April 15th, 2015
Control4 is one of the leading names in the home automation industry, producing solutions to automate just about every function in your house. Their combination of proprietary software and hardware offers conveniences of every level, from letting you control all of your home theater components with one remote, to providing access to your home’s security, climate and lighting systems from anywhere in the house.
As the 2014 Control4 Dealer of the year, Abt has had the opportunity to integrate Control4 products into some truly unique home designs. We’re pleased to partner with Control4 for an exclusive Live Stream event next week, which will explore many of the possibilities available with home automation. If you’ve ever been curious about adding smart systems to your home, be sure to register for the broadcast! Just enter your name and email address below and remember to tune in on April 22nd.
April 13th, 2015
Abt recently had the privilege of teaming up with City Year Chicago to perform a day of service at Chalmers School of Excellence in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago. City Year is a not-for-profit organization that works with public schools across the country to provide academic and social support to at-risk students. From one-on-one classroom tutoring to organizing after school activities, the members of City Year help foster an overall positive environment which encourages every student to reach their full potential.
The students at Chalmers School of Excellence have been doing their part by achieving record levels of classroom attendance, setting a proud example for other schools across the city.
Saturday’s day of service gave volunteers a chance to help out with both general tasks at Chalmers—we painted murals and cleaned up the area around the school—and connect with students on a personal level. It was a fun, meaningful day that we were proud to be a part of, and we’re looking forward to the next opportunity!
Click here to find out more info on how you can support City Year.
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April 9th, 2015
They say April showers bring May flowers, but most of us know that this month’s heavy storms will actually do lots of damage. From power outages to flash flooding, there’s no way to tell exactly what each spring’s weather will bring. While storm season has already begun, it’s never too late to be prepared. Whether it’s installing a new sump pump to keep your basement dry or a keeping a generator handy to keep your critical appliances running, Abt has the gear you need to stay safe and dry. See Abt’s entire collection of storm prep and cleanup gear.
April 7th, 2015
After year of rumors, and just over a month since it was officially confirmed, HBO’s standalone streaming service “HBO NOW” is now live for Apple TV users. Costing only $14.99 a month (after a free one-month trial) and requiring no cable subscription or long-term commitment, HBO NOW lets users stream a large library of HBO’s premium movies and original programming. That means access to every episode of past and current hits, including Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, Entourage and many more.
One of the most commonly-cited obstacles to “cutting the cord” has been giving up the ability to watch some of the most popular shows ever made, like Game of Thrones, and HBO NOW has solved that. Many users will find that a subscription to Netflix, Hulu Plus and HBO NOW provides all the content they’d ever want, at a cost substantially less than a premium cable package. While currently only available on Apple TV, HBO NOW is expected to be available soon on streaming devices like the Roku or your standard Smart TV.
For more info or to order: HBO NOW
April 4th, 2015
Happy Easter from everyone at Abt!
The Easter Bunny makes his final visit to Abt today, from noon-4pm. Be sure to stop by for a free photo and our famous freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies. The store and phone lines will be closed all day on Easter Sunday, but you can always visit us at Abt.com. We hope everyone has an enjoyable Easter weekend!
April 2nd, 2015
Abt is always happy to take part in supporting our local community and other greater causes. One cause that’s very near to us is that of raising awareness for autism. Affecting 1 in 68 children, autism is a lifelong disorder that causes varying levels of cognitive, communication and social development issues. The cause is unknown and there is no cure. The Abt family founded the For Autistic Kids Foundation to raise funds to broaden public awareness and understanding of autism, and to assist in the research of early detection, prevention, treatment and a cure for the disorder. This month, we’re proud to take part in the “Light It Up Blue” campaign, in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day and National Autism Awareness Month.
For more information about autism and to find out how you can help, please visit any of the following links:
For Autistic Kids Foundation
March 28th, 2015
One of our favorite furry friends is making his return to Abt! Stop by on Saturday or Sunday from 12-4pm to get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny. It’s totally free, and kids of all ages (yes, even grown-up kids) are welcome. And don’t forget to pick up some fresh-baked cookies while you’re here. If you can’t make it out this weekend, he’ll be back next Friday and Saturday, April 3rd and 4th. Hope to see you there!
March 25th, 2015
One of the more unique products we’ve gotten our hands on recently is the Sprout All-in-One computer by HP. The Sprout is actually much more than just a desktop computer, providing all new ways to create, collaborate and compute. We took a look at what makes the HP Sprout so unique.
The new HP Sprout immersive computer.
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March 20th, 2015
If you’re looking to get an early jump on a Mother’s Day present or just want something sparkly to accessorize with this spring, visit the Abt Time Boutique this weekend to take advantage of this special promotion from Pandora Jewelry. Spend $100 or more on any Pandora Jewelry and receive a free Pandora bracelet. Choose from one of several bracelet styles. This limited-time promotion only runs this weekend, so be sure to stop on by!
March 16th, 2015
March is finally here, which means different things to different people. Some get excited for the first day of spring and the opportunity to start spending outside. For fans of college basketball, it’s the most wonderful time of the year: The NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament, aka a whole bunch of other trademarked terms we’re probably legally prohibited from using here. This year, Abt is hosting our own bracket contest for the Madness occurring in March. The best bracket in the competition will win a 47″ LG LED TV, and runners up have a shot at a pair of 42″ LG TVs or an LG Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer. It’s completely FREE to enter, but you’ve gotta get your picks in before the tournament starts on March 19th. Head over to www.abt.com/bracket to submit your picks! Read the rest of this entry »