Air Fry Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Get all the flavor with none of the guilt with your Frigidaire Gallery range with Air Fry. Try this Air Fry recipe at home for a new family favorite!

With Air Fry, you can create a crispy, “fried” taste with little to no oil. From Air Frying vegetables to pepperoni pizza rolls, Air Fry makes eating healthier easier.

Recipe card for pizza rolls.

Browse Frigidaire Gallery Air Fry ranges at Warners’ Stellian Appliance.

Kitchen Tips When Preparing House for Sale

This guest blog was written by Lindus Construction.  Lindus Construction  is proud to have served over 75,000 happy customers in Western Wisconsin and the Twin Cities since the company’s founding in 1979. One Call. One Contractor.

In the realm of real estate, deciding how much money to invest in preparing your home for a sale feels like a tightrope walk. Nowhere is this truer than in the kitchen. Today’s homebuyers have refined tastes and it’s important to create an atmosphere within the kitchen that leaves them eager to place an offer. Here’s what you need to know!

What’s That Smell?

While an amazing scent cannot sell your home, unpleasant odors may send potential homebuyers packing. Run the garbage disposal as needed and empty trash bins prior to a showing. Create a pleasant lingering scent by baking cookies or using a vase of fresh cut flowers as a centerpiece for your kitchen table. Refrain from having a full load of dirty dishes in the dishwasher during home showings.

dining room table with vase of flowers on top
Photo by Lindus Construction

Time to Clean

Whether you do it yourself of hire a pro, a key component to selling your home is a sparkling clean kitchen. This includes cleaning the sink, countertops, floors, appliances and cabinets. Don’t forget the interior of cabinets and drawers. Prospective homebuyers are likely inspecting them for cleanliness and evaluating them for spaciousness. At a minimum, polish hardware. Changing outdated hardware could be a game-changer.  

Banish Clutter

While your norm may be a countertop full of small appliances and cookbooks, all potential homebuyers see is chaos. Eliminate all unnecessary items from the kitchen counter to establish order and make the space seem as large as possible. Stow away sponges and dish soap. Take down refrigerator magnets, and remove collections you have displayed on top of your cabinets.

Embrace Light

A kitchen can appear dingy without ample lighting. Craft an inviting atmosphere by cleaning windows and leaving shades open. Create an illusion of illumination and space with a strategically-placed mirror. A clamp lamp or undercabinet lighting can be utilized for spots in need of additional lighting. Evaluate the wattage of the bulbs currently in your kitchen and replace anything below 60 watts.

Photo by Lindus Construction

Replace Appliances

If your kitchen appliances are outdated or in bad shape, it’s wise to consider replacing them. Appliances in varying finishes can dissuade prospective homebuyers. New burner grates on a range enhance its appearance without incurring the cost of a brand-new unit. Be sure that the interior of your oven and dishwasher are pristine, as it’s highly probable potential buyers will open them for a closer look.

Stage the Island

An adequate number of chairs around the island helps potential buyers visualize entertaining friends and family. But take care not to place too many chairs around an island, which can make it feel crowded. Staging the kitchen island with placemats, wine glasses and a floral arrangement creates a homey vibe.

What made you fall in love with your kitchen? Let us know in the comments section.

Featured image via Café

How To Make Air Fryer Onion Rings

Make crispy, golden onion rings right in your Frigidaire Gallery range with Air Fry.

The first range on the market to include Air Fry, Frigidaire Gallery Air Fry ranges allow you to deliver all of the flavor and none of the guilt. Make healthier and delicious meals for the whole family right in your oven.

air fryer onion rings recipe

Browse Frigidaire Gallery Air Fry ranges at Warners’ Stellian Appliance.

How to Make Air Fryer Buffalo Wings

Make deliciously juicy Buffalo wings right in your Frigidaire Gallery range with Air Fry.

The first range on the market to include Air Fry, Frigidaire Gallery Air Fry ranges allow you to deliver all of the flavor and none of the guilt. Make healthier and delicious meals for the whole family right in your oven.

Air Fryer Buffalo Wings

Browse Frigidaire Gallery Air Fry ranges at Warners’ Stellian Appliance.

How to Make Brussels Sprouts in Air Fryer

Make deliciously crisp Brussels sprouts right in your Frigidaire Gallery range with Air Fry.

The first range on the market to include Air Fry, Frigidaire Gallery Air Fry ranges allow you to deliver all of the flavor and none of the guilt. Make healthier and delicious meals for the whole family right in your oven.

Brussels Sprouts Air Fryer Recipe Card from Frigidaire

Browse Frigidaire Gallery Air Fry ranges at Warners’ Stellian Appliance.

Top 2019 Kitchen Trends to Consider

Planning a kitchen remodel this year? Before you spice things up, find out what’s cooking in kitchen design. Our trusted construction and design partners share hot 2019 kitchen trends to consider.

Countertop Trends

Photo via Lindus Construction

Homeowners are gravitating away from granite countertops and toward quartz, according to Lindus Construction COO Andy Lindus. “Quartz comes in an array of colors, allowing homeowners to customize the appearance of their kitchen,” he says. Quartz also requires less maintenance and has a smoother surface.

Cabinet Trends

Kirsten Erickson, principal designer and founder of Alma Homes, continues to see color sneak its way into cabinetry. “Islands have been a very popular location if clients are afraid to commit to a bold color throughout the entire kitchen,” she adds. “And we’ve been seeing a lot more navy, black and deep green.”

Beautiful Chaos Owner and Lead Designer Sarah Martin echoes the bold color trend. “We are so excited to see kitchen color palettes brightening up,” she says. “It’s so fun to incorporate a pop of color in the heart of the home!”

Tile Trends

While Erickson says clients tend to stick to more neutral tones in their tile selections, creativity sparks when it comes to tile shape. This allows homeowners to maintain a simple color scheme while still adding interest to their kitchen. “We’ve been incorporating everything from marble mosaics to hex tiles to fun arabesque shapes,” she says.

Katie Kath of Jkath Design Build + Reinvent sees more homeowners taking a unique approach to classic subway tile, which comes in the form of handmade or beveled tiles. She says square tiles are also having a resurgence.

Wood Trends

“Wood elements have also made a comeback, with all signs pointing to more and more of this in 2019,” Kath says, noting trends of wood cabinetry, floating shelves and accessories.

And when it comes to the type of wood, Erickson says white oak has exploded in popularity in what seems like overnight. “We have been using it on kitchen islands, floating shelves, and it (or European Oak) is almost always our clients’ go-to for their hardwood floors,” she adds.

Owner of Adorned Homes, Katie Kurtz, says wood in the kitchen is best incorporated into a space that has the white woodwork we’re used to seeing in kitchens now, like in this custom kitchen from her real estate client TJB Homes, which features a mix of white enamel and white oak.

kitchen with white enamel cabinets and a white oak hood and island

Photo via Adorned Homes

While these trends produce beautiful results, Kassina Folstad of olliePop Design says first spend time defining what you truly love and desire in your home. Your home is one of your biggest investments after all. It never hurts to have a good designer on your side and a kitchen full of beautiful appliances.

