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Archive for April, 2009

Abt Hosts Kids Day This Sunday

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Abt is presenting a Kids Day event on Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. in our Atrium area, featuring lots of activities and treats. As a tie-in to Mother’s Day, kids can have their photos taken for free and then use the materials we’ll supply to make picture frames decorated like flowers to hold their photos, creating the perfect Mother’s Day present. We also will provide gift bags that kids can decorate and use to hold their picture frames.

After all that hard work, you know the kids deserve a treat. That’s why we’ll have free ice cream cones and cupcakes available to reward a job well done. “My kids were here at last year’s event, and they had a great time,” said Abt customer service rep Karen “KC” Carr. “It turned out great for me too, because I got a couple of really sweet Mother’s Day presents from them.”     —by Graham W.

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The Abt 73rd Anniversary Sale Now In Progress

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Current economic conditions are leading more and more people to search for bargains, especially quality merchandise at great prices. That’s exactly what we have at Abt, and now is the perfect time to visit our store or shop online during our 73rd Anniversary Sale. You’ll save 12% off our already low prices on thousands of items throughout the store, including electronics and appliances from all the top manufacturers.


With summer fast approaching, you’ll want to check out our great selection of camcorders & action cams, air conditioners, outdoor grills, and much more. You can also take care of your more practical needs by getting yourself a new refrigerator, washer and dryer, oven, microwave, or other home appliance. Whatever you need, Abt has the perfect item, now at great sale prices. If you’d like to learn more about our 73-year history, click here.

by Graham W.

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Abt Featured On NBC’s Weekend Web Show

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Our Apple Store manager, Josh Davis, was featured a few days ago on Chicago’s NBC Channel 5 Weekend Web program, talking to hosts Art Norman and Charlie Wojciechowski about Apple’s latest version of its iLife software. iLife ’09 includes new iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand features, with iPhoto now making it easier to organize your photos by events, places, and even faces by utilizing true facial recognition. If you’re looking for a unique Mother’s Day gift, iLife ’09 would be perfect for a Mom who’d like to get all of her kids’ photos organized so she can quickly find them and show them off.

by Graham W.

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Win A Trip To The French Riviera

Monday, April 27th, 2009

LG is celebrating the debut of its new Riviera Blue SteamWasher and SteamDryer by giving you a chance to win a trip for two to the French Riviera. It’s easy to enter, and you don’t even have to make a purchase of any kind. You can enter in our store, by e-mail, or by regular mail. Just click here to see all the details.

The Riviera Blue SteamWasher features LG’s TrueSteam generator, which provides powerful yet gentle steam for advanced cleaning performance. The Riviera Blue SteamDryer features a SteamFresh Cycle for reducing wrinkles and refreshing clothes. Click here to find out more about LG’s Riviera Blue SteamWasher and SteamDryer and other LG products, and be sure to send us a postcard from the Riviera if you win.    —by Graham W.

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Inflatable Chicago Bull Rallies Support

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Next time you’re on the tollway near our store, or happen to be around back by our small lake, you’ll probably notice a huge red creature with horns and a menacing glare. That would be our inflatable Chicago Bull, who is on display to signify our solidarity with the Chicago Bulls, currently engaged in a tough battle against the Boston Celtics in the NBA playoffs.

Abt and the Bulls frequently team up on promotions, such as our recent 6th Man For A Day contest that awarded two seats on the Bulls bench for the pregame shootaround and two courtside seats for the game. As for the inflatable Bull, don’t let his horns and glare scare you. He’s safely tethered to the ground. Let’s just hope the Bulls’ players are safely untethered and ready to soar to an NBA championship.    —by Graham W.

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Get A Free Denon Blu-ray Bundle Now At Abt

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Denon is known for its exceptional audio/video receivers, with features like Dolby TrueHD and dts-HD Master Audio decoders, along with full 10-bit processing video circuits on certain models. The company also is known for its high-quality Blu-ray players, which offer top-of-the line audio/video features like complete digital-only transport to eliminate interference, and up to 36-bit Deep Color support via HDMI.

