Terralisa McBride-Office Manager

Terralisa  has been with the Skaff organization for nearly 20 years.  In that time she has taken on every job with the same enthusiasm and energy as her first day.  She has been a fast learner and always eager to find ways to be more valuable to our company.

Terralisa has taken on more and more responsibility over the years until she has become an integral part of our administrative office.  We have always been able to count on Terralisa to help train new people, or fill whenever we needed someone.  Because of her versatility she became the ‘go-to’ person in many situations.

And so it became a natural progression that when we had the opening we name her as our Office Materralisa-mcbridenager.  In a busy company like ours this is a key person and we know we can trust Terra to do a great job.

It is always gratifying to see a Skaff employee grow and learn and succeed.  There is no better example than Terralisa McBride.

Skaff is awarded Angie’s List Super Service Award for Second Year

2015ssa_ColorLow528pxSkaff Furniture Carpet One has been awarded the Angie’s List Super Service Award for the second year in a row.  This is a significant achievement in that the award is driven by the positive feedback from Skaff customers.  According to Angie’s List, only the top 5% of companies in any category will earn the Super Service Award.

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

The Skaff family is grateful for the employees who made this possible, and for the customers who gave such great feedback on their experience with Skaff.  We hope to do all we can to earn our customer’s trust and loyalty every day.

 

 

 

Skaff Announces Grand Opening of Karastan Gallery

 

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Skaff is proud to announce the Grand Opening of our Karastan Gallery.  We feel this will be an excellent addition to our showroom, a good fit with the other excellent brand names we offer for our customers.

Since 1928 Karastan has created the best quality carpeting for discriminating customers, always crafted in the latest styles and fresh with the colors people want in their homes. Plush textured saxonies, elegant carved patterns, contemporary designs, all made from the cutting edge fibers that demanding households really need.   Karastan offers a wide selection of high style wool carpeting for those who want a more natural feel, and the longevity that wool provides.

Karastan continues to develop beautiful styles and colors year after year.  And along with the innovation in style, they have kept pace with technology to make the carpets practical as well as beautiful.  New fibers for durability, new stain resistant properties to make them easy to care for.

We are looking forward to a great start with Karastan, and look forward to a long successful relationship with this premier brand.

Pat Kane Retires after 47 Years at Skaff

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AFTER 47 YEARS AND 77 DAYS ON THE JOB, SKAFF SALESPERSON PAT KANE IS READY TO RETIRE TO HIS RECLINER.

 Hall of Fame baseball player Al Kaline spent all his 22 years in the majors with the Detroit Tigers. Future Hall of Fame player Derek Jeter spent his entire 20-year career in a New York Yankees’ uniform.

 Add all those years together and the total still falls a little shy of the time Hall of Fame salesman, Pat Kane has spent as an MVP on the Skaff Furniture & Carpet team!

 On March 16, 1968, the 18-year-old kid from Flint hired in at Skaff as stock boy. This Monday, June 1, after 47 years and 77 days at the one and only place he’s ever worked, Pat Kane is retiring.

 “It really is a remarkable achievement,” smiles Skaff Furniture and Carpet President, Dick Skaff. “The funny part is when Pat told me about his retirement, he admitted to being puzzled about exactly what to say because he’d never left a job before!”

 According to Skaff, who did some serious mathematical calculations, Kane has accounted for more than $17 million dollars in sales over the years.

 “At $199 a crack, that adds up to quite a few recliners,” laughs Kane.

 Starting out Kane worked as a stock boy and was self-described go-fer at the Skaff Harrison Street store location in downtown Flint.

 “I worked in the stock room, unloading trucks. I’d go get coffee and sandwiches for lunch, all that kind of stuff. After a few months, they started asking me to bring a tie in to work so when the store was really busy, I could step out of the stock room and pinch-hit on the sales floor,” recalls Kane. “I really enjoyed helping with the customers. I loved what I was doing and made a good living at it and before you know it, almost a half century had passed.”

 What makes this story even more incredible is that Pat Kane met Patricia, his wife of 43 years, while working at Skaff. At the time, Patty was a receptionist at the downtown store.