Featured image via Café

Spotlight Series: Meet Business Development Manager Joe Nguyen

At Warners’ Stellian, one of our core values is family, and each new employee becomes a member of our family. In our Spotlight Series, we plan to share a deeper look into the talent that contributes to our success each day. This week, let’s meet Business Development Manager Joe Nguyen.

How long have you worked at Warners’ Stellian?

I started on the warehouse evening crew in January 2005. I eventually became a delivery helper, then crew leader, and then install tech. I moved to sales in September 2009 at our St. Paul store and became manager of our Coon Rapids location in 2016.  Finally, I’ve been in the Business Development Manager role since October 2017. 

What’s your favorite part of working at Warners’ Stellian?

With every position there has been a favorite. When I was in the warehouse, I was a high school kid, so it was great to build friendships and gain camaraderie with my coworkers, who then became some of my best friends. On delivery, it was learning different appliances and installing them in all applications. In sales, I enjoyed the customer interaction. Now, every day presents a different challenge, and it keeps me busy. But nothing compares to working for and being a part of a family company.

What are the biggest changes you’ve seen over your years here?

The continued growth of the company. When I started in 2005, there were less than 20 trucks on the road. Now we have more than 70 trucks, in addition to service vans, plumbers/HVAC technicians, and installers on the road at any given time. We also offer services that we did not 10 years ago, like heating and cooling!

Before working at Warners’ Stellian, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I was a dishwasher/bus boy for Carmelo’s Ristorante in St. Paul. It’s still there today, and it’s great Italian food! Check them out!

If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

My mom’s PHO!

Any New Year resolutions?

Yes, no fast food!

Are you interested in joining the Warners’ Stellian family? Apply here!

Smart Appliances Are the Future

Thanks to the internet of things, homes are smarter than ever. With voice controls or the swipe of a finger, homeowners close garages, dim lights and adjust thermostats. Appliance manufacturers continue to take note, adding smart appliance features that simplify cooking, cleaning and more. Find out what smart appliances can do for you.

Smart Appliances – Refrigerator

The kitchen serves as the heart of the home, which is the idea behind Samsung’s Family Hub refrigerator. Talk to this smart refrigerator from anywhere in your kitchen by asking Bixby what the weather forecast is during a busy breakfast or having her turn on Pandora jams while you cook dinner.

In addition to convenience, the Samsung Family Hub helps with food management. Create shopping lists on the 21.5-inch WiFi-enabled touchscreen. Three built-in cameras allow you to view your fridge contents while at the grocery store. You can even buy the groceries right from the refrigerator!

Next thing you know your fridge will be pouring coffee on demand… OH WAIT!

Smart Appliances – Built-in Coffee Maker

man with coffee using Home Connect on Thermador buillt-in coffee machine

The Thermador 24-inch built-in coffee machine with Home Connect allows you to preprogram up to eight personalized beverages with names so everyone’s favorite drink is just a button push away. And cleanup has never been easier. Using hot water and steam, the machine features a fully automatic rinse program at turn-on and turn-off, so your coffee machine is always ready for the next fresh-tasting pour.

Smart Appliances – Cooking

person using Whirlpool Scan-to-Cook app with connected oven

How many times have you wished you could turn on autopilot after a long day? Whirlpool can get you halfway there. Their Scan-to-Cook technology allows you to scan the bar code of your favorite frozen meal (we’re thinking pizza rolls) into the Whirlpool app – and ta-da! – the Scan-to-Cook compatible cooking device (microwave or oven) is ready to make the perfect batch of pizza rolls with the instructions sent right from your smartphone.

Smart Appliances – Laundry Room

woman with laundry basket in laundry room with LG washer and dryer

Monitor laundry on the go with the LG SmartThinQ® app. Select a cycle, start or stop the load and get notifications on the load’s status all from your smartphone. In addition, the appliances can be synced with voice assistants, so Alexa can do your laundry (kind of… she doesn’t fold). Get your smart washer and dryer today at Warners’ Stellian.

This listing only scratches the surface of smart home appliances. As the industry continues to evolve with rapid technology changes, the only question is “What will they think of next?”

Want to know how else your appliances can simplify your life? Talk to the appliance specialists at Warners’ Stellian.

Spotlight Series: Meet Delivery Field Supervisor Tony Franco

At Warners’ Stellian, one of our core values is family, and each new employee becomes a member of our family. In our Spotlight Series, we plan to share a deeper look into the talent that contributes to our success each day. This week, let’s meet Delivery Field Supervisor Tony Franco.

Warners' Stellian Delivery Field Supervisor in warehous

How long have you worked at Warners’ Stellian?

I’ve been with the company for 15 years, working in delivery since day one. I became Delivery Field Supervisor about a year ago. I appreciate having a job that allows me to stay active.

What are your main tasks as a Delivery Field Supervisor?

First and foremost, I make sure trucks hit the road every day. Then I trail and train delivery crews, teaching the proper techniques for lifting and installing. I field calls from customers about their delivery experience. The delivery team is constantly trying to improve, not only to be the best we can, but to stay the best in the field.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned on the job so far?

There are no shortcuts in this line of work. It’s crucial for the delivery team to do the job right and double check the work. Accidents and errors occur if the job is rushed.

As a supervisor, what does true leadership mean to you?

A true leader doesn’t waste time discussing the problem, but uses his or her time to find a solution. A leader doesn’t boss people around; they motivate and inspire people to take pride in their work. If a leader truly leads, their employees will be invested in the company and want to work hard.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Calamari. It was gross. But I ate bear, and that was great.

Tell us a fun fact!

Everyone assumes I’m Italian because my last name is Franco, but I’m actually half Mexican.

Are you interested in joining the Warners’ Stellian family? Apply here!

Beverage Centers to Make You the Host with the Most

The most wonderful time of the year is here, and for some, so are your in-laws. Hosting, whether for the holidays or any other occasion, allows you to break out the nice glassware, prepare (or pretend to prepare) delicious food and spend quality time with loved ones. And with beverage center appliances from Warners’ Stellian, you can level up your host status. Impress your guests with the following beverage center options.

Built-in Coffee Makers

I love coffee graphic

Hosting for an extended period of time? Morning, noon or night, built-in coffee makers please even the pickiest coffee connoisseurs. Fill all of your guests’ coffee requests this holiday season. Once you purchase a built-in coffee maker, you’ll wonder where it’s bean all your life!

Netflix and Wine Chiller

undercounter Frigidaire wine chiller
Frigidaire Gallery 52-bottle wine fridge

For some, a basement refinish has been in the works since this summer and is finally coming to a close just in time for the holidays. But it’s still missing something. Wine not consider this sleek Frigidaire 52-bottle wine cooler to go with that swanky new basement bar? Warners’ Stellian carries countertop and built-in wine storage options, so find the perfect one to fit your aesthetic.

Ice, Ice Maker, Baby

Keep your drinks cold and your heart warm this holiday season with a Silhouette Professional Series Undercounter Ice Maker. This ice machine produces up to 32 pounds of ice daily. From nugget ice to clear cubes for cocktails, find the ice machine that suits your needs.

Draft Beer Dispenser

built-in beer tap on home bar
True 15-inch beverage dispenser

For those looking for a way to impress the “I only drink local beer” family member, look no further than your very own draft beer dispenser. Enjoy the perfect serve from the comfort of your holiday stretch pants.

