HOME SWEET HOME BLOG – APPS FOR DETROIT http://appsfordetroit.org Thu, 24 Mar 2016 23:58:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 The picture frame industry is expected to continue http://appsfordetroit.org/2016/03/the-picture-frame-industry-is-expected-to-continue/ http://appsfordetroit.org/2016/03/the-picture-frame-industry-is-expected-to-continue/#respond Mon, 14 Mar 2016 07:14:44 +0000 http://appsfordetroit.org/?p=117 The picture frame industry is expected to continue its modest growth in 1995, and is projecting a 5% increase for 1994. The growth is attributed to mass market sales and a higher gross margin in sales. Technology has enabled frame makers to make a better product at a lower cost. Customers are more particular in what they choose, and select frames that offer them quality at a reasonable price. Consumers are also interested in photo storage products.

Frames have had a slightly better year at retail in 1994 than in 1993 – HFD projects a 5 percent increase in retail dollars to approximately $1.6 billion (the 1993 increase was 4 percent) – but most vendors do not see the improvement as a sign the business will resume its one-time double-digit growth levels.

For example, Michael Block, president of Loui Michel Cie, acknowledges some improvement this year – enough of one to enable his company to strike out on its own again with new offices in Harbor City, Cal. and a new distribution center in St. Louis, after having become a division of Bee International last year. At the same time, Block adds that the frame category is a pretty mature one.

Barry Gordon, general manager of Melannco, agrees that frames, at least in upscale retailers, are a mature business that will continue to grow only “in a reasonable way.”

According to Sandy Reiter, executive vice president of MCS Industries, which serves both mass and upscale retailers, the business is stronger and healthier now at mass than in upscale channels.

“It was a very strange year”, Reiter adds. “The severe winter in the East hurt business early in the year, but the second half has seemed to be very strong.”

Nick Lazaris, president of M.W. Carr, which entered the mass market last year after having focused exclusively on the upscale market throughout its long history, goes further than Reiter. Lazaris credits this year’s increase in industry sales almost entirely to the mass market.

The most glowing reports on the frame business do, in fact, come from mass market vendors. “Business has been very good for us,” comments Kim Kiner, director of marketing and product development for Acme Frame Products. “We’ve had fantastic results from new collections and promotions. The market is receptive, buyers as well as consumers.”

Frank Bigger, president of Magee Co. says he is “more excited about the industry than in years.” Not only is Bigger’s own business up substantially, there are indications the entire mass market frame business is thriving, he says. One indication is the worldwide shortage of flat glass, to which increased demand from frame vendors has contributed.

Another is that mass retailers are seeking a higher gross margin in frames. “A year or two ago, retailers were content with a 40 percent gross margin,” Bigger notes. “Now, they’re looking for 50 percent. The category must be strong for this to happen.”

If mass market vendors are more bullish than their upscale market counterparts, retailers at every level give positive reports on frame sales. This seems to reflect the success of dramatic price reductions in the upscale market and of heavy price-point promoting at all levels.

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4 Big mistakes in quadriceps training using power rack http://appsfordetroit.org/2016/03/4-big-mistakes-in-quadriceps-training-using-power-rack/ http://appsfordetroit.org/2016/03/4-big-mistakes-in-quadriceps-training-using-power-rack/#respond Thu, 10 Mar 2016 12:16:24 +0000 http://appsfordetroit.org/?p=91 With more meat than the counter of a butcher, decorated with engravings ravines vertical and horizontal, the quadriceps can cause sensation. Unfortunately most bodybuilders never get to maximize your quads because they are constantly tricking their leg workouts.

In this article, we will examine the most common mistakes in training the quadriceps and expose a series of tips to fix each of them so that the time spent on the squat cage being useful. Consider starting with check out our best power rack until you master the technique, then advanced to squats with free weights.

