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Aven’s always has a better furniture sale because it’s Better Furniture!


With a 70 plus year history of selling and servicing Antelope Valley’s best furniture and accessories, you could say that we have a passion for beautiful finishes, the smell and feel of great genuine leather, and the way a room can come together with stunning fabrics and accessories.

Aven’s and La-Z-Boy have been a team since 1986. Wow…25 years. That’s a lot of La-Z-Boy. I would estimate about 26,000 units of La-Z-Boy products have moved in and out of our warehouse.

Since the beginning we have worked to always hit price levels that people like the most. The magic numbers for recliners are $299, $399, and if its a great chair $499. We struggled to hit these prices way back in 1986; and somehow we still hit them today…Over 25 years later.

What other industry can you say that about? Hot price points held stable for 25 plus years!

I can’t think of any.

Every time I need to buy recliners for inventory I start with those hot buys. Do we have enough $299 and $399 recliners. Lately it looks like $299 may actually disappear. But $399 is safe for now.

I always exclude “Hot Buys” for any additional discounts in any promotion. They aren’t subject to “No Sales Tax” or “take an extra percentage off” promotions.

There is nothing worse than saying no to a customer. I just try to explain that a $299 or $399 Hot Buy recliner was a great buy in 1986 and it’s a great buy in 2011. Sorry.

Hot Buys as a category have grown now to include nearly every type of La-Z-Boy product:

   Anderson Hot Buy Recliner $299

Laurel Hot Buy La-Z-Boy Sofa $799
Laurel Club Chair $639, ottoman $369

Motion Sectionals. Dozens of cover choices at this price!

Devon Motion Sectional $2633 as shown!

Carlyle Designers Choice Hot Buy Recliner $799 in a great selection…

All Hot Buys feature selected frame styles in selected fabrics at great prices!

We keep a huge inventory of Hot Buys so you can have it right now. If you pick a hot buy cover we don’t have in stock…delivery on special orders is about 4 weeks on recliners and 6 to 8 weeks on stationary, and motion sectionals.

Thanks for reading!


May 19, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley furniture, La-Z-Boy Southern California, Lancaster Furniture, Palmdale furniture, thomasville southern California | , , , , | Leave a comment


My plan was to write about my autobiography, “Diary of a Young Musician, Final Days of the Big Band Era .”  But it occurred to me that the reviews for “Diary” could do a better job than I.  Before I paste in the two reviews, I’d like to say the book also received a rating of “Highly recommended” by reputable Midwest Book Review.

Professional reporter Masha Rumer’s description and critique of the story in a newspaper article hit a home run.  I almost went out and bought the book after I read it.  The second reviewer, author Marilyn Dalrymple, defined the story in an emotional and warm manner that gave “Diary of a Young Musician credence.  All the other reviews were just as deserving, but I felt these two were more appropriate for this blog.


The reviews below are from Book Section.



Masha Rumer-reporter for Westmore News, Port Chester, NY.

Review of: Diary of a Young Musician

Little did a Port Chester-born and reared Felix Mayerhofer know when he picked up his trombone and accepted the full scholarship at Julliard in New York City back in 1948 that his life direction would change forever.

This short journey from his home at 21 Bent Ave. on the New Haven line was to be the end of innocence of an 18-year-old boy as he embarked on the 13-year road of a traveling musician, encountering cruelty, poverty, fame, women, drugs, and the thrill of the Big Band era. 
Expect to find a moving personal story, a portrait of America, humor, and unscrupulous honesty in Mayerhofer’s memoir Diary of a Young Musician, published by Fideli Publishing in 2009.

The writing is brutally honest–and that’s the way it was intended, as a father’s revealing portrait to his son David, who was now old enough to accept the real story. Mayerhofer spares no detail when he describes his manifold experiences with the opposite sex, his brief run-ins with marijuana, amphetamines and alcohol, segregation in the South in the 1950s, the challenging life on the road, his mother’s nagging to “get a real job” and Port Chester girls’ dismissive attitude toward young musicians.

Mayerhofer, whose Uncle Peter helped build Corpus Christi Church in Port Chester and became its first pastor, also tells the sad tales of loss, as many of his band mates get hooked on heroin and die before they reach 25. The reader even gets a glimpse into the author’s occasional bouts of illness; he describes the physiological details in an un-Victorian, honest fashion.

The world of Mayerhofer’s youth is different: blue suede shoes are in high fashion–he owns a pair, one can buy a cup of coffee and a hot dog for 20 cents on the streets of New York, and “crazy man,” meaning terrific, is a cool expression.

But throughout the tales of debauchery–a hard thing to avoid in the profession at the time, and pursuit of work all over the world, Mayerhofer emerges as a sensitive, disciplined man who has the strong will and fortitude to conquer his demons and lead an extraordinary life. 
He has met Louis Armstrong and played with Nat King Cole, served with the 552 Air Force Band during the Korean War, earned a B.A. from SUNY Potsdam and an M.A. from Asuza State University in California, and directed a junior high school band in Palmdale, Calif. until he retired.

Perhaps one of the most touching aspects of the book is Mayerhofer’s meeting of his wife Shirley, nee Wagner (Wagonseller), a beautiful show dancer and ballerina. Before he turned 30, Mayerhofer was a professed bachelor and claims to have not had more than three dates with the same girl. But when he meets Shirley, he is suddenly smitten, falls in love after their first kiss, and the two marry within months.

Mayerhofer played in the Port Chester High School Band, under the tutelage of Paul Weckesser. Nearly 30 years later, he returned there to teach band for six weeks while on vacation from touring with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians.


Note:  Masha Rumer is a reputable free-lance writer in San Francisco, where she also teaches at the Academy of Art.



Marilyn Dalrymple “Maling” (Lancaster, CA United States)

This review is from: Diary of a Young Musician


The book is personal, genuine and warm. I got to know the musician through reading the book, and I like who he is and what he is about. Diary of a Young Musician is in fact a diary. Mayerhofer tells his life as a young musician truthfully and intimately. It was hard for me to put the book down after I began to read it. 

This book could easily serve as a must-read primer for eager young musicians and young people in general. Mayerhofer shares his wisdom about life and living in an entertaining way.


CREDITS: It’s Tough Growing Up: Children’s Stories of Courage
Marilyn Dalrymple and Joan Foor

May 19, 2011 Posted by | AV Best Children's Books | Leave a comment

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Happened to think of this proverb when I saw this.


‘Let sleeping dogs lie’, means for one to not disrupt a situation that is going well as it will lead to problems.

It’s hard for me to catch my dog sleeping. As soon as he hears me, he is up and wanting to play!

May 19, 2011 Posted by | art in the av, av local art, frames lancaster, frames lancaster ca, palmdale custom framing | , , , , | Leave a comment