News Archive through 7/1/2010
June 05, 2010:
This months Billiard Retailer Magazine featured another contribution by Robbies Billiards, this time showing our focus on high quality home bars and bar stools. Robbies has become a frequent contributor to this publication and works to help retailers around the country better service thier customers.
The Broadfording Church of the Brethren Fellowship was the recipient of a donation from Robbies Billiards to support thier annual Benefit Auction to help support Christian Ministry in our community. Robbies Donated Pool Cues and Cases to help with the auction this year.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Maryland and Robbies Billiards have once agian partnered to sponsor thier annual Benefit Auction. All procedes for game room equipment will be put toward medical research to fight CF at Johs Hopkins CF Care Center in Baltimore MD.
Robbies Donated Pool Cues and Cases to the Broadfording Church of the Brethren Fellowship to help with thier summer fundraiser. Procedes benefit the youth ministries and local outreach programs
Robbies has once again become a platinum sponsor for the St. Maria Gorretti MAIT Basketball Tourny in Hagerstown MD. GO GAELS!
Robbies Billiards Donated a slate top pool table to the local chapter of the Wounded Warriors, an organization dedicated to helping returning soldiers from Iraq and Afganistan who are dealing with combat injuries.
Robbies Billiards & Game Room Outfitters in Williamport MD has won Best National Showroom Remodel 2009 in the October Issue of Billiard Retailer Magazine. Our 9,000 square foot store was recognized as having the best overall store design this year for a sub 10 thousand square foot showroom. Design Features like our Custom Flooring, Home Theater Seating Display, Designer Lighting, and Overall Excellence in Layout were featured www.robbiesbilliards.com. The owners of Robbies Billiards are excited that all of our hard work on creating an exceptional shopping environment has been recognized by our peers in the Industry and we thank the judges and all of the employees and customers who have made this possible. Billiard Retailer Magazine is published by the Billiard Congress of America Trade organization for members and caters to specialty retailers and pool room operators all over the world www.billiardretailer.com.
The Broadfording Church of the Brethren Fellowship had thier 7th Annual Benefit Auction and they were happy for the generous support of Robbies Billiards and the Pool cues and Cases we provided. This Hagerstown Based Church raised funds to support local youth groups and continuing Christian Education for the community.
The Owners of Robbies Billiards attended the annual Billiards Congress of America Trade Show for the ninth straight year. As the Industry Struggles overall with the economy, strong established dealers like Robbies were out in Force at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. While securing the best deals for our customers, Robbies Owners were also given the opportunity to Network with other successful Customer service based retailers around the country and share ideas. Overall, Robbies and the Manufactures we partner with are thriving in this economy and look forward to a successful 2009.
Robbies was happy to sponsor the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Washington County's Annual Auction and Dance at the Hagerstown American Legion. We donated Pool Cues and Cases to the auction in a effort to raise money for continued research on Cystic Fibrosis. Chairperson Paula Kriner was happy with this years results despite the weak local economy.
Legacy Billiards Invited the Crew from Robbies Down to visit thier new 100,000 square foot facility in Tennessee. Robbies was recognized as one of the Elite Legacy Dealers in the Country and previewed the new Fall 2009 Products from Legacy Billiards, available online at www.legacybilliards.com
The Crossroads Christian Academy in Winchester VA was grateful for the donation of two custom pool cues and cases for thier senior class fund raiser auction. The acution was a great success and Robbies is happy once again to support the local youth in our community.
Robbies Billiards & Game Room Outfitters is Proud to welcome Olhausen Billiards and Mikhail Darafeev Furniture on board as our Newest Product Lines. Robbies is now the Premier Factory Representative for these two distinguished manufacturers in the Maryland/Washington DC Area. We look forward to years of success together and continue to guarantee the best possible service and support for all of our new customers.
Robbies Owners attended the Brunswick Dealer Advisory Council for the Third Consecutive Year, representing the entire eastern seaboard for Brunswick Retailers. Robbies was once again recognized as one of the more forward-thinking and successful Specialty Retailers in our Industry, especially in these trying times.
