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DARVIN FURNITURE CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF SMARTSTUFF GALLERY


ORLAND PARK, Ill., August 26, 2014-

Darvin Furniture celebrated the grand opening of its Smartstuff Gallery, featuring Smartstuff™ by Universal Furniture, on Saturday, August 23, at 15400 La Grange Road.

We are excited to open a Smartstuff Gallery, as it is another way we are able to provide added value to our consumers,” says Marty Darvin, owner of Darvin Furniture. “With a focus on style, safety and function and designed for the way kids live today, Smartstuff is expertly outfitted with the innovative features that have set new standards in youth furniture. We are proud to be the largest Smartstuff Gallery in the greater Chicago area and the first Smartstuff Gallery to open in the United States.”

Owners Marty and Steve Darvin commemorated the opening on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with a ribbon cutting. Prior to the opening, there was a training session and graduation of nearly 80 selling associates and designers at the store.

Known as “Chicagoland’s largest furniture and mattress store,” this family-owned business began with door-to-door furniture sales in 1920 and opened its first store in the early 1940s. The new 2,000 sq.-ft. Smartstuff Gallery is located within the 177,000 sq.-ft. store that caters to Chicagoland and the greater northern Illinois area.

Fully accessorized and furnished vignettes help parents visualize decorating ideas and room layouts, while videos focus on Smartstuff’s style, safety and features. An interactive screen will allow parents to navigate the Smartstuff website, which includes photography of every piece in all of the collections. When parents are ready to order, a Darvin Furniture associate can instantly determine the furniture’s availability.

Darvin Furniture showcases five Smartstuff collections. Created for the way kids really live, each collection, whether for boys or girls, is designed starting with safety to meet or exceed government regulations and standards. Innovative Smartstuff smart features found throughout the collections include patented charging stations, removable drawer partitions, secret compartments, built-in lighting, an upper bunk tray and fun teaching elements to expand young minds.

“Darvin Furniture has long been known throughout the greater Illinois area for its excellent service and selection. We are excited to open a Smartstuff Gallery in Chicagoland,” says Jeff Scheffer, president of Universal Furniture. “Smartstuff is created for the way kids live by designers who know youth furniture. We’ve avoided gimmicky themes and looked at every single piece, to figure out how we could make it better than anything else on the market, so that it is not only safe and practical for parents, but also equally fun for kids.”

Darvin Furniture is a family owned business dedicated to providing the finest selection of affordable, fashionable home furnishings at a value and customer service level unequaled in the marketplace. While always focusing on its customers, the company provides an environment for its associates that is fair, supportive and provides an opportunity to achieve personal goals.

Launched in 2011, Smartstuff™ by Universal is furniture for kids that set new standards in kids’ furniture for styling, safety, construction, function and fun. Created for the way kids really live, each collection, whether for boys, or girls, or both, is designed starting with safety to meet or exceed government regulations and standards. Innovative Smartstuff smart features found throughout the collections include patented charging stations, removable drawer partitions, secret compartments, built-in lighting, an upper bunk tray and fun teaching elements to expand young minds. Smartstuff is a brand of Universal Furniture International, Inc., a whole home resource offering good, affordable, smart design. It is manufactured at dedicated facilities in China. For more information, please visit www.smartstufffurniture.com.

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