Creative Uses for Butcher Block

Creative Uses for Butcher Block

Over the past four years, I have seen all sorts of creative uses for butcher block. One of my very first projects was for a customer making a shuffleboard table. A high quality shuffleboard table can run several thousand dollars, and this customer was a skilled craftsman, so he figured he could make it himself. He ordered a 14-foot long maple butcher block countertop to use as his playing surface since he didn’t have the equipment to fabricate something that long in one piece, let alone ensure its stability and level surface. He built his own base for the table and put it all together, saving himself thousands while creating a one-of-a-kind piece of functional art.  I wish I had had the foresight back then to follow up with him and get photos!

We love seeing our customers’ creative uses for butcher block!

Now that we are much more social media savvy, we regularly encourage our customers to send in photos of their projects, whether they are showing off their kitchen, laundry room, office, or something even more unique.  We certainly love seeing butcher block in its traditional role, and get a special thrill when it’s applied to an unconventional base (like this block attached to a vintage sewing machine base), but every once in a while,  we see something totally unexpected, and it just makes our day!

Creative Uses for Butcher Block

A few weeks ago I received a call from someone ordering a Boos dining table top. She had a few questions and when we got to talking, it came out that she was using it as a speed bag platform. Amazingly enough, this isn’t the first time we’ve sold a butcher block for that!  I only know of two instances, but this has me wondering if it’s more common than we thought.  This customer was kind enough to send us some photos showing the setup, and I’ve got to say, it’s pretty dang cool! Who knew a speed bag could look so sleek?

Creative Uses for Butcher Block

Another fun project comes from Ben, whose neat ideas we have featured in the past. Ben used a Boos round cutting board (with feet removed) as a topper to a vintage milk can to make this super unique end table. It’s an unexpected use for butcher block, but it sure looks cool and makes a great conversation starter! Simple projects like this are easy to accomplish and make a big impact. It’s just a matter of getting creative!

Creative Uses for Butcher Block

Have you come up with any creative uses for butcher block? We would love to see your projects!

Furniture Industry Growth Is Driven by Shifts to E-Commerce and Environmentally-friendly Products

Furniture Industry Growth Is Driven by Shifts to E-Commerce and Environmentally-friendly Products

Like other mature industries, the U.S. furniture market is experiencing shifts toward E-commerce and environmentally-friendly products. These are two key findings recently revealed in a market research report issued by Conlumino, a retail research agency and consulting firm.

The report notes that the furniture sector is strongly outperforming the economy as a whole, with sales increasing 6 to 7% annually, thanks to a pickup in new home sales and the increasing ease of shopping online and U.S. consumers’ increasing confidence in purchasing online. Demographics are also favorable, in that millennials stuck in parents’ basements will at some point join the homeowner ranks, further fueling demand for home furnishings. Notably, this age cohort is especially interested in environmentally-friendly, sustainable and renewable materials and products – a segment that’s increasingly important.

One company that seems well positioned to capitalize on these trends is John Boos & Co., with headquarters and manufacturing plants in Effingham, IL. Not only is Boos – a maker of wood countertops and butcher block tables, islands and carts – a leader in the home furnishings industry; it relies on online dealers (as well as brick and mortar distributors) to deliver its goods to consumers; and nearly all of the company’s residential products can be described as environmentally-friendly.

Ted Gravenhorst, Jr., Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the company, indicates that, “Boos only uses wood harvested from North American hardwood forests that are managed for sustainability. Suppliers must be members of the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA, whose focus is replenishing forests through reforestation). Not only does this enable Boos to satisfy today’s demand for natural, wood counters and butcher block kitchen furniture, it ensures that the U.S. will have an adequate supply of domestic hardwood to satisfy future generations’ needs for recreation plus beautiful, natural home furnishings.” Gravenhorst went on to explain that, “Boos makes sure no wood is wasted. Leftover wood staves are used in end-grain island tops and cutting boards, and pieces that aren’t long enough to be repurposed are ground into sawdust that’s burned to generate steam to power kilns used to dry out fresh lumber.”

Gravenhorst says he is encouraged by the report’s conclusions and optimistic about prospects for Boos’ continued sales growth. “All we have to do is keep designing, making and marketing great-looking wood furniture that’s made to exacting standards and perfectly priced,” he quipped.

The information herein was compiled by Butcher Block Co., a leading online seller of home furnishings and accessories made by such manufacturers as John Boos, Catskill Craftsmen and others.

