laboratories, Inc

Organic Laboratories Veggie Maker Organic Grow Box Kit is sure to make a positive impression on National Hardware Show attendees. The kit includes a Grow Box, Koko Pro Soil and Organic Tomato Maker Fertilizer. The Grow Box has 12 grow ports on the sides and the top surface easily supports the planting of a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and spices, the growing combinations are endless! The Veggie Maker Organic Grow Box comes with Koko Soil, coconut fiber potting soil. This reusable soil allows for maximum aeration and drainage. Additionally, this product comes with the company’s Organic Tomato Maker Fertilizer with the ability to promote healthy growing from planting to harvest. Most notably, and organic garden can be planted in less than an hour by using this unique product! For more information about the Veggie Maker Organic Grow Box visit www.OrganicLabs.com.

National Hardware Show “Sneak Peek”: Double L Group

The Rolled Rubber Mats from Double L Group will be showcased at the National Hardware Show this month. The new eco-friendly line is available in bulk rolls up to 80’ in length, ideal for retailers looking for cost-efficient, durable rubber matting. Rolled Rubber Mats are warm, resilient, comfortable and a great alternative to hard or cold surfacing. Easy to cut, this product can be custom-sized for kennels, garages, exercise areas, trailers, high-traffic areas, doorways, walkways, and much more. Moreover, Double L Group’s new line contains a UV stabilizer, allowing the product to be used outdoors in direct sunlight as well as for indoor usage. Not only are the Rolled Rubber Mats practical, they are also designed to create a professional floor appearance. The vulcanized rubber mats are easy to install and available in three designs. For more information on Double L Group, visit the company’s website at www.rolledrubbermats.com.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

National Hardware Show “Sneak Peek”: Eton Corporation

The American Red Cross Axis is a multi-functional and reliable companion for any emergency kit. Introduced by the Eton Corporation, the Axis will be displayed at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas next week. The sleek device can be powered by a trio of different sources—through a hand crank which charges the Ni-MH battery, using AAA batteries and AC power. Ninety seconds of turning the hand crank can generate about 15 minutes of power. The safety hub is equipped with AM/FM and seven NOAA weather band channels for news, entertainment and weather forecasts. It also has an “alert” system, to inform listeners of emergency updates in their area. The multiple power supplies can also be used to recharge cell phones via the USB cable. Additionally, the new design makes it stylish enough to keep out and use every day, and is great for camping trips. Editors of publications covering hardware, homeware, safety, camping, outdoor, and other topics, take note of this “Sneak Peek.” For more information about the American Red Cross Axis visit www.etoncorp.com.

National Hardware Show “Sneak Peek”: LeafMate

LeafMate, which offers a Proseries line of products that make yard clean-up faster and easier, will exhibit at The National Hardware Show May 10-12. LeafMate’s patented 2-piece rake and pick-up system unites a traditional rake with a sliding catcher “scoop” to easily collect yard waste without bending. The system can save time and ease back strain. Another product that caught our attention was LeafMate’s Yard Waste Bag Funnel. Municipalities across the U.S. are requiring the use of standard 30-gallon paper yard waste bags, which are friendly to the environment but can also be flimsy and tip over. The funnel fits inside the large paper leaf bags, providing the bag with full support and protection. Leafmate also offers the Collapsible Bag Holder that, like the funnel, is crafted of a durable PVC-lined polyester material to contain even the most ragged yard waste. To find out more information about Leafmate’s Proseries products, see the company’s booth at the show or visit www.leafmate.com.

National Hardware Show “Sneak Peek”: TerraLUX, Inc.

TerraLUX, Inc., makers of LED portable lighting products and OEM lighting solutions, will unveil the LightStar80™ penlight at the 2011 National Hardware Show this month. The penlight features durability and energy efficiency, with a high color rendering index (CRI) LED and a bite grip for hands-free use. The CRI measures the ability of a light source to represent colors as they appear in natural light. For distributors or retailers looking for technician tools, a high CRI is useful when working with automotive repair, HVAC, telephone systems and other applications. Like others in the LightStar™ family of flashlights, the LightStar80™ is made of durable, aircraft-grade aluminum. Additionally, the flashlight is electronically regulated for constant brightness, with a circuit that adjusts to fluctuations in voltage to ensure constant light output. Not to miss out on design, it is available in titanium grey and high-visibility orange. For more information about the LightStar80™, visit www.terralux.com.

National Hardware Show “Sneak Peek”: Grill Gauge Products, LLC

Nearly 60 percent of U.S. households own a gas grill fueled by propane, but few grill owners have any idea how much propane they actually have in their tanks. Grill Gauge Products, a start-up consumer convenience company based in Roswell, Ga., is out to change that. The company developed the Original Grill Gauge™, a unique device that will keep gas-grillers “in the know” about the level of propane in their tanks. The hand-held device will be showcased at the National Hardware Show next week. Grill Gauge,™ is similar to the gas gauge in a car, and incorporates the same specifications the propane industry fills and weighs propane tanks by factoring the weight of liquid propane and the tank itself. Users hook the device to the top of the tank, lift the tank slightly off the ground and view the analog read out. The readings are instant, and the gauge doesn’t require batteries or pressure. To learn more about the Original Grill Gauge,™ visit www.grillgauge.com.