  1. Incorrect target zone

Here you have a persistent myth: to focus more on your quads when using the power rack. In fact, the opposite is what is happening that way. Also, many believe that a position with greater separation works the outside of the quadriceps and closer working over the inner zone, wrong again.

The fact is that even some experienced bodybuilders do not know how better to work all four muscles that makes up the quadriceps and the different muscles of the upper and inner thighs. Solutions: Place the toes looking inward to work more outside (vastus lateralis), put them out to work more inside (vastus medialis). Keep your feet under your hips during exercises like squats using squat rack.

  1. Using a shortened range of motion you can see in every gym.

Loading up to the press to hopefully do half reps, bending your knees just enough so that the load is still moving. That same shortened bending occurs in squats, squats machine Hack and often even quadriceps extensions. Whenever a bodybuilder trains quadriceps easiest thing is to follow a common pattern; do the full movement, first because doing leg exercises series of complete repetitions doing it is hard and allows them incomplete carry more weight; creating the illusion of a more hard training, so the quadriceps pass worked with “mini-repeats”.

By limiting the range of motion you are limiting your growth.

Solutions: each repetition of most sets of squats should reach the point where your quads are parallel to the floor, if not more (e.g., deep squat where the parallel is passed). The exception to this rule is when half squat is to focus more on the vastus medialis, which research has proven effective. Any type of leg press (press) must fall at least until your quads are parallel to the footplate. In a press at 45 your knees should touch your breast without your buttocks up off the seat as a strain would be located in the lower back.

In squats, leg presses (press) should be blocked briefly and stop just before the crash. When running extensions should go from full extension (calf perpendicular to the thighs) to full contraction, where it will briefly lock your knees and tighten the quadriceps. In stride, adduction of thigh and any other leg exercise should achieve a total contraction and stretching.

You may want to extend the number of series in a machine for making partial leg, but do it only after reaching the failure repeats full range.

  1. Go too heavy

You want to do the weightlifting right in or weight room, you feel that your home is still the best place to exercise. However, practicing at home also means that you have to be aware of the target and the heavy.

This error is almost always linked to that precedes it, as going too heavy leads to truncate the reps and doing this allows you to go too heavy. This feeds your ego. And what’s more, even if you’re doing squats down well, could end up making a pyramid to reach working singles (1 repeat) or 2 reps just to put as much weight as possible in every workout, this is to feed your pride but earning little or no muscle.

Solutions: Make the full range of motion (see Error # 2). Keep reps, for most of the series, the range of 8-12 repetitions. Focus on the muscles, not weight.

  1. Do squats with an incorrect technical

Many bodybuilders lean too far forward and cast their hips too far back, working his back, hips and ass significantly more than their quadriceps. The worst is that it could deform your spinal erectors. If you’re doing wrong squats, it is better not to make them. A better option is to practice the right way to this fantastic exercise until you get it right every single time.

Solutions: Usually when you adopt a greater separation than your shoulders, are best done with your toes facing slightly out, but find the separation that allows you to stay as straight as possible. Often, higher bodybuilders need a separation of the larger foot. Emphasizes the arch in your lower back. Look straight ahead at each repetition. While low, keep your ass over heels, as if you were going to sit in a chair. At start up, move your hips rather than the knees. Practice proper technique by sitting (just touching the ass), waking up from a bench, chair or box that is to the height of the parallel. Do not use a light load until you master.


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Framed art and framing materials for Irving http://appsfordetroit.org/2016/02/framed-art-and-framing-materials-for-irving/ http://appsfordetroit.org/2016/02/framed-art-and-framing-materials-for-irving/#respond Wed, 24 Feb 2016 13:45:14 +0000 http://appsfordetroit.org/?p=107 Richard Varga, buyer of frames, framed art and framing materials for Irving, Tex.-based Michael’s, reports his frame business is up over last year by a “healthy amount.” Varga explains that, in the past year and a half, the 380-store crafts chain has gone to a more value-driven program in photo frames, offering them as a “true value” at 50 percent off regular retail. In addition, Michael’s has eliminated deadwood from the assortment, Varga says.


