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Peters Billiards Spring Storewide Sale Event

March 10, 2015

The sale starts this Thursday March 12th and runs through Sunday March 15th. Virtually everything is on sale! Indoor and outdoor furniture and games including: patio furniture, barstools, pool tables, arcade games, sofas, theater seating, game tables, foosball, table tennis, shuffleboard, artwork, accessories and much more. With our storewide sale this upcoming weekend ALL of our patio furniture will be discounted with extra... Read More

Patio Furniture for the 2015 Season is on Display!

March 3, 2015

We just rolled out all of our patio furniture for the 2015 season! It’s bright and cheery and helps put everyone in a good mood despite the cold. Patio weather will be here before you know it and we’re ready to help you be prepared. Many collections are in stock and now is also the perfect time to order in time for spring’s arrival. Here’s a taste of what we have to offer in our patio department: &n... Read More

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Patio weather is around the corner! NOW is the time to order.

February 24, 2015

I know it may not feel like it yet, but patio weather is just around the corner. This is a perfect time to start planning ahead for those family gatherings and the average Tuesday night grill out. As soon as it’s nice you will want to be outside enjoying it and you will want your patio furniture to be ready to use. Whether you’re looking for an entire lounge set complete with a sectional, chairs, coffee table, pill... Read More

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The Game of Darts

February 10, 2015

When it’s cold outside you have to get creative and find indoor activities to keep busy. Darts is a classic game that can be played by young and old alike in the comfort of your own home. You don’t need expensive equipment or a large space to play this game. It’s a game for the whole family and everyone has room. If you’re new to the game or need a little refresher, check out below for unique facts, int... Read More

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Should you buy American Made Products?

January 27, 2015

I’m sure if we could we would all love to have American made products in our home. In this day and age it’s hard to find American made products for one and they’re not always in our budget. It’s true American made products in general tend to cost a little more, but for good reason. Here at Peters Billiards we try our best to carry American made furniture, games, and accessories whenever possible. Here a... Read More

What’s Trending in Kitchen Stools? The “Mini-Back” Stool

January 13, 2015

With the popularity of open concept kitchens, family rooms, and dining rooms there has been a demand for lower profile kitchen stools. This in turn has brought about the “mini-back”. It’s a low back style that typically stands no taller than the height of the counter. Here are 6 reasons why this trend is so popular.   Great views. With an open floor plan these stools offer uninterrupted views of t... Read More

File under: Design, Barstools, Trends


January 8, 2015

We are making room for 2015 products arriving daily! Save on floor models, one-of-a-kinds, discontinued items & overstock available now through January 19th. We have a lot of inventory including theater seating, sofas, recliners, patio furniture, pool tables, games, barstools, artwork and more! Our Peters Backroom is also full with additional discounts on already reduced prices. Here are just a few of the many pieces w... Read More

Unplugged Games for the Family - Shuffleboard

January 3, 2015

It could be a long winter. To help keep boredom at bay for kids and adults, how about a non-electronic game such as a shuffleboard table? This game is often seen in bars and pubs, but it started as an outdoor game played at resorts or retirement homes. Today’s table top version offers year-round fun for all ages and is a great addition to your family’s game room.   DID YOU KNOW? 1. To most people’s... Read More

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Tis the Season of Giving

December 23, 2014

Feeling charitable this holiday season? It’s a great time for giving and remembering those less fortunate. Ekornes offers discounts on their Stressless® recliners and sofas with a donation to a local charity. Our charities of choice this year are Bridging, Salvation Army, and N.C. Little Hospice. What a great way to affect change and help out these worthy organizations during the giving holiday season. Going on now t... Read More

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Unplugged Games for the Family - Foosball

December 18, 2014

Stay unplugged for the holidays and enjoy your time with family and friends! Good old fashion face-to-face time keeps your family connected.  Traditional games such as foosball can really bring families together for in - person, unstructured settings that are becoming more and more rare in the lives of today’s highly scheduled and tech-addicted youth.   DID YOU KNOW? The longest foosball game ever made... Read More

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Unplugged Games for the Family - Table Tennis

