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    Outdoor Focus

    Jennifer Bringle

    July 22, 2016

    Why Retail Training Matters

    In my reporting for our upcoming profiles of this year's Apollo Award nominees (check it out in our upcoming September issue), I noticed an interesting trend among the honorees I interviewed. Now, remember, these are retailers who are being recognized for the outstanding way they run their stores. These folks are at the top of their game. And what they kept telling me over and over was that one of the most important investments they make in their shops isn't in new displays or technology or advertising—it's employee training. In fact, Eric Stalzer of Great Gatherings ...

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  • Bruce Bjorkman

    The Barbecue Lifestyle

    Bruce Bjorkman

    July 19, 2016

    Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?

    It’s hard to deny a sizzling hot burger fresh off the grill. And sometimes, the made-to-order variety at restaurants is nearly just as good. Take one of my former favorite burger spots: The patties are perfectly cooked and accessorized with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cheese. But taste isn’t everything. When the place first opened, it got rave reviews for the quality of its burgers and the efficient, happy service. But now something has changed. The gal who used to work the drive-up window is no longer there, so customers are greeted by the owner – who wouldn’t ...

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  • Waynette Goodson

    Inside Out

    Waynette Goodson

    July 19, 2016

    The Great Pillow Chase

    As a Shelby, N.C., girl who came up on Red Bridges barbecue, I’m proud that my debut as the new Casual Living editor is this Made in America issue. I drive a Ford Fusion, I listen to Willie Nelson, and I’m about as American as it gets. I’m also excited to come on board Casual Living at the beginning of the market season, starting in downtown High Point with Showtime, the largest fabric show in the U.S. What did I learn? Simple: Buy quality fabric. One demonstration of the Defense finish at Altizer – when they ...

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