E-commerce seminar offers tips from 3 digital entrepreneurs

Panelists for the e-commerce seminar included (l-r) Emily Taylor Young from Brass & Burl, Whitney Moore from Meadow Blu and Colleen Waguespack from Fig & Dove along with moderator Rachel Gerli of Nina Reeves Communications.

With trends showing that more business is moving online due to the pandemic, many brands are investing in their digital presence. But, experts say, it’s important to remember not to put all your eggs in one basket, such as relying on a sole supplier.

This is one of the tips shared during the seminar “When life hands you a pandemic, build an e-commerce business,” held at the Universal Furniture showroom during the High Point Market.

The panel, moderated by Rachel Gerli of Nina Reeves Communications, featured Colleen Waguespack from Fig & Dove, Whitney Moore from Meadow Blu and Emily Taylor Young from Brass & Burl.

“I thought e-commerce would be easy, but I found out it was so much harder since it’s a 24/7 process to go online,” said Moore, founder of Meadow Blu, an e-commerce site based in Mouth Pleasant, S.C., that offers furniture, lighting and decor. “With e-commerce, you are not just dealing with competitors locally, but (also) nationwide. So, it’s

Global Views adds original wall décor

During each High Point Market, home furnishings manufacturer Global Views uses the corner of its hallway to showcase something new.

For October’s market, the Dallas-based purveyor of lighting, accent furniture, mirrors, decorative accessories and more introduced its newest offering, original wall décor, there.

A look at the display highlighting Global Views’ original wall art.

Originally, the pieces were created by Creative Director George Sellers and his nephew and apprentice, Eli, as late additions to the company’s summer 2019 catalog shoot, intended as a way to help fill blank spaces on walls in the various room scenes. After the catalog was printed, customers began asking about the art and if the pieces were for sale, which CEO David Gebhart took as a sign to venture into the category. A year later, the pieces were ready for their at-market debut.

“This seemed like the missing piece to our puzzle and it seemed like a natural addition,” Gebhart said. “We’re doing the rugs, we’re doing all the other wall décor, the furniture, everything for the home. It made sense to go ahead and look at doing the original art.”

When creating the originals, Sellers and Sellers stretched drop cloth canvases over wide, thick