Atlantic Electric Baltimore, MD

Atlantic Electrical Supply : Family Matters

Atlantic Electrical Supply in Virginia is a successful blend of two families spanning multi-generations.   In the 1920s, Atlantic Electrical Supply was enjoying such solid business in Baltimore that Isador Richard (I.R.) Levet – grandfather to cousins Stephen and David Levet who are at the helm today – started up a branch in Richmond, Va., […]

Lighting Showrooms of the Future-style

Showroom of the Future

These retailers find that investment in bricks and mortar can turn showroomers into buyers.  By Susan Grisham A funny thing happened during the Recession: consumers hunkered down and discovered new ways to shop. By merely lifting a finger, they became more mobile, shopping new venues, encountering new trends, and comparing prices. Whether via tablets at […]

De-Lightvill lighting Showroom Los Angeles

Retail Profile DeLightVille

The owners of this ARTS Award-winning showroom pride themselves on making their clients’ dreams come true. When Mike and Wendi Deterville first opened up a 1,800-sq.-ft. store in the Los Angeles area in the early 1990s, their focus was on ceiling fans. However, after meeting other Tacony customers on an industry trip, they realized that […]

Hinsdale Lighting Chicago

Hinsdale Lighting

A finalist in the ARTS Awards to be announced this month, Hinsdale Lighting adds sparkle to a Chicago suburb. After teaching high school English for eight years in the Chicago area, Karen Lang was at a crossroads in her life. She took a leave of absence from her teaching position, traveled through Europe, and even […]

Light Bulbs Etc

Retail Spotlight: Light Bulbs Etc.

Light Bulbs Etc. & Lifestyles has everything homeowners and designers could want, but possibly haven’t even imagined…yet. “Sometimes a lighting showroom is the worse place to see how a lighting fixture looks,” says Melvyn Kahn, referring to the cluttered appearance of many electrical supply houses and lighting stores. “We’re a design industry,” he notes, adding […]

Hacienda Lighting

Hacienda Lighting: Success in Scottsdale

The owners of Hacienda Lighting turned this struggling retail store around from bankruptcy to superstar status. David Pritchett, Sr., and his wife Donna, got their start in the industry several decades ago, working for a small lighting showroom in Scottsdale, Arizona. They enjoyed the industry immensely, and began advancing in their careers. While David was […]

King Electric Company, Burlington, N.C.

King Electric Serving Burlington, N.C.

For nearly a century, four generations of Kings have helped the Burlington, N.C. community with its lighting needs. “We’ve been a family business for 95 years, starting out in the early 1920s selling home generator power systems and water pumps,” says Jim King Sr., owner of King Electric in Burlington, North Carolina.  His grandfather soon […]

Valley Light Gallery

Retail Profile: Valley Light Gallery

For more than 40 years, Valley Light Gallery has been urging Phoenix-area residents to “come see the light.”   Growing up in Detroit, you’d think Chris Unthank, the second-generation owner of Valley Light Gallery in Scottsdale, Ariz., would have a fascination with cars. Instead, it’s a different type of machinery – the kind found in […]

Carols Lighting

Carol’s Lighting: Humble, Texas

Carol’s Lighting has grown a lot since its 1980 opening in Humble, Texas – not only with the addition of another profitable store, but also earning two ARTS Awards for excellence. Practically since they first locked eyes as students in grammar school, Don and Carol Gressett have made a great team – even their parents […]

Butler Lighting serving High Point, North Carolina

Butler Lighting: Family Name, Business Creed

Although Butler is the family name behind a multi store lighting business, it also aptly describes the company’s creed With showrooms in the High Point, Greensboro, and Lewisville, N.C. area, Butler Lighting pretty much has this portion of the Piedmont Triad covered.  In fact, the High Point store – the largest of the trio at […]