Beverage Centers

pouring soda into glass

If you’re just looking for a simple way to keep the drinks cold – and don’t want to chill them in the snow – consider this Danby beverage center, which holds up to 120 cans. Enjoy holidays on tap with Warners’ Stellian’s variety of beverage center options.

While these specialty appliances add excitement to any festivity, let Warners’ Stellian help with your every appliance need, from a new range for holiday cooking to a laundry set that would make your mother proud.

What appliance do you think is the MVP when hosting guests? Let us know in the comments below.

Asian-Style Barbecue Pork Taco Recipe

Celebrate National Taco Day (also known as every night in our kitchen) with this delicious barbecue pork taco recipe from our friends at GE. This recipe makes about eight tacos, so adjust as needed.

Barbecue Pork Taco Recipe


  • 1 pound pork tenderloin
  • 8 Asian steamed buns

For the seasoning:

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

For the coleslaw:

  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste

For the barbecue sauce:

  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce (or more, to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil


  1. Season the pork tenderloin (on all sides) with the mixture of salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  2. Place the tenderloin on a metal tray, and fold the thin end of the tenderloin under itself to cook evenly with the rest of the tenderloin. Cook your pork to an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
  3. While the tenderloin is cooking, prepare your coleslaw by combining shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, sliced green onion, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil and salt and pepper to taste in a large bowl, tossing well.
  4. For the barbecue sauce, combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce and toasted sesame oil in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Stir the mixture, microwave for 30 seconds, then stir again.
  5. When the pork tenderloin is done cooking, allow it to rest for 5 minutes. Thinly slice the tenderloin (about 16 slices), place in a shallow bowl and coat well with the barbecue sauce.
  6. To serve, heat the Asian steamed buns for 10 to 20 seconds. Split open the buns, spoon a couple slices of the barbecue sauce-coated pork tenderloin into each bun and garnish with  coleslaw to taste. Enjoy!

Taco Recipe Tips

Asian steamed buns can be found in the frozen section of an Asian market. Substitute with flour or corn tortillas if desired.

Easy Homemade Applesauce Recipe

We admit to being a little bonkers about apples in Minnesota. In fact, the ever-popular Honeycrisp was developed in the fruit breeding program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. And the debut of First Kiss apples at the Minnesota State Fair this year gave us even more reason to celebrate the delicious fruit! So if the crisp in the Minnesota air has you picking apples at orchards and celebrating all things fall, try this easy homemade applesauce recipe from our friends at GE.

Easy Applesauce Recipe


  • 6 pounds apples
  • 1 cup water or apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Optional: cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar


1. Core and slice your apples and place in a large pot with the water and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes or until the apples are soft.

2. Run the cooked apples through a food mill fitted with a medium disc. The food mill will puree the apples and strain out any seeds or skins left in the cooked apples. Hint: If you don’t have a food mill, you can peel your apples prior to cooking and puree them in a food processor.

3. Store your applesauce in the refrigerator for several weeks or freeze for longer storage.

Note: If you use sweet apples (hey, Honeycrisp!), you can get a surprisingly sweet applesauce with no added ingredients. If you prefer a sweeter final product, add between 1/4 to 1/2 cup of brown sugar and any other preferred spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.) to the apples prior to cooking. Use approximately 1 teaspoon of spice per batch of applesauce, or to taste.

Kitchen Appliance Finish Trends to Consider

When remodeling the heart of the home, consumers spend much of their time choosing cabinetry, flooring, and backsplash options. But the appliance finish can also make or break the look of the kitchen. From statement colors or matte finishes to black stainless steel, finish options continue to expand, allowing homeowners to outfit their kitchen in appliances that perfectly complement their overall aesthetic and needs. If you need help choosing an appliance finish, consider the following trends our sales team is seeing.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel remains a top seller for nearly all brands. And it’s no surprise why; the shiny finish blends with almost any style. In addition, stainless steel mimics commercial kitchens, offering a clean, crisp and professional look.

Image credit: Frigidaire

Black Stainless Steel

Black is the new stainless. At least it seems that way. More and more consumers opt for black stainless steel. Andy Lindus, COO of Lindus Construction, says that while an overwhelming amount of homeowners remodeling their kitchen still request stainless steel, early adopters are starting to gravitate toward black stainless steel because of its modern look and its ability to conceal fingerprints. No matter the reason, black is back.

kitchen with GE black stainless steel appliances

Image via GE

Matte Finishes

While stainless and black stainless are here to stay, some customers are asking
for a less-than-shiny finish. In come matte options, such as
GE Slate, GE Black Slate, and matte black stainless steel selections from LG, KitchenAid and Whirlpool.

Fresh Finishes

While those are some of the current tried and true, some new finishes to the market are sure to make a splash. Whirlpool’s Sunset Bronze is a smooth, satin finish with (gasp!) rose gold undertones. With rose gold’s recent explosion, including to iPhone and hair dye, this color is anticipated to be popular.

Whirlpool Sunset Bronze Appliances in Kitchen

Image via Whirlpool

Stuck on matte? The new GE Café Series comes in matte black or matte white. In addition, buyers get to choose from four hardware options (brushed copper, brushed bronze, brushed black and brushed stainless) to make the appliances truly their own.

Image via GE Café

Image via
GE Café

If you tend to be more of a trendsetter than a fashion follower, don’t be afraid to break from the mold and try unique color options, offered by True Residential, American Range, Smeg and Elmira Stoveworks, among others. After all, you will be the one looking at the color during breakfast, second breakfast and midnight snacks!

What’s your favorite appliance finish option? Let us know in the comments section below.

Featured image via True Residential

Should You Turn Off Your Air Conditioner While on Vacation?

With the end of summer approaching and Labor Day right around the corner, vacation plans are in full swing. And often a hotly debated topic before hitting the road for your end-of-summer hoorah is whether you should turn off the air conditioner. And if you leave it on, what AC temperature should you set while on vacation? Our plumbing and HVAC services manager Joe Nguyen says if your primary goal is saving energy and money, then yes, turn off the AC (unless you’re leaving pets behind). But according to Nguyen, there’s more to it than that.

Vacation Length

If you’re making a quick weekend getaway, turning the AC off won’t realize big energy or cost savings. After all, the system will have to work harder to reach the desired temperature once you return. For longer vacations, consider the following.

Temperature and Humidity

When the temperature is mild, turning off your air conditioner isn’t a problem. However, high temperatures and humidity levels can quickly heat a home, causing other cooling appliances (refrigerator, freezer, etc.) to work overtime. And a malfunctioning refrigerator will cost more than leaving your air running.

Vacation Temperature Recommendation

Nguyen says the widely held recommendation is to just turn the air conditioner temperature up rather than powering it down. He recommends setting the thermostat between 78 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, using a programmable thermostat with WiFi capability, set the thermostat to cool the house to a comfortable temperature prior to your arrival home.

Nest thermostat on wall

Photo via Nest

Home Vacation Prep Tips

Now that the air conditioner dilemma is sorted out, protect your home appliances with these tips:

  • Close the curtains and blinds. This will keep your home cooler, giving your appliances a break!
  • Turn off the water to your home and home appliances. No one wants to come home to a leak or flood!
  • Put your refrigerator in vacation mode if you have that option.
  • Crack open the dishwasher and washing machine doors to air them out.
  • Turn your water heater down to around 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Last but not least, enjoy your vacation!

