The Abt 4th of July Sale is going on now, in-store and online! In addition to general savings throughout the site, you can save an additional $25 on purchases $499 or more with the promo code SAVEJULY2015. Visit the 4th of July Sale page for more info. Chicago-area customers, there’s still plenty of time to get a new grill before the big holiday weekend. We can even assemble it for you!
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It may not feel like it in many parts of the country, but summer is finally officially here! That means we have less than two weeks until the biggest grilling day of the year, The Fourth of July. There’s still plenty of time to get your patio in party mode with Abt’s selection of outdoor living products. From waterproof outdoor speakers to grills of all sizes, we’ve got everything you need for a successful July 4th barbecue and a summer full of backyard fun. Click through for guaranteed low prices and free shipping on many items—even gas grills. In the meantime, enjoy these fun facts about grill season. Feel free to add the infographic to your blog (you can grab the embed code here), or post it to your Twitter or Facebook page.
Over the past weekend, twelve daring souls (with 24 daring soles) from Abt braved rain and barren backcountry roads to participate in the Madison-to-Chicago edition of the Ragnar Relay. The Ragnar Relay is a long-distance relay race in which teams of 6 or 12 runners work together to cover a long distance in under two days. This version had the runners racing non-stop from the capital of Wisconsin to the sandy shores of Montrose Beach near downtown Chicago, covering 196.2 miles along the way. In addition to being a unique challenge and a great bonding experience, the race served as a fundraiser for the For Autistic Kids Foundation, an organization that was founded by the Abt family. Team “There’s an Abt for That” finished the Ragnar Relay with time of 32 hours, 57 minutes and 30 seconds, earning them 8th place in the Men’s Corporate division. Here are some of the photos the runners managed to snap in between their runs.
Father’s Day is less than a week away, and if you’re still looking for that perfect gift, we’ve got you covered. Josh stopped by the WGN News studios recently to talk tech gifts for Dad, and brought along a variety of fun products that will appeal to Dads of all types. Check out the video below to hear more about the products we featured. And see our list of Father’s Day Gift Ideas for more inspiration!
The consumer electronics industry is filled with buzzwords, acronyms and technical jargon that can make it difficult to choose the best product for your budget and needs. In the last year, “4K TV” and “Ultra High Definition TV” have been the big trends in television marketing. 4K TV is a technological advancement worth knowing about, but because the explanation can get technical, one of the main questions of new TV shoppers is still: “What is 4K TV?” We put together this fun video to help explain 4K TV, also know as Ultra High Definition TV (UHDTV). It doesn’t get too far into the technical side of things, but should hopefully clear up some of the basics. And if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us online or at 888-228-58000.
Abt is often called a “toy store for adults,” but we also carry plenty of fun stuff for children (my favorite are the kids’ home theater recliners). One of our newest product offerings for youngsters is the Fable kids’ tablet. Everything about Fable, from the custom operating system to the physical design of the tablet, was designed from the ground up to be the perfect tablet for children.
One of the major worries with letting children use Mom and Dad’s tablet is the unrestricted access to the internet or app store that a “grown up” device provides. The Fable tablet prevents this by utilizing a custom operating system of its own design, which utilizes multiple levels of security. First off, Fable is a browser-free device, meaning there’s no way for a child to even access the internet, and all of Fable’s content is found in its custom apps. And while those apps may offer in-app purchases, all shopping rights can be locked down with the integrated password protection, preventing accidental one-click purchases. The security features also let parents (or authorized teachers) remotely select what apps are downloaded to the Fable, and even manage a friends list, allowing access only to authorized contacts. All available apps are carefully selected by Fable, with their exclusive online store offering hundreds of different creative and learning apps, books, games, videos and more.
The Fable tablet’s child-specific design extends to its physical construction, with a body built to withstand the spills and drops that a kid’s tablet is likely to experience. The flared edges and wide bezel surrounding the 7″ touch-screen LCD make the Fable easier for little hands to hold, while bright colors add some personality in a sea of grey and black adult tablets. You’ll also find a rear-facing 3MP camera, 8GB of storage, a headphone jack, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n connectivity, and a battery that’s good for 6-8 hours. And one last surprising fact for a tablet, especially one that costs only $129.99: The Fable is made in the USA.
Follow the link for more info or to purchase the Fable tablet at Abt.com.
Tips from the pros for cleaning a grill and getting ready for summer grilling season.
While many die-hard BBQ fanatics (and those who live in more comfortable climates) have been grilling through the winter, the Memorial Day weekend signifies the unofficial start of grilling season for most of us. If your grill has been sitting under its cover all winter—or even worse, no cover at all—then there’s a few things to keep in mind before firing it up for the first time. Besides ensuring you’ve got ample charcoal or LP to cook for all of your guests, it’s a good idea to give your grill a nice cleaning. Especially if you didn’t thoroughly clean it at the end of last season.
We collected a few videos from the grill experts at Weber Grill that will help you easily and effectively clean both a gas and charcoal grill, in preparation for a summer full of trouble-free backyard cooking. A clean grill not only works better, it will keep your food tasting better and it will give you many years of service. Check out the videos below:
Cleaning a Charcoal Grill:
Cleaning a Gas Grill:
The unofficial opening to summer is less than a week away, and we’re getting in on the fun with the start of our annual Memorial Day Sale. You’ll find savings throughout the site, on everything from kitchen appliances to coffee makers. Is there a new window air conditioner on your summer shopping list? Click through the banner below for a promo code that will save you $50 on purchases of $499 or more. The sale ends May 25th, so act fast!
In the market for a new TV? Stop by Abt this Sunday, May 17th, from 11am-3pm to check out Sony’s new lineup of 4K Ultra HDTVs. Sony experts will be on hand to answer questions and give an in-depth look at the features of these new 4K TVs, like the all-new Android TV integration. Just like the OS in your smartphone, the Android system in these new Sony TVs lets you stream media from apps like Netflix or Crackle, share photos and videos from your cloud account, and even play Android games right on your TV—no additional console needed. Coupled with features like the X-Reality™ PRO Picture Engine and TRILUMINOS display technology, which bring out detail and color like never before, these new Sony TVs are the perfect foundation for your home entertainment setup. If you can’t make it into the store this weekend, you can still check out our entire selection of Sony TVs online.
Prepping for the summer by shopping for a new window or wall air conditioning unit? Before you start, there are a few things to consider that will make your shopping experience easier. We put together this quick video that illustrates what to look out for to ensure you get the best unit for your room, and to prevent any problems with fit, electrical compatibility or cooling performance. The answers to these questions will help guide our sales specialists in picking out the best air conditioner for your needs.