Porto’s Michael Perry To Join Duke Panel Discussion on Sustainable Furniture Movement

April 10, 2008 (DURHAM, NC) – Michael Perry, co-owner of PORTO, a fine home furnishings store in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, will join South Cone Trading Company founder and CEO Gerry Cooklin at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business on Friday, April 11, at 11:45 a.m., to discuss “From the Rainforest to the Living Room: The Movement Toward Sustainable Furniture.” The event is part of the Fuquay School’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE).

Cooklin, of Gardena, California, will discuss his pioneering efforts in the sustainable furniture manufacturing industry. Perry will provide his perspective on the challenges and rewards of being a “green” home furnishings retailer and interior designer.

Susan Inglis, executive director of the Sustainable Furniture Council – which Cooklin founded and Porto joined in 2007 — will also be a panelist.

According to Michael Perry, South Cone Trading has been one of Porto’s signature collections of home furnishings since the Raleigh location opened in 2004, not only for its quality and craftsmanship but also because the company practices and advocates sustainable forestry practices. Certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), South Cone’s furniture is made solely with wood from sustainably managed rainforests.

“From the Rainforest to the Living Room” is is open to the public and will be held from 11:45 a.m,. to 12:45 p.m. in the Fuquay School’s Classroom G.(For directions visit http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/about/campus/directions.) Lunch will be provided.

The event is sponsored by the Working Group for the Environment in Latin America (WGELA) and CASE. For more information go to http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/centers/case/events/#sustfurniture08 or email: case@fuqua.duke.edu.

Porto is located in Raleigh’s North Hills and Chapel Hill’s Eastgate Shopping Center. For more information on Michael Perry and Porto, visit http://www.portohome.com.

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Porto Announces Its 2008 “CHAIRity” Art Event to Benefit Habitat for Humanity

March 3, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – To celebrate the role artists play in advancing cultural and social development, and to align that role with the contribution Habitat for Humanity makes to society, Porto, a fine home furnishings store in Raleigh and Chapel Hill (www.portohome.com), has announced its second gala fundraiser for Habitat/Wake County, which will be held in the Raleigh location in North Hills on Saturday, October 18.

Porto is now inviting Triangle area artists to “recycle” used wooden chairs — in stock at Habitat/Wake’s ReStore Center in Raleigh — into one-of-a-kind works of art. The chairs are free to artists, who will be asked to translate this year’s theme: “Going Green Just Got Elegant,” a Porto slogan that reflects the stores’ commitment to sustainable furniture manufacturing.

The chairs-turned-art must be completed by August 30 and delivered to Porto. They will then be exhibited in public spaces around Raleigh for a month leading up to the evening of October 18, when gala attendees will bid on these unusual works of original art (some in a silent auction, others “live” via an auctioneer). Seventy-five percent of the winning bid for each door will be donated to Habitat/Wake County. The remaining 25 percent goes to the artists.

How artists use the chairs and translate the theme of the “CHAIRity” is completely up to them. Functional or not, construction or deconstruction – whatever they want to do with their chairs is up to their imaginations. They may even “reinvent” a chair into something else entirely.

Porto held its first Habitat/Wake County fundraiser a little over a year ago and raised over $14,000, which was used to purchase materials for a Habitat house that is now occupied by its new owner. Members of the Porto team helped build the house as well.

Artists who want to participate should contact Kim Weiss at blueplate pr (919-272-8615; kjw27612@yahoo.com) no later than April 1. Anyone interested in participating in this year’s CHAIRity — as hosts for the chairs-turned-art, as sponsors to provide food or wine for the gala, or in another way – should also contact Kim Weiss as soon as possible.

Habitat/Wake County’s ReStore is located at 2420 Raleigh Boulevard. Habitat has set aside at least 30 specific chairs for this purpose.

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Porto To Participate In “Feather Your Nest” Home & Garden Show

February 27, 2008 (CHAPEL HILL, NC) – To help shake off the winter drabs and welcome the possibilities of spring, Porto, a fine home furnishings store in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, will present a sample of its collections and offer tips and techniques on sprucing up home interiors for the new season during “Feather Your Next,” a home and garden show to be held at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill on Sunday, March 16.

Porto co-owner Micheal Perry, who spends most of his time in the Chapel Hill store in Eastgate Shopping Center, will be on hand to meet show-goers and discuss what he sees as spring trends. He will also offer information on the increasing popularity of “environmentally friendly” furniture, which is produced by manufacturers who practice environmental stewardship. Porto is a founding member of the Sustainable Furniture Council and has made it a practice since the Raleigh location opened in 2004 to carry only manufacturers who practice environmental and social responsibility.

The spring show will also feature fabrics, flooring, wall covering, window treatments, lighting, kitchen and bath ideas, floral design, and home entertaining, as well as an “Ask The Experts” area.

The historic Carolina Inn is located at 211 Pittsboro Street. Tickets are $10, which includes hors d’oeuvres and a wine tasting, gift bags and raffle give-ways. Doors open at noon. The event is sponsored by The Carolina Inn, MW Design and Chapel Hill Magazine. For more information, visit http://www.carolinainn.com.

Porto is located in Raleigh at 4151 Main at North Hills and in Chapel Hill’s Eastgate Shopping Center, 1800 East Franklin Street. Hours are: Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., and 
Sunday from 1 – 6 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.portohome.com.

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Porto in Raleigh Welcomes New Designer/Sales Associate

February 11, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – PORTO, a find home furnishings store in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, announces that Mark Sieber has joined the North Hills staff as a designer and sales associate.

Sieber brings years of experience in retail and interior design to Porto. He has worked at West Side Furnishings in Raleigh, the former Domicile in Chapel Hill, Nowell’s in Cary, and served as manager of DiProvincia in Greensboro for five years. He attended Guilford College in Greensboro and UNC-Chapel Hill.

“Mark came highly recommended from his previous stores,” said Emily Barrett, who co-owns Porto with Michael Perry. “He has already worked with several of the lines we carry, so he was able to hit the ground running. We are really happy to have him on board, both because of his excellent credentials and his stellar reputation.”

According to Barrett, Sieber is known for “large, creative interior design projects, both residential and commercial.” He describes his design sensibilities as “eclectic” and “outside the box,” and says he most enjoys “assisting a client in executing his or her vision and creating an elegant, harmonious, and inviting space.”

PORTO is located in Raleigh at 4151 Main at North Hills and in Chapel Hill’s Eastgate Shopping Center, 1800 East Franklin Street. Hours are: Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., and 
Sunday from 1 – 6 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.portohome.com or call 919-341-2763 in Raleigh and 919-338-2602.

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