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Warners’ Stellian Warehouse Sale Fall 2010

November 8, 2010

It's all hands on deck this week

It’s most wonderful time of the year…Extreme Warehouse Sale time!

(Normally, I wouldn’t use exclamation points in this blog, but it’s pretty much appliance Christmas right now.)

In case you’ve never been, here are five things about the Warners’ Stellian Extreme Warehouse Sale you need to know.

1. Thousands of deals, hundreds of appliances below cost

We PACK the floor of our warehouse with deals — including brands that “never go on sale.” All items come with full factory warranty. Usually we deliver for free with purchases $499 and up, but this isn’t your usual appliance purchase. Delivery is $75 to the metro area, so take your purchase with you for maximum savings (we deliver to other areas for an additional fee). Professional installation is available for built-in items.

2. Next weekend, two days only
Saturday, Nov. 13 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 14 from 10 to 5

3. It’s called a warehouse sale for a reason
Because that’s the ONLY place you’ll find these deals:

Warners’ Stellian’s St. Paul Warehouse, approximately 1 mile north of 94 off Dale Street

4. You’re in good company
Each Extreme Warehouse Sale, we get thousands of people through our doors. Last sale, we counted about 3,300 “groups” (we don’t count people individually because people usually make purchases as a family/couple). For our part, we’ll have about 120 staff on hand to help you select the right product, check out, load your purchases into your car, etc.

5. No other sale like it
We prepare half the year for this sale, and it’s been so successful that manufacturers have gotten behind it and helped us offer deals worth getting excited about. The offers are hot because we not only offer closeout appliances, floor models, scratch and dent items and discontinued models, we now make special buys specifically for the sale — some even new, in-the-box.

Bonus: RSVP for our Coupon Giveaway on Facebook (you already “Like” us, right?) for exclusive savings.

Warners’ Stellian honored as Minnesota Family Business Awards finalist

October 25, 2010

An ad from Jim Warner's birthday sale in 1988 touting our free delivery and haul-away services -- which we still offer today!

My grandpa Jim Warner used to joke that Warners’ Stellian, which he started, had 203 employees — and only three of them weren’t related to us.

He exaggerated for effect, of course, but the underlying message that ours is truly a family business can’t be overstated.

Tomorrow, Warners’ Stellian joins the seven other Minnesota family businesses named finalists for this year’s Minnesota Family Business Awards.

Sure, we employ a lot of family  (currently about 30 of us out of around 200 employees), but family business means more than just working with other Warners — it means creating and maintaining a legacy of family values through our business.

Warners' Stellian ad, circa 1994

“We want to perpetuate the family values our father, Jim Warner, has taught us through his own life: humility, integrity, gratitude and compassion,” said Jeff Warner, president. “Our dad’s values have brought us success both as a family and as a business.”

I love this ad. Jim & Nonie Warner took this picture with us grandchildren, the third generation of Warners' Stellian -- of whom 11 work here full-time -- minus about six or seven that came after this picture. Bet you can't spot me!

We are extremely honored to be recognized as outstanding among the state’s family businesses, which bring so much value to our economy and communities. In fact, Gov. Tim Pawlenty just declared October to be Family Business Awareness Month.

In the proclamation, he recognized family businesses as “critical to the success of our state and national economy” and their ability to “enhance our communities by providing stable, trustworthy services.”

Thanks to Minnesota Family Business Awards for the honor, to our customers for making us successful and, especially, to my grandpa and grandma for creating such a wonderful family legacy.

The sale that closed our doors

October 18, 2010

We’re in the midst of our Customer Appreciation Sale, which many of our longtime employees still refer to as its predecessor, the Private Sale.

 

Jim Warner awards a customer an Amana Radarange (more on these later) in the early 80s.

 

(Background: My grandpa, Jim Warner, began at Stellian Appliance on Snelling and Larpenteur avenues in 1954 [see earlier blog on where "Stellian" came from], but surprisingly, not in sales — where those who know him would expect.

