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Return to the Ragnar Relay!

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Last year, a dozen daring Abt co-workers competed in the Ragnar Relay, a 200-ish mile relay run that makes its way from Madison, Wisconsin to Chicago, Illinois. Over the course of two days, the participants take turns running legs of the race that range in difficulty and distance, from 2 1/2 miles to nearly 10 miles. When not running, the other teammates ride along in a pair of vans and try to find a few hours of sleep when and where they can. It’s an exercise in endurance and teamwork, but most of all (judging by the photos) it’s a whole lot of fun. Enough fun that most of the runners returned this year for their second Ragnar Relay. This past weekend, Team “There’s an Abt For That” battled extremes of weather and exhaustion to successfully complete the Ragnar Relay. We want to send a hearty “Congratulations” to the team and all participants of the Relay. Here’s a look at their weekend adventures:



All smiles at the race start.


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Bose QC35: The Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones Have Gone Wireless

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Ask anyone who’s used various noise-cancelling headphones about which pair is their favorite, and the Bose QuietComfort series will invariably be mentioned. For years, the QC have been considered some of the best noise-cancelling headphones available. Since their inception in 2000, they’ve gone through a few different iterations, each upgrading some aspect of the headphones’ performance. This week, Bose stepped up their game even further, revealing a QuietComfort with the one feature that users had still been waiting for: no wires. The Bose QC35 are the first wireless noise-cancelling headphones from the company, and they do not disappoint.


Owners of the QuietComfort series usually rave about, as the name implies, how supremely comfortable the headphones are. That tradition continues with the Bose QC35, with the added benefit of no wires tethering you to your computer or audio source. And of course they feature the same beloved sound quality that’s made Bose a favorite for decades.

We’ve had a few days to play with them and came away quite impressed. Check out what we thought of them:

While video and written reviews are helpful, these are one of those products that need to be heard to be believed. If you’re local to our Glenview store, we’d love to have you stop by and give them a test run. We’ve got two pair on showroom floor waiting to amaze you.

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Special Pandora Event in Abt Time Boutique

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

pandora-blog-banner-no-dateThis weekend, stop by the Abt Time Boutique to take advantage of Abt’s special Pandora event. On June 11th and 12th, refresh your summer look and receive a free leather bracelet with your purchase of $100 or more*.  Pandora jewelry is a must-have accessory in today’s fashion, and also a perfect gift for everyone in your life. Give the free gift to a loved one or create a new charm bracelet for yourself. Choose from any of the hundreds of products available in the Time Boutique, including Pandora’s new summer collection.  This exclusive For more information stop by the Time Boutique this weekend, or contact our watch and jewelry specialists at 847-544-2250. See you there!


In-store Special Event



1200 N Milwaukee Ave

Glenview, IL 60025

Saturday, June 11th 10am – 5pm

Sunday, June 12th 11am – 4pm


*Free leather bracelet (up to $55 USD retail value). While supplies last at participating retailers. Excludes gift card purchases. Upgrades available on all bracelet styles, see store associate for more details. Bracelet selection may vary by store. Charms sold separately.

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Inside the Abt Mobile Audio Installation Department

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Abt has made a name for itself over the years as a provider of just about anything you’d ever need to outfit your dream home. What many local customers may not know is that we also have an award-winning mobile audio installation department on-site, who are some of the best in the biz at making your vehicle just as awesome as your home. Today we’re taking a look at what goes on inside the Abt Mobile Audio Installation shop.

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Traeger Wood Pellet Grills

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016


After the long, cold months of winter, summer is finally on its way. It’s about time we can enjoy the awesome weather, hang out by the pool, and of course cook outdoors. When it comes to outdoor cooking, there are different kinds of grills you can choose from. But have you heard of a wood pellet grill? Thanks to Traeger, wood pellet grills are taking grilling to a whole new level; these types of grills are capable of making your food more flavorful while keeping it simple and also promoting a greener way of grilling. (more…)

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Abt Bids Farewell to a Long-Time Employee

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

This morning, Abt bid farewell to one of our longest-running and most well-liked employees, Wayne Mitchell. Wayne, who went by the nickname “Wam” (his initials) around the store, has been at Abt since he was in high school, when he began working Saturdays at our 3rd location in Niles. Wam has been here so long that when I asked him exactly how long he’d here, he wasn’t sure, but thought it was probably around 44 years. A dive into the store personnel records show his first day was January 15, 1974, putting his time here at right around 42 1/2 years.