December 11, 2014

No electronics needed here! All you need is a friend and you’re ready to go. So get those kids - and parents -  “unplugged” from their devices and show them how to play! It’s a game for all ages and doesn’t take much equipment: the table, paddles, and a ball. The more you play the better you’ll be and, hey, you might even learn topspin, backspin, or corkspin if you’re really talen... Read More

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Peters Billiards on Kare 11

December 7, 2014

*** Check out our own Steve Slyce on KARE 11 this past week discussing with Pat Evans three low tech gift ideas including table tennis, shuffleboard, and foosball. View the video here. Thanks for visiting Entertaining Design! Read More

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December 2, 2014

Working primarily in the furniture section of our store, I don’t always get a chance to keep up to speed on the arcade games we carry. Today I learned a few things about pinball machines that you might find interesting. Check out these fun pinball facts.   INTERESTING PINBALL FACTS 1. There is only one manufacturer of pinball left in the USA, Stern Pinball, in Chicago, IL. Their lineage goes back to the 1930s. &... Read More

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Stock, Special, and Custom Orders… What’s the difference?

November 9, 2014

Have you ever gone to a furniture store that has 30 recliners, but they were all in some shade of brown? Were you looking to buy a pool table, but really wished you could match the wood stain to your built-in bar? Well look no further! At Peters Billiards we specialize in those one-of-a-kind or just plain hard to find furniture pieces. There are a few things you might want to know about special orders. Let’s take a look ... Read More

Leather Made Simple

November 4, 2014

Leather is everywhere in the furniture market these days, but some manufacturers can get a little sneaky with advertising. I’ve learned that less expensive doesn’t always mean a better deal. Many manufacturers use different leather terms to describe the material that’s on the piece. It might not even have any leather in it at all! “Leather” sofas can run the range from $399 - $5,000 or more and ... Read More

Pool Table Tips: Round 3

October 19, 2014

  The third and final round on pool table tips # 8-10 includes: accessory talk, installation, and “Pool School”.   TIP #8 - ACCESSORIES: All you need to play and enjoy the game. All tables sold by Peters come with an accessory package that includes: cues, balls, rack, 9 ball or “diamond” rack, “triangle” rack, brush, chalk, tip shaper, bridge stick, cover and rule book.  ... Read More

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Pool Table Tips: Round 2

October 13, 2014

Did you know that there are endless options for pool table frame styles? Check out tips #4 – 7 for even more insight on pool tables.   TIP #4 - CLOTH: Did you know woven cloth, not felt, is used for the playing surface of a pool table? Green cloth is not the only option anymore. The typical billiard green cloth is no longer the best-selling color, although it’s still used quite a bit. There are about 30 d... Read More

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Pool Table Tips: Round 1

October 13, 2014

Looking for a pool table? Don’t know where to start? Here are the first of 10 “good to know” tips about pool table basics. TIP #1 – GAME FOR ALL AGES Let’s get one thing straight: pool tables are great for all. It’s a rare game that does not discriminate. Whether you’re 8 or 88, man or woman, short or tall, this game can be played by anyone. Grandpa just might be the one running th... Read More

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Stressless….Why Not?!

October 13, 2014

Have you ever heard of the famous Stressless® chairs? If not, you need to test them out. Part of the parent company Ekornes® out of Norway, they are by far some of the most comfortable chairs you will ever sit in. They’ve even been endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). So if you have neck pain, back pain, any other body pain, or you just want a great piece of furniture, Stressless® offers r... Read More

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WHAT’S TRENDING? Industrial, Reclaimed, and Vintage

October 13, 2014

Industrial, reclaimed, and vintage are all popular trends in the furniture industry today. This trend is evident from the "mom and pop" shops to high end designer brands. From actual vintage pieces to re-created looks, the market place is full of options. Sustainability has moved to the forefront and driven this look. Wrok-out, aged, weathered, distressed, and antiqued are all words to describe this style which is evident in a... Read More

