Williamsport MD Showroom Announcement
Olhausen Nicholas Pool Table Installed
We just completed a job for a design client in Northern Virginia involving a penthouse delivery of two Olhausen Nicholas Pool Tables. The Nicholas is exclusive to Robbies Billiards Home & Patio and it looks stunning in this home when custom built with an Espresso finish on maple. The client originally ordered Brunswick tables but they wanted custom options and Made in the USA product, so they purchased Brunswick accessory kits. Check out the pictures and let us know what you think!
Presidential Celebrity Pool Table Review
Today we are going to reveiw the Celebrity Pool Table, one of the most popular tables by Presidential Billiards. Presidential is world famous for thier unique African manufacturing facilty and rare building materials like Teak and African Mahogany. Featuring a lifetime warranty, solid hardwood construction, and three piece 1" slate the Celebrity is a great place to start evaluating this companies product.
Style: The Celebrity is a transitional style pool table that fits nicely in todays more contemporary homes. By transitional I mean that it has a very traditional style rail assembly but a funky "tusk" style leg that flares out and a trendy Espresso dark chocolate wood finish. This table literally "transitions" between traditional style carved leg tables and the more geometric modern style pool tables starting to become more common place. Overall, the table is a looker (the picture does not show how this looks with modern leather shield pockets instead of those old school fringe pockets) compared to many cookie cutter designs in this price range. If you don't like the tusk style leg you can opt for a more traditional Square Tapered Leg but the Tusk Leg is what makes the Celebrity so cool. Grade: A-
Construction: Presidential uses exotic African Mahogany in the construction of the Celebrity. This tight grained wood finishes like Maple and is eco friendly to harvest. They do not skimp on the wood in this table either! There are DUAL 2" wide center beams and 1.5" cabinet construction, no veneer or MDF in this pool table. The 1" framed slate is Brazilian sourced and levels nicely as most major manufacturer's in the industry buy thier slate from the same couple of suppliers. Level really does come down to how good the installation tech is at his job. Our one complaint about the Celebrity is the Knock Down construction of the cabinet is not as solid as tables from manufacturer's like Olhausen who pre-build, square, and level the cabinet in the factory. The hardware on the Celebrity is substantial but we would like to see a more robust leg bolt on this table to make up for the extreme curve to the "tusk" style leg. Grade: B+
Value: The Celebrity pool table retails for around $3,000 putting it slightly above some of the el-cheapo China made pool tables but below the majority of Olhausen and Brunswick solid wood pool tables. When you factor in the Solid African Mahogany construction, the funky transitional style, and the excellent reputation of Presidential Billiards this is a very tempting table if you like the look. Think of it as a value version of the best selling Olhausen Chicago Pool Table. Grade: B+
Conclusion: The Celebrity pool table by Presidential Billiards is a fairly new design but has already become a top seller around the country. Transitional and modern style tables are very hot right now and the Celebrity hits all of the right buttons. While we would like to see some improvements on the overall construction there is no doubt this table blows away most China made pool tables for build quality and price point. Final Grade: B+
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Most Popular Game Room Furniture Trends Winter 2013
The Holiday season is almost over so lets look at the hottest furniture and game room trends for winter 2013. This info is based on actual customer purchases over the holidays, so you will be seeing these in homes around the Maryland, Virginia, and DC area!
Table Games: As usual the hottest sellers are 8' Home Pool Tables and 12' Home Shuffleboard Tables. Larger size 9' Pool Tables and the 16' and longer Shuffleboard Tables are few and far between this winter. We have sold a few 7' Pool Tables and 9' Shuffleboard Tables but most customers are going for larger size games for the same dollars.
Wood Finish Trends: Matte Black Lacquer on Maple is the hot wood finish for Winter 2013 in the home game room. The black goes with just about any style room and never goes out of style. The best selling Espresso dark chocolate finish is the 2nd most popular wood finish, with the all time best selling medium mahogany chestnut finish in 3rd place.
Style Trends: Traditional Carved wood pool tables are still king this winter. Combined with the more modern Black Lacquer and Espresso wood finishes the traditional style ball and claw, carved rams head, and spoon style leg game tables have made a strong come back from last season. The more contemporary arch leg and waterfall style cabinet tables like the Olhausen Chicago and Pavilion Shuffleboard are the 2nd most popular design trend this winter in Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia Homes.
Best Selling Item: The overall best selling table game this winter is the Robbies Billiards Home & Patio exclusive Ellianna two-tone black lacquer/brandywine pool table in 8'. Many customers have special ordered this table in custom wood finishes, but most people LOVE the way the Brandywine top rails contrast against the contemporary matte black laquer maple cabinet. The 2nd most popular item is our all time best selling Grace 8' Pool table, followed by the Olhausen York Shuffleboard table in 12' length.
