Plow & Hearth is a national catalog, retail, and internet company specializing in "Products for Country Living." We make our home in beautiful Madison, Virginia, whose rural beauty and traditional values serve to remind us constantly of the "spirit of country living". The original Plow & Hearth catalog continues to specialize in unique, high-quality products for country living, and the company's Country Home catalog features home furnishings and decorative accents. The company also has two retail stores and two catalog outlets.
We began in 1980 with a small retail store and produced our first catalog in 1981. From the beginning, country living and its values have guided Plow & Hearth. Our first color catalog cover (the interior was still black and white) depicted the beauty of a Blue Ridge morning as the last bit of fog burns off. Customers who ordered from that catalog had their orders filled from the old granary on founders Peter and Peggy Rice's farm.
Since then, we've grown tremendously. We received a spot on INC. magazine's list of the 500 fastest growing companies in America for four consecutive years (from 1986 to 1989). In 2002 alone, we mailed more than 65 million catalogs and sales exceeded $100 million. We are now a leader in the catalog industry and the premier source of products for country living.
A lot has changed in the past 22 years, but our belief in the values of country living is as strong as ever. At Plow & Hearth we use the values and the spirit of country living to guide our business. We believe in treating our customers like neighbors and friends. We offer only products we use or would use ourselves; we offer them at fair prices; and we guarantee them without condition.
In 1998, Plow & Hearth became a wholly-owned subsidiary of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM (NASDAQ: FLWS). – less