“One day they said to me, Jim you’re a good bookkeeper, but you’re an HS salesman [HS stands for something meaning bad, we'll just say that],” my grandpa said.

After being challenged, My grandpa said that challenge started him selling and went on to become a great salesman. Those that work at Warners’ Stellian on Snelling and Larpenteur still get his former customers in saying so. I know I used to hear some pretty funny stories myself.)

The Private Sale literally closed down the store. Don’t get me wrong, the once-a-year, one-day-only sale attracted 600-700 people, but because the prices were so unusually low, customers were only admitted by a letter sent by Warners’ Stellian. Lockdown, letterholder-only.

My grandma and grandpa recall the days spent manually weeding out the duplicates (Steve Anderson/Steven Anderson, etc.) from the list and handstuffing several thousands letters and licking the envelopes and stamps. They assigned each salesman a box per week to try to get the work done in time.

Curious shoppers would try to sneak early peeks, so they had to cover the windows with cardboard. And NO ONE was admitted without a letter.

From about noon to 5 p.m. on a Saturday, hundreds of people would come through, eat some homemade cookies and punch, check the prize board for their number for a grand prize (a trip “up North” somewhere, Grandpa said: “Nothing major, by today’s standards.”) and — hopefully — buy an appliance.

We still delivered for free, even then, but from the backs of pickup trucks. And we kept a delivery guy on hand to run down to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, where we warehoused back then, to grab a Radarange. The early Amana microwave apparently was a popular gift for men to get their wives. My grandpa said we sold hundreds of them.

Those sales were considered very successful by the day’s standards, my grandpa said. But because they were one-day only, and we’re in Minnesota, the weather could virtually crush the sale. And some years it did.

“One year we had a private sale and it snowed like hell, so we had no one in the store,” my grandpa said. “Finally, a customer walked in. I looked at him and said, ‘I believe you’re next.’ “

And there are so many more where that came from…

Can you imagine this sort of thing these days?

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September 8, 2010

I’ve written about our pink trucks benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure® MN Affiliate, but have you seen our teal trucks? (I caught one parked in my neighborhood this weekend, and it pretty much made my life.)

All year long, Warners’ Stellian partners with Electrolux to make a donation to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund for each delivery made by our two teal-colored delivery trucks. (“Every delivery closer to a cure.”)

In honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Warners’ Stellian-Rochester will host a “Ladies Night” event tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 9) from 5-7 p.m. to benefit the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance.

Obviously free food will be aplenty — as will fun women — but attendees also have the chance to win an Electrolux Turquoise Sky Perfect Steam washer/dryer pair (which loyal blog readers know is my appliance fantasy), a Dacor cookware set and a Holland Grill Companion Gas Grill (perfect for tailgating!). There will be also be silent auction.

Can’t make it Rochester? This whole month, Electrolux will donate $200 to OCRF for every new Turquoise Sky Perfect Steam washer/dryer pair purchased.

Not in the market for a new washer/dryer? Visit Electrolux’s Kelly Confidential online and press the Perfect Steam button “to take your garments from rumpled to runway-ready” (their words, I swear) and  Electrolux will donate $1 to OCRF. Plus you’ll be entered for a chance to win a shopping spree between $50 and $250 and a washer and dryer from Electrolux.

>>See full details

Waste reduction & recycling program featured on today’s ‘Twin Cities Live’

August 10, 2010

Twin Cities Live reporter Emily Engberg visited the Warners’ Stellian warehouse to talk to Bob Warner, operations director, about our waste reduction initiatives, including our appliance recycling and Styrofoam and cardboard recycling programs.

Find more information on our recycling program.

The segment airs during today’s show on KSTP-5 at 3.

Here’s a preview:

See our pink trucks at the Breast Cancer Ride

August 4, 2010

You’ve probably heard of breast cancer walks to support research and treatment, but did you know that Minnesota has a breast cancer bike ride?