Effective Jan. 1st 2009 Robbies Billiards and Game Room Outfitters is Closing their Winchester VA Showroom. Due to an extremely poor housing market and overall national economic factors it no longer makes sense to operate a 5,000 sq. Ft. store in this market. We appreciate all of the customers who have frequented this showroom since it opened in 2003. Robbies will continue to sell and service in Northern Virginia, but we are concentrating our showroom efforts on the new store in Frederick MD. Our Huge Williamsport MD showroom is only about 45 min. up Highway 81 if you want to visit one of the East Coasts largest Game Room Design Centers. We will be back in Winchester Costco throughout the year at Select Brunswick Road Shows.
Robbies has once again become a platinum sponsor for the St. Maria Gorretti MAIT Basketball Tourny in Hagerstown MD. GO GAELS!
The Robbies Billiards & Game Room Outfitters Clearance Center in Frederick Maryland had its Grand Opening Today. Over Half of the Product in the store at Opening are Floor Model and Close out Items at unheard of Low Prices in this Economy!
Robbies Billiards officially signed the lease for thier Frederick Maryland Showroom today. The location at 3630 Buckeystown Pike (Rt 85) is over 5,000 square feet and will feature Overstock and Close-Out items in addition to our usual selection from companies like Brunswick Billiards and Legacy Billiards. This will be Robbies Billiards 3rd new showroom in the last 5 years.
For the third straight issue Robbies Billiards was featured in Billiard Retailer Magazine, the exclusive publication for the home game room industry. This time around, Robbies owners talked about "what works" right now in the slow economy with home bars and bar stool sales. As one of the few dealers in this part of the country doing well in the down market, our input is usually helpful for other retailers.
Today Robbies Billiards and Game Room Outfitters Launched our On-Line Store at www.robbiesbilliards.com/shop. This is our effort to bring the convenience of shopping from home to our local customers. It is also a new outlet for many of the specially priced, close out, and sale items that sell very quickly in our stores. Thanks to Axis80 and Derrick Miller for helping to set up the new e-commerce solution and hosting the site.
In an effort to promote research into a cure for Alzheimer’s, Robbies signed up as a sponsor for The Alzheimer’s Association's Memory Walk 2008 in Towson MD. Having lost family members to this desease, Robbies Owners encourage everyone to visit www.memorywalk.kintera.org and please help support this cause.
Sharon Bias, the Director of Development at Sandy Cove Youth Retreat personally thanked the owners of Robbies Billiards for thier donation of a DMI semi-commercial Foosball Table and Accessories. The camp is a Christian Faith Based Summer Camp non-profit in Northern Virginia.
Robbies Owners Attended the Annual Billiard Congress of America Trade Show in Charlotte NC. With the Industry in Flux this Year on the Poor Housing Market, We were able to Take Advantage and Find Excellent Deals for the Summer and Fall.
Robbies Billiards Showroom in Williamsport MD was featured for the 3rd time in the June issue of Billiard Retailer Magazine. This time, we were recognized for our custom billiard light display, accompanied by an interview about how to merchandise and sell billiard lights to pool table owners.
Today we added a new feature to the web site, "Al's Blog". Al is one of the owners of Robbies and has 20+ years experience in Billiards and Home Recreation. The Blog should become one of the best resources on the Internet for candid info on pool tables and game room related subjects.
For the fourth straight year Robbies Owners attended the Brunswick Billiards Enrichment Conference held in Cancun, Mexico. In addition to seeing the latest in Product and Merchandising from Brunswick Billiards, Robbies also won the award for top 10 in the USA new product adoption for 2007.
Robbies owners attended the Legacy Billiads Pre-Market Show in Denver CO. Robbies Billiards was once again recongnized as a top 5 in the nation dealer for Legacy Billiards in the One to Two Store Catagory.
