New Product News From Summit 2019

Village Home Stores shares what new and exciting things shown on the Better Together Summit Expo floor in Nashville TN. - VillageHomeStores.com

We just returned from a whirlwind of a weekend in Nashville, TN where we attended a summit held by our BrandSource buying group. Events like these are so valuable to our small business because we are able to connect and learn from other stores similar to Village. By making these connections, we can learn together and educate ourselves in ways to make YOUR Village experience even better! Village Home Stores is a BrandSource member so that we can offer our customers prices competitive with the big box stores paired with a customer experience that is the very best out there.

Village Home Stores is an AVB Brandsource member. This buying group gives us a competitive edge for pricing and opportunities to give our customers the best experience available. Better Together Summit in Nashville TN. | VillageHomeStores.com

Connecting with other stores and service offices and sharing our stories allows us to all be “Better Together” (which was actually the title of this year’s summit event). We spent our days learning about ways we can better this customer experience for you in store and online. We also spent many many hours training on the new product launches announced for our Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid and Amana brands. We saw a LOT of exciting new things this weekend so we thought we would share a recap about these new and exciting products, some of which are already en route to the Village showroom. Here is a peek at what Tammy, Rob, and Elizabeth saw in Music City!

Village Home Stores shares exciting product news from the expo floor at the 2019 AVB Brandsource BetterTogetherSummit in Nashville TN | villagehomestores.com

A Smart Wall Oven You Can Grill In!

The new product launch that carried the most “buzz” around the show was KitchenAid’s new Smart Oven with Powered Attachments. Available in a single, double, and combination microwave / wall oven, this wall oven series has truly elevated the use for any home cook that loves the process and full experience of cooking at home. For the Village Home Stores customers who loves to cook , you are going to want to press play below to see some sneak peeks from the show floor…

Yes! That is in fact a grill attachment that can be used indoors! There are two other powered attachments that come with this smart oven, but we have to begin with the grill. A base with heating elements connects to the wall oven and atop that, the grill attachment “caps” the coils to create a grill surface. This patent-pending design minimizes smoke that can be created by flares when grease hits the coil. With the coils encased, this grill attachment makes the Midwest year-round grilling dream a reality!

The KitchenAid smart oven with powered attachments allow you to grill year round indoors! The grill coils are covered by the top plate so that grease will not drip down onto the coils to cause smoking. | villagehomestores.com

Smart Ovens come with three powered attachments: a grill, a steamer, and an element-heated baking stone. Of course we must add that of course the Smart Oven can be used as a standard bake oven and also includes convection features and assisted convection conversion. You can use this versatile wall oven with or without the powered attachments. Have you ever used a baking stone? The biggest issue is that you are supposed to preheat that stone reeeeeally far ahead of using it to get the best results. With the powered baking stone attachment resting right on top of the elements, you can skip that step all together! Get consistent, and crisp results on a stone that can fit up to a 14″ pizza.

KitchenAid's smart oven comes with 3 powered attachments for grilling, steaming, or baking stone use. | villagehomestores.com

The steam attachments are also incredible! Any serious home-chef knows that cooking with steam helps to infuse moisture and added flavor that can’t be matched! This powered attachment can fit enough sides and meat to feed a family of four all in one pan! You can even use this attachment to cook with the steam pan and no lid in the “steam assist” mode. The steamer is dishwasher-safe and can easily clean up with soap and water.

Steam attachment for the KitchenAid smart oven with powered attachment. Feed a family of four with only using one pan! | villagehomestores.com

This wall oven is like a home-chef’s Swiss army knife. It has so many features all packed into one location in a kitchen! Being able to prepare such a flavorful meal all in one pan for a last-minute small dinner party sounds like a dream! You can prepare the meat, vegetables, pasta, all in one pan! The pre-programmed recipes for the steam attachment all sound like a delicious way to learn how to use your new oven!

