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Archive for May, 2016

Abt Bids Farewell to a Long-Time Employee

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

This morning, Abt bid farewell to one of our longest-running and most well-liked employees, Wayne Mitchell. Wayne, who went by the nickname “Wam” (his initials) around the store, has been at Abt since he was in high school, when he began working Saturdays at our 3rd location in Niles. Wam has been here so long that when I asked him exactly how long he’d here, he wasn’t sure, but thought it was probably around 44 years. A dive into the store personnel records show his first day was January 15, 1974, putting his time here at right around 42 1/2 years.

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Wam was the guest of honor at the drivers’ monthly morning meeting.

For the majority of that time, Wam worked as an appliance installer, specializing in dishwashers, disposals and microhoods. If you’ve had any one of those appliances installed in your home in the last forty years, there was a chance Wam was your man. In the driver dispatch area, he was noted for his stellar troubleshooting skills. Most mornings, while doing his preliminary customer contact calls, Wam would be able to diagnose and fix a customer’s problem with some simple instructions—”press the reset button on your disposal twice”, or “run this maintenance cycle on your dishwasher”—avoiding the time and cost of doing an unnecessary exchange.


Saying goodbye to an Abt legend.

Interestingly, while Wam was one of our longest-tenured employees, he worked  part time for most of his run. Because along with his extended stay at Abt, Wam was also a decorated full-time firefighter for the Westchester Fire Department, acting in various capacities during his 35-year career there, including Fire Inspector, Arson Investigator, and Urban Search and Rescue task force member. He hung up his fire helmet six years ago, but continued to work a few days a week here at Abt.

What’s next for Wam? Most likely a move to Florida and plenty of fishing. We’re going to miss you, Wam. Happy Retirement!

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Memorial Day Sale Starts Today!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

The unofficial kick off to summer is just days away, and we’re starting the summer right with our annual Memorial Day Sale. Save throughout the site, on everything from laundry packages to cameras. Need a fan or A/C unit to keep you cool this summer? Click on the banner below for a promo code that will save you $50 off your purchase of $500 or more.* Act fast and start shopping now while this sale is here until May 30th! Also, free shipping on select grills and A/C units*!



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Celebrate Dad and the Grad With SONOS

Monday, May 23rd, 2016


Get a head start this year and find the perfect gift for the new graduate and of course, Dad! Starting today until 06/18/2016, receive a free gift card when you buy select SONOS products*.


Sonos has become one of the leading brands in wireless audio technology, reinventing the way people fill their homes with music. No matter where you are in your home, in the living room or out in the backyard, you can enjoy your music in high quality without tangled cables and connections. With the touch of a few buttons, you can select your favorite song, control the volume, or pause the music from across the room, or in another room in the house. Here at Abt, we have a variety of Sonos products like sound bars, subwoofers, and wireless audio speakers that provide excellent sound for your own listening preference.  The sound quality is so powerful, it will sound great no matter where you are.

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Grill Demos at Abt

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Even though much of the country has been dealing with gloomy, moody weather, we’re pretty sure that summer will get here eventually. Don’t have a grill but were planning on buying one this summer? Well then you should definitely do that soon, too. With dozens on display and nearly two hundred different grill models to choose from, Abt is sure to have the perfect grill for you. But we know it can be hard to choose the best backyard grill without seeing it in action. That’s why every weekend, all summer long, we host grilling demonstrations right outside the store.

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Howabout some tender, juicy ribs while you shop?


Each weekend, reps will be on hand from a different grill brand, showing off their hottest (no pun intended) grills and grilling accessories. You’ll get a chance too see how they work, ask the pros questions about the products, get cooking tips, and, at the very least, get some tasty food in your belly. This weekend, we’ll be hosting both Viking and Weber, with future demos by the folks from DCS Grills and our newest grill brand, Traeger. If you’ve been hearing about wood-pellet grills and want to learn more, seeing a Traeger wood-pellet grill in action is a great way to do so. Here are the dates for all scheduled grill demos this summer (all demos run from 11am-4pm):

5/21– Saturday – Viking

5/22 – Sunday – Weber

5/28 – Saturday – Weber

6/4 – Saturday – DCS

6/5 – Sunday – Weber

6/11 – Saturday – Traeger

6/12 – Sunday – Weber

6/18 – Saturday – Viking

6/19 – Sunday – Weber

6/25 – Saturday – Traeger

6/26 – Sunday – Weber

7/16 – Saturday – Viking

7/17 – Sunday – DCS

7/24 – Sunday – Traeger

8/6 – Saturday – Broil King

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Building Your Dream Backyard

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016



Now that the weather is getting better, there’s no doubt that we are spending more time outside. So where is the best place to entertain your guest this summer? That place is your backyard! Whether you have a big or small yard space, the ideas are endless for building the ultimate backyard. Here at Abt, we have the essentials you need for creating or upgrading your backyard patio.

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Samsung’s Family Hub Refrigerator

Monday, May 9th, 2016

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Imagine a fridge that can entertain during dinner, view your son’s soccer practice schedule, and capture pictures of the inside of your fridge. Seems too good to be true, right? Believe it or not, Samsung has stepped up their game with their notable appliance, the Family Hub refrigerator. The Family Hub is Samsung’s new Wi-Fi enabled touchscreen fridge that can help your family stay organized while providing entertainment for the whole house.


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Hulu To Begin Offering Live-Streaming TV

Friday, May 6th, 2016

We’re big proponents of cutting the cord, but during every discussion on the subject, the single biggest objection that comes up is the inability to watch live TV. People want to watch their favorite TV shows when the network airs them, at the same time that their friends or family are watching. Beyond a few exceptions—namely HBO Now and Showtime Now, whose streaming programs are available at the same time they’re aired on cable—cord cutters usually have to wait until at least the day after the TV show airs. In many cases the wait can even be a week or even months.


But now, news from Hulu, one of the three major streaming services, may drastically change the way people view cord-cutting. The company is currently working on a new service that would provide streaming of live TV programming in addition to their normal, delayed library. While no specific terms were defined, the deal is said to include Fox, FX, ESPN and ABC, with other networks showing interest. That would mean you could watch the latest episode of Dancing With the Stars, or even a live football game, on your laptop or tablet, from anywhere you can get a WiFi signal. Hulu is planning to launch the service in 2017, so this might be something to think about before signing a long-term cable contract.


Via Los Angeles Times

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Show Mom You Love Her With Pandora Jewelry

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Mother's Day

Make Mom smile and give her something special this Mother’s Day! Finding the right gift for her may be tricky, but you can never go wrong with jewelry. Stop by this week and pick out a great gift in the Abt Time Boutique with Pandora jewelry. Pandora jewelry is the perfect gift for her, you can customize her bracelet with different charms that best describes her, or charms that symbolize each precious moment that happened in her life. We have a large selection of gorgeous charms that come in different styles and colors—beautifully crafted Murano Glass Charms, Disney charms, holiday charms and more! Not only do we carry bracelets and charms, we also have necklaces, rings, and earrings. With Pandora jewelry, there’s no doubt that Mom will be in the spotlight! (more…)

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The Abt Truck Goes Traveling

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

The Abt Truck just returned from vacation, and it would love to join in on yours!

Beaver Falls, Havasu Falls

Good thing I float.



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