National Hardware Show “Sneak Peek”: Happy Go Leafy Products, Inc.

The Leaf Lasso by Happy Go Leafy Products, Inc. is simple to use and designed to eliminate time wasted raking leaves into piles as well as bending and scooping. The light-weight product turns lawn or leaf bags into a combination dust pan and trash can. The angled apron rests on the ground, allowing the user to sweep leaves, dirt and other small debris directly into the bag with one hand. Two stakes allow users to affix the bag firmly to the ground. Weighing less than one pound, the Leaf Lasso can be moved all over the yard or pavement during clean-up projects. Once the trash bag is full, users can quickly separate the frames, remove the bag and attach a new one. The Leaf Lasso is durable and can hang anywhere for easy storage. Retailers and landscape professionals, look for this product at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas next week, and for additional information visit www.leaflasso.com.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

National Hardware Show “Sneak Peek”: BackSaver Grip LLC

The Stout’s Backsaver Grip, a new and nationally distributed ergonomic tool, can be seen at the National Hardware Show next week in Las Vegas. The detachable grip by Backsaver Grip, LLC works by increasing the leverage and efficiency of the user’s body as the tool is used. It quickly and easily attaches high on the pole of a tool, reducing the need to bend over. The patented grip allows the legs to take the burden of gardening off the back and also provide a more comfortable working position for the wrist and arm. Additionally, the grip makes it easier to use overhead tools such as tree trimmers and paint extension poles, while improving stability and control. Whether you’re a landscape trade professional or retailer looking to sell items with ease-of-use for homeowners, the Stout’s Backsaver Grip is versatile for many needs in both the home and garden. The grip fits any shovel, rake, broom, mop, or other long-handled tool. This gadget is also ideal for gardeners who suffer from back strain, arthritis and shoulder pain. To learn more about the Stout’s Backsaver Grip, visit www.backsavergrip.com.

National Hardware Show “Sneak Peek”: Comfort Line Products, Inc.

Comfort Line Products, Inc., a company known for its lines of affordable and portable spas, chose the 2011 National Hardware Show for the debut of the Airispa. The portable spa ships by UPS to the consumers’ front door in one convenient box. Once the spa arrives, the setup is easy; no tools or special equipment are required. Users can simply establish the spa, fill with water and plug into any standard household unit. This family-friendly product also has a modern design and fits well into backyards and patios. The Airispas are available in three colors. The product also features a new, innovative air frame design and includes a powerful heater and 127 air jets. To learn more about the Airispa, visit www.clpusa.com.

National Hardware Show “Sneak Peek”: Petite Gourmet Portable Gas Grill with VersaStand

The Fulham Group will be exhibiting the Cuisinart Petite Gourmet Portable Gas Grill with VersaStand at the 2011 National Hardware Show this month. The grill is compact and can easily be transformed from a floor stand position to a tabletop grill. While the size is compact, the grill is large enough to cook most family meals, including 8 steaks or 6-10 chicken breasts. With the VersaStand integrated adjustable telescoping base, this grill is ideal for small backyards, beach cookouts or camping trips. The grill also heats up quickly, and uses far less gas than a full-sized grill. For more information, visit www.cuisinart.com.

National Hardware Show “Sneak Peek”: Aero-Tech Light Bulb Co.

If every home in America replaced just one standard incandescent light bulb with a compact florescent light bulb, it would save about $600 million in annual energy costs and prevent emissions of greenhouse gases equivalent to about 80,000 cars. The patented Evolution CLFs by the Aero-Tech Light Bulb Co. are a great start. The bulbs will be exhibited at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas. Available in soft white or full spectrum, these bulbs emit the same light as regular incandescent bulbs with less radiant heat. They are also the same shape and size as standard incandescent bulbs but last 10 times longer. To find out more about the Evolution CLF, visit www.aerolights.com.

National Hardware Show “Sneak Peek”: Boston Warehouse Trading Corp.


Function and fun are the basis for two new lines of colorful and fashion-driven garden and cleaning tools by Boston Warehouse Trading Corp. The Spotless Goddess and Garden Goddess collections will be showcased at the 2011 National Hardware Show this May. One tool that caught our eye is the Spotless Goddess dustpan and brush that are designed in bright pink and floral patterned colors—they’re effective and great to show off in the household. Boston Warehouse has been presenting creative ideas for home entertaining for the past 37 years, and the new lines also include unique brooms, squeegees, gloves, trowels, and hand rakes. Additionally, the products are sturdy, affordable and great for editors looking for unique spring cleaning items. For additional information about Spotless Goddess and Garden Goddess, visit www.bwtc.com.