-Elizabeth Round, Village Team Member
KitchenAid's steam attachment for the smart oven is dishwasher safe and can be used with or without the lid. | villagehomestores.com

Imagine being able to grill indoors during the entire Winter season we have just endured! Seeing how the grill coils were wrapped with the top casing, now I understand how there was virtually no smoke involved while Chef Ann was making so many burgers in that wall oven!

-Tammy Clark, Village Team Member
KitchenAid's smart oven comes with 3 powered attachments for grilling, steaming, or baking stone use. | villagehomestores.com

Recipe Guidance and Connectivity:

We really wish this blog had a scratch-and-sniff feature so you could smell those incredible sirloin chorizo burgers Chef Ann was grilling up! Ann showed us as she was working how the recipe guide mode walks you through each step. She even got a notification on her phone as she was talking to us that it was time to flip the burgers over.

KitchenAid's smart oven with recipe guide. On-screen tutorials help users get comfortable with their new powered attachments. 3 recipes for each attachment available. | villagehomestores.com

That notification to flip the burgers is a great example of how connected smart home appliances can help keep your busy household on track to a great meal. Imagine having guests over while entertaining in your back patio and getting a notification on your Apple watch that the oven is preheated, or your meal timer is ending. The WiFi and app features rolling out with KitchenAid all are there to help give you the best experience AND results while cooking in your kitchen.

A New Look For Commercial Ranges!

We were also able to take a peek at the redesign of the commercial ranges from KitchenAid. These units now pair better with other KitchenAid items as a suite with handles and include great new options for accent colors (shown below in “Navy”)

KitchenAid Commercial Range redesign with connected WiFi features shown on the expo floor at the 2019 AVB Brandsource BetterTogetherSummit in Nashville TN | villagehomestores.com

I’m really excited to see this redesign for the commercial ranges. Now the handles can better match the rest of the kitchen suite and the connected features added are great! I would love the remote-enabled option to preheat and monitor my oven as I am leaving work headed home.

-Rob Ries, Co-Owner of Village Home Stores
Yummly app with Whirlpool Connected Appliances demo from the expo floor at the 2019 AVB Brandsource BetterTogetherSummit in Nashville TN | villagehomestores.com

Smart home tech is not just limited to our KitchenAid line of product. The first to introduce connected appliances was Whirlpool and they continue to add to their connected appliance features. Whirlpool has added even more connected models and the Yummly partnership has proven to be a very great integration. If you aren’t familiar with it, Yummly is an extremely popular recipe search engine that allows you to search for recipes online that fit within your own dietary restrictions and ingredient availability! Now you can take that found recipe one step further by sending the recipe directly to your smart appliances for instruction.

As you can see in the video above, Yummly users can even image-capture the physical items you have on hand and search recipes online. The Whirlpool and Yummly features have now been available for some time and they keep getting better and better!

Maytag’s New Cast Iron Finish!

Village co-owner Rob Ries checks out the new Maytag Cast Iron finish shown on the expo floor at the 2019 AVB Brandsource BetterTogetherSummit in Nashville TN

We had heard Maytag may be rolling out a new finish but didn’t realize we would have a chance to see it in person so soon! Seeing the new “Cast Iron” color was exciting! This finish is a more rugged, darker look than our Black Stainless products. Cast Iron is a matte black finish without the brushed look of a Black Stainless. This new finish, on the sturdy, dependable Maytag line is a great look! Speaking of sturdy and dependable, how about a Maytag dryer so large and strong dealers were climbing into it!

Maytag dryers so large and durable that dealers can CLIMB into them! Image Via AVB Brandsource Team.
Maytag dryers so large and durable that dealers can CLIMB into them! Image Via AVB Brandsource Team.

Laundry Features Fit For a King!

