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The official blog of Abt Electronics & Appliances

Abt Ads Through the Ages

April 25th, 2016

As part of our 80th Anniversary Celebration, we went digging through the archives for old photos and documents from throughout the store’s history. The old advertisements we found provide a fun look at the sales tactics and buying power of a bygone era. Here’s a collection of our favorites (click on the ad for a larger version):

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November 12, 1982. Celebrating our Dealerscope Dealer of the Year Award.

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Happy Earth Day!

April 22nd, 2016

Today is Earth Day, a worldwide celebration of the environment and the importance of protecting it. While Earth Day is marked by a once-a-year holiday, it’s really also a continuous movement meant to educate and inform people on ways to be more environmentally friendly.  It’s also one of our favorite days, as environmental awareness is something that’s always been important to us a business. We take pride in the various green initiatives we’ve implemented in our everyday operations, and have even been called “The Greenest A/V Retailer in the Country.” From on-site recycling services to making smarter energy choices, here are the ways we celebrate Earth Day every day, and some ways that you can too.

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Making Gourmet Popcorn at Home, in Minutes.

April 20th, 2016

Popping popcorn at home never seems to end up as hassle-free as you’d think it would be. Our first choice is usually to reach for the microwave popcorn, which is quick, but is usually coated in a lot of not-so-good-for-you artificial flavorings, not to mention the fact that one bag never seems to be enough for the whole family. Or you can get out the electric popcorn popper or the air popper, and make your movie treats from raw kernels. That gives you complete control over flavoring and serving sizes, but that takes longer and leaves you with bulky dishes coated in butter or oil that will need to be hand-washed.

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The Lékué PopCorn Maker splits the difference between the methods, offering the convenience of microwave popping with the creative culinary control of popping from raw kernels. Read the rest of this entry »

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Camera Trade-In & Drone Demonstration Event

April 13th, 2016
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Have an old camera collecting dust in your closet? Bring it into Abt this weekend and trade it in for cash or Abt Gift Cards! The National Camera Exchange, a premier buyer and seller of new and used photo equipment, will be in our store to find out the value of your used equipment. Products from all major brands will be accepted, and both film and digital equipment will also be accepted. While not all equipment will be eligible for a cash reward, we don’t want anyone to leave empty-handed so $10 Abt Gift Cards will be given to those whose equipment does not qualify.

Camera Trade-In

 Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th

from 11am-6pm at Abt Electronics

1200 N. Milwaukee Avenue | Glenview, IL | 60025

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Dinner with Dacor

April 12th, 2016

We paid a visit to our friends at the Cooking Skills Academy at DESIGNfirst in Itasca, IL, to get a first-hand look at how Dacor Appliances can make your tasks in the kitchen easier and more enjoyable. Chef Paul guided us through the process of prepping and cooking a gourmet 4-course meal, all cooked in and on the Dacor induction cooktop and convection wall oven. Watch the entire video below, and click through to find the full recipes for the Caramelized Brussels Sprouts and Onions, Garlic Double-Baked Mashed Potatoes, Rosemary Garlic Chicken, and Gradma’s Streusel Apple Pie, and give them a shot yourself.  Bon appétit!

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4 Things You Should Do Before You Start Grilling!

April 11th, 2016

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The season of being outdoors with great company and great food is just around the corner, yes we’re talking about grilling season. Since the warm weather is on its way very soon, it’s time to break out the grill and start grilling some delicious foods. But before you start showing off your grilling skills, there are a couple steps you should go through to make sure your grill is in great condition.

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Gourmet Kitchen Showroom Construction: Behind the Scenes

April 9th, 2016

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At Abt, we’ve always prided ourselves on being the Chicago area’s go-to shopping spot for kitchen appliances (among other things), and think of ourselves as more of a destination than just a store. We strive to offer something more, from the incredible selection of appliances—including prestigious brands like La Cornue, Sub-Zero, and Viking—to the unique kitchen vignettes in our atrium, which let you encounter the appliances in their natural environment. But, if you know Abt, you know we like to always be pushing the envelope of what a shopping experience can be. And that quest has resulted in our latest offering, the (as-of-yet-unnamed) Gourmet Kitchen showroom on the second floor of the Abt Atrium. This showroom will be unlike anything else in the Chicago area, and possibly the entire country.  Read the rest of this entry »

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The Sub-Zero and Wolf Living Kitchen at Abt

April 1st, 2016

The dawn of spring ushers in one of the most popular times of the year for many homeowners to start thinking about one of the biggest projects that they’ll undertake: the full kitchen remodel. Whether it’s bringing a new face to a tired kitchen in a home you’ve owned for decades, or starting from scratch on a newly-purchased home, a new kitchen is one of the most significant ways to put your own touch on your home. But while the initial planning may be exciting, shopping for appliances can quickly become an arduous, frustrating process where you end up with more questions than answers.

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The newest vignette in the Sub-Zero and Wolf Living Kitchen

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Zepp: 3D Swing Analyzer

March 30th, 2016

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Zepp Labs created a one of a kind device that takes athletic training to another level and we have it at Abt!  The athletic company driven by innovation and science, designed the 3D Analyzer Swing Kit to help athletes step up their game and improve their performance. Real time results are recorded on your smartphone so you can compare each swing you take and use the results to create the perfect swing. The kit includes a sensor that can be used for golf, baseball, and tennis, you simply attach the sensor at the end of your bat, golf club, and tennis racket. All kits measure crucial factors that are part of creating the perfect swing.

 

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Spring Break Essentials

March 25th, 2016

Spring Break Essentials

After the long, cold months of winter, Spring Break is finally here! Before you take off to your exciting adventure, go over your Spring Break checklist and make a quick stop at Abt to get all of your travel essentials. Grab some headphones so you can listen to your favorite songs on the plane, or get a lightweight carry on to pack all of your things into. Here at Abt, we want to make sure you’re covered and also help make your Spring Break a success!

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