Creature Comforts

As I write, a pristine blanket of snow covers my yard. The cat and I have been peering out the window throughout the day — she to see the fluttering of birds in tree branches or, if she’s lucky, our window feeder; me simply to admire the sheer beauty of a whitened world. We typically […]

Once Upon a Time . . .

A few days ago, I cleaned out my car and found something surprising. Wedged between the passenger seat and console was a Warby Parker glasses case that should have been in the house. I opened it to see if it held an old pair of glasses that should be put away or a new pair […]

A Love Letter for Sleep

Dear short sleepers, So many of you are in the news these days. And I’m genuinely worried about you. I’m sure you know who you are. You are the ones who work late into the night and rise early to get a jump on the day. Or you’re the ones who stay up well past […]

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, […]

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. […]

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, […]

Fresh ideas for a venerable industry

Fresh ideas for a venerable industry

BY BETH ENGLISH Every day, you see them. People hidden behind screens. Maybe it’s a man behind a laptop at the coffee shop. Maybe it’s a woman staring at her smartphone in the break room. Maybe it’s even one of your children or grandchildren, nieces or nephews, eyes glued to a tablet screen. It’s probably […]

Off to a fresh start

Off to a fresh start

BY BETH ENGLISH There’s just something about a fresh start. Every year, when Jan. 1 rolls around many of us feel invigorated. We begin the new year with resolve. This is the year we finally will give up sweets, make it to the gym five days a week and follow a budget. We will work […]

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