Do you turn off your AC before leaving on vacation? Why or why not?

How To Clean Your Washing Machine

From your yoga pants to your bedsheets, your washer carries a heavy load for you, delivering pristine clothes and linens week after week. But did you ever consider you may need to clean the machine that you use to clean your clothes? Vicious cycle, but it’s true, your washing machine should be washed every now and then. Whether you use a top-loader or front-loader, learn how to clean your washing machine.

Washing Machine Cleaning

Has your washing machine lost its shine? Start by cleaning the outside of your washer. Affresh machine cleaning wipes work wonders removing built-in grime from the exterior surface, controls, detergent tray and door.

Once your washing machine is looking so fresh, so clean from the outside, it’s time to think about what’s on the inside. Use a cleaner specifically formulated for your washer interior, such as affresh tablets. With affresh, you simply place one tablet in the washer tub, run the washer on a normal cycle with your hottest water setting and then wipe away any residue left once the cycle ends. The tablet dissolves slowly throughout the entire wash cycle to break up dirt and soap residue.

Bonus Washer Cleaning Tips

Anytime you have water, there’s a chance for mildew. To avoid a mildew smell in your washing machine, keep the door open after you run a load. This allows the machine to air out and dry. With front-load machines in particular, the gasket can be a common culprit contributing to the mildew smell. Wipe your gasket dry when you’re finished with laundry for the day.

black Samsung washing machine

Image via Samsung

Some newer washing machines come with a self-clean function. Samsung is well known for their self-cleaning washers, which remove dirt and bacteria through a combination of soaking, pulsating and high-speed spinning.

Now that you know how to clean your washing machine, there’s only one thing left to do. Give it a spin.

Do you have any washing machine cleaning tips? Share them in the comments below.

This is an updated version of an article previously published on Oct. 28, 2009.
Featured image via LG

Celebrating Warners’ Stellian Family, Business History

Growing up in St. Paul, Minn., Warners’ Stellian founder Jim Warner and his brother Bernie devised many money-making ventures. From digging in the murky lagoon near Como Golf Course for abandoned balls that could be polished and sold to selling postcards at the St. Paul Winter Carnival held at Como Park, the business savvy and customer service skills shined even then. But to think he would one day be a successful business owner was more than he had imagined.

In the 1950s, Stellian Appliance—a store no bigger than 3,000 square feet—stood at the corner of Snelling and Larpenteur Avenues near the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Today with 11 showrooms (10 in Minnesota and 1 in Iowa), two distribution centers and the Minnesota/Iowa household name Warners’ Stellian, our family company has a lot to celebrate.

But when looking forward, we feel it’s important to reflect on how far we’ve come. From establishing a brand to building a family, it all starts with Jim growing up in St. Paul.

Stellian Appliance 1954

Stellian Appliance’s showroom window decorated for Halloween in 1954.

Homegrown Roots

“It was the best place to grow up,” Jim said of his St. Paul neighborhood near Como Park. His family moved to the Catholic neighborhood near St. Andrew’s Parish in 1936 when Jim was in second grade. With a neighborhood of kids his age, he remembered swimming and fishing at Lake Como, riding bikes and playing softball in empty lots, and of course, earning money with his brother Bernie.

There were more traditional jobs to be had when Jim grew older. He caddied at Midland Hills Country Club in Rose Township, reset pins at a bowling alley across from Lexington Park and worked as a stocker at a local department store. He even helped his dad remodel and build homes in the Roseville area, though his dad very honestly told him he would never make a good tradesman and should enroll at St. Thomas College, which is exactly what Jim did.

Love and Marriage

The summer of his junior year, Jim met his future wife, Nonie. While falling in love, the two talked on the phone all the time, “like kids in love do,” Jim said. But those calls cost 10 cents each time, racking up phone bills of $5 a month, which took a toll on Jim’s tuition savings. So he found a job to build his funds back up. After a year and a half of working, a draft notice calling him to Korea made it to Jim’s mailbox.

Through the next few years, Jim and Nonie weathered life’s biggest tests together. Living apart, they wrote to each other every day. They also suffered tremendous loss with the passing of both their fathers. Through it all, they remained devoted to each other until they were reunited for good in 1953 at the end of the Korean War.

Jim wasted no time after returning home, and the couple was soon engaged. They wed April 25, 1953, at 10 a.m., then Nonie surrendered the flowers to the 11 a.m. bride. Three brides shared flowers to cut down on costs, though money wasn’t on Jim and Nonie’s minds that day. They both felt like the luckiest people alive.

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Jim and Nonie at their 60th wedding anniversary party.

The Start of a Family

After the wedding and honeymoon, the newlyweds settled into Nonie’s southwest Minneapolis apartment. Space was tight from the start, and the couple was saving money to move. But life had other plans, and they soon found out Nonie was pregnant. Her employer, Honeywell, had ruled that women had to leave their job once six months pregnant. Losing one source of income meant finding an apartment that cost less than the current one. They moved to an apartment in Northeast Minneapolis.

Baby James Francis arrived on March 26, 1954, at a time that talk of layoffs was spreading across Jim’s company. Deciding to take matters into his own hands, Jim looked for a more reliable job. He found work, but the paychecks weren’t stacking up to accommodate his growing family. Nonie gave birth to their first daughter on March 30, 1955. With two young ones at home, the small apartment felt like it was closing in on them.

The Appliance Years

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Delivery truck in the 1980s.

Though he didn’t know it at the time, Jim’s life changed when his brother-in-law Jerry Tuckner called him and told him about a bookkeeper position available at Stellian Appliance. The store was familiar territory to Jim; he had worked construction with his dad in the area. Bookkeeping, on the other hand, wasn’t in his repertoire. But Jerry said he’d help, and that was that.

So on April 9,1955, Jim showed up for his first day on the new job. Owner Steve Farkas showed him to his desk and discussed the job details. But three hours later, his boss left. Alone in the store, Jim didn’t know how to work the phones or what to say to potential customers. He watched customers—potential sales—come and go. His boss returned well after Jim’s workday was supposed to end. He learned a lesson that day and got a key so he would be able to lock up if it happened again.

With an often absent boss, Jim started selling appliances. He liked his job and knew the sales needed to happen to keep the lights on. And even more, he realized he really enjoyed selling and was good at it. He moved out of bookkeeping and into sales full time. In 1961, Jim was named Top Salesman for Frigidaire. During this time, the Warners moved to the Como Park area, Jim’s old stomping grounds, where they continued to grow their family.

As the years passed on, Jim became sales manager, but the working conditions were rough. He would often work 60-plus hours a week. He wasn’t granted any vacation time, and his earnings were meager compared to his efforts. Jim started to look at other options, considered going into business with his nephew, Rick. They even signed a lease for a building. But when Jim served Steve with a resignation letter, Steve posed an interesting question: “Why wouldn’t you want to buy this place?”

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St. Paul showroom exterior.

A Family Affair

With the help of Rick and partner Tim McNeely, Jim closed on the store on May 10, 1971. Within a month, a new sign at the top of the building read Warner’s Stellian. Making changes to inventory and processes, Jim found ways to boost profits and streamline systems. Things were looking up.