Robbies made cash donations to support the St. Andrews School "Race for Education". The event was held to raise money for Catholic education and a field trip to St. Patrick Cathedral.
Robbies donated pool cues and cases to the Fountain Rock Elementary School in Hagerstown for thier annual PTA fundraiser auction. The cues were valued at over $100.
Robbies Billiards management attended the Brunswick Dealer Advisory Council for the 2nd straight year. We were again recognized as one of the most successful and forward thinking dealers in the country by Brunswick. We also helped to evaluate product and marketing strategies for Brunswick Billiards in 2008.
Home and Design Magazine featured one of Robbies Custom Game Rooms in the Jan/Feb 08 Issue. The Pool Table is a custom Connelly in Northern Virginia.
Robbies sponsored the St. Maria Goretti M.A.I.T. Invitational Basketball Tournament at the Gael Shield Level for the 6th Straight Year. The tourny is held every year at St. Maria Goretti High School gym in Hagerstown Maryland. Go Gaels!
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra had their most successful annual fundraiser ever with help from items donated and on consignment from Robbies. Items included a leather poker table set, a mini-jukebox, and other various game room acutriments.
Robbies helped the Hagerstown Rotary raise money for the Boys and Girls Club by donating Pool Cues and Cases to the Annual Rotary Auction.
Robbies Billiards was featured in the October issue of Billiard Retailer Magazine for their insights into the Home Bar and Bar Stool market. Billiard Retailer is the preeminent publication for Home Game Room Industry.
Robbies employees participated in the 17th Annual Michael V. McCollum Golf Classic at the Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown. All procedes went to the St. Maria Goretti Athletic Association. Robbies also donated Pool Cues to the prize pool.
Derrick Miller at Axis80 Interactive completed updates on the Robbies Billiards web site. New features include a revamped product page and a section for Online and Overstock Specials.
Robbies Donated a Brunswick Air Hockey Table and Foosball Table to the Hagerstown Church of Christ, headed by Reverend Dan Franklin.
Robbies Management attended the 2007 Billiards Congress of America Trade Show in Las Vegas. Priorities at the BCA show included pre-ordering the latest new product for the 4th Q. and attending various seminars detailing industry trends and strategies.
The owners of Robbies Billiards attended the Brunswick Education Conference in Cancun Mexico. Robbies was one of five dealers selected to present during a "Best Practices" seminar designed to share successful business strategies with other Brunswick Dealers across the world.
The owners of Robbies Billiards are invited to Bristol, WI to participate in the Brunswick Advisory Committee. Positions on the BAC are awarded to only a few of the largest or most successful retailers among Brunswick Billiards 300+ dealer network.
Robbies is recognized as one of the top Three dealers in the Country for Legacy Billiards in the one to two store category. Robbies also ranks third in the country for sales growth with Legacy for 2006.
Kiplingers Personal Finance magazine has completed a peice on Home Poker Tables with Robbies Billiards Manager Patrick McGarity as the Primary Source. The author Lisa Gerstner visited major Game Room Furniture Stores in Maryland and determined that Robbies Billiards not only had the best selection but the most infomation for her readers. The article can be viewed online at www.kiplinger.com.
Robbies sponsored the annual Saint Maria Gorretti Golf Tourney at the Fountainhead Country Club in Hagerstown. Donations included over $500 in prizes to support the school and the athletic association.
In August Robbies Donated Cues and Cases worth over $200 to the Broadfording Church of the Brethren Fellowship in Hagestown Maryland for their Annual Benefit Auction.
On March 20th Robbies donated a pool cue and case to N.A.A.R., the National Alliance of Autism Research, for a fundraiser. The cue and case will be auctioned to help raise money for Autism research and to help the Case Family and their autistic son, Tanner.
Robbies Donated Pool Cues to the Winchester Eagles Lodge for their February 18th silent auction fundraiser. Fundraising director Christine Crumpler was very happy and the Eagles Lodge met their goals.
Robbies Billiards launches expanded website for clients
- Patrick McGarity