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Wam was the guest of honor at the drivers’ monthly morning meeting.

For the majority of that time, Wam worked as an appliance installer, specializing in dishwashers, disposals and microhoods. If you’ve had any one of those appliances installed in your home in the last forty years, there was a chance Wam was your man. In the driver dispatch area, he was noted for his stellar troubleshooting skills. Most mornings, while doing his preliminary customer contact calls, Wam would be able to diagnose and fix a customer’s problem with some simple instructions—”press the reset button on your disposal twice”, or “run this maintenance cycle on your dishwasher”—avoiding the time and cost of doing an unnecessary exchange.


Saying goodbye to an Abt legend.

Interestingly, while Wam was one of our longest-tenured employees, he worked  part time for most of his run. Because along with his extended stay at Abt, Wam was also a decorated full-time firefighter for the Westchester Fire Department, acting in various capacities during his 35-year career there, including Fire Inspector, Arson Investigator, and Urban Search and Rescue task force member. He hung up his fire helmet six years ago, but continued to work a few days a week here at Abt.

What’s next for Wam? Most likely a move to Florida and plenty of fishing. We’re going to miss you, Wam. Happy Retirement!

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Memorial Day Sale Starts Today!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

The unofficial kick off to summer is just days away, and we’re starting the summer right with our annual Memorial Day Sale. Save throughout the site, on everything from laundry packages to cameras. Need a fan or A/C unit to keep you cool this summer? Click on the banner below for a promo code that will save you $50 off your purchase of $500 or more.* Act fast and start shopping now while this sale is here until May 30th! Also, free shipping on select grills and A/C units*!



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Celebrate Dad and the Grad With SONOS

Monday, May 23rd, 2016


Get a head start this year and find the perfect gift for the new graduate and of course, Dad! Starting today until 06/18/2016, receive a free gift card when you buy select SONOS products*.


Sonos has become one of the leading brands in wireless audio technology, reinventing the way people fill their homes with music. No matter where you are in your home, in the living room or out in the backyard, you can enjoy your music in high quality without tangled cables and connections. With the touch of a few buttons, you can select your favorite song, control the volume, or pause the music from across the room, or in another room in the house. Here at Abt, we have a variety of Sonos products like sound bars, subwoofers, and wireless audio speakers that provide excellent sound for your own listening preference.  The sound quality is so powerful, it will sound great no matter where you are.

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Grill Demos at Abt

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Even though much of the country has been dealing with gloomy, moody weather, we’re pretty sure that summer will get here eventually. Don’t have a grill but were planning on buying one this summer? Well then you should definitely do that soon, too. With dozens on display and nearly two hundred different grill models to choose from, Abt is sure to have the perfect grill for you. But we know it can be hard to choose the best backyard grill without seeing it in action. That’s why every weekend, all summer long, we host grilling demonstrations right outside the store.

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Howabout some tender, juicy ribs while you shop?


Each weekend, reps will be on hand from a different grill brand, showing off their hottest (no pun intended) grills and grilling accessories. You’ll get a chance too see how they work, ask the pros questions about the products, get cooking tips, and, at the very least, get some tasty food in your belly. This weekend, we’ll be hosting both Viking and Weber, with future demos by the folks from DCS Grills and our newest grill brand, Traeger. If you’ve been hearing about wood-pellet grills and want to learn more, seeing a Traeger wood-pellet grill in action is a great way to do so. Here are the dates for all scheduled grill demos this summer (all demos run from 11am-4pm):

5/21– Saturday – Viking

5/22 – Sunday – Weber

5/28 – Saturday – Weber

6/4 – Saturday – DCS

6/5 – Sunday – Weber

6/11 – Saturday – Traeger

6/12 – Sunday – Weber

6/18 – Saturday – Viking

6/19 – Sunday – Weber

6/25 – Saturday – Traeger

6/26 – Sunday – Weber

7/16 – Saturday – Viking

7/17 – Sunday – DCS

7/24 – Sunday – Traeger

8/6 – Saturday – Broil King

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Building Your Dream Backyard

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016



Now that the weather is getting better, there’s no doubt that we are spending more time outside. So where is the best place to entertain your guest this summer? That place is your backyard! Whether you have a big or small yard space, the ideas are endless for building the ultimate backyard. Here at Abt, we have the essentials you need for creating or upgrading your backyard patio.

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