Rich Lento, senior housewares buyer for Jamesway Corp., says that highlighting the promotional assortment has helped the Secaucus, N.J.-based mass merchant achieve 11-to-12-percent sales growth in frames this year. (Jamesway’s frame business had been flat in 1993 – a year in which the chain filed for chapter 11 protection – after four or five years of steady growth.)

Jamesway highlights its assortment of two-for-$5, two-for-$6 and two-for-$7 frames in a mini gondola in the middle of the traffic aisle. This approach has been so successful, according to Lento, that the ratio of promotional to basic frame business at Jamesway has reversed itself since last year – from 44/56 to 56/44. “As long as we impulse the area, the business will continue to grow.”

Special purchases have also helped Jamesway’s frame business grow in 1994, Lento adds. One such purchase enabled the mass merchant to retail solid oak frames, formerly part of its basic business, between $3 (for a 3.5-x5-inch frame) and $7 (for a 16 x 20) and to “basically quadruple our sales of these frames.” Bonus packs have also become a major part of Jamesway’s frame business.

“Customers are very much demanding value, although they still want quality,” echoes the stationery buyer for a Midwest department store who says his frame sales are running about 4 percent ahead of last year on a comparable-store basis. Unit sales are up more than dollars, the buyer adds, because the average retail price has come down. And “$9.99 is a real heavy price point. Most of our ads emphasize price point, although they also mention that the balance of the frame assortment is available at 20 percent off.”

The $9.99 price point is also the heart of the frame business for the Moto Photo photoprocessing chain, which continues to post double-digit increases in the category. At the same time, the Dayton, Ohio-based retailer/franchisor has added some $14.99 frames that are doing nicely, merchandise manager Debbie Roe reports. These frames do not represent a huge business, but Roe says the fact that she can sell them bodes well for the future.

She also notes that consumer interest in frames and photo storage remains high and that Moto Photo franchisees are excited about these products and “stock more of them everyday.”

Also continuing to show double-digit increases, and with strong sales at slightly higher prices, is the Kohl’s department store chain. “We are doing price promoting, but layered on top of our existing basic business,” notes Gary Lewandowski, stationery buyer for the Menomee, Wis.-based retailer.

“Price promoting is not the biggest part of our business,” Lewandowski adds. “The customer is willing to spend more if the frame is right. For me, $11 to $16 is the strongest price range in frames.”

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Wall frames and poster frames are a huge business http://appsfordetroit.org/2016/01/wall-frames-and-poster-frames-are-a-huge-business/ http://appsfordetroit.org/2016/01/wall-frames-and-poster-frames-are-a-huge-business/#respond Sun, 24 Jan 2016 03:39:01 +0000 http://appsfordetroit.org/?p=104 Frame vendors agree that the reason dollar growth has been concentrated at mass in recent years is that technology has improved the design and quality of mass market frames without necessitating a corresponding increase in prices. At the same time, this improvement, coupled with the emergence of a more value-oriented consumer, has dictated a drastic reduction in the pricing of upscale market frames.

“The mass channel has probably experienced a higher than normal growth rate because the technology now available in Asia is providing it with an opportunity,” observes Rich Giron, vice president of sales and marketing for upscale market vendor Fetco international.

Meanwhile, “the upscale frame market has been coming down to the $9.99 price point to counter what the mass market is doing,” notes Barry Cohen, vice president and general manager of the Weston Gallery.

The ability to achieve expensive wood looks inexpensively with extruded plastic, for example, has helped mass retailers grow their share of the frame market, at the same time it has driven prices sharply down in the upscale market. Acme’s Kiner notes that ornate gold frames resembling wood, but done on polystyrene for a fraction of the cost, have been Acme’s most popular promotional offering this year, at $5 apiece or even two for $6.