If you thought Denon’s products were out of your price range, we have some good news for you. Abt is currently offering a free Denon Blu-ray player (a $600 value) with the purchase of select Denon home theater receivers. As an added bonus, we’re also offering $200 off the price of certain receivers, making this the perfect time to get that Denon home theater system you’ve always wanted.   —by Graham W.

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Save 20% On Luxurious Tumi Luggage

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

You might not be aware that Abt now carries an exceptional selection of luggage, cases, bags, and wallets from Tumi, known throughout the world for its luxurious line of lifestyle accessories. Tumi offers award-winning designs and technical innovations in its brief cases, garment bags, international carry-on luggage, leather backpacks, men’s and women’s wallets, and much more.

Now through May 17, you can save 20% on Tumi’s world-renowned products at Abt. Visit our store to see our Tumi selection, located in the Time Watch Boutique, or click here to shop online.

by Graham W.

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Thousands Enjoy Earth Day At Abt

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Yesterday’s Earth Day celebration at Abt was a huge success, with thousands of visitors filling the store starting at mid-morning all the way through late afternoon. From the demonstrations involving animals to the various recycling and eco-friendly activities, everyone enjoyed themselves while also learning how each individual can make a positive difference in improving the health of our planet.



“The kids especially had a great time,” said Abt customer service manager Cari Boyk, “and the people from The Grove nature center were very informative. They explained the circle of life and how humans are helped by the things animals do. A lot of the kids started picking up paper they found on the floor and even went through trash cans to sort out items that could be recycled.”



“In a lot of ways, it’s the kids who are leading the way on this, getting their parents more involved and really trying to do their part to help the environment,” said Cari. “They’re really looking forward to more events like this.”    —by Graham W.

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Celebrate Earth Day At Abt

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

This Sunday, Abt is hosting a huge celebration of Earth Day, and we’d like to invite everyone who is interested in improving the environment to join us in a variety of fun events, taking place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in and around our store. Among the eco-friendly activities will be:

  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Representatives from The Grove nature center will present various animals and discuss animal safety and the importance of watching out for our furry friends.
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Glenview Cycle employees will be in our parking lot to perform bicycle tune-ups, put air in tires, and offer bicycle safety tips. Glenview Police officers also will be on hand to talk about bicycle safety.
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Abt Recycling Center: recycle all of your old electronics at no charge.
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kids, bring in cans, plastic, and paper for recycling and sign up to win an Pod Shuffle.
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  • 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Environmental Crafts: Decorate your own “green” bag to take home with you. Make lady bugs and sea creatures from recycled materials from the Abt store.
  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Plant your own vegetables: receive a pot, decorate it, and plant some veggies inside.
  • 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. A presentation from Garvey’s Office Supplies, displaying materials such as plates, forks, and cups made from recycled materials.
  • Raffles: In addition to the iPod Shuffle drawing, we will hold a raffle for a Citizen Eco-Drive watch, as well as a raffle for a Green Basket (gifts to include a free night’s stay at the Wyndham Hotel, a 9-hole golf package, and earth-friendly products).

by Graham W.

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Hitting The Ice With The Abt Bolts Hockey Team

Friday, April 17th, 2009

As an appliance store, we sell lots of refrigerators, however that’s not the only thing we have that stays cool. Members of Abt Electronics’ very own hockey team, named “The Abt Bolts,” spend their time outside of work streaking across the ice to slap shot the puck where it belongs: right past their opponent’s goalie!

Established just this year, it is comprised of various employees and even two of the owners, Michael and Billy Abt. The team is part of the Northbrook, IL Park District Hockey organization and includes nine other teams.

Rich Clemmensen of sales, a multi-faceted athlete whose position on the ice includes right-wing, defense, and goalie states, “All of us put together share the same passion for hockey. We’ve been involved in and out throughout our lives and we just love to play the game.”

All of the players on the team have come from some sort of hockey background. Whether it was as a member of a traveling hockey team as an adolescent, or a player for their high school or college team, each player has a history of gracing the ice with their skills and their skates.

Although their record the first year was less than stellar, captain of the team Dennis Tolmatchev says, “Losing does not take fun out of the game. The camaraderie brings the employees closer as a team, which is valuable for a family run business.”

The Abt Bolts plan on hitting the ice again next season, this time with one goal in mind: Winning.   —by Nick Eugenis

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