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January Digital Edition

Our January issue is now available online! Our fabric issue will take readers on an in-depth journey about how performance materials hold up outside--including a step-by-step guide through the Sunbrella plant in South Carolina. 

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  • The Top 10 Atlanta Market Countdown

     Casual Living Editor in Chief Waynette Goodson reveals her Top 10 moments at the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market—including a special tribute to a Putt-Putt Queen.

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    Outdoor Focus

    Jennifer Bringle

    January 19, 2017

    Will Amazon Go Change Retail?

    While everyone has seen Amazon as a harbinger of an online-only retail world, the company has recently