Now that’s a capacity and commercial-grade parts illustration we loved seeing in action! We were also glad to not have to climb in ourselves to get the point across to you. Large capacity with the best cleaning in the industry is a major need for many of our Village Home Stores laundry customers. How about a large-capacity agitator washer that can a fit king-sized comforter!? We saw it with our own eyes!

A Maytag large capacity top load washer with agitator that fits a king-sized comforter! | villagehomestores.com

Now of course we should mention that while this washer boasts a large capacity and great cleaning action… it is very large itself! Please work closely with your Village Home Stores appliance team to make sure you have the space to get this washer and dryer pair into your home and in place. There was great news from the Whirlpool laundry products including many changes to the front load lines. The Load & Go system of pre-loading detergent can now store up to 40 loads of laundry detergent. If you use our Excelsior HE product, that is more like 60-120 loads because our detergent is 6x concentrated. Our staff can help show you how to enter that info as you load your detergent and then you will be all set for many months without even refilling.

The new load-and-go system in the Whirlpool frontload laundry line allows you to pre-load even more loads of detergent to make laundry easier! | villagehomestores.com

We saw so much more than we can get to in this recap (and don’t worry we did manage to see a lot of great live music too while in Nashville). We look forward to featuring some of these new features in upcoming projects here on the blog. Of course you can shop our appliances online, anytime at villagehomestores.com but you may also stop by our showroom to see us in person. Thank you to BrandSource for the incredible business workshops and training this weekend. We are thrilled to partner with other businesses to offer the competitive prices and award-winning service experience they expect from Village Home Stores. We truly are better together.

Village Home Stores recaps the trip to the Better Together Summit 2019 in Nashville TN. - VillageHomeStores.com

Our Holiday Host and Hostess Gifts to You

Ideas for your worksgiving.

Are you hosting a get together this Holiday? At Village Home Stores we think entertaining guests in your home is such a wonderful gift to all who experience it. When people gather, memories are made. We want you to enjoy your time at home and make the Holidays as easy as possible for you. So with the approaching Thanksgiving holiday this week, we thought we would put together a few host/hostess gifts from our family to yours.  Are you hosting a meal this week? Wanting to find a polite way to ask everyone to “park” their glowing screens someplace else other than at their place-setting? How about giving them a polite instruction and location for it:No phones at the table policy? Enforce it politely with this free printable sign. | villagehomestores.com

Find a location to place a small basket for your guests to “park” their phones in during mealtime. Download this sign fro us for free!  Tap HERE For This Be Present Printable and find an unused frame to put it in. We made these printables simple and easy to crop to fit a frame. Speaking of phones, it has become a norm of modern hospitality to offer your home WiFi to guests. If you want to avoid having to repeat the information every time the doorbell rings, grab this sign to customize:Have houseguests this Holiday? Let them hop on your wifi with this free pdf printable sign. | villagehomestores.com

Just tap HERE For a WiFi Printable and add your network name and password before framing. This can be located near the appetizers, home bar, or in the powder room when entertaining. NOTE: this framed sign is a very thoughtful addition to a guest bedroom if you have overnight guests. Is your home is a “shoes off” house? Remind your guests with a Friendly Shoes Off Sign that reads “Leave all worries (and your shoes please) at the door”. Is your house a shoes off please house? Enforce it politely with this free pdf printable sign. | villagehomestores.com

Last week we hosted a “Worksgiving” event after hours here at the store. “Friendsgiving” and “Worksgiving” events are becoming more and more popular and we totally understand why! Who doesn’t love an excuse to get together to snack and sip!? Since Village Home Stores is in the business to creating beautiful spaces for entertaining, it should not be a surprise that we can also create a pretty amazing pot luck feast! For last week’s “Wine-Down Worksgiving” we each brought an appetizer to share. Easy appetizers for holiday entertaining, friendsgiving, and worksgiving events. | villagehomestores.com

