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Archive for July, 2015

Why Choose Abt?

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Abt has a long history as a company run not just  by a family, but run as a family. Even with more than 1200 employees, most of us grow close enough to our co-workers to consider them a second family. Members of this extended Abt family stay with the company for long periods of their careers, developing a loyalty that has many of them turning down job offers at larger companies, or commuting distances that some would consider unreasonable, just to work at Abt. We often get to hear from customers about why they choose Abt, but for a change we decided to look a little closer to home and ask our own employees: Why Abt?

Most will tell you that it’s all about the people. Agnes B, a member of the appliance sales staff, has been with the company for 17 years. When asked why she’s stayed so long, her immediate response was, “Abt is my home away from home.” From the day she started, “it was easy to make friends, and Abt had a friendly working environment.” It’s not uncommon to find people in every department across the store who have been here ten, fifteen, or twenty years. When you spend that much time together, it’s impossible not to become close, to find a best friend, or even your soul-mate—dozens of couples who met at Abt have gone on to get married! Agnes recently found herself running 200 miles across Wisconsin and Illinois with 11 of her Abt co-workers.


Half of the Abt Ragnar Relay team.

Others got hooked by the chance to learn something new or move up in the ranks from one position to the next (we prefer to promote from within), which is one of the reasons so many employees have such long tenures here. Tim M, a 20-year veteran,  loves the front-line access to today’s most advanced products. A passion for cooking started him out selling high-end kitchen appliances, but he’s since transitioned to a position in the custom audio department.  He says that the way technology advances  in the home entertainment industry brings a challenge to the job, but with it comes  a great learning experience. And getting hands-on experience with countless brand-new tech toys—like the dozens of high-end, 4K TVs that surround his salesfloor—is just one of the perks of his position. Tim is one of our long-distance commuters, racking up over 100 miles each day on his roundtrip drive. Ask him if it’s worth it, and he’ll tell you yes, in part because “the Abts are a great family to work for, and they treat their employees well.” Okay, but how does he feel about the rest of the people around him? For the answer, just look towards his favorite golf course, where every other Wednesday he gets in a round or two with eleven of his Abt co-workers.

FAK 3 Point Shoot Out

Fierce, but friendly, competition at the semi-annual For Autistic Kids 3-Point Shooutout in the Abt gym.

The family theme runs through most anecdotes, but for some, it goes deeper than just a general sense of connection, to very personal relationship with one very special man, Bob Abt. Bob, known alternately as “Mr. Abt,” has always prided himself on not just the overall family environment at Abt, but his efforts to personally connect with as many of his employees as possible, in every department throughout the store. Lance N was a manager at a competing store over 25 years ago. He was well-known and well-liked in the industry, and Bob thought he’d be a perfect fit at Abt, and so convinced Lance to come work at the store (then located in Morton Grove). Lance has been with us ever since, repaying Bob’s trust with a loyalty that has kept him at the store well past midnight many nights. Ask him, why, and he’ll tell you: “Bob trusted me since day one. I closed the store with him three to five  times a week until 3am to make sure the store was ready for the next day. Bob taught me everything I had to know. If it weren’t for Bob, I wouldn’t be doing what i am doing today.”


Nearly all of our installers work in pairs of two, many spending so much time together that they become like brothers.

 And you’ll hear a similar story from Leslie, who’s been at Abt for 12 years now. She’d been a family friend of the Abts in her time before working here, and often found herself doing business with Abt. Years ago, Leslie’s life took an unfortunate turn, and she found herself looking for work. Her troubles came up in passing conversation with Bob, and he offered her a job on the spot, with a schedule that was flexible enough to accommodate caring for her two young boys. She started as a call-taker in electronics service, then moved to a position as a sales-assistant. Her work ethic in that position quickly impressed Bob, who insisted she become a full-fledged sales associate. The rest, as they say, is history, and today Leslie is a sales pro, helping customers interested in high-end kitchen appliances. Summing up her experience here, she says, “Abt and their business is one big family. Mr. Abt has touched each and every one of us in a different way.”


The store-wide Halloween contest pits departments against one another in pursuit of the coveted “Best Group Contest” award.

 As we close in on our 80th year in business, we look to celebrate all the things that make us great, for both our employees, as well as all of our loyal customers across the country. While we continue to explore the reasons each of us has chosen Abt, we also want to know why you do too. We appreciate each and every one of our customers, and continuously want to do good by you, eliminating what you don’t like and doubling down on what you do. So, we ask our customers: “Why Abt?” Please let us know! In a comment here or on Facebook, a Tweet, or a photo on Instagram. Include the hashtag #WhyAbt and we’ll collect and share your memories with the entire Abt family, all 1200 of us.


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In Memoriam: Mr. Robert Abt

Friday, July 24th, 2015

“Keep a low profile and let what you do speak for yourself.” -Robert Abt 4/10/1938 – 7/23/2015


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Delicious Recipes For Your Summer Festivities!

Monday, July 20th, 2015


Its that time of the year! Summer is the best time to have family and friends come together, enjoy the sun and cook some delicious foods. Abt is your headquarters for summer dining fun, offering all of the essential products for preparing everything from appealing appetizers to delicious desserts. Plus, we even posted some yummy recipes to try out for your next cook out!


Watermelon Ice Pops


Stay cool this summer with this refreshing treat! Not only are they delicious, but also very easy to make, thanks to just a few ingredients and the ingenious design of Zoku popsicle makers, which drastically cut down on time needed for your pops to freeze.



