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Viking TurboChef Experience with Chef Joe Arvin

July 13th, 2016

Last month, we were treated to a visit by professional chef and TV star Chef Joe Arvin. He stopped by to demonstrate the power and versatility of the Viking TurboChef Double Oven, which combines a variety of technologies to create an oven that cooks full menu items in a fraction of the typical time. We grabbed some video of Chef Joe cooking up a pizza in about two-and-a-half minutes. The TurboChef makes quick work of more complicated items as well, like roasting a 12-pound Thanksgiving turkey in just 42 minutes.

If you missed out on that in-store demo, you’re in luck. Joe will be returning to Abt tomorrow, July 14, from 6-8pm for more demonstrations and to answer customer questions about this unique kitchen appliance. Stop by the store and get a literal taste of the action. If you can’t make it in but would still like to experience the demo, make sure to “Like” the Abt Facebook so you can get notification of when the live video broadcast starts.

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Stay Active with the New Samsung Gear Fit2

July 12th, 2016

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Fitness bands and heart rate monitors are essential in the fitness world; they help us stay fit while maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Most fitness bands provide useful features that monitor our heart rate, keep track of how many calories we burned, or track our sleeping patterns. There are multiple kinds of fitness bands out there that can fit your lifestyle, but the most important purpose of having a fitness band is to reach our fitness goals. There many brands that you can choose from, like Samsung. Samsung isn’t only known for TVs and smartphones, but they are making their way up in the fitness world by designing high-tech wearable devices like the Samsung Gear Fit2. The Gear Fit2 ensures precise results especially with built-in GPS tracking. The built-in GPS tracks your distance, speed, and running route in real time, so you can ditch your phone and leave it at home.

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Your Summer Hiking Essentials from Abt

July 11th, 2016

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Summer is finally in the air and it’s time to get out to enjoy the wonderful weather. Hiking is one of the best summer activities, getting you outside with your family and friends to places that you have never seen before—or even back to your favorite destinations. Not only is hiking a great way to enjoy the warm summer weather, it’s also great exercise that will burn calories and increase your fitness level. But before you go, make sure you’re prepared with all of the right hiking essentials. Abt now carries a great selection of Patagonia backpacks that make the perfect companion for whatever your summer hiking adventures entail. Patagonia has become nearly synonymous with the outdoors, offering many great products for your outdoor needs. No matter the type of hiking you prefer, Abt’s selection of Patagonia backpacks has you covered. Abt carries various totes, backpacks and other Patagonia products that make the perfect addition to your hikes. Read the rest of this entry »

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We Want to Send You to the Windy City Smokeout!

July 7th, 2016

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The Windy City Smokeout returns to Chicago this month, and we’re going to send a pair of fans to the festival.

windy city smokeoutA three-day celebration of country music and barbecue cooking, the Windy City Smokeout gathers more than a dozen of the country’s best BBQ joints and over twenty hot country music acts and plops them down just outside of downtown Chicago, right along the Chicago River. Add in fresh beers poured by craft breweries from around the USA and you’ve got all the makings of the perfect summer festival.

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Enjoying some BBQ Ribs at the 2015 Windy City Smokeout

 

Abt and Sony are partnering up again this year as sponsors of the Smokeout, and we’re giving away a pair of 3-day passes to the party. If you’re a fan of country music, grilled meats or just generally havin’ a good time, we want to give you a chance to attend! Entering is easy: follow us @abtelectronics on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; post a pic with your favorite country music song or BBQ food, along with the tag #AbtSmokeout. We’ll pick one person at random, and they’ll win a pair of 3-Day General Admission passes (a $220 value) to the Windy City Smokeout! All participants who enter in the contest will qualify for an exclusive discount on a purchase of a Sony 4K TV plus a chance to win a pair of Sony Over-Ear Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones!

Winners will be selected on Wednesday, July 13th at 3 PM CST.