Kiner attributes the success of Acme’s promotional business in general – “promotional business has far exceeded our forecasts” – to a much stronger emphasis on fashion.

Intercraft Industries has had “incredible” retail response to its newest upscale entry, reports Scott Slater, vice president of merchandising. The Connoisseur line, launched in September for the Christmas selling season, consists of department-store-type goods at prices that are about half of what they would be in department stores, according to Slater. The price points are $6.99, $9.99 and $14.99.

Reiter of MCS describes the trend at mass as one toward more upscale product at slightly higher retail prices. Such frames are retailing as well as, if not better than, staples, he says.

“We as mass market vendors are putting more pressure on the upper-end people to be creative and differentiate themselves,” observes Steven Scheyer, executive vice president of Decorel. Scheyer says his company “is now doing some of the same things as Burnes” and that, as a result, “there’s much less difference now between the frame assortments at Kmart and Stern’s, for example.”

The mass and upscale markets are coming closing together in more direct ways as well – through acquisitions, for one. Following the path laid down by Burnes when it acquired mass market vendor Holson in 1989, Decorel this year acquired two upscale market frame vendors, Rare Woods and Dax, later merging them into one entity known as Rare Woods Dax. Headquartered in Orangeburg, N.Y., the new company is headed by former Acme and MCS executive Dave Richardson as senior vice president.

Rare Woods Dax is responding to a growth opportunity for poster frames in its market, Scheyer reports. “In the mass market, wall frames and poster frames are a huge business, but the upper-end market had the attitude that everything had to be table-top.”

Although Rare Woods had always been a supplier of tabletop frames, Dax’s strength was in wall frames, Scheyer notes. “We’re approaching high-end frames as a full-line category. We’re coming in with a full menu as the first full-line frame supplier to the upper end.”

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What do you know about shutters http://appsfordetroit.org/2015/12/what-do-you-know-about-shutters/ http://appsfordetroit.org/2015/12/what-do-you-know-about-shutters/#respond Wed, 02 Dec 2015 05:54:43 +0000 http://appsfordetroit.org/?p=101 Shutters for windows not only dampen the light when it is time to sleep, but also perform other important functions in your home. A shutter protects against the sun, burglars, unwanted glances and ensures better insulation. In this article, we will provide some tips and information about the shutters that are needed for your purchase.

Shutters protect against intruders

There are many kinds of protections against intrusion at home, starting with bars and ending with alarm systems. A very good way to protect yourself and the house is using shutters (do not confuse with louvers). Whether it is mechanical or electric roller shutters, it offers secure protection at home.

The insulating effect of shutters

And not only that! A shutter ensures privacy, protect against noise and also serves as thermal insulation. A shutter in the bedroom offers absolute darkness. And as for thermal insulation and energy saving: with a distance of 10 cm between window and wall, shutter reduces the external temperature of 8 to 10 degrees. So if the whole house is equipped with shutters and if that is closed at night, it saves a lot of heating costs in the winter.

The house which is located near or directly along a busy main road, near a school or something like that, is often affected by the noise which can be significantly reduced by a shutter. For discoloration of furniture from the sun, a shutter offers adequate protection.

Intrusion prevention shutters

However, the main reason to mount a shutter is protection against intrusion. To protect a house optimal with shutters, it is important that the thickness is proportional to the window size. A sprung suspension automatically prevents a shutter from being pushed up.

Violent dismantling of the shutter causes a lot of noise. Depending on the quality, the price can vary from about € 200 per square meter to several hundred euros.

Electronically or manually operated shutters?

The time that your shutters need muscle power to pull up is long gone. In the meantime, roller shutters can also be electronically operated and have a motor that is taken over the human labor. But everything new is really better? Some advantages and disadvantages of electronic and manual shutters, we have put together here.