Now with nine kids at home, appliances became an important part of the family’s life. The kids loved visiting the store or hearing Jim talk about what had sold each day while snacking on popcorn and lemonade. When the children became old enough, they began helping at the store. For the Warner children who wanted to work, Jim started them out with custodial chores. Years later, when three of the Warner sons were working with Jim, he made a decision to change the company name to Warners’ Stellian. Now the store belonged to his whole family.

family photo

The Warner family celebrating Jim and Nonie’s anniversary.

A Time of Change

In January 1982, Jim suffered from a heart attack. This event caused him to reflect on the business he had built. He had worked hard, long hours, and all of the work was catching up to his body. In order for the company to succeed, he knew it was time to hand over the reigns and create a second-generation model.

When Jim returned to work, he spent more time behind the scenes, watching his children take on leadership roles. He eventually transferred ownership to each of his kids. Through new locations, process changes and the guidance of their dad, the second-generation leadership brought Warners’ Stellian into the future.

Today two second-generation members of the Warner family actively operate the company. Nineteen third-generation Warners also work full-time in the company in sales, operations, merchandising and marketing. The corporate headquarters, acquired with help from the Saint Paul Port Authority, isn’t far from the flagship location.

The recent overhaul of the flagship, a collaboration with local architecture firm KOMA, shows our commitment to the future of Warners’ Stellian.

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“This is a very exciting time for our store,” says St. Paul Store Manager Jeff Warner, Jr., grandson of the late founder Jim Warner. “With sales representatives using tablets to provide immediate answers, a Sub-Zero and Wolf Living Kitchen and a live demonstration kitchen featuring working Gaggenau appliances, the showroom is truly state-of-the-art.”

Want more on our ties to St. Paul? Read about our relationship with the State Fair.

5 Best Indoor Plants for the Kitchen

Consider yourself a plant mom or dad? If you answered yes, you came to the right place. Aside from an obvious aesthetic upgrade, houseplants offer myriad benefits, including naturally filtering the air, boosting your mood, and enhancing concentration. If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen, it’s a natural place to add some greenery. But due to fluctuating temperatures, the kitchen isn’t the most hospitable environment for houseplants. In other words – if they can’t take the heat, get them out of the kitchen! For the best results, add some of these plants to your kitchen.

1. Indoor Herb Garden

Indoor Herb Garden

What better place to grow an herb garden than the kitchen window? Snip the fresh herbs when you need them to spice up a dish! An herb garden adds interest to a windowsill. If planting herbs together, take care not to add any herbs that will take over the space, such as mint or lemon balm. Some of the best herbs for container gardening are basil, rosemary, thyme, cilantro, parsley, and sage. You can research how large the plants will grow when deciding how many to place in one planter.

2. Aloe

Burn yourself in the kitchen? Having a medicinal herb on hand to soothe the pain will help! To use aloe, cut off a lower leaf near the stalk, split the leaf lengthwise and rub the gel directly on a burn. No green thumb, no problem! Aloe is extremely easy to grow and hard to kill, meaning it can stand up to the kitchen test.

3. English Ivy

The English Ivy is great for purifying the air of pollutants. Ivy thrives in many environments, provided that it receives some direct sunlight. This beautiful trailing plant can be placed on top of the fridge or cabinets to create a lush effect. If you are tight on space, the English ivy can also be potted in a hanging basket.

4. Spider Plant

Add height and texture to your kitchen with a spider plant. This easy-to-care for plant dazzles in a hanging basket. As a bonus, it often offshoots baby plants, which you can use elsewhere in your house or gift to a friend! Another natural air purifier, this plant thrives in all light levels.

5. Air Plant

Let’s face it – sometimes you just don’t have any counter space to spare in the kitchen. You need your air fryer, instant pot, blender, mixer, toaster and various other kitchen appliances after all. In comes air plants! They take up no space at all, and can even be placed on the fridge with magnets. You don’t have to worry about soil spilling in your kitchen either!

What do you consider to be the best indoor plants for the kitchen? Let us know in the comments section below.

Practice Power Outage Food Safety

Power outage? Don’t get left in the dark on whether your food is safe to eat. Allow us to shed some light on the ins and outs of food safety during power outage situations.

Power Outage Preparation

An ounce of prevention is worth a fridge full of food. Be prepared for power outage emergencies with the following tips:

  • Invest in appliance thermometers for your refrigerator or freezer if they don’t come equipped with them already.
  • Keep frozen containers of ice in the freezer. Not only does this help the freezer stay cool, but in the event of a power outage, the ice will keep food colder in the freezer, refrigerator or a cooler. As an added bonus, you get cold, fresh drinking water as it melts.
  • Have coolers on hand to move perishable foods into if needed.
  • Stay stocked up on ice.

Want to be extra prepared? The Frigidaire Gallery Upright Freezer/Refrigerator allows you to switch from refrigerator to freezer as your cold storage needs changes. With ArcticLockTM  walls, food stays frozen for more than two days in power outage events.

dad and son getting food from stainless steel Frigidaire fridge

When the Power Goes Out

If you can, call the power company asking how long the power outage is expected to last. This will help you determine whether you need to take action to save your food. Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed during a power outage. Anytime you open the door, you release the cold air and allow warm air to make its way in.

Freezer Tips

The recommended freezer temperature is zero degrees. According to the FDA, a full freezer will keep its temperature for 48 hours as long as the door remains closed. For a half-full freezer, cut that time in half.

Whirlpool Corp recommends using 2 pounds of dry ice in the freezer for every cubic foot of freezer space to keep the food frozen 2 to 4 days.

How do you know if the food is safe after the power comes back on? If the temperature reads 40 degrees or lower, your food should be safe. Don’t know the temperature? If food contains ice crystals, it’s safe to refreeze (although quality/flavor may be compromised).

Refrigerator Tips

The recommended refrigerator temperature ranges from 35 to 38 degrees. According to, your refrigerator contents should be safe as long as the power outage lasts no more than 4 hours. However, you must discard any perishable foods that are left in temperatures higher than 40 degrees for 2 hours or longer. If you have perishables you want to keep safe longer, move them into the freezer or a cooler with ice. If you are unsure which foods are considered perishable, consult this handy chart.

When it comes to food safety, better safe than sorry. We operate by the rule of thumb: When in doubt, throw it out!

This is an updated version of an article previously published on Jan. 5, 2011.
Images via Whirlpool

5 Tips for Keeping a Cool Refrigerator this Summer

You owe your refrigerator major props for keeping your food from spoiling and always having a cold one (beer, water, lemonade – whatever your preference) waiting for you at the end of a long day. To show your appreciation, take these steps to help your refrigerator keep its cool during the dog days of summer. Your energy bill will thank you.

1. Check the Seal

Make sure your refrigerator seal (gasket) is airtight. An easy way to do this is with the dollar bill test. Close a dollar bill (or just a sheet of paper if you don’t carry cash) in the fridge door. If the door holds the dollar securely in place, then the seal is tight. If the dollars falls out or can be removed easily, the seal is too loose.

Before replacing the gasket, look for any obstructions that may be causing the faulty seal. If that doesn’t do the trick, repair your refrigerator seal with Vaseline by applying a thin layer on the part of the seal that connects to your fridge or freezer.