*Serves 6

  • 1 1/2 cup of seedless watermelon, cubed.
  • 2 Tbsp of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp of agave nectar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp of lemon juice


Using a blender, add watermelon and puree until smooth. This should take about 30 seconds. Then, grab a mesh sieve and strain the mixture into a bowl. Mix the greek yogurt, agave nectar and lemon juice into the watermelon mixture. Insert the popsicle sticks into your mold, and then fill your chilled Zoku mold with the mixture to the fill line. Wait about ten minutes, and enjoy your pops! (Of course, these tasty pops can also be made in a traditional popsicle mold. You’ll just need to wait a few hours for them to freeze.)


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Abt’s Outdoor Party Must-Haves!

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Planning on hosting the perfect outdoor extravaganza this summer? Let our must-have list for outdoor living and entertainment guide you to the most popular and essential products you’ll need to throw the backyard bash everyone will be talking about! We’ve picked out a few of our favorite backyard items that can create the perfect environment and the right entertainment for your future outdoor party guests.



Weber 22” Original Kettle Premium Black Charcoal Grill



When it comes to throwing any backyard shindig, the grill will always be the star of the show. With that kind of pressure, having a reliable grill isn’t just an option, it’s a necessity. The perfect solution for this pressure is the Weber Charcoal Grill. Charcoal grills offer better heat control, as well as the preferred and traditional method of grilling. Wow your party go-ers with the authentic BBQ flavor when grilling steaks, burgers, hot dogs and more, on a charcoal grill. Or add an extra twist, by using special flavored wood chunks, in addition to the charcoal. Your guests will keep coming back for more when they taste the extra smoky flavor. Shop Abt’s great deals on a wide variety of Weber Grills today, to really get your party started!


Klipsch Sandstone Outdoor Speaker



The next step on our list, which is often overlooked, is music. Whether you’re streaming your favorite party playlist, creating ambience, relaxing outside, or in need of movie audio playback, having speakers in your backyard is a must. By adding the Klipsch Outdoor Speaker, your backyard will deliver clean, clear sound, as well as amazing full-bodied bass during any occasion. Klipsch Sandstone Outdoor Speakers even offer a design that disguises them as rocks, making them blend in beautifully with any backyard landscape. Browse the selection of different colors, styles, and sizes of Outdoor Speakers sold right here at Abt.


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Camera Trade-In Event This Weekend

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Have some unused camera equipment taking up space? Bring it to Abt this weekend and trade it in for cash or Abt Gift Cards! Specialists from National Camera Exchange—a premier buyer and seller of new and used photo gear—will be on hand to determine the value of your used equipment. Products from all major brands will be accepted, and both digital and film equipment is welcome.



Reps from some of the major camera brands will also be here, answering questions about their products and giving helpful tips to better your photography. Even if you don’t have anything to trade in, stop by and sit in on one of the following photo classes:

12:00pm: Better Fun Family Photos
This program will be full of tips, tips, and more tips on making better photos with any type of camera from Point-and-Shoot to DSLR!

2:00pm: Landscape & Travel Photography
Learn how to take your Landscape and Travel digital SLR photography to a higher level, both creatively and technically.

4:00pm: Action & People Photography

Learn how to take Action, Sports, People and Portrait digital SLR photography to a higher level, both creatively and technically.


The event will run from 11am-6pm on July 18 & 19. Hope to see you there!

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GoPro Hero4 Session Overview

Friday, July 10th, 2015

A few days ago, GoPro announced their newest action camera, the GoPro Hero4 Session. Smaller and lighter than any previous model, and with a body that’s waterproof without the need of an external case, the Hero4 Session is the ultimate camera for squeezing into tight spots. A variety of included mounts mean you can strap this compact video camera to just about anywhere on your body, your bike, surfboard, and any other places you can think of. The small size does bring a few technical trade-offs compared to the other Hero4 models, namely a non-removable battery and no 4K or 2.7K filming. But the integrated battery is good for around 2 hours of filming time (depending on settings) and the Hero4 Session can still film in Full HD 1080p resolution at 60, 50, 30, or 25 fps. Additionally, the Hero4 Session contains most of the other features that have made GoPro the #1 action camera available, including 1080p SuperView filming, time lapse recording, and the ability to take 5MP and 8MP still images.

gopro hero4 session

The new GoPro Hero4 Session has a smaller cube form-factor and is 40% lighter than other GoPro Hero cameras.

Check out the video below for our hands-on overview of the GoPro Hero4 Session, including some test footage and a rundown of the basic specs and operation. The GoPro Hero4 Session will be in stock and available for purchase at on July 12th, giving you plenty of time to film the rest of your summer adventures!


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Win a Pair of Tickets to Windy City Smokeout!

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

This weekend, Chicago plays host to the Windy City Smokeout, a three-day celebration of country music and BBQ cooking.  Abt is sponsoring one of the stages, where more than 20 country music acts will perform over the weekend, including stars like Kacey Musgraves, Pat Green, Lee Brice, Turnpike Troubadours and more! And some of the country’s biggest names in barbecue will be grilling up treats. Grab food from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, The Salt Lick, Chicago Q and others. We’re giving away a pair of tickets to any one day of the Smokeout. To enter, just head over to the Abt Facebook page and leave a comment on the linked post. We’ll draw one winner at random on Thursday night at 11:00 PM Central Time. Good luck!


windy city smokeout

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Abt 4th of July Sale is Underway!

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

The Abt 4th of July Sale is going on now, in-store and online! In addition to general savings throughout the site, you can save an additional $25 on purchases $499 or more with the promo code SAVEJULY2015. Visit the 4th of July Sale page for more info. Chicago-area customers, there’s still plenty of time to get a new grill before the big holiday weekend. We can even assemble it for you!

4th of July Sale

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