The couple live in Grand Blanc and have two grown children, Adam and Ryan.

 In 2006, Kane was inducted into the Skaff Furniture and Carpet Hall of Fame honoring long-time loyal employees and customers.

“Pat was one of our original inductees. In fact, he’s been at the store throughout my entire career here,” smiles Skaff. “It’s going to seem really strange not to see him on our sales floor. I can’t even begin to say how much we will miss him.”

 Skaff Furniture-Carpet One has been a family-owned business in Genesee County since 1911, and recently celebrated its 104th Anniversary. The 70,000 square-foot Skaff Warehouse/Showrooms are located at 23-Expressway and Hill Road.

Skaff achieves the Angie’s List Super Service Award

13ANG0007_SuperServiceLogo_Final_LessGradient-2200pxEvery month we get calls and letters from our customers telling us what a great job our employees did for them.  Everyone from the sales staff to the delivery people to the office staff to the installers, everyone seems to be working hard and the customers notice and thank us.

We are proud of the people who work at Skaff; they are a dedicated, hard working group of professionals who all pull together to give our customers the best possible experience.  So it is really gratifying to hear that the families we serve really appreciate the effort.

And so when Skaff was awarded the Super Service Award from Angie’s List, we naturally have to thank our staff for making it possible.  When our customers post positive reviews about our company on Angie’s List, and give us an ‘A’ grade, it got noticed by the Angie’s List folks, and ultimately we were given this acknowledgement.

The Skaff family wants to thank our loyal customers who were kind enough to share their experience, and to our employees who made it all possible.  We will all strive to make sure we keep the bar set high.

 

Skaff Celebrates Three Generations Serving our Community

skaffdwntwnThis year Skaff celebrates 104 years in business.  It takes a little thought to realize how significant that event is, considering that the number of businesses that last three generations, over a century, are few and far between.

But at the heart of the longevity are a few things that were set in motion from the first day of business.  The Skaff family, and all of our employees, set out every day to give our customers an excellent experience.    We want to offer our customers the best brands of furniture and floor covering, the widest selection we can fit in out 70,000 square foot showroom.  And of course, provide real value in our products and services.

We want to thank our employees, our great partner vendors, and the families in our community who have come back to visit us, generation after generation.  We will continue to work hard to make sure Skaff is the place you would select your next furniture or floor covering to make your home beautiful.

Just Shorn Wool

Skaff Carries a wide variety of the latest styles of floor covering, including the best qualities of carpet for discriminating customers who want to invest in their home for the long term.  Included in this category are is a collection we are particularly proud of; Just Shorn.

Just Shorn is a fine quality carpet made of 100% New Zealand wool.  We find our customers who choose wool are looking for long lasting beauty, with a natural texture and finish.  One of the great features of the wool carpet, beyond it’s durability, is the ease of care.  Wool will naturally resist most stains, and soil cleans easily with regular vacuuming.  And wool is a natural, sustainable product, harvested with the greatest respect for the sheep.  Many of our customers who want to be more considerate of the ecology will choose wool instead of man made fibers, which are all petroleum based.

Just Shorn wool carpet comes from a cooperative of family ranches in New Zealand.  Skaff, a family owned business for over 100 years, feels a strong connection to these ranchers, and we respect the philosophy and sensibilities they employ in bringing us this excellent wool.

Just Shorn is not only durable, easy to care for and sustainable, it will help make your home beautiful.  And that’s something you can enjoy every day for many years.

Fall is just around the corner…

This time of year most families begin putting away the lawn chairs and hammocks and start thinking about spending more time indoors. Cool nights, cozy quilts on the couch, maybe a fire in the fireplace, all parts of the next season coming to us.

Entertaining moves from horseshoes in the yard to card games in the kitchen. Or maybe having the family over to watch a football game on Saturday.

All of this adds up to one thing; we spend a bit more time inside our homes, and we want them to be comfortable. Not just soft to the touch, or comfy to sit on, but easy for us to live in.

One thing we can be proud of at Skaff is our expert sales professionals. Not only do they know what products perform best in what circumstances, but they know how to fit the right flooring or furniture to a lifestyle.

