The Open Road

The Open Road

“I think I might have heard the highway call” — James Taylor, “Carolina in My Mind” We have a newly minted driver in our house. Because he’s our oldest, our son’s journey to get behind the wheel has been a source of great excitement, joy and a little (maybe more than a little) trepidation for […]

Welcome to the Newly Redesigned BedTimes

Welcome to the Newly Redesigned BedTimes

BY MARY BEST As with mattress making, design plays a crucial role in fulfilling the mission of a magazine. It draws readers into stories and illuminates their meaning. As with mattress styles, design is not static. It constantly shifts based on consumers’ — or in our case, readers’ — needs and interests, trends, market changes, […]

Looking ahead

Looking ahead

Walking the floor at ISPA EXPO 2018 in March in Charlotte, North Carolina, and talking with producers was an eye-opening experience. Several conversations with machinery makers centered on increasing automation and making production more comfortable for the human operators of machines. In this month’s cover story, BedTimes contributor Gary James reports on a number of […]

Want some advice?

Want some advice?

BY BETH ENGLISH Have you ever read advice columns? When I was growing up, the local newspaper was a staple in our house. My brother and I would fight over the comics, especially the full-color ones in the Sunday paper. But even during the week, I found lots to enjoy in the paper. After the […]

Signs of spring in High Point

Signs of spring in High Point

BY BETH ENGLISH AND BARBARA T. NELLES Despite a dark and stormy day at High Point Market, retailers found enough flowers, sunshine and new products to lift their moods and freshen their floors The High Point Market April 14-18 in High Point, North Carolina, offered a mix of spring weather—sunny days, afternoon rainstorms and temperature […]

Giving back—and getting back

Giving back—and getting back

BY BETH ENGLISH When I first started with BedTimes, I tried to get up to speed on companies and people by reading our News and Newsmakers sections. In the first magazine I picked up, I remember seeing one article that struck me in particular—it was about a brand that had donated mattresses to make a […]

ISPA EXPO 2018 wrap-up

ISPA EXPO 2018 wrap-up

BY BARBARA T. NELLES AND BETH ENGLISH Making your bed and shipping it, too At this busy show, there were plenty of one-stop shopping opportunities as exhibitors kept one eye on customers and the other on consumers There was so much to see and do at ISPA EXPO 2018 March 14-16 in Charlotte, North Carolina. […]

We need sleep. Oh, yes. We do

We need sleep. Oh, yes. We do

BY BETH ENGLISH There was a time when I was desperate for sleep. It was last night. Even with everything I’ve learned about the importance of sleep, two nights ago I stayed up to watch the Academy Awards. I have no idea why. I had seen only one of the best picture nominees. (“The Post”—it […]

At the Las Vegas Market, hustle and bustle, plus hybrids aplenty

At the Las Vegas Market, hustle and bustle, plus hybrids aplenty

BY BARBARA T. NELLES AND BETH ENGLISH The Winter Las Vegas Market Jan. 28-Feb. 1 in Las Vegas buzzed with happy energy, and bedding showrooms were filled with manufacturers and retailers excited about product debuts, new looks and bigger spaces. From high-tech components to super supportive feels, this year’s Las Vegas Market crop of mattresses, […]

Party pictures and first impressions from ISPA EXPO

Party pictures and first impressions from ISPA EXPO

With all eyes on the ultimate consumer, we didn’t spot much puffery, but there was fluff and ‘ploof’ aplenty at this busy show By Barbara T. Nelles Photos Bert VanderVeen ISPA EXPO 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina, last week may have been an industrial trade fair, but it felt as though exhibitors, now more than […]