Olhausen vs Brunswick Pool Tables
As an Authorized Pool Table Dealer in Maryland for both Brunswick Billiards (since 1967) and Olhausen Billiards (since 2007) we are often asked by customer which company makes the better pool table: Brunswick or Olhausen? This is like asking "Who makes the better car, Ford or Chevrolet?" Fans of either manufacturer will always be loyal to their brand, but I will try and objectively examine the pros and cons of the two largest pool table manufacturer's in the world.
A great head to head comparison between Olhausen and Brunswick is the Brunswick Camden Pool Table vs the Olhausen Santa Ana Pool Table. They both have an MSRP of around $4,000 and feature all of the top features and engineering standards available to the respective manufacturers. Both the Olhausen and the Brunswick are top selling pool tables in Maryland and around the rest of the country.
The $50,000 Skyline Design Patio Furniture Give Away
Now through December 31st every $1,000 spent at Robbies Billiards & Patio in-store or online gets you One Entry into the $50,000 Skyline Design Patio Furniture Give Away. Two Lucky Winners will be drawn on January 1st and get to choose from two ultra high end Patio Furniture Collections from Skyline Design totalling $50,000 in value. Choose from the Topaz Conversation Seating with matching tables, chairs, and Heri Hanging Chair OR the Bishan Day Bed with matching Miha Chaise Loungers and side tables. Visit either Robbies Billiards & Patio Showroom to see the collections in person and try out this amazing outdoor entertainment furniture for yourself. Delivery and Installation spending does not count toward the dollar totals, see store for details, call 240-331-7024, or email email@example.com
Olhausen York Shuffleboard Table Review
Today we take a look at Olhausen Billiards best selling home shuffleboard table, the York. The Olhausen York Shuffleboard is featured in our Maryland showrooms if you want to "kick the tires" and see why this is such a popular model. Olhausen Billiards in Tennessee is the largest US based manufacturer of Pool Tables, Shuffleboard Tables, and other quality Made in the USA home entertainment goods.
Olhausen products are available through a trusted network of local established authorized factory retailers, like Robbies Billiards & Patio. The York is a transitional style shuffleboard table made in Tennessee with hundreds of custom options. Sizes range from 9' to 22' tournament length and recreational 16" wide to full 20" wide finger joined rock maple play surfaces. The cabinets can be custom made in a variety of wood species and finish stains, just like every custom made Olhausen game table. In Maryland Shuffleboard Tables tend to sell well in Maple Wood with a Dark Cherry, Mahogany, or Black Onyx finishes. The most popular size shuffleboard for homes in Maryland, Virginia, and DC is the 12' Length.
Style: The York Shuffleboard Table features a transitional solid leg with a square tapered cabinet similar to the style of the Olhausen York Pool Table. There is a subtle routing on the "blind" or side of the play surface cradle. The overall balance and style blend well with most traditional or even modern style game rooms. The popularity of the York Shuffleboard Table comes from its versatility in any home. It is not a trendy or old school design, rather it falls somewhere in between. Some customers are indifferent to the York style, but no one absolutely hates the look of this table making it a very good design chameleon.
Construction: Like all Olhausen Game Tables, the York Shuffleboard is custom made to order in Tennessee out of select hardwoods. The main component of any Shuffleboard Table is the play surface, and Olhausen knows their boards. With a virtually indestructible poured lacquer over finger joined Canadian Rock Maple, this play surface will last for decades in either 16" or full 20" tournament size. Olhausen has developed their own patented "leveling" system made up of wooden climatizers to adjust the play surface as room conditions change. Our experience is these boards are on par with the industry standard by Champion Shuffleboard. The real difference is in the cabinet: No one builds a better looking better quality cabinet than Olhausen. With the stain and wood options the York can be build just about any way you like. The kicker is that Olhausen is the only shuffleboard manufacturer in the industry with a full Lifetime Factory Warranty on the Play Surface AND the Cabinet. That is an unbeatable guarantee and sets the Olhausen York Shuffleboard apart from the competition.
Value: The York Shuffleboard table has so many custom size, wood, and finish options we have a tough time putting it in a specific price range. Even fully decked out, however, this table seldom exceeds $6,000 other than in tournament sizes. Combined with the customization options, bullet proof play surface, and lifetime warranty on all wood components (something no other manufacturer currently offers!) the York is a solid value however you speck it out. If you can live with the 16" wide recreational play surface option the York is priced competitively with many imported and off brand tables. That makes this Shuffleboard table a great Made in the USA alternative for any value seeking buyer.