This year has been such an encouraging year for us as a small business. We continue to add to our growing customer list and promise to keep earning the trust of all of you on that list. We are a small business located in a small town but we are blessed to service such a large area of the Midwest. The team at Village Home Stores is so thankful that you see a value in a great price paired with great service. We would love to brighten someone’s Holiday this year but we need your help. We are calling on all of you to be our elves. We need your “nice list” because someone is getting this Whirlpool® laundry pair under their tree!
This 85 series Duet Front-Load laundry pair has a large capacity AND when working as a team, they are efficient with your time, water, AND energy use. Know someone who could use a “load” of help this Holiday? Please let us know who! Who should be nominated? Nominate someone who is in need of laundry without the finances to purchase new. Or nominate someone who is doing good and could use the pair to keep helping others.
Return THIS NOMINATION FORM to Village Home Stores in person or by mail at 105 S State St. Geneseo, IL 61254 or email completed for to firstname.lastname@example.org all entries must be received by Friday December 22nd at 5pm. Winner will be contacted for delivery the week following Christmas. Name of winner will not be announced publicly unless the winning party agrees to it. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Instagram. See store for details.
Village Home Stores is proud to offer Whirlpool appliances to the Quad Cities region. We are able to say with great confidence that we carry products that are backed by U.S. manufacturing and jobs. Did you know that:
Whirlpool Corp. is the only full line appliance manufacturer based in the United States. They operate 9 US manufacturing plants in 5 different states.
Our staff is so lucky to be located just a short drive away from one of those plants in Amana, Iowa. We have been able to participate in a product training and plant tour now for the past few years. Please excuse our attire for the factory tour, this is not a fashion blog folks.
The plant we visited last week is home to all of the bottom-mount refrigeration operations as well as built-in refrigeration. This 2.1 Million square foot facility is huge! We clocked 1 3/4 miles on our factory tour alone. The water treatment facility for the plant also supplies the entire Amana Colonies with water. Whirlpool provides back-up power when needed for the region as well. This Amana, IA plant produces roughly 6,400 refrigerators a day! Pardon our pun but that’s pretty cool!
First of all, say hello to Seth (shown above on left). He is our newest member of the Appliances staff and was able to join us this year for this Whirlpool training and tour event. In addition to our tour, we received product training on many new models and features being introduced in laundry and kitchen appliances. Shown below is one of those new features called an “under-shelf prep zone” which utilizes an un-used space for for marinating or other storage needs in this new refrigerator model. This same new refrigerator model includes TWO ice makers, each with the ability to produce 4.6 lb.s of ice. Just get a text that you are entertaining guests after the work day? No problem! You can program to have plenty of ice by the time you get home right from your mobile phone. We saw so many amazing new products! Many of these models are already at our store or on their way.
View this current US Manufacturing Map from Whirlpool showing the locations and products represented in the 9 manufacturing plants in the US. Whirlpool Corporation currently employs 22,000 manufacturing workers. Whirlpool truly believes that “there is no right way to do a wrong thing” and has committed to this opportunity to stay in the US. For example, instead of moving freezer manufacturing to Mexico or China, Whirlpool has recently purchased an vacant factory in Ottawa, Ohio keeping thousands of jobs in Ohio and allowing another category of product manufacturing to remain in the US.
No complaints that we were greeted the morning of training with cupcakes alongside our breakfast (see our Instagram post on the right when we caught Rob with a cupcake at 8am). We were thrilled to hear that KitchenAid is hosting their #10000cupcakes campaign again this year to benefit Susan G. Komen. You can help make a difference for this cause! Share a photo or video with @KitchenAidUSA on Instagram or Twitter and include #10000cupcakes and #donate. For every original photo or video posted KitchenAid will donate $1 to support the fight against breast cancer, up to $10,000. Join us in store Thursday October 27th from 4:30-7pm as part of our annual “Witches Night Out” celebration and decorate your own cupcake to snap a photo of. Be sure to follow us on Instagram here to see our own cupcake posts.