The advantages of mechanical shutters

  • The biggest advantage of electronically controlled shutters is obvious: eliminate the physical effort and it creates a certain degree of comfort. Especially for large window frames, in which the hoisting of heavy shutters nevertheless is associated with a certain effort, this is a relief. A small push of a button and the shutter completely slips naturally into the desired position.
  • Also to deter thieves, an electronically controlled shutter is a very effective means. Use a timer to close and open as desired in the program. Even if the occupants are on holiday or a weekend break, in this way, the property is occupied.
  • In the cold season, you can also save valuable energy for a closed shutter which also has an insulating effect. And in the evening that you have to work a little longer, electronically controlled shutters close at the break of dusk naturally keep valuable heat in the house.

The disadvantages of mechanically operated shutters

  • As obvious disadvantage, it can be argued that the purchase cost of electronically controlled shutters are much higher.
  • Also, the sensitivity to interference of the electronics is of course higher than the wear of a manual version. For transfer costs, maintenance and repairs, it must cost a lot more for the wallet.
  • Moreover, it usually only be performed by qualified personnel with the problems on the electronic components, especially for the elderly, who are usually unfamiliar with electronic devices, they often have problems with the operation and need some help
  • Programming the timer can also be perceived as difficult. That, however, depends entirely on the personal circumstances and the affinity with technology by the user
  • Also, one should be careful with electronic shutters which are placed at terrace and balcony doors. If the timer is programmed, it can happen that one is in the garden and as the time is set, he or she loses the sight. Then, when the shutter closes automatically at a certain time, it can happen that one excludes himself.


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Camping in the garden – A wonderful experience http://appsfordetroit.org/2015/11/camping-in-the-garden-a-wonderful-experience/ http://appsfordetroit.org/2015/11/camping-in-the-garden-a-wonderful-experience/#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2015 15:49:36 +0000 http://appsfordetroit.org/?p=98 Sleep in a tent for one night will make most children very enthusiastic, especially when they are with the whole family. Perhaps they can help even with the tent build and set up.

Warm summer nights without rain are particularly suitable for this adventure. But even if at night during electrical storms – the way to the house is not far. Camping in your backyard does not present any risks and just as much fun as a camping trip to the lake or going on holiday. Then you should look for the best camping equipment together with your child.

What you need for camping in the garden

Of course the most important tool if you want to camp with your child in the garden is a tent. Do you not have your own tent and you do not camp often? You can borrow one from friends or neighbors or opt for one of cheap camping tents for sale in the super markets. For the overnight stay in a tent, you need an insulated pad. This may be a sleeping pad or air mattress, also sheepskins are ideal as an insulating underlay. Finally, you need a sleeping bag or a pillow with blanket, even if in the summer. And finally, a flashlight is needed – because it is nice and convenient if you or your child have a night out. Think of mosquito repellent. If your tent does not have a safe mosquito net, you should rub mosquito repellent cream on yourself and your child thoroughly.

To have fun with your children while camping

If you only have bare tents, it is too boring in the garden, you can come up with the event with your little child. A garden camping trip without childish nagging? With our tips that’s no problem! The tents in your backyard can provide you and your child with a lot of fun game and adventure. Let yourself be infected by the spirit of adventure and joy with your young children to enjoy the camping and tighten the family bond.

Build a campfire.

Tents for sale are available in the market, take one and gather all at the evening around the campfire to tell stories and sing songs. A particularly beautiful camp-mood comes up when one of the parents can accompany the singing with a guitar.

Broil marshmallows and French bread.

The popular classics at every campfire! Organize a campfire or take fire bowl or charcoal to grill food on. Sausage on a stick or marshmallow candy really nice outdoor feeling. Gather together with the children and grill marshmallows with bread dough and help younger children during roasting of delicacies.

Host a night hike.

Make a night walk together with the child only with a flashlight. After that, it is especially nice to cuddle up together into the tent. Most kids love night walks with a certain horror factor. In your camping equipment list, the flashlight therefore should not be missing.

