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...
*** 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.
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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.
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.&...
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.
Tip #1: General cleaning...
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.
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
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...
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. ...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
With the trend of the patio as an extension of your home comes the trend of outdoor kitchens. Adding a space for cooking and entertaining makes hosting family and friends a breeze. No more running back and forth, indoors and out - everything can be done while still keeping an eye on kids and mingling with friends.
Most outdoor kitchens will need a grill, refrigerator, and counter space for working. Features...
From proper spacing to decorative options, take a look below for even more advice on your kitchen and bar stool selection.
Tip #5: Consider your space.
A typical stool without arms needs about 2 feet of counter space and a stool with arms needs about 2 ½ feet. However, there are certain styles that require a little more room or can get by with slightly less. Taking this into consideration allows room to walk i...
Tip #1: Buy for the long haul.
These days the kitchen island is the spot to eat, read, entertain, lounge, work, and fill-in-the-blank. They say the kitchen is the heart of the home and it’s true. Purchasing a quality and durable stool that will take a beating from kids, grandkids, friends, and that neighbor that likes to show up unannounced, is very important. People will be sitting, climbing, spilling, leaning, swiveli...
Everyone has different taste preferences on style and color, not to mention a wide array of patio, porch, and sun room sizes. This is where “special order” patio furniture comes in to play. From a condo downtown with limited balcony space to the oversized deck in the suburbs, patio furniture comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors to fit into any setting.
EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM
Early spring is the best...
From the warm sunshine to the harsh winter climate, these Adirondack chairs from Seaside Casuals can handle Minnesota's weather conditions from one extreme to the next. Thanks to one of our customers for the great photos! To view more patio furniture options click here.
I can't wait to feel that beautiful green grass on my feet and sun on my face again. It's about time for winter to move its way out! Agreed?
The Las Vegas Market was a success, and a lot of fun I might add. We were able to see many new products, some of which have the potential to make it to our showroom in the future. If you have questions on anything you see here please send them my way. Thanks for visiting!
I had the pleasure of attending the Las Vegas Market from January 26-28. It was a much needed change in weather from Minnesota that’s fo...
Quality manufacturers typically use cushions which are meant to be left outside! Did you hear that?? They are meant to sit in the sun and rain. Don’t get me wrong: they are going to get wet when it rains, but they dry out quickly. Here are the two common cushion options.
1. Indoor foam wrapped in a ticking material to prevent water from penetrating.
2. Open cell or reticulated foam, which allows water...
How do you know what patio furniture is best for your home? Quite frankly, the options are endless and can be overwhelming. Metal or Wicker? Teak or Faux-wood? Cushion or sling? What is a sling anyways? Do I have to haul my patio furniture inside every day? That’s a lot to think about.
Besides going for a certain “look” there’s a great deal that goes into outdoor furniture. Construction, frame material...
Peters Billiards seems like it has been around forever, since 1957 to be exact. Originally it was just pool tables, but we’ve evolved to become much more. In 2006 we opened our new building and there was talk about changing the store name to help people understand who we are. Many loyal customers know us as Peters Billiards and continuing into the future with that loyalty was very important to us. So we set out on a miss...
From grays to whites and everything in between, light colors are all the rage. From the floor to the walls to the furniture, many interior and exterior spaces are becoming lighter. White trim, cream leathers, silver metals, gray fabrics, and much more are transforming both indoor and outdoor spaces alike. The trend is to lighten up and you can do it successfully in many different ways.
Lighten up a kitch...