Do you have a recent model of a Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, or KitchenAid bottom-freezer refrigerator in your kitchen? That unit was made just a short drive past Coralville in Amana, Iowa and we had the privilege to see the smiling faces that assembled it for you.Read about our trip to Amana last yearhere at this link. If you are interested in purchasing appliance brands that help support jobs in our own country, our expert sales staff is ready to help find the right product and features for your lifestyle and budget. Shop our products online anytime here on our website. Then give us a call or stop in the store to experience the award-winning customer experience at Village Home Stores.
A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of getting an invite to a Tastemakers Tea to meet, mingle and discuss trends throughout the Home Decor, Fashion, and Floral industries. These industries are closely knit when it comes to trend and color forecasting. Materials, color palettes, and details all pour over into the Kitchen and Bath industry. Village Home Stores offers expert design and material selection for your new or remodeled home. We strive to be thought-leaders in out industry and always keep our eyes and ears on what is trending so that we can keep the perfect products available for our customers.
We understand that a kitchen design is far more permanent of a decision than purchasing a statement necklace or floral arrangements for your next event but each of these purchases reflect your personal taste. Your personal taste is such an important thing and every bit of your home should reflect it. So much of what we learned at this Tastemakers Tea translates directly into what we are seeing in the Kitchen & Bath industry! Here are 5 trends that we know you can put into play right now for your kitchen or bath design in 2016/2017:
Include Natural Items:
Natural items such as marble, granite, or woodgrain are not just limited to the “permanent” items in your kitchen.
Fall is the perfect time to begin to bring the outdoors in with your home accents. The canisters shown above are made from a gorgeous marble and that horn? it’s a bottle opener that you will never have to go searching for because it is cool enough to leave out layered as part of your look. As you prepare to entertain for these Autumn weeks ahead consider giving your kitchen a whole new look by swapping out that accessories layer in the space. If your kitchen is looking tired, clear everything off of the counters and shelves and challenge yourself to try a new look. You will be amazing at what a new rug or set of canisters can do to jump-start this process.
Nervous about this trend of mixing metals? Kitchen accessories and wall art are the perfect way to dip your toe in and test the waters.
Copper is a fantastic Fall color and it happens to look right “at home” in the kitchen. These vintage canisters from mabel. in Geneseo, IL would pair up quite nicely with the marble set shown above. Mixing metals with other textures can be fun. If you are ready to dive into a more exciting look in mixed metals, your designer at Village Home Stores is ready to help you balance and visualize the finished space. Take a look at this kitchen featured recently on the blog.
This completed look is polished and complete and includes 4 metals finishes in the design! KitchenAid’s Black Stainless and Standard Stainless Steel appliances are paired with Hammered Copper sinks and Oil -Rubbed Bronze faucets. See the complete album of photos from this project here on our Houzz.com page.
Gray continues to become the new neutral choice all across the board. We were gracious to attend Dura Supreme’s Design Symposium again this year and many of the trends they spoke of last year were still atop the list for 2016/2017. Last year we blogged on how Gray is here to stay. Take note that this “trend” is one worth your consideration for your kitchen or bath project because it is forecasted to stay on point for the next 5-8 years.
At Dura Supreme’s Design Symposium we were shown a beautiful new finish combination that really reflects the direction of the Modern Farmhouse look that is evolving into a very polished concept. The “Farmhouse” look is no longer limited to a barn door and an apron-front sink. The polished Modern Farmhouse look has evolved to include many of the trends we are touching on in this post including warmer grays, natural details, and mixed metals.
The “Morel” stain shown here on a Hickory door is a Gray/Brown Undertone finish that allows the natural characteristics of the woodgrain to show. With so many of our projects now including an accent island or cabinet in some area of the design, this wood finish is a great option. If you are considering including a “cool” or a “warm” painted finish to combine with your wood cabinetry, “Morel” pairs perfectly with each concept.