2. Clean the Coils

Dust and dirt accumulates on your fridge coils over time, and rather quickly if you live with shedding pets. New refrigerators have self-cleaning condensers, but for older fridges, you need to remove the dirt yourself. You might have a vacuum attachment that will work on the coils, but if not, purchase a coil brush. Then clean your coils; your fridge will breathe a sigh of relief!

3. Stock the Fridge


Photo via Thermador

I know it sounds counterintuitive; more food seems like more work. But that’s not true! It actually takes more energy to cool an empty fridge. Of course you don’t want to stock more than you can eat or load it up with groceries before taking a summer vacation.

Quick tip: Fill those empty spaces with pitchers of water. Then you’ll always have a cold, refreshing drink when you need it!

4. Set the Temperature

Make sure your fridge and freezer are set to the correct temperature – cool enough to keep your food safe, but not working harder than needed. The recommended temperature for a refrigerator ranges from 35 to 38 degrees. The ideal freezer temperature is between 0 and 5 degrees.

5. Change the Filter

Your filtered water won’t be very clean if it’s pulled through a dirty “filter.” Your fridge might have an indicator that tells you when to change the filter. Either way, your refrigerator water filter should be changed about twice a year (follow manufacturer guidelines for frequency). Change the filter if it’s time. Not only will you benefit from cleaner water, your ice maker will run more efficiently.

Featured image via Beko

What tips do you have to help your refrigerator keep its cool? Share them in the comments!

Keep Your Grill Clean While Cooking

You’ve probably heard the age-old advice that the best way to maintain a spotless kitchen is to clean while you cook. Well the same concept applies to your grill. Cleaning as you go saves you time and sanity later. Follow these tips to avoid dreading the cleanup throughout your whole cookout.

Grilling Tips

Use a high-heat cooking spray on your grates to avoid sticking. Just remember that when it comes to oil on the grill, less is more. Avoid flare-ups by opting for lean cuts of meat and less oily marinades or by trimming fat off the meat before cooking. If it’s good for you, it’s good for the grill too.

Grill Accessories

grill accesories

As any fashion guru will say, it’s all in the accessories. And we’ve rounded up some great ones to keep you from splashing barbecue sauce all over the patio. Level up your grill game with the following grill accessories:

  • Shelf mats: When cooking with sauces and greases, messes are bound to happen. But mats can offer protection from marinades and sauces dripping off your grill tools. Look for something that is compatible with your grill. The Broil King silicone side shelf is dishwasher-safe and won’t scratch stainless steel.
  • Grill brush: No one wants to taste last night’s salmon all over today’s kabobs. Even if you like the flavors together, the mix of old and new is fishy. So what’s the solution? Use a grill brush to remove any stuck on foods or residue after every grilling session. It’s easier to clean a grill when it’s still hot. Bonus: This will prevent flare-ups.
  • Grill mat: Prevent oil and sauce stains from tarnishing your patio by investing in a mat to keep under the grill. If you want to cover more area, even a tarp will do.
  • Dishwasher-safe supplies: When it comes to cleanup, especially after entertaining guests, the dishwasher is your friend. Look for grill accessories you can throw in the dishwasher and forget about… at least until the following morning. Stainless steel and silicone are good options.

Louisiana Grills Founders Legacy 1200 Food-4

Firing Down

Take some steps after you’re done grilling to prep it for next time.

  • Empty the grease tray.
  • For charcoal grills, remove the ash.
  • Wipe any splatters off the exterior to keep it shining.

Now that you know how to keep your grill clean, there’s only one more thing to do. Fire it up! It’s cookout season!

Do you have any tips for keeping your grill clean as you go? Share them in the comments section below!

Images via DCS

How Much Dishwasher Detergent Should I Use?

When determining how much dishwasher soap to use, ignore the size of the dispenser in your dishwasher, and whatever you do, ignore the suggestions made by the detergent-makers, whose interest it is to get you to overuse soap.

You probably only need a fraction of what detergent-makers want you to use. If that sounds fishy to you, consider that since modern dishwashers use far less water than their ancestors, they also require less soap to do the job.

Back in the late ’70s, the average dishwasher cycle burned through 11 to 15 gallons. This decreased to an average six to 10 gallons per normal cycle in 2000. These days, dishwashers use as little as 2 gallons of water; they simply use it better.

What Is the Proper Dishwasher Detergent Amount?

So, the answer to the $64,000 question?

KitchenAid says to use anywhere from 2 teaspoons to 3 tablespoons, depending on how dirty your dishes are and how hard your water is. If using a dishwasher pac or pod, use only one. 

Should You Prerinse Your Dishes?

dirty dishes in Whirlpool dishwasher
Photo courtesy of Whirlpool

It doesn’t matter how much or how little soap you use, if you prewash your dishes, they won’t get as clean. Sounds counterintuitive, right?

But dishwasher detergent needs a little bit of grime to activate. And some dishwashers are equipped with a “turbidity sensor,” which monitors how clean the water in the dishwasher is and adjust accordingly, eliminating cycles and not fully heating the water if the dishwasher doesn’t sense that it needs to.

Scrape, don’t rinse and try using less soap. Bring a water sample to any Warners’ Stellian store to test its hardness and consider installing a water softener, as that can also be a giant leap toward clean dishes.

Do you have any dishwasher questions? Ask them in the comments below! Our Dishwasher Whisperer will be sure to answer.

How To Clean a Grill and Prepare it for Spring

Along with shorts and mosquitoes, grilling season is coming in hot! Follow these tuneup tips to make sure your gas grill or charcoal grill is barbecue-ready.

Clean the Grill

Clean the interior using a putty knife to scrape off burnt-on food particles inside your grill. This isn’t just aesthetic. Build-up prevents your grill from heating correctly.

To clean your grates, Weber Grill suggests putting them in a dark-colored plastic bag with a cup of ammonia into the bag. After a day in the sun, residue should easily hose off.

If you have a grease drain, make sure it’s unclogged by running a coat hanger down it. Just keep your hands away from the grease bucket, because the grease will drain out fast and could burn you.

Season the Grill

Use nonstick cooking spray to oil the grates, drip pans and inside of the grill. This helps keep food from sticking to the surfaces and speeds cleaning. Light the grill and let it burn empty with the lid closed for 30 minutes to burn off the preservatives.

Level the Grill

Level the grill. If one side of your grill burns burgers while the other leaves them raw, it’s probably not level. Check both side-to-side and front-to-back to ensure even heating.

Check Grill for Leaks

Check for leaks by inspecting connections for tightness and hoses for cracks. Another good way to scope out leaks is by brushing non-ammonia soapy water around the fitting with an old toothbrush. Turn the gas on and watch for bubbles.

And if you need a new grill for spring, visit Warners’ Stellian.

Dishwasher Not Drying Dishes? Try This

You open the dishwasher and the dishes are still wet. Who has time for that? If your dishwasher is not drying dishes, put the towel down and try this.

Rinse Aid for Drying Dishes

Woman Loading Dishes in Beko Dishwasher
Photo courtesy of Amanda Paa

Don’t write off rinse aid because you think it’s just made to prevent water spots on your dishes.

Dishwashers are actually designed to use the rinse aid to sheet off the water on dishes to assist in the drying process. So without it, you’re handicapping your dishwasher’s drying performance.