For more information, please visit https://butcherblockco.com

Contact Info:
Name: Kathleen Grodsky
Organization: Butcher Block Co.
Address: 10448 N 21st Pl
Phoenix, Arizona 85028

 

“Choose Your Boos” Cutting Board Giveaway

“Choose Your Boos” Cutting Board Giveaway

“Choose Your Boos” Sweepstakes Will Feature Famous John Boos Cutting Boards

Butcher Block Co., a leading online seller of kitchen furniture and equipment, unveiled its latest consumer sweepstakes event. The winner of their “Choose Your Boos” promotional giveaway will be awarded a John Boos butcher block cutting board with a retail value as high as $350.

The company’s Marketing VP, Kathleen Grodsky, says, “Since September kicks off the fall cooking and baking season, it’s the perfect time to showcase the incredible variety of butcher block cutting boards on the market; they come in a wide assortment of woods, sizes and styles. John Boos & Co., the best-known and most renowned supplier, makes over 100 different wood cutting boards.”

“With so many great options to choose from, it was difficult to select a single Boos board to feature, so instead, the winner of  the sweepstakes will have the option to choose his or her own prize from the full Boos cutting board collection.”

Echoing Grodsky on the subject of cutting board diversity, Ted Gravenhorst suggested, “It can be more complicated than it first looks. After all, there are Boos cutting boards designed for everything from serving cheese or slicing bread to chopping vegetables or carving roasts. Plus, you have different wood species and grain styles to consider, along with size and shape.” Ted is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at John Boos.

Ms. Grodsky says the Boos cutting board promotion runs through the end of September and is open to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. “It’s easy to enter by visiting Facebook and no purchase is required,” she emphasized.

About Butcher Block Co. – BBC is an online seller of wood countertops and kitchen furniture, stainless steel kitchen equipment, and such accessories as cutting boards, kitchen knives and knife blocks. Besides John Boos, the company carries products made by Catskill Craftsmen, Chris & Chris, Cotton & Dust and Proteak.

For more information please visit: https://butcherblockco.com

Contact:
Kathleen Grodsky
[email protected]
website: https://butcherblockco.com

200 Million Americans Enjoyed Grilled Food over Memorial Day Weekend

200 Million Americans Enjoyed Grilled Food over Memorial Day Weekend

We’ll consume 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day through Labor Day – 70 million each day; over 800 per second!

Of course, the real focus of Memorial Day is the 1.3 million veterans the U.S. has lost to armed conflict over the decades, but one can’t help but fixate on statistics that summarize America’s celebration of the weekend that marks the start of summer. Roughly 6 in ten Americans grilled out over the weekend; that works out to nearly 200 million of us. Almost 40% of them did so away from home, and 9 out of ten of them travelled to their destinations by car. Orlando, Florida was their most popular destination. Washington, D.C. was visited by nearly 1 million atop two-wheelers, headed to the annual Memorial Day Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally.

This time every year Americans move many cooking chores outdoors to take advantage of improving weather. And what types of food did we gorge on? No surprise there: burgers were most popular, enjoyed by 6 of every seven celebrants; followed by steak and hot dogs (4 out of five); with chicken not far behind (5 out of seven).

The summer surge in outdoor cooking is a boon to manufacturers of related merchandise, such as grills, grilling implements and food carts, for example. According to Ted Gravenhorst, Sales and Marketing VP for John Boos & Co., the U.S.-based manufacturer of kitchen carts made of butcher block and stainless steel, “Sales of Boos kitchen carts build every spring and peak just before the July 4th holiday. Demand  typically remains robust right up until Labor Day.”

Looking to capitalize on seasonal demand, the online store Butcher Block Co. is fielding a John Boos Butcher Block Cart Giveaway.

The company’s VP of Marketing, Kathleen Grodsky, advised, “The sweepstakes will be aggressively promoted throughout the month of June. The Grand Prize winner will be awarded a Boos Cucina Elegante kitchen cart, which features a varnished, maple butcher block top; a steel-faced, dovetailed drawer; two food-service-grade stainless-steel shelves; and a 10-inch drop-leaf extension.”

Butcher Block Co. compiled the above information from various sources, including Wallethub, KHAK.com, the Christian Science Monitor and John Boos & Co.

BBC is a leading online retailer of kitchen furniture and accessories, including tables, islands and carts manufactured by Boos, Catskill Craftsmen, Chris & Chris and Oasis Concepts.

For more information, please visit: http://johnboos.com and https://butcherblockco.com.