Turn Up The Heat:
So if Gray is the new neutral, what should I pair it with? Our short answer… all the things! An important point we want to make is that because we are seeing Gray used throughout the home, the “cold” and “drab” gray you are picturing is not the Gray you are after. Warmer tones of Gray are most commonly found in cabinet finishes, paint colors and home decor items. These warm Grays pair amazingly with woods ranging from light to dark.
Selecting warmer Grays and pairing with a rich woodtone also lends itself to including many of the other design trends we are suggesting. Including natural items (see our first suggestion in this post) is easy when a warm Gray is in the mix. Natural fibers and materials include a variety of colors in a piece. We snagged this great rug the day of the event from Katsch and it makes for a perfect kitchen sink rug. Natural rope is woven with Gray leather strips. It is unique, comfortable, and stylish. See more great examples of Gray used in beautiful spaces on this Pinterest Board we have curated.
Include Mirror & Glass:
Adding mirror to your space can be a real game-changer when you are looking for a whole new look. A quick change can be to swap out one piece of wall decor for a framed mirror. If your kitchen sink is not beneath a window add a mirror above your sink! This can also be a great way to play around with mixing metal finishes. Challenge yourself to choose a framed mirror different from your faucet or cabinet hardware and repeat this new metal finish someplace else in the space. We carry many framed mirror options in a variety of styles.
At the Tastemakers event we saw antique mirrors used as trays and clear glass accessories were proven to be versatile pieces you can use all year round. We recently blogged about a kitchen that included mirror inserts in place of glass and it bounced light and beautiful countryside views all around the space. A creative surface to play around with mirror is in your kitchen or bathroom tile. Stop by our showroom to see some of the many fun options we have that include mirrored accents in a variety of colors and styles.
If you are wanting to give your kitchen or bath and update consider one or more of these suggestions. Many of them can be done right now possibly with items you have already! If you need some new pieces to use, shop Geneseo, IL for these great looks! If you are wanting to start completely fresh and create a space in your home on trend and complimentary of your own personal style we want to help make that happen! Contact Village Home Stores today to start the conversation about your own project. Our thanks to Katsch, Designs on the Boulevard, and mabel, for hosting the Tastemakers Tea event. The setting, the conversation, and the company was all inspiring! What a great way to kickoff this beautiful Midwest Fall Season!
At Village Home Stores we take customer service very seriously. Since 1984 we have been providing expert service and quality products to our community. We are in the business of creating life-long customers. That can only happen when we put our customers and community first. Our “small business” was so thrilled recently to receive National recognition for our Appliance Service department. The United Servicer’s Association awarded our store as “Most Professional Service Company” in the 1-2 technicians category.
Rob Ries, Co-Owner of Village Home Stores heads up our service team that includes service dispatchers and parts administrators Amy Currier (left) and Ruth Miller (right). Jeff Gerber (inner left) and John Moore (inner right) are our Expert Appliance Service technicians.
Recently we have added a third technician to help provide our customers an even quicker award-winning service experience. We do apologize for the “Humble Brag” but for a small business like us to stand out in such a large community of servicers is exciting. Village Home Stores offers many services and we do so to a large radius of areas surrounding Geneseo, IL. We are proud of our small-town roots and can’t imagine our store being located anywhere else.
The semi-finalists for the United Servicer’s Award were selected by a panel of 5 judges and based on the 4 following areas: Technician Uniform; Service Vehicle; Company Logo: and Online Presence in Social Media. Then the finalists were selected by a group of service peers when put to a vote. No successful business should ever stop improving or learning. That is why all departments of our store attend industry conferences and trade shows whenever it is possible.
Co-Owner of Village Home Stores Rob Ries and Senior Service Technician Jeff Gerber were present at the Annual Service Training Institute in Miami, Florida in February to accept the award. Our staff attends many shows throughout the year. It is important for our customers to have access to anything new and up-and-coming. We also want to be sure that our staff is as knowledgeable as possible on products and trends within the categories of products we carry. Kitchen and Bath products, Lighting, Floorcovering, and Appliances are all continuously changing areas and we want you to have access to the latest and greatest.