Check out this video recap of the 2015 Windy City Smokeout to see what awaits you if you win:

If you’re not the lucky winner of our giveaway, click through to find tickets to the Windy City Smokeout.

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Grill Buying Tips

July 6th, 2016

It’s pretty much a universal truth that summer nights (and afternoons, and maybe evening mornings) spent cooking barbecued meats on a hot grill are at least 100% better than those spent cooking inside. Whether it’s a regular dinner or your Fourth of July party, a good grill session results in food that is usually much tastier than alternative cooking methods, and it’s often the healthiest method of cooking meat, since excess fat all drips away from the food. If recent holiday cooking has revealed some problems with your old backyard grill, it might be time to consider a replacement. We spoke with the Chicago Tribune Life & Style section recently to share some tips on how to choose the best grill for your needs.

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5 Wedding Gifts That’ll Put a Twist on The Traditional List

July 6th, 2016

They’re going to the chapel, and they’re going to get married!

 

 

That’s right, wedding season is officially here! But before you can break out the cha-cha slide, you must ask yourself the question: what kind of wedding guest will you be?

At Abt, we like to think that the bride and groom’s rankings are not be based off of how well you can sliiiiide to the left, or sliiiiide to the right, but rather on the thoughtfulness of your wedding gift.

So if you’re looking for a present that’s a little more memorable than a toaster or some towels, we encourage you to browse our selection below. Here are 5 gifts that will help you to be the perfect attendee.

 

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1.  Moscow Mules are having a moment.

Created in 1941, this cocktail has officially made a comeback and is “hitting the market again”. Holding the title as one of the bar’s most requested drinks, Moscow Mules are most definitely the thing of the summer. Although they are nothing short of tasty, it isn’t so much the ingredients that are making these drinks so popular: it’s the classic look of the copper mug. Oggi’s Moscow Mule Copper Mugs are known for their distinguished color and stainless steel lining, which allows your drink-of-choice to stay pleasantly chilled for hours. With Abt’s low price guarantee, a full set of mugs is an affordable gift that’s sure to be a hit.

 

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Happy 4th of July!

July 4th, 2016

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From all of us here at Abt Electronics, we want to wish you a happy and safe 4th of July! Enjoy the awesome fireworks and of course your time with friends and family. Our store will be open from 10 AM to 5:30 PM. But don’t let that stop you from shopping online, the 4th of July sale will be on Abt.com until 11 PM CST. Find great deals on hot summer items and save throughout the site!

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Share a Recipe and Win with Abt and KitchenAid.

July 1st, 2016

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We love everything about the cooking process, starting with picking the perfect pots and pans, then finding a great recipe, skillfully whipping it up and, of course, eating and sharing the final product. And we’re especially fond of seeing what our customers come up with in the kitchen. So we teamed up with KitchenAid on a fun promotion to encourage you to share your favorite recipes and give you a chance to add some more to your collection.
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Abt’s 4th of July Sale Starts Today!

June 28th, 2016

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As the month of June is coming to an end, it’s hard to believe that July is almost here! That means America’s most celebrated holiday is just around the corner, the 4th of July. A weekend dedicated to celebrating the birth of our great country, enjoying awesome firework shows and barbecue, and of course spending time with friends and family. Starting today, celebrate America during our 4th of July Sale! Find great deals on tons of products like appliances, TVs, speakers and more. Stay cool with a new LG 12,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner or enjoy your music outside with Klipsch 5.25″ Two Way All Weather Loudspeakers.  Whatever products you may need for the summer, enjoy incredible savings throughout the site on our already low prices. Hurry while the sale ends Monday, July 4th at 11 pm CST.

 

Click here to start shopping now!

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Top 5 Summer Road Trip Essentials

June 27th, 2016

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The summer is well underway and the road trips have begun. When you think about what to bring, Abt has a few must-haves on the list. Check out these 5 road trip essentials for this summer!

 

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