Contact:
Kathleen Grodsky
[email protected]
website: https://butcherblockco.com
phone: (877) 845-5597

Sotherly Acquires, Remodels, Relaunches Crown Plaza Houston, Renamed “The Whitehall”

Sotherly Acquires, Remodels, Relaunches Crown Plaza Houston, Renamed “The Whitehall”

Iconic Houston Hotel Renovated; Reverts to Original 1963 Name, The Whitehall

Virginia-based Sotherly Hotels acquired the Crowne Plaza Houston Downtown hotel in 2013 with the vision of restoring the property to its earlier glory as The Whitehall – one of the South’s most stylish destination hotels strategically located in the South’s largest MSA (metropolitan statistical area). Constructed in 1963 and recognized by Preferred Hotels and Resorts and Historic Hotels of America, it’s located in the heart of downtown Houston – a desirable destination for those attending functions at nearby Rice University or the George R. Brown Convention Center, or events at Minute Maid Park or the city’s theatre district.

In April Sotherly completed a $5 million renovation project intended to breathe new life into guest and meeting rooms, public spaces (including an outdoor rooftop swimming pool), two new eateries and a revamped restaurant that some consider the property’s main attraction. Formerly called Brazos, the restaurant received a major facelift and a new name to go along with its new look: “Edgar’s Hermano.” Its unusual menu reflects the region’s distinct cuisine, with such unique offerings as fried chicken with poblano/potato enchiladas. Executive chef Sylvia Covarrubias describes her new menu as, “A fusion of southern food and Mexican cuisine – flavors familiar to Texans.”

Resort Interiors of Myrtle Beach, SC, who handled the restaurant refit, designed an authentic look for the restaurant. In keeping with the restaurant’s brown motif, they selected John Boos walnut butcher block dining table tops constructed in edge-grain style. In the opinion of Kathleen Grodsky, Marketing VP at Butcher Block Co., who supplied the Boos dining tables, “Edge-grain walnut was the perfect choice. It presents the beautiful variety of walnut’s light, medium and dark browns in parallel rails of the wood. Those same shades of brown can be found in the strips of reclaimed wood that line the wall of the restaurant and resemble the side of a barn, capping off the restaurant’s rustic look.”

The Whitehall Restaurant

Butcher Block Co. (website: https://butcherblockco.com) is an online seller of butcher block countertops, furniture (e.g., kitchen islands, carts and dining tables) and accessories (e.g., cutting boards and chopping blocks). BBC sells products made by John Boos & Co., among others. Boos is recognized as a leading U.S. manufacturer serving the food service industry. The company also makes, and BBC also sells, wood and steel baker’s tables, stainless steel work tables and base cabinets and stainless steel compartment and platter sinks.

Contact:
Kathleen Grodsky
[email protected]
website: https://butcherblockco.com
phone: (877) 845-5597

Announcing 12 New John Boos Products With More Modern Style

Announcing 12 New John Boos Products With More Modern Style

New John Boos Products – 129 Years After Its Founding, Iconic Maker of Boos Blocks Still Relevant
Even though the company was founded more than a century ago, the John Boos name remains one of the best-recognized brands in the home and commercial kitchen furniture and equipment space. Ted Gravenhorst, Boos’ VP of Sales and Marketing, explained the company’s focus on new product development: “One way to keep a brand top of mind with consumers is by continuously refreshing your product line – adding on-trend features to best-selling items and introducing all-new products that tap into emerging tastes and trends.” A full slate of new John Boos products were previewed with customers during the 2016 International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago. Designs were refined based on feedback they received, and one dozen new products were just announced for immediate availability. The new slate includes:

  • 5 distinctly different butcher block tables, in maple, cherry and walnut, and in edge-grain, end-grain and blended grain construction styles
  • 4 carving boards that incorporate full-perimeter juice grooves plus handle grips holes or wing extensions
  • 3 cutting board designs, including maple and cherry boards with walnut end rails; Mezzaluna herb boards; and chopping blocks elevated on stylized, wooden pedestal-and-ball legs

john boos products

According to Gravenhorst of Boos & Co., “The reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. Boos dealers seem pleased with the breadth of this year’s new product line-up, as well as the magnitude of the tweaks.” His sentiment was echoed by Kathleen Grodsky, Marketing VP at Butcher Block Co. (website: https://butcherblockco.com), the leading online seller of Boos Blocks:

“These new John Boos products incorporate bigger shifts in design than seen in past years. These sorts of changes position Boos to appeal to consumers who seek the heritage of traditional butcher blocks but prefer a more contemporary style for modern or urban settings.”