Buy a bottle of rinse aid, and keep your reservoir full, checking it every few weeks.  Your (dry) dish towels will thank you.

Dishwasher Drying Tips

  • If you have a new, plastic tub dishwasher, be patient. Its drying performance will improve over time as the tub “seasons.” Don’t prewash your dishes, as this impedes the seasoning process, manufacturers say.
  • Run the tap next to your dishwasher until the water is hot, ensuring that the water entering the dishwasher can get as hot as possible. 
  • Limit the amount of plastic items. Plastic doesn’t retain heat as well as say, ceramic, which is why you’ll notice that it’s generally the wettest of all your wet dishes. Because it doesn’t retain heat, it doesn’t condensate the water.
  • Load your dishwasher properly. Load items, especially plastic, at an angle so water can sheet off.

What tips do you have for when the dishwasher isn’t drying dishes? Share them in the comments!

Help! Dishwasher Not Cleaning Dishes

Gloria Steinem said that the truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.

Well, here’s some truth if you find your dishwasher is not cleaning the dishes properly. A lot of your problems don’t have anything to do with your appliance – they have to do with you.

No other appliance operates with so many variables, many of which you can affect:

  • the amount of dishes
  • how dirty they are
  • the amount of detergent and rinse aid
  • dish placement

Dishwasher Problem: Water Isn’t Hot Enough

Before you get all huffy because you spent X-hundred amount of dollars on the darn thing, understand that little, tiny changes to the way you do things will improve the cleaning results of your dishwasher immensely.

If you do nothing else differently,try this hack: just before you turn on your dishwasher, run your faucet until the water is steaming hot.

Otherwise, the water pumped into your dishwasher will be cold from sitting in your copper pipes. This way, you start with steamy water that has the best chance of reaching the high temperatures necessary for cleaning and drying completely. Water needs to be heated to 140-degrees Fahrenheit to dissolve food messes and disinfect dishes.

Dishwasher Problem: Too Much Soap

Despite what you might think, too much soap can actually prevent your dishes from getting clean — especially on the top rack.

Use only half the amount of detergent recommended on the package. And if you have a water softener, you need only 1-2 teaspoons of powder — even less if you use liquid.

I think these people may have used too much detergent.

Too much soap causes over-sudsing. The dishwasher tries to drain as much of the soap suds and food residue as it can, but is unable to drain it all in the time allowed.

Then the soap bubbles pop inside, redepositing tiny food particles back onto the dishes, which show up most on glassware and silverware.

How do you know if you’re over-sudsing? Run a cycle without any soap. If suds are left at the bottom of the tub, you’re over-sudsing.

To remedy, we suggest a vinegar cycle:

  • First, empty any dishes and shut soap door, without adding any detergent
  • Run dishwasher until it gets to the wash cycle
  • Then, open the door and check if the dispenser flap has opened
    • If it hasn’t, run for another minute or so until the flap opens
    • If the flap has opened, add  1 cup vinegar and run through the full cycle

You might have to repeat the process two or three times to ensure you’ve eliminated the buildup of soap.

And don’t forget the rinse aid if your dishwasher isn’t drying!

Featured image via Cove

5 Food Preservation Tips

With the opening of farmers markets and the start of many people’s CSA shares, the perennial topic of food storage becomes fresh again. Check out these 5 tips to keep your food fresh longer.

1. Use your crisper

Those clear drawers in your fridge aren’t just for convenience. Many models allow you adjust the humidity of your crisper drawers to suit their contents. Consult your use & care manual for specifics on your model, but in general, set humidity to high for green, leafy vegetables and low for fruits and vegetables with skins.

2. Pick your spot

Brands might create the perfect space for gallon-jug storage on your refrigerator door, but consider how quickly you will use highly perishable foods before storing them here. Why? Consider the temperature fluctuations of this region of the refrigerator.

If you go through a gallon of milk every couple days, then maybe it doesn’t matter. But those of use who just use a sprinkle in our coffee should definitely select a cooler spot, like the back of the fridge, which is less affected when the door opens.

Accordingly, produce like broccoli, asparagus and apples benefit from colder temperatures located near the rear. Corn and berries benefit from the warmest spot in the refrigerator, so choose those for the front.

3. Use a paper towel to keep your greens green

Greens (especially leftovers) quickly become yellows and browns.

Arrange washed greens between paper towels to absorb excess moisture and seal them in punctured plastic bags.

4. Don’t pass gas

Ethylene gas, that is. Foods like apples, peaches and pears produce ethylene, a gas that kick-starts ripening, which can cause premature aging in some fruits and damage in others. Avoid storing ethylene-producing foods near others sensitive to it, or keep them in a plastic bag to contain the gas.

5. Know what NOT to refrigerate

Sometimes the refrigerator can do more harm than good – as in the case of avocados, bananas, tomatoes, pineapples, mangoes, potatoes and squash – which should be stored at room temperature. Cold temperatures can dehydrate and damage these foods.

What are your best food preservation tips? Share them in the comments!

Spotlight Series: Meet Receiving/Shipping Manager Aaron Milles

Meet Aaron Milles from our St. Paul Warehouse!

What is your role at Warners’ Stellian?

Receiving/Shipping Manager

Tell us more about your role.

I ensure product is received at our facilities in a timely and accurate fashion. I also arrange shipping of client orders throughout the US along with vendor returns.

What do you like most about your job?

I enjoy the team I work with around the warehouse and the challenges the job brings. I get great satisfaction seeing hundreds of appliances roll through the doors every day.

Tell us about your family.

I am married for 26+ years to Lezli. We have a daughter, Larissa 24, and a son, Jeffrey 20. We also have our dog Hazel at home.

What was your first job?

A dishwasher at Perkins, I still hate syrupy plates to this day.

What do you like to do on your days off?

I like to backpack on the SHT and work on restoring/modifying my Jeep Wrangler. I am hoping it will be done this year to take it out to Moab.

What three words would you use to describe Warners’ Stellian?

Family, Opportunity, Growth

What’s your favorite appliance, and why?

Range, I have always been the cook in our family. I finally got my dream LG dual fuel slide in range 2 years ago when we remodeled our kitchen.

Tell us something about you that would surprise us or that most people don’t know.

I suffered the “widow maker” heart attack while driving with my wife and daughter 5 years ago. I spent 6 days in ICU under ECMO bypass. It has made me appreciate all the little things in life.

What is the one thing you cannot live without?

My family, I will do anything for them.

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

That would be chickpea masala with jasmine rice.

What is your favorite thing to do?

Right now it is collecting Bourbon and Rye whiskey, and of course enjoying it.

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Spotlight Series: Meet Appliance Specialist José Marquez

Meet José Marquez from our West Des Moines showroom!

What is your role at Warners’ Stellian?

Sales Manager.

Tell us more about your role.

My role consists of helping the sales team if they have questions about the sale process, inventory, policies & procedures, NetSuite questions, de-escalation of high stress situation with customers; selling and following up with happy customers and not very happy customers. Overall, it is a fun job. Not the easiest job but never boring.

What do you like most about your job?

