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Staff Pick Series: Steve Rice’s Pick

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

bowen furniture winston salemStaff Pick Series

We see furniture day in and day out. We’ve seen styles come and go, and then come around again in a new way. With all that change, it can be challenging to pick a favorite, but we do tend to have pieces that we fancy more than others. We thought it would be fun to share each of our staff’s favorite picks and why.

Steve Rice’s employee pick

With 30 years of experience in furniture, salesman, Steve Rice knows how to recognize quality craftsmanship. Which is exactly why he selected the New England Cabinet from Palettes by Winesburg as his employee pick.

This solid cherry cabinet features simple yet elegant lines that make it a classic addition to any room, not just a dining room. It’s unique combination of glass and wood panel doors allow for both display and hidden storage.

It also features accent lighting that is activated by a simple touch of the hinge, so you can highlight your decorative items displayed in the glass portion. Michaels finish on Cherry is a favorite combination, but this cabinet can be custom ordered in maple, cherry, or oak in a variety of finishes.

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Homework Helper: A Great Desk

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

1341_YU_RS7_027_071_u_crop_001Homework season is in full swing. Whether you have a kindergartener who needs you to read with him every night, a fourth grader researching his first science fair project or a high school student trying his hardest to keep his grades up while leading a very active social life, homework is probably the bane of your existence. Afternoons are spent trying to get the kids to concentrate, focus, stay on task and get their work done so you can get to soccer practice, piano lessons or just take a break and chill in front of some TV.

If you’re looking for help in getting through the after-school nightmare of homework, you’ve come to the right place. At Bowen Town & Country Furniture, we not only have the perfect desk to entice your kids to sit down and get it done, we also have been through the struggle with kids of our own, and have some tips to pass along.

First, the desk. Our Smartstuff collection from Universal Furniture is appealing to kids because of the cool features that come built into the furniture. And it appeals to parents because the furniture is designed with extra reinforcement to take whatever kids can dish out. Check out the Roughouse Collection with substantial desktops for added toughness, or the dainty Gabriella with a fun hidden storage compartment in the seat. Smartstuff furniture is also known for its special features that appeal to kids who love technology. The Freestyle, Paula Deen Guys and Classics desks all have charging stations included.

The trick is, getting them to sit at those beautiful desks and actually do their homework! Here are a few things to try:

  • Don’t start homework as soon as the kids walk in the door. When the weather’s nice, let them go outside and run around, kick a soccer ball, swing on the swing set or throw a Frisbee. Having a few minutes to unwind will make it easier to focus later.
  • Set up a regular study time. Maybe it’s right after they’ve gotten their wiggles out, or maybe it’s after supper. Doing homework at the same time each night helps make it part of the routine.
  • Granted you don’t have homework, but no matter what your child’s age, they appreciate a show of support. For the little ones, reading with them is a must. But even for the older kids, show an interest in their work, and stay away from the TV while they’re busy at their desks. It will keep them from being distracted.
  • Set a good example. While that TV’s off, doing something like balancing your checkbook or cleaning up the kitchen will show the kids they’re not the only ones with work to do.

Help get your kids motivated to do their homework by coming to Bowen Town & Country Furniture today and picking out a new desk. You’ll be surprised how much they enjoy doing those math problems when they have such a great place to work!

Come in today to see what we have to offer! Give us a call, or email us for more information at 336-765-1360,

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Spotlight on Southern Motion

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

somoThere was a time when recliners basically did two things: reclined and put a foot-rest up. The tried-and-true wooden handle was the magic lever that put you back into the perfect resting position. That is, if you wanted to look one way. But what if you want to recline, but would like to be able to see your television, while once in a while looking at your spouse? Or maybe you’d rather rock and not recline? With the extensive line of recliners from Southern Motion, all made in America, you can find a chair that will do whatever you want it to! Here are some of the features and choices you will find in the many recliners coming from Southern Motion.

  • Power features. Gone are the days of wrestling down the foot rest while grabbing onto the wooden lever. Southern Motion offers a wide range of power recliners that do the work for you.
  • Rocking and swiveling. You’re not stuck in one place once you take a seat in Southern Motion recliners! Whether you’d like to rock your grandchild to sleep or be able to move around to engage in conversations around the room, you can find a chair that rocks or swivels, or both!
  • Wall-hugging designs. You no longer have to work around a recliner sitting out in the middle of the room with a wall-hugger recliner that can be placed just inches from the wall.
  • Sofas and Sectionals. Decorate your living areas and home theater with comfortable reclining seats. The many choices from Southern Motion include theater-style seating as well as sofas and sectionals.

In addition to making styles that move, Southern Motion is also in tune with the latest trends in home décor. Choose from stylish upholsteries and many different leathers to get just the right look for your home.

Come in to Bowen Town & Country Furniture today to try out some of the fun and functional offerings from Southern Motion.

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An Inside Look at American-Made Furniture

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Not a day goes by that I don’t hear someone say “Is there ANY furniture still being made in America?”  There was a time –not too long ago – when I would have probably answered “Yes, but probably not for long.”

I’d have been wrong (a not-infrequent occurrence, according to my wife) if I had said that.  There IS furniture being made in America… and the amount being built here is going UP instead of down.  Let’s take a look at why the trend has reversed…

  • Labor costs in China have risen drastically over the last few years.  The average Chinese worker is no longer willing to work for pennies a day, and he or she prefers to work in a nice clean electronics plant with air conditioning and heat.  Higher wages, better working conditions, a drastically reduced chance of losing fingers – or worse – to a lathe or saw… who wouldn’t want to make that change?
  • Transportation costs have skyrocketed with the price of fuel.  A few years ago it cost roughly $2,200 to send a 40-foot shipping container across the Pacific… I’m told that figure has risen to $5,000 or more today.
  • Environmental issues have come into play as well.  The Chinese government has finally realized that they must take steps to clean up their air and water.  Remember when they had to close all the factories around Beijing months before the Olympics to clear the air?  Did you know that 7 of the 9 most polluted rivers in the world are in China?  The cleanup will cost billions – and those billions will come from increased prices on Chinese products.

While all this was going on, many American furniture companies – especially upholstery companies and smaller wood furniture companies – stuck to their knitting and did what they do best – produce a high-quality product that consumers can trust and use for years.  These companies hung on through thick and thin – tightening belts to survive – and they’re with us today.

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