Of course we had countless crock pots full of so many tasty snacks and the showroom smelled so good all day we could hardly wait until 5pm. We posted a few of the appetizer recipes to the Village Home Stores Pinterest page just in case you are looking for a last-minute recipe for your own gathering. Find a simple Caramel Apple Dip, Apricot Crustini Bites, and Spicy Sausage Stars on our recipe board. Easy appetizers for holiday entertaining, friendsgiving, and worksgiving events. | villagehomestores.com

Love crock-pot season? We do too! Be sure to scroll through and follow that whole board on our Pinterest page because we have pinned a lot of great crock pot and toaster oven recipes there for our clients who are currently going through a remodel and don’t have a full kitchen at the moment. We think a Worksgiving was a great way to gather as a work family and get us ready for the Holiday season. Our new lighting showroom made for the perfect space to do it.
Hosting a get together and want every to ditch their screens? Enforce it politely with this free pdf printable sign. | villagehomestores.com

Need to service your appliances before a big meal? Call our expert appliance service team at (309) 944-1344 for a service appointment. We service most major brands. Shopping for new appliances this month? Don’t forget that we purchase from a multi-million dollar buying group and offer our Local Low Price Guarantee to all customers! That means we have prices competitive with the box stores but you get to have the award-winning expert customer experience you deserve! Our team will help you find the right deals and the right models for your lifestyle and budget.  Shop our Black Friday savings here onlineBlack Friday and Small Business Saturday deals from Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

We want to remind you that Village Homes Stores is a family-owned small business and we proudly stay closed on Thanksgiving Day so all of our staff can enjoy the Holiday. We will be open Black Friday from 9am until 5pm and again on Small Business Saturday from 9am until noon at 105 S State in Downtown Geneseo, IL. Stop in and see us! We always have fresh baked cookies for our guests. No matter where you are spending your holiday, we hope you are safe and blessed. A very special thank you to all of our amazing clients who are preparing their first Thanksgiving meals in their new kitchens from Village Home Stores this year! Cheers! 

AVBSummit Recap: What is New and Exciting From Our Brands

We just got back from the BrandSource annual Summit event in Nashville, TN. Before we brush the dirt off our cowboy boots, we must tell you about what we saw! This event is our opportunity to learn about industry news and projections as well as see new product in action. We had Rachele visit us in the WQAD studio to chat about what we saw on a segment of the Village Home Show. Press play below to watch our recap.

Very exciting stuff! The connected appliances are so amazing and like we mentione din that segment, available on very affordable models! You are going to LOVE some of the new features rolling out from our brands. Some have already launched and are available to ship now. Like the new low-profile microwave hood from Whirlpool® (shown below on right).The new low-profile microwave hood available from Whirlpool at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Do you have a venthood beneath a cabinet now and wish you could fit a microwave hood there instead? This model allows you to do that without replacing the cabinet above with a shorter cabinet! A 1.1 cu. ft. microwave hood designed to still accommodate tall mugs, wide plates, even a fully popped bag of popcorn. Fitting in the same space as an undercabinet hood, now you can get your microwave off the counter to add space to your kitchen. The unit measures 10 1/4″ H x 30″ W x 18″ D (finished sides) and has 400 CFMs of vent power. The new low-profile microwave hood (shown in Black Stainless) available from Whirlpool at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

We saw a ton of great new product on the Expo floor and during our product training sessions. Unique new finishes, innovative new laundry features and WiFi enabled appliances with features we fell in love with quickly. Press play below to see some of the great new products and features we saw from the Whirlpool® family of products in their Expo booth.