Now in its third year, the Hartford Breast Cancer Ride is this weekend Saturday, Aug. 7 and Sunday, Aug. 8. About 250 bicyclists will ride 110 miles to 160 miles to benefit Open Arms of MN & Susan G. Komen for the Cure® MN Affiliate.

Again this year, our Warners’ Stellian pink trucks will haul all the pit stop equipment and supplies for the Breast Cancer ride. Outside sales rep Bob Seagren, who’s been involved in the ride for the past two years, recruited Fran Stage from our receiving department and Rick Belde from our warehouse to help drive the trucks and load and unload supplies.

Warners' Stellian outside sales rep Bob Seagren (right) poses with his friend during a rare break hauling pit stop supplies for the 2009 Breast Cancer Ride.

I love getting messages from people surprised or excited to see our pink trucks driving around town. They actually do make deliveries, and for each delivery, Warners’ Stellian donates $1 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® MN Affiliate.

So those who purchase appliances from Warners’ Stellian will be supporting critical breast cancer research, education, screening, preliminary treatment and awareness programs through a portion of their delivery cost. Pretty cool, huh?

Since December 2008, the two eye-catching pink trucks have made approximately 7,600 deliveries, spreading their message of hope over miles of Minnesota  roadways and gaining exposure by traveling to events like the Breast Cancer Ride.

Thanks to all those who participate in this great cause! We’re especially proud of the personal involvement of our employees.

HOW TO: ace the Spaces portfolio review

July 9, 2010

Spaces magazine asked us to host the local shelter publication’s kitchen and bath portfolio review on July 22 at our Warners’ Stellian Edina showroom.

Editor Heidi Raschke and Art Director Ellen Thomson will give designers three minutes to present a project or two, which will hopefully lead to a future feature! To help you best prepare for the review, I asked Heidi and Ellen to offer some advice, which follows below. For more information on the event and to RSVP, visit our events calendar. Good luck!

1. We’re looking for a variety of projects, and we’re looking for good stories. Sometimes a project itself is so innovative or grand or dazzling that it’s strong enough for a story. Sometimes the story behind the project makes it interesting. Sometimes it’s a combination of both. If you’re excited about it, we probably will be interested, too.

2. You only have three minutes to meet us and tell us about your work, so come prepared with a focused presentation. Show us one or two projects that you’re really proud of or that is indicative of your style rather than a smattering. Leave us printouts or discs with photos as well as your contact information and any other information you’d like to share about the project or projects.

3. If you have projects that have already been professionally photographed, that’s a huge plus. Not a requirement, but a plus.

Ellen Thomson (back) and Heidi Raschke (front)

4. If you know the homeowner will talk to us, that also is a plus. We prefer to have homeowners on the record.

5. Don’t be intimidated. The time limits are necessary, but try to relax. You’re helping us get smarter and do our jobs better, and we appreciate the help. Portfolio reviews are fun for us. We really enjoy getting out of the office, putting faces with names and seeing your work.

6. If you have questions in advance, feel free to e-mail Heidi Raschke at hraschke@pioneerpress.com or Ellen Thomson at ellenmthomson@pioneerpress.com.

Hope to see you there,
Heidi Raschke and Ellen Thomson

Replace your working appliances and deduct it from your taxes!

May 26, 2010

Have you ever had a refrigerator konk out on you in the middle of the summer, leaving you without one for days?

If you have, you know what a pain it is to be without something as essential as a refrigerator. And you know what a relief it is when you have a working refrigerator again.

But can you imagine trying to raise a healthy family without a refrigerator at all? Or without a stove?

Can you imagine barely scraping together the time and money to wash your childrens’ clothes at the laundromat so they don’t have to face the other school children in a soiled shirt?

If you replace your working appliances over the next five days, these are the kinds of people you will help.

Beginning tomorrow, when you buy a new refrigerator, stove, washer or dryer from Warners’ Stellian, we’ll help you donate the clean, working appliances you are replacing to Hope For The City.

