November 15th, 2014
Is there someone on your list that would love to get a new watch or piece of jewelry this Holiday season? If so, come check out the Abt Holiday Trunk Show, going on this Saturday and Sunday. In addition to our normal selection of men’s and women’s watches, we will be displaying an assortment of limited time pieces from various brands. So stop by, grab some complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, and find that perfect gift.
The Movado Parlee, one of the limited edition timepieces that will be on display this weekend.
November 11th, 2014
It’s hard to believe, but the Holiday shopping season is nearly upon us, which means it’s time for the craziest retail day of the year: Black Friday. We know that savvy shoppers are already prepping their Black Friday shopping plans, readying lists and making schedules. So we sent Josh Davis over to the Fox News Chicago studios on Tuesday morning to give a little preview of some of the products we’ll be featuring on Black Friday. Our complete list isn’t live yet, so you’ll have to keep checking back (hint: Abt Facebook followers might have early access). In the meantime, peep the video below to get a glimpse at some of the goodies we’ll have for sale.
FOX 32 News Chicago
November 7th, 2014
One of the design elements that makes the Abt showroom unique is the large atrium. In it you’ll find our fountain, an assortment of fun displays, and the entrances to all of our individual boutiques. These boutiques form a sort of “store within a store” concept. Each focuses on a particular brand or product theme. One of the most popular is the Abt Gourmet Shop, where customers can find all manner of small kitchen appliances, accessories and utensils. If you’re looking for a coffee maker, blender or new set of knives, the Gourmet Shop is where you’d find it. It was getting a little crowded lately, so we made room for an expansion.
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November 4th, 2014
Whether the upcoming holiday season has you spending more time with friends and family or escaping to warmer regions, it’s almost certain to have you taking plenty of photos. Wherever you find yourself, having a good camera bag is key to any photographic travels. Camera bags protect your gear from accidental bumps and bruises, and make carrying your equipment much more comfortable—especially when you start carrying a flash unit, multiple lenses and assorted accessories.
Abt recently added camera accessories from ProMaster to our product line. In addition to things like lens filters and memory cards, you’ll find an assortment of camera bags in a variety of sizes and styles. Carl recently took a closer look at three different bags that are each perfect for a different level of photographer.
First up is the ProMaster Adventure 20 Compact Camera Bag, which is ideal for storing a large point-and-shoot or a small compact system camera:
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October 29th, 2014
2014 is Abt’s 78th year in business. After all that time, we’re still family-owned and operated, and still committed to giving our customers the best service possible. While we often get congratulated on these points, the truth is that we wouldn’t be where we are today without our customers. So, twice a year, we hold our Customer Appreciation Sale as a way to thank everyone who’s supported us over the years. Today marked the start of the sale, with prices reduced on thousands of products throughout the store. You’ll have to act fast, because the sale lasts only through this weekend. Stop by in person, or if you’d prefer to avoid the crowds, shop the entire sale online at the Abt Customer Appreciation Sale. And once again, a resounding “Thank You!” to all of you who’ve helped us get this far.
October 27th, 2014
The LG UltraWide Monitor is the ultimate productivity tool.
One of the most exciting tech trends of the last few years is the increase in screen resolution for all sorts of devices. Smartphones are sporting 1080p (or better) resolution on 5″ screens, 4K resolution is nearing mainstream adoption in the TV world and computer monitors keep packing more and more pixels into their screens. Apple made a big splash with the recent release of the new iMac 5K display. But for windows users, or those looking for a higher resolution screen without replacing their entire computer, the LG UltraWide monitor (34UM95-P) is a fantastic upgrade.
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October 21st, 2014
We have seen the idea of a digital wallet in the past with Google Wallet, but it has not had much success. Apple launched Apple Pay, their virtual wallet service, for their iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 yesterday, and we are curious to see its success.
Apple Pay allows you to pay for your goods with a touch of a button. There is no more reaching into your pocket or purse to pull out your wallet and search for the right card. You are allowed to store multiple cards and even select a default card. What does this allow for? Assume you have a credit card that offers you a certain percentage off a certain good purchased in a given timeline. With Apple Pay, you can set that card as your default and reward yourself. No more marking or forgetting which card to use to add up those reward points.
So, how does it work? For the iPhone 6, Apple has installed an innovative Near Field Communication antenna to make purchasing as easy as holding the Touch ID near the contactless reader. There is no need to unlock your phone or even look at it. Once the payment has been confirmed, the phone will beep and vibrate. So, how does it work for iPads? Assuming that we would not use our iPads as wallets, Apple Pay works a bit differently for iPads. Apple Pay for iPad allows for one-touch purchasing within apps. This means no more having to get up off your couch to get your credit or debit cards anymore.
Apple Pay is available at over 220,000 stores and available for most major credit card and banks. With that said, what do you think about the Apple Pay services? Would you, or have you used it? We would love to hear your thoughts and experiences!
October 12th, 2014
Let’s face it, Chicago has some of the most diehard fans in the nation, am I right? Think you are one of those fans? Well, here is your chance to prove it! Lance Briggs of the Chicago Bears and Abt Electronics have teamed up this season to bring you #BriggsManCaveMonday on Instagram. Follow @LanceBriggs on Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date and see some awesome man caves.
Post pictures of your man cave, weekly, for a chance to be crowned. Lance Briggs will personally choose a winner each Monday of the week. At the end of the season one lucky man cave owner will win an Apple iPad Air from Abt Electronics! You know, just to add a little something extra to that man cave of yours. So, Hashtag #BriggsManCaveMonday on Instagram, and show us how you #BearDown in your man cave!
October 8th, 2014
As many of you may know, October is officially Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Pink that you see in grocery stores, building lights and even on the football field is there to call attention to a disease that will strike about 1 out of every 8 women in the USA. Survival rates have been on the rise in recent years, thanks in part to increased awareness and earlier detection. Abt is proud to support the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation in the continued fight against breast cancer. For the entire month of October, our Glenview store will be lit with pink lights as part of the Foundation’s “Light the Way to Find a Cure” campaign. Local customers will also see our store staff decked out in pink shirts on weekends throughout the month. For more info the LSCRF’s mission, please visit www.lynnsage.org.
September 30th, 2014
It might still be September, but around here that’s not too early to start thinking about the winter. Last winter was nothing short of epic, with many businesses and municipalities across the country blowing their snow-removal budgets and salt reserves just halfway through the season. Snow buildup was an issue at Abt, with the soggy, salty front sidewalk turning the entire main entrance into a safety concern and a visual eyesore.
We decided to preempt those issues this winter (which some are saying will be as bad as—or worse than—last year) by attacking snow accumulation before it starts. For the past few days, workers from nearby Redi-Heating have been busy tearing up the old sidewalks that line most of the front of the store, and laying radiant heating tubes that will be embedded in the new concrete.
Radiant heating works by running hot water through those tubes, which then heat the entire sidewalk to keep it above freezing temperatures. The warmth melts snow before it can accumulate, and also prevents ice patches from forming, so making your way into the store will be easier than ever this winter. We’ll also be able to use significantly less salt, the costs of which add up both economically and environmentally. And less salt and snow buildup means less soggy, salt-stained carpets in the interior of the store. Of course, now that this is in place, it probably won’t snow all season, but it’s nice to be prepared.