So what do we mean WiFi enabled features? Why would you want a “connected” appliance? Do you already use your phone, tablet or voice-command device while working in the kitchen? Then you will love connected appliances. Wish you could check the status of your laundry load or start the dishwasher right as you remember it before you fall asleep? How about simply scanning a microwave dinner box and getting the perfect power level and time entered for you? With Whirlpool®’s new Scan-to-Cook you can do that! Scan-to-Cook also translates into the connected ranges for the perfect cooktimes and many time avoiding the need to even preheat the oven. Scan to cook connected features with new Whirlpool connected products. | VillageHomeStores.com

Are you already looking up recipes and setting timers in the kitchen? Access those features directly in the connected ranges. The most exciting partnership with this product launch is the integration of Yummly to the product. The Yummly app is known worldwide as an award-winning recipe app with the tech to help you find a recipe using the ingredients you have on hand. There is even image recognition within the app. What does that mean? It means you scan the ingredients on your counter, pantry, or refrigerator and Yummly suggests recipes you can make with what you have. Then just send the recipe to your range and the step-by-step guide will be right on the touchscreen for you.
Yummly connected features with new Whirlpool connected products. | VillageHomeStores.com

It sounds like a scene from Star Trek but we promise we saw it with our own eyes! Many of these products are already ready to ship this Spring/Summer. We can’t wait to get our showroom set up to show you how easy this tech is to use. Of course the range also still can operate as a non-connected appliances as well. All standard baking and broiling feature can be entered by any user. We also saw new features added all across the cooking, refrigeration, and laundry categories. Great options like “vacation mode” in refrigeration or even “party mode” for ice production. Too many to name but so many we are wiling to show you when you stop by our store! New features we saw at AVBSummit18 in Nashville including Vacation mode. | VillageHomeStores.com

Some other exciting new products include a new Commercial series of Maytag® Laundry that our traditional laundry customers will be very happy with. We even saw a water dispenser that can be attached to the front or side of your existing refrigerator to give you filtered water! It attaches with a high power magnet and hooks up to your water line.Water filtration for refrigerator without ice and water in the door. | VillageHomeStores.com

KitchenAid®’s new built-in cooking is absolutely stunning. For those who are looking for professional features and the look of a chef’s kitchen, you will love these models. New cooktop layouts and features (like top-lift hinged grates for easy cleaning) and sleek wall oven designs. We even saw the new KitchenAid® microwave drawer (shown below).The new KitchenAid microwave drawer available at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

We also got to watch Rob film some welcome videos for our AVBtv showroom experience coming this Summer. So many new and exciting things to showcase and with tools like videos and easy-to-use apps, we promise you all of these “tech” changes and updates are for the better an will help you get the best results in cleaning and cooking. Rob Ries, co-owner of Village Home Stores filming for AVBTV at Summit 2018 | VillageHomeStores.com

We we able to take in many great training sessions as well as learn about new trends in our industry. We are excited to launch our brand new website very soon and think you will love the new mobile experience while working with our store. Working with our buying group allows us to offer you not only competitive prices but and even better value for the shopping experience with us. Our customers get to receive our Local Low Price Guarantee PLUS the very best customer experience before, during, and after the sale. Taking steps toward the future with new products and web features will continue to help keep our small business successful and ahead of its class.
AVBSummit event in Nashville, TN #AVBSummit18 | VillageHomeStores.com

If you have questions about any of what you have seen here in this post please don’t hesitate to call our team. Better yet, stop by the store! There are many great features we can already show you in the showroom and product arriving every week as a part of these new launches. Don’t believe the new Black Stainless Steel is fingerprint resistant? Come test it out yourself! Want to see how easy connected appliances can be to use? We will show you! Stop by today at 105 S State in downtown Geneseo, IL contact us online here, or give us a call at 309-944-1344. 