About John Boos: Boos & Co., headquartered in Effingham, IL, manufactures wood and steel products designed principally for residential and commercial kitchens.
Butcher Block Co.: BBC is a leading online seller of butcher block countertops; kitchen islands, tables and carts; plus cutting boards, knives and knife blocks.
For more information please visit: http://johnboos.com and https://butcherblockco.com.

Contact:
Kathleen Grodsky
[email protected]
website: https://butcherblockco.com
phone: (877) 845-5597

John Boos’ Wood Plant Site Expansion Plan Approved

John Boos’ Wood Plant Site Expansion Plan Approved

The World-Famous Maker of Boos Blocks Doubles Down on its “Made in America” Heritage

John Boos & Co. has reported that the Planning Commission of the town of Effingham, Illinois has approved the site plan presented by Boos calling for a new wood plant and retail showroom to be built in the small Midwestern town it has called home for more than 125 years. Boos is a world-renowned manufacturer of butcher blocks and butcher block tables, kitchen islands and carts, cutting boards and chopping blocks.

Joe Emmerich, president and CEO of Boos & Co., explained the company’s strategy is to consolidate under one roof multiple wood manufacturing buildings plus a retail outlet. The project is expected to improve productivity and to expand the company’s wood furniture and cutting board manufacturing capabilities.In 2012 Boos made a similar massive investment in a facility of 87,000 square feet. That structure houses corporate offices and the company’s metal fabricating plant. Boos is also a leading manufacturer of stainless steel tables, base cabinets and compartment sinks sold principally in food service channels.

“At 122,000 square feet, the scale of this new wood plant relative to the town of Effingham is simply astounding,” declared Mark Shook, owner of Butcher Block Co., John Boos’ largest online dealer (website: https://butcherblockco.com). “You could allot almost 10 square feet to each of Effingham’s 12,500 residents and fit all of them comfortably inside the building.”

“This level of corporate commitment to keeping and expanding manufacturing jobs in small-town America sets a great example other captains of U.S. industry should strive to emulate,” Shook observed.

About Butcher Block Co. – BBC, which operates exclusively online, sells a wide range of kitchen furniture, equipment and accessories made of wood and/or metal, including butcher block countertops, islands, tables, carts, cutting boards and chopping blocks.

For more information please visit: http://johnboos.com and https://butcherblockco.com.

Contact:
Kathleen Grodsky
[email protected]
website: https://butcherblockco.com
phone: (877) 845-5597

Politics Aside, Everyone Seems to Agree …on a Boos Block

Politics Aside, Everyone Seems to Agree …on a Boos Block

Staff at Donald Trump’s Jupiter, FL golf club showcased a second famous American brand during the candidate’s Tuesday new conference: Boos Block  from John Boos & Co.

In her Wednesday news story, APress writer Jill Colvin reported on Donald Trump’s Tuesday news conference held at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida. As Colvin reported, “The front-runner for the GOP nomination wanted to celebrate his skill selling things to eat and drink, among other things, defending business ventures that have increasingly come under attack in ads and in debates. Before Trump’s arrival…club staff set up displays of Trump-branded products on either side of his podium. There were bottles of Trump red, white and rose wine, cases of Trump water and two butcher blocks heaping with stacks of giant, well-marbled Trump Steaks.” Trump Boos Block

The story garnered considerable media attention, but what was lost on most readers and viewers of the story, other than food service professionals and “foodies,” was that…

Staff at Trump’s club saw fit to prominently display his steaks atop a Boos Block – another well-recognized American brand name – giving Illinois-based John Boos & Co. valuable media exposure.

Pleased by the attention, Boos’ VP of Sales & Marketing, Ted Gravenhorst Jr., said the company wasn’t consulted or involved, but nor was anyone at Boos surprised. “Boos Blocks are extremely popular within the food service industry,” he explained. “In fact, you’ll find John Boos products in most fine restaurants. I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting the Jupiter club, but it strikes me as the type of high-end establishment that would favor Boos products.

Boos also benefits from frequent exposure of their products on cooking shows that air on the Food Network and Cooking Channel.

This news release was prepared by Butcher Block Co. (website: http://butcherblockco.com) – a leading online dealer of John Boos products, including butcher block countertops, kitchen islands, tables, carts and cutting boards, as well as Boos commercial stainless steel kitchen equipment.

For more information please visit: http://johnboos.com and https://butcherblockco.com.

