Somers Furniture and Property Brothers

Somers Furniture manufactured the outdoor furniture for “The Property Brothers” personal home. Their new series “Property Brothers at Home” is a 4 part series that will launch on HGTV November 26th 9pm Las Vegas time and will air on the following three Wednesdays, December 3rd, December 10th and December 17th at 9pm Las Vegas time, and yes, we will be on TV! HGTV Magazine out at news stands now also has pictures of their outdoor furniture, what else would you be looking at?...

Somers Furniture celebrates 25 years as a woman-owned business

Somers Furniture (Somers), manufacturer of custom furniture and furnishing provider for convention rentals and special events, was established in March 1989. The initial focus was to serve the needs of rental furniture for the convention, hotel and casino industries. Owned by CEO Debbi Somers, the WBE Certified furnishing firm has faced many successes as well as challenges over the past 25 years. Having grown from a 10,000 square-foot rented warehouse with one employee, one rented truck and limited inventory, the company now owns a 57,000 square-foot warehouse, a company-owned fleet of trucks and an inventory in excess of $2 million. Employing 20 full and part time employees, each of its three divisions has a female manager in charge. After 9/11 and the most recent economic problems, Somers Furniture, like many exhibition industry firms, faced serious challenges and needed to increase its cash flow to maintain viability. Rather than cut back on operations and personnel, Somers decided to expand business to include custom manufactured furniture for the hospitality industry, special events and an outdoor furniture line sold nationally. Proud of the success the firm has achieved in its Custom Division, Somers shared that her company exclusively uses the talents of in-house personnel. Somers Furniture has assisted in the design, construction and installation of major projects for companies in the Las Vegas area including pool lounges at major casinos such as Bare at Mirage Hostel & Casino, Rehab at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Palms Pool & Spa, Venus at Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino, Daydream at The M Resort, Riviera Pool and DAYLIGHT Beach Club at Mandalay Bay Resort; at...

Line fades between indoor, outdoor fabrics

“Knowledge is of two kinds: We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.” Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), English author I have written many times about how lucky we are to live in the Mojave Desert because of the indoor/outdoor lifestyle it affords us. The climate allows us to keep our houses open most of the year, and, if we’re not actually outside, our homes are open. A lot of folks in some parts of the country are saddled with snow, sleet, freezing temperatures and the winter doldrums this time of year. Brrr, it makes me cold to just think about it. Yes, we’re lucky. The indoor/outdoor lifestyle also allows us to make very creative and interesting selections when it comes to our décor and style — inside and out. Southernliving.com says this about the indoor/outdoor trend: “Not long ago, Army green plastic chairs were about all that was available to furnish your patio or screened porch. Luckily, times have changed, and the fabric industry has made remarkable improvements. These days, your outdoor sofa can be covered in a material that’s just as soft and stunning as the fabric on your dining room windows or your living room chairs. The choice of colors, patterns, and textures has never been better.” Yes, in addition to the horrendous green plastic chairs, the old outdoor fabrics were actually a hazard to your well-being. If you accidentally fell asleep with your face on a pillow or cushion, you woke up with track marks on your face or, worse yet, scratches from the rough, uneven weaves. Not so today....

Top of the ladder – The Las Vegas Business Press recognizes 10 powerful local businesswomen

Each May, the Las Vegas Business Press invites the business community to nominate 10 of the most impressive, accomplished ladies in Las Vegas. Every year, selecting 10 from the hundreds of submissions we receive is a challenge. The 2012 Women Who Mean Business award winners are an impressive bunch, working tirelessly to ensure their organizations’ success, despite the tough economic conditions around them. This year’s crop of nonprofit presidents, hospitality executives, Realtors, attorneys and more know better than anyone that having a high-powered career means little without being able to help others climbing the ladder. Our Women Who Mean Business are philanthropy-minded individuals who give back to Southern Nevada as a way of saying thanks. And the Las Vegas Business Press staff congratulates them in return, for paving the way for up-and-coming women and exemplifying the best our city has to offer. … DEBBI SOMERS PRESIDENT, SOMERS FURNITURE Debbi Somers is all about change. As the owner of Somers Furniture, she’s been in the business of identifying, and consequently capitalizing, on tourism industry trends for 23 years. She’s moved from renting furniture to convention exhibitors to custom-building pieces for nightclubs and hotel pool areas, as well as selling furniture online. “You have to look at where business is right now and then change to fit the climate you’re in,” she said. Somers founded her company with a 10,000-square-foot rented warehouse, one employee, a rented truck and limited inventory. Today, she owns a 57,000-square-foot warehouse, a fleet of trucks and inventory in excess of $2 million. She also employs 20 full-time people. As a business owner, Somers says her work...