Play games in the afternoon

If the weather makes the outdoor activities impossible, you can also play the favorite board games of the family in the tent. Age-appropriate card and board games or puzzle with not too many small parts can be best time-consuming game.

Organize a scavenger hunt.

The area on and around the campsite is ideal for a treasure hunt. Little explorers can explore in this way while playing in the nature with prepared notes (pen and paper) you have wrapped on the wick.

Hold a contest.

Open a volleyball, football or badminton tournament. Form at lease two different teams with the whole family member. Such tournaments give your children a great opportunity to get to know their peers.

Embark on expedition.

Become a researcher with a plant identification book and go on expedition in the nature. Imagine you were a researcher on squad on expedition through a mysterious jungle. You will be surprised, which variety of plants met you on expedition through a mysterious jungle.

Shadow Theater in the tents

Flashlight and tent wall give the perfect stage for an exciting and fun shadow theater, which complements the bed time story with character made of your own hands. All you need are flashlights and tents for sale in the store.

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House hunting? Helpful tips for finding a home http://appsfordetroit.org/2015/10/house-hunting-helpful-tips-for-finding-a-home/ http://appsfordetroit.org/2015/10/house-hunting-helpful-tips-for-finding-a-home/#respond Sat, 03 Oct 2015 17:26:47 +0000 http://appsfordetroit.org/?p=94 Are you looking for a new home? Then you will have to make sure that you are well informed about everything needed before going on a decision. Buying a new home is in fact not just like buying something like a pack of butter at the supermarket. You will need to deepen well into your needs and what available options there are. In that way, you can better focus on house hunting. There is sometimes a widely national Open House Day held by brokers. This is also a great opportunity for you to orient properly.

House hunting?

So if you are a house hunter and you want to find a new home that best suits you as soon as possible? The Open House Day can therefore be an ideal way to see several houses at the same time in one day. The housing agents regularly hold such a day like that. Often such a day will be announced substantial via radio, television, but also in regional newspapers. On the internet you also can probably find it out, for example by searching on Google or other housing sites.

The advantage of these days is that you do not need to make an appointment or to view a house. There will always be someone who is ready to show you around a few house that fit your need. An additional advantage is that you can even go and see houses where you will have no appointment normally made. And who knows precisely what that house is like when you will visit it. A housing online agent often, such as Funda, has already given a lot of good pictures, but it is always different in real life. So see it with your own eyes is definitely better

Another added advantage is that you can compare several houses easily. As recommended above, you can see several houses and so you may well look at the difference of houses, for example the needed maintenance, the size of the garden and / or the layout of the house which may be good or, in other way, disappointing.


There are a number of things that could be useful to keep in mind when you go on the purchase. By well prepare to go for house hunting, it is easier for yourself to choose one from several homes you will be visiting. Get to know you better: what you want to watch and therefore you can compare better.

Some advice which can be useful when searching:

  • Make yourself a list of what you need for your new home: How many bedrooms would like to have? How should the garden be? How far is it from your work? And what are the facilities in the area? There are schools, shops and hospitals nearby? And how is the neighborhood? There are a lot of things you can put in your list.
  • What are your financial resources? Once you know this, the wide range of many options is narrowed a lot. Which house would you like to visit? And does it fall into your price range? This makes the choice a lot easier.
  • Orient you in advance and search for more information in advance. Which properties do you want to see in a new home? After that you can already carry out a pre-selection. This saves you a lot of time at home that you do not want to buy and you can use it for a home you like.
  • When you go see houses on such an open day, then it is useful to advance a pathway to orchestrate what is most efficient. This helps to save you more time for the housing than parking your car.
  • If a house has a property you already do not like, then go straight away. Do not waste your time. Also take a maximum time for a home in your mind.
  • When you have viewed a property, it is wise to make a report. This will give a good and clear picture of the house for yourself.
  • If you have a property in mind … make an appointment as soon as possible with the broker and go into negotiations.

Good luck with finding your dream home!

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