All-Weather Woven Furniture - Cleaning and Maintenance

October 13, 2014

Wicker has been around for ages and is the traditional look for covered porches.  Although the look is beautiful, traditional wicker needs more care, maintenance, and protection from the elements in order to be used outside. With the all-weather wicker available these days you no longer need to keep this furniture under covered porches. It can withstand the elements on an open patio, around a pool, or on your front lawn.&... Read More

File under: Patio, Care & Maintenance

Outdoor Metal Furniture - Cleaning and Maintenance

October 13, 2014

Outdoor metal furniture has been around for many years. Metal is popular for offering durable all-weather capabilities and unique designs from traditional to contemporary. Each metal has special properties that require slightly different care. Refer to this blog post on patio furniture care for details in the three respective categories: Aluminum, Stainless Steel, and Iron.   ALUMINUM FRAMES Tip #1: General cleaning... Read More

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Teak and Faux Wood - Cleaning and Maintenance

October 13, 2014

Teak and faux wood are prized for outdoor furniture because both are low maintenance options while still offering beautiful designs. This is the 4th installment on Patio Care covering teak and faux wood care and maintenance. TEAK WOOD Valued for its elegance and durability, teak is great for its weather resistant properties. Take note of these 5 tips to care for you teak furniture. Tip #1: Periodic cleaning Clean on... Read More

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Natural and Faux Stone Cleaning and Maintenance

October 12, 2014

This is the third installment of patio furniture care and maintenance, which includes specific information on caring for natural and faux stone. Refer to these helpful tips from the experts to keep your table in top-top shape.   FAUX STONE & TILE Faux stone (such as solid surface composite or porcelain tile) is east to maintain. With a little effort in care and maintenance these table tops will stay beautiful for m... Read More

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Outdoor Cushions and Fabrics: Cleaning and Maintenance

October 12, 2014

The patio furniture industry has come a long way to make your outdoor space feel as comfortable as possible. With more and more options becoming available in outdoor cushions and fabrics you will want to know how to properly take care of them. Refer to these 5 helpful tips on fabric and cushion care.   Tip #1: Clean Spills Promptly The life of your fabric can be extended by simply cleaning spills as they happen. ... Read More

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Patio Furniture: General Care & Cleaning

October 12, 2014

You just invested your hard earned money on a beautiful patio set, so how do you keep it looking at its best for many seasons to come? Taking the time to care for your patio furniture is an important step to maintain the look you fell in love with. Here are some tips direct from the manufacturers on how to keep your furniture looking great many years down the road. Tip # 1: What do the pros say? Not all furniture is create... Read More

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October 11, 2014

Did you know that Greg Peterson, owner of Peters Billiards, is one of the leading experts and collectors of antique billiards tables in the world? I know, it’s impressive. His current collection includes more than 100 antique tables, several of them proudly displayed in store. I had a few questions about these tables and Greg was happy to answer them. Here is what he had to say: #1:  When did you start collectin... Read More

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Outdoor Color Trends 2014

October 11, 2014

Light, Bright and Beautiful At the Chicago Casual Furniture Market this past summer we noticed the trend for bright and vibrant colors, paired with neutral backdrops. Grey & white tones continue to push forward in popularity and are evident in material selection such as fabric, metals, wicker, and aged teak.  Home décor color trends have lightened up considerably in the last few years and it’s evident in... Read More

File under: Design, Patio, Trends

Feeling Hot! Hot! Hot!

October 11, 2014

  Especially in our Midwest climate, fire pits are a must! Extend the life of your patio by using the fire pit from spring through summer and into fall. They are wonderful to use when there’s still a chill in the air and the days are shorter, providing the perfect backdrop for the warm ambiance of a fire. Custom built-in fire pits are always a beautiful choice, but if you’re looking for something less ... Read More

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Outdoor Deep Seating Trends 2014

October 11, 2014

Your patio and backyard are an extension of your home so why not invest in the valuable space you already have? With durable and long lasting outdoor options on the market today, your outdoor space can be just as comfortable as your great room indoors. Extending your personal style through those sliding doors and into comfortable seating for the family allows for a seamless flow indoors and out. Whether you’re adding a s... Read More

File under: Patio, Trends

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