Expert product knowledge is something our customers have come to expect from the Village Home Stores staff. Continuing training for our staff like the Dura Supreme Cabinetry training event shown above, is key to keeping our staff sharp on all that we offer. We have recently transitioned one of our current team members to act as our on-site product trainer within the store. ipads and smart TVs are also now a key part of your buying experience with our store.
Embracing current technology and new products and services help keep us at the very forefront of what is happening. We will never stop striving to be your industry experts. 2015 was a pretty gigantic year for our store and 2016 is shaping up to be even better! We have already been awarded with the Best of Houzz in Customer Service for the second year in a row! Houzz.com hosts the largest residential design database in the world. Co-Owner Jim Ries (shown above with sign) was recently recognized as an early-adopter of this platform. Houzz has become an incredible tool for our staff as they work closely with customers to create and collaborate on a finished design for their own dream space. We have chosen to use our professional profile on Houzz.comto showcase our portfolio of work and a place for our customers and colleagues to review us. But that’s not all! We were also awarded with anotherQuad Cities Locals Love Us award in the Custom Cabinetry category for the second year in a row. We work hard to provide an exceptional customer experience for our customers and truly appreciate this award in particular because it is based on customer voting. Thank you to anyone who was one of those voters.
Now that your customer experience at Village Home Stores falls into the new category of “Award-Winning”, we are taking customer service even more seriously moving into 2016. If you have become one of our customers in the past 32 years we thank you so much! When you call for a service appointment, or purchase a light fixture from our store we want to count on seeing you again the next time you need anything we provide. We consider our customers as the main ingredient in our store’s community. Stop in anytime just to say “hello” to see what we are working on and what is new! Schedule your appointment for a project at (309) 944-1344 or online anytime at VillageHomeStores.com.
Who’s ready to do a giant cannonball into the new Geneseo Park District’s Outdoor Pool?!? Everyone? We knew it wasn’t just us. Our staff and their families are just as eager as you to enjoy the splash pad, zero gravity pool, and defiantly the drop slides! Village Home Stores is excited to announce a way you can shop locally and help fund this amazing project for our community! We’re calling it “Splash In September” and all you have to do to contribute is shop!
During the entire month of September 2015 all Appliance and Floorcovering sales purchased and paid for will be “pooled” together and 5% of those sales will be matched in a donation to the Geneseo Park District Foundation.
Haven’t had a chance to see just how incredible this pool will be? Check out the Park District’s page here for up-to-date information and a site map of the entire new space and all of the features it will include. You will see why we are pretty excited to help fund this new pool. The Park District is breaking ground on this new project this week! Let’s help “splash” them with a huge donation.
We carry Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Amana, Viking, and Sharp appliances. Have you had a chance to stop in see our newly remodeled Appliance showroom? We have opened up the entire lower level to make more space and an easier experience for you when you visit. Don’t forget that Village Home Stores is a member of an 11 billion dollar buying organization. The majority of our appliances are priced at or below home improvement store prices. You get a Low Price Guarantee paired with exceptional service during the selection process and long after the product has been installed at your home.
Village Home Stores will also match 5% of all September purchases made and paid for from our rapidly-growing Floorcovering department. Our selection of fantastic products continues to grow to offer you a large selection of many types of materials for your project. New flooring for a single room, or an entire home. We can help. Plus don’t forget that kitchen backsplash project you have been meaning to complete. It may not be a “floor” but all of our tile comes from the Floorcovering department and will still be considered part of our “pooled” amount to donate from.
We have had the privilege to see just how incredible this community is for over 30 years. You have supported our store and we are so excited for all of the great new reasons why Geneseo continues to be a wonderful place for us to call “home” for our Home Store. Every purchase made locally keeps $ you spend within your community. This “Splash In September” program helps give back even more to our community. Spend Local. Enjoy Local. We plan on enjoying that new pool and are excited for you to help us fund it.