Stop in and browse sometime and spend a little time visiting with our staff. You’ll see that the Skaff Experience isn’t just getting new stuff in your house. It is about making your home more beautiful, more comfortable, and more ‘you’.

Skaff Celebrates 103 Years in the Community

IMG_4191In 1911,  George Skaff could not have predicted what his new business would become three generations later.

Selling area rugs from a horse drawn wagon, the young immigrant focused on finding new customers and then providing value and good service, in hopes of building a future for himself and his family.

As the years went by the business grew.  And so did the family.  By the time George’s sons joined the business, the Skaff company was a significant presence in the community.  Selling carpet, rugs, and later furniture, the company became famous for high quality home furnishings, good prices, and the kind of customer service that made you want to visit again.

In all of the years that have passed, the Skaff name has become synonymous with quality. And with that, the family’s reputation for giving back to the community grew as well. Countless organizations have been started and supported over the years by the Skaff family, with the aim to make the community a better place.  That tradition continues to this very week.

The company has employed thousands of people over the years, from salespeople to installers to drivers to office staff, providing real careers, some of which spanned decades.  The economic ripple from being a steady employer for 103 years, is hard to measure.

George Skaff would be proud of the effort that his children and grandchildren have made to keep the Skaff legacy intact; doing business with integrity, providing a great place for willing people to work, and offering products and services that make loyal customers.  He might not have been able to predict this future, but its outcome undoubtedly would have made him smile.

For over 100 years the Skaff family has provided a friendly environment for our customers to select the furnishings they want to make their homes more comfortable, more beautiful and reflect their own style.   Generation after generation of Skaff customers return to get great quality products, fair prices, and the excellent experience that has become the Skaff hallmark.  We look forward to what the next century brings.

5 Tips to Help You Go Green During Home Renovations

From large scale renovations to quick redecorating projects, there are many great ways to go green while making updates to your home.  In celebration of Earth Day, Skaff Furniture Carpet One Floor & Home offers these five tips on making your project a little greener:

1. Repurposing vintage and antique furniture is one of the best ways to be kind to the planet. Family members’ garages, yard sales, and online auction sites like eBay and Craigslist are great places to start. A repurposed piece might need some work but often times, a quick coat of paint or a good cleaning can reveal the perfect piece to add a layer of uniqueness to a new design.

2. Choose a paint that has no VOCs – volatile organic compounds – like Benjamin Moore’s Natura® line. VOCs are also what cause that paint smell so this green choice will also make do-it-yourself painting projects a little more enjoyable.

3. Look for green options in unexpected places. Many people are surprised to find that there are so many options for eco-friendly flooring.  You’re not just limited to hard surface. There are carpet options that are green too. At Carpet One Floor & Home, they indicate eco-friendly products with theGreen Select label to make them easier for customers to find.

4.  Often times a home project is so focused on what is new that the old is forgotten. Donating old furniture and making sure that construction materials are disposed of properly is a big part of a green remodel. Gently used furniture can be sold in a yard sale or donated to charity. Even carpet can often be reused or recycled – gently used carpet can be cleaned and donated and certain types of carpet can be recycled. It make take a little extra work to keep your old room out of the landfill, but donating and recycling as much as possible is important for green home project.

5. Green goes beyond the actual remodel or renovation. This is a great time to add features that will save energy for years to come. Installing ceiling fans during a renovation can cut down on energy use year round. Energy efficient appliances are an important feature to consider during kitchen upgrades.   And, if exterior doors are part of the project, make sure they are energy efficient as well.

“I like to keep the environment in mind whenever possible,” says Steve Suraci from Icarus Designs. “Products with earth-friendly labels like Energy Star and Green Select make it easy to make the green choice.” Steve Suraci provides more green ideas in his video “Green Up Your Renovation”

Home renovation projects can be exciting and gratifying. Keeping the earth in mind will make the new space even more enjoyable for years to come.

For more ideas and information on green products mentioned in this article, please visit Carpet One Floor & Home’s Pinterest Board “Green Home”.