I really like helping upset customers. I believe every upset customer is an opportunity to leave a better impression than the previous one. All customers want is to be listened to; I always place myself in the customer’s shoes. My job is to de-escalate the situation and give the customer peace of mind that they will taken care of. Besides problem solving and making customers happy I really enjoy the culture at the West Des Moines store and all my co-workers. I’ve never had a job where I’ve had so much fun and still made good money. 😊

Tell us about your family.

I’ve been with my beautiful wife since high school. I have three beautiful children and a dog. We really like to stay busy. In the summer, we go on bike rides, play basketball, go to the park and go on walks. Really anything outdoorsy. The winter is really tough for us. This year, I got a membership at the Y and it’s been a success. My kids get to burn off energy at the rock-climbing wall and basketball court. We also really like to travel. I want my kids to experience a lot more than what I did when I was a little kid. The first time I ever left my hometown was when I came to the US. I was ten at the time.

What was your first job?

My first job was at Little Caesars. Those were the good old days. Life was simple back then. I would go to school, play soccer, play video games, and eat pizza. Some of the best years of my life!!

What do you like to do on your days off?

I like to spend time with my family when I’m off work. We usually go out to eat at least once when I have a weekend off. I also really like to lift weights and ride my road/gravel bike. I heard in a podcast that a good sign of longevity is having strong legs and good grip strengths and I want to live to 130 so I got some work to do!

What three words would you use to describe Warners’ Stellian?

Family, energy and passion.

What’s your favorite appliance, and why?

I have a really intimate relationship with my Traeger. We have been through a lot together. Any time I’m hungry, angry, sad, or happy my Traeger is always there to help me make the best BBQ or chicken ever. My manger, Dan, recently showed me a picture of a BBQ fatty he made on his smoker, and it was love at first sight. I had to try it, so I made it for New Year’s, and it was delicious. If you don’t know what a BBQ fatty is, you should look it up!! If the Traeger doesn’t count as an appliance, I really love my fridge! It keeps my adult beverages cold and my ice cream frozen. Life is simple!

Tell us something about you that would surprise us or that most people don’t know.

I compete in bike gravel races. I got into it last year and it was super tough. My longest race was 68 miles on Iowa gravel roads in February and it took me seven hours to complete it. It had 3,400 feet of climbing. I didn’t even know Iowa had hills until I did this race. I got my first cramp at mile 35. Both of my legs cramped up in the middle of cornfield, and I almost called my wife to come pick me up. But I’m not a quitter. I got up and kept going; I probably got ten more cramps between mile 35 and the finish line. I’m signed up to do the race this year and my goal is to beat my time from last year!

What is the one thing you cannot live without?

My phone. I’m a very social person. If I didn’t have my phone, I wouldn’t be able to talk to all my friends and family and I would miss all the fun parties.

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

My mother-in-law’s enchiladas! Please don’t tell my mom; she would be upset if I didn’t say hers are better!

What is your favorite thing to do?

My favorite thing to do is spend time with my kids and teaching them new things. At the end of the day, we live through experiences. When I get old, I want my kids to have good memories of me. All the money in the world is not going to buy memories. Money is important, and it sure makes life easier, but memories and time spent with family is priceless!! Thanks for reading!!

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Spotlight Series: Phil Withrow from IT

Meet Phil Withrow from our IT Department!

What is your role at Warners’ Stellian? 
IT Support Specialist II

Tell us more about your role.
I am your go to for when your computer is not working, your phone isn’t working, or we need to replace some parts. No problem too small and no question too easy, its what I’m here for.

What do you like most about your job?
Being able to help others and learn more as I continue to grow in my field. Not to mention the people I work with are second to none.

Tell us about your family.
It’s just my Fiancé and I at home with our one cat. I have two younger brothers and one younger sister who have all found their futures around the US doing what they love.

What was your first job?
Singing for my tips at cold stone creamery, something I wish I could forget.

What do you like to do on your days off?
When I’m not being consumed by papers I write, usually unwinding with video games or catching a movie.

What three words would you use to describe Warners’ Stellian?
Family, Loyalty, Respect

What’s your favorite appliance, and why?
That would have to be my microwave, or as I like to call it, “Chef Mike”. Always a great resource for a quick and easy meal.

Tell us something about you that would surprise us or that most people don’t know.
I know how to swim but treading water is almost impossible. Gravity doesn’t like me.

What is the one thing you cannot live without?
German Chocolate Cake

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

What is your favorite thing to do?
That depends on who I am hanging out with at the time. If its my friends it will be either bowling, telling stories, playing D&D, movies, or seeing what events are going on in downtown.

Spotlight Series: Tammy Smith from Accounting

This month we’re meeting Tammy Smith from our Accounting Team!

What is your role at Warners’ Stellian?
Accounts Receivable.

Tell us more about your role.
Processing credit applications, ordering pre-liens/liens, etc. Doing my part to ensure that money keeps
rolling in!

What do you like most about your job?
Definitely the people that I work with. We’ve got a great crew!

Tell us about your family.
Small and simple! I live with my husband, Shane, our two cats Milo and Penelope, and our dog Lily. I also have two adult stepchildren.

What was your first job?
Factory Card Outlet (a party store that wasn’t around long)

What do you like to do on your days off?
During the warm weather months, I love outside activities – fishing, camping (let’s be real – “glamping”), games and gatherings
with friends. But now that winter’s coming, I’ll probably be going into hibernation. 😉

What three words would you use to describe Warners’ Stellian?
Family, growth, community

What’s your favorite appliance, and why?
Probably my dishwasher; gotta love an appliance that does a chore for you!

Tell us something about you that would surprise us or that most people don’t know.
I know how to speak a little Swedish. My grandma taught me some when I was younger, and throughout the years I’ve studied a little on my own here and there. I’m far from fluent but I can say enough to randomly confuse people.

What is the one thing you cannot live without?
Probably my phone.

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Taco stuffed pepper hotdish.

What is your favorite thing to do?
Almost anything can be fun with the right company! Fishing, bowling, sitting around a fire and chatting with friends. But I also
love my alone time where I binge true crime podcasts or read/listen to a good book.

Spotlight Series: Mike Anderson from Builder Divisions Sales

This month we’re meeting Mike Anderson from our Builder Divisions Sales team!

What is your role at Warners’ Stellian?
Builder Divisions Sales since Jan. 2009

Tell us more about your role.
I work with the builder / remodeler trade-partners in the south and west metro.  It has been very rewarding to see how our division has grown and adapted in my time here.

What do you like most about your job?
The store personnel I get to work with day to day.  I also get a chance to visit most stores and really enjoy meeting my co-workers in the stores I don’t visit as often.

Tell us about your family.
Wife Julie, daughter Emily, son Sam, and 2 puppies: Maddie and Eddie!

What was your first job?
I worked for a power tool company out of college.  I still have some friends from my days there.  Love the appliance business much more!

What do you like to do on your days off?
Try to go to the gym, ride my bicycle, and hang out at home with Julie and the puppies.

What three words would you use to describe Warners’ Stellian?
Family / Friends / Integrity

What’s your favorite appliance, and why?
Whichever one we sell to a builder!

Tell us something about you that would surprise us or that most people don’t know.
Was a first team all-conference basketball player way back in high school.

What is the one thing you cannot live without?
Sad to say, but my iPhone.

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Easy, Pizza.

What is your favorite thing to do?
Golf with my high-school buddies once a year back home in Iowa.