If Hope For the City accepts your appliance donation (see criteria below), you’ll receive a tax-deductible donation form for up to $200 (see graphic to the left). If it’s not accepted, Warners’ Stellian will still recycle your appliance free of charge.

Hope For the City is a Minnesota-based nonprofit that collects surplus goods from businesses and distributes them to its partner nonprofits, who in turn give the goods to people in need. (Note: Hope For The City does NOT fulfill requests for individuals, so working through a Hope For The City partner is the best way to get help for someone.)

The 85 partner organizations pretty much touch every type. They serve children and adults in need of food, shelter and medical care. They provide hot meals for hungry children and adults, education for the underprivileged, job skills for the unemployed, support for senior citizens, medical care for the sick, and educational and social programs for youth.

Basically, these people really need your donation. It’s not a matter of replacing for these worthy recipients — It’s a matter of having.

In the past year alone, Warners’ Stellian and its customers have donated over 500 appliances to Hope For The City. Aside from this promotion, we send a set of appliances over to the nonprofit weekly.

>>See complete details

HOW TO: buy a window air conditioner

May 24, 2010

Don’t expect any reprieve after the weekend’s hot, humid weather. Today’s supposed to see record high temperatures in the 90s.

Excessive Heat Warnings have been issued for this afternoon and early tonight for Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

Here at Warners’ Stellian, that means sweaty, sleepless customers start shopping for window AC units (or wall air conditioners).

If you’re shopping for a window air conditioner but don’t know what to look for, check out our air conditioner buying guide.

Don’t try to sweat it out, either, thinking you’ll save money. Buy early in the season, because window air conditioning is a seasonal item and runs out at nearly every store every summer. TRUST. ME.

I fielded far too many calls from desperate families looking for window air conditioners later in the summer after stores had sold out of normal window air conditioner BTU units (the only units left were the more expensive, 20,000-plus BTU units). My heart broke for families pleading for help for their elderly parents, etc. But once they run out…

Buying bigger than you need isn’t a great idea, either, or moisture won’t be removed from the air. From our buying guide:

In addition to cooling, air conditioners also dehumidify a small amount of moisture from the air. So it’s important to buy an air conditioner with cooling power appropriate to the size of the room it is in. If the air conditioner is too powerful, the room will be cooled too quickly for moisture to be removed. This results in a lower room temperature with high humidity levels. This kind of environment can cause the air conditioner to cycle on and off, ultimately creating a room that feels damp and clammy.

In terms of figuring out how many BTUs you should buy, Good Housekeeping has a great online calculator to take the guesswork out of it.

Of course, Warners’ Stellian can do the calculating for you if you come prepared with your square footage and room information.

Should you put aluminum foil in the oven?

May 6, 2010

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Don't shoot yourself in the foot trying to keep a clean oven.

Warners’ Stellian‘s expert service guy, Gene, passed on a cautionary tale to me yesterday after he ordered a new, $90 oven floor for a customer.

A well-meaning woman lined the bottom of her oven with aluminum foil, to catch all the food that bakes into the oven.

Instead of having to scrape it all off, she could just pull out the aluminum foil and voila, no more mess.

Except she ended up with a bigger mess when the aluminum foil melted onto the oven.

For years, people had lined their ovens with tin foil to speed clean up. But these days, we don’t use tin foil. We use aluminum foil. And aluminum has a much lower heat tolerance, apparently.

And aluminum foil-maker Reynolds warns against it.

From the Reynolds FAQ webpage:

To avoid possible heat damage to your oven, we do not recommend using aluminum foil to line the bottom of your oven. Rather, we recommend that you place a sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil on the oven rack beneath the pie or casserole you are baking. The foil should be only a few inches larger than the baking pan to allow for proper heat circulation. The foil will catch any drips before they reach the oven bottom.

There you go. Smart play on Reynolds part, right? Because you know people will end up getting rid of the sheet of foil and using a new one next time…


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