Contact:
Kathleen Grodsky
[email protected]
website: https://butcherblockco.com
phone: (877) 845-5597

John Boos & Co. Announces All-New Wood and Stainless Steel Tables

John Boos & Co. Announces All-New Wood and Stainless Steel Tables

Contemporary Designs Are Suitable for Residential and Office Settings

Although the Boos name is typically associated with the eponymous butcher block that the father and son team of Conrad and John Boos unveiled more than a century ago, Boos & Co. manufactures a wide range of furniture, equipment and accessories. A key challenge old-line companies like Boos faces is keeping its product line fresh and relevant in the face of evolving consumer tastes.

Boos’ VP of Sales and Marketing, Ted Gravenhorst Jr., explains “It’s important to stay on top of market trends, and these tables respond to two in particular. First, walnut continues to gain popularity as a wood of choice for kitchen countertops and dining tables. Second, consumers show increasing interest in products for the kitchen that blend materials – especially wood and stainless steel. Wood conveys a sense of natural warmth and steel is viewed as sleek and modern. In combination, wood and stainless steel seem to strike just the right balance.”

Wood and stainless steel, when married together, make for stunning, on-trend, kitchen furniture.

According to Kathleen Grodsky, Marketing VP at Butcher Block Co. – Boos’ leading online dealer – “The new John Boos Walnut Dining Table with Stainless Steel Trestle Base features an American Black Walnut blended butcher block top that’s 2-1/4 inches thick, edge-grain butcher block trestle base legs, plus a structural stainless steel trestle bar.” This table is a perfect fit for a contemporary kitchen, dining room, or even a conference room. Walnut Wood and Stainless Steel Dining Table

“Their Maple Trestle Table with Stainless Steel Pedestal Base is a slightly more architectural design,” Grodsky went on to say. “While its Northern Hard Rock Maple butcher top is also 2-1/4” thick, it’s constructed in edge-grain style, meaning each wood rail runs the full length of the table. But what really makes this table different is its stainless steel pedestals which are accented with maple wood overlays and a cross beam.” Maple Wood and Stainless Steel Trestle Table

About Butcher Block Co.: BBC is a leading online seller of kitchen countertops, furniture and accessories made by John Boos & Co. and other major manufacturers.

For more information please visit: http://johnboos.com and https://butcherblockco.com.

Contact:
Kathleen Grodsky
[email protected]
website: https://butcherblockco.com
phone: (877) 845-5597

Butcher Block Co. To Promote John Boos Brand in March Giveaway Sweepstakes

Butcher Block Co. To Promote John Boos Brand in March Giveaway Sweepstakes

John Boos’ Products Also Highlighted in March 2016 Issue of Good Housekeeping

The Hearst Corporation’s women’s magazine, Good Housekeeping, was founded in 1885 – just two years before Conrad Boos and his son John created their first eponymous butcher block. The paths of these two venerable American brands intersect this month, as Good Housekeeping’s March 2016 issue showcases two Boos butcher block cutting boards. In their “Organize Everything – Quick Clutter Solutions” cover story, Good Housekeeping pictures Boos’ Maple Countertop Kneading Board and their 2-1/4” thick Maple Cutting Board with Finger Grips, naming them as necessities for well-organized, modern kitchens.

Also paying homage to the iconic Boos brand during the month of March is Butcher Block Co. (https://ButcherBlockCo.com), the leading online distributor of John Boos products. BBC’s “John Boos Butcher Block Giveaway”, which runs through March 31st, is open to U.S. residents who are at least 18 years’ old. Throughout the month BBC will accept sweepstakes entries on the company’s Facebook page (https:/Facebook.com/ButcherBlockCo).

The Giveaway Grand Prize is a Boos C Classic Maple Country Work Table with a retail value of $1,000. It’s topped with a 1-3/4” thick Rock Maple butcher block and can be configured in various sizes and colors and equipped with a drawer, as many as two shelves and up to three sliding wicker storage baskets.

According to Kathleen Grodsky, Butcher Block Co.’s VP of Marketing, “the winner of the giveaway will have the chance to configure a table of his or her choice. Considering high recognition of the Boos name and appeal of their products, plus the high prize value, consumer interest in the promotion is expected to be quite high.”

Grodsky went on to explain that, “The Boos Table Giveaway will also be showcased on the leading giveaway promotion website, Giveaway Promote® (http://www.giveawaypromote.com/), in order to expand awareness of the sweepstakes and to drive contestant-count even higher.”

About Butcher Block Co.: BBC is a leading online seller of kitchen countertops, furniture and accessories made by John Boos & Co. and other major manufacturers.

For more information please visit: http://johnboos.com and https://butcherblockco.com.

Contact:
Kathleen Grodsky
[email protected]
website: https://butcherblockco.com
phone: (877) 845-5597