Road Trip! Our 2017 Visit to The Whirlpool® Plant in Amana, IA

Village Home Stores works hard to curate a list of as many quality, American-made products as possible for our customers. By offering the Whirlpool® family of products, we are able to cover all of the Appliance needs of our customers to fit a variety of budgets and lifestyles. Combining this family of products from Amana, Whirlpool, Maytag, and KitchenAid brands we are providing our customers access to a Local Low Price Guarantee on products from #1 selling major Appliance Manufacturer in the world. American pride is important to the Whirlpool family of products and that is why they have invested in American manufacturing whenever possible. There are now 9 U.S. manufacturing plants as of 2017 and we are so lucky to be located near one of those manufacturing facilities. Because of this, we get the chance to visit a plant about once a year. The Whirlpool® plant located in Amana, Iowa manufactures all bottom-mount refrigerators and built-in refrigeration for all brands and it is an impressive place!Whirlpool amana

They are running 5 lines of production 24 hours a day, five days a week (plus currently every other weekend to keep up with demand). To put it in perspective, they are making a refrigerator every 18 seconds! We were able to tour the plant to see the smiling faces making the products we sell. Then we were given intense product training on some of the new models and features being launches by all brands. We were shown brand new items like the closet-depth compact washer and dryer shown below:compact-laundry

These compact units were impressive for their size. The other new models and features launching in Maytag® and Whirlpool® laundry are more geared to our Village Home Stores customers. Still not convinced your washer has enough water? Now you can add as much as you are comfortable with with the new built-in faucet feature on select models.

Built in faucet in washer available now. Image provided by Whirlpool®
Built in faucet in washer available now. Image provided by Whirlpool®

Pre-wash stains right away as you find them. Fill the tub to soak tough stains ahead of a cycle. Just a press of the button gives you running water. Smart technology was also a big topic of conversation during our training. Does your household talk to Alexa, a Google device, or Siri? Then Whirlpool can help simplify many tasks with select Wifi enabled models and the Whirlpool app. Click below to watch (and hear) how voice-activated features are the latest and greatest.

Of course these models are jam-packed with amazing features outside of the Wifi capabilities. You can use them just as you would any other range or laundry pair. But for those households making adjustments and smart home investments, features like scan-to-cook might be right up your alley:

We also saw some great new finishes we can begin to offer for your home appliances! With the success of ® Black Stainless Steel finish, Whirlpool® has launched their own line of models in a Black Stainless Steel. This finish is beautiful and STAYS beautiful! Not only is it a stylish look, its completely fingerprint resistant as well! Wipes clean with just a wet microfiber cloth.

New Black Stainless finish available now. Image provided by Whirlpool®
New Black Stainless finish available now. Image provided by Whirlpool®

Village Home Stores already has models on display in our showroom in this new finish option. The new finish and handle design have been receiving a very warm welcome from customers and our designers! Come in and test out the fingerprint resist in person! We are certainly going to be throwing a party once the other newest finish is launched and on our floor! Introducing the warm, new, on-trend Sunset Bronze finish available soon on some select Whirlpool® models! sunset-bronze-whirlpoolImagine if you can… a room full of Appliance sales and service people from all over the Midwest Region getting unbelievably excited about a dishwasher door leaning against a wall. Yeah, we know…. sounds pretty nerdy but you would have thought the Whirlpool team had just introduced Lady Gaga as a special training guest. We all admittedly went nuts for this new finish once seeing it in person. Here it is installed in a completed kitchen:

New Sunset Bronze finish available soon. Image provided by Whirlpool®
New Sunset Bronze finish available soon. Image provided by Whirlpool®

The best way to describe it is a “warmer, softer Stainless” look. It takes the coldness and commercial feel of Stainless and softens it to a warmer look. This finish is exactly on-trend for what we have already began seeing in other kitchen design finishes throughout the industry. Lighting, hardware, accessories, flooring and tile, all are going the way of a warmer gray and golden accents. We are always excited to hear about the latest and greatest available for our customers. It is also always very reassuring to tour the factory and see that the quality, legacy, and innovation that we have seen from this family of product is still going stronger than ever. Our expert team of Appliance sales and service staff is just a phone call or a visit away. Stop in and see why we are your award-winning regional Appliance experts. Showroom located at 105 S State Geneseo, IL 61254 phone number: (309) 944-1344 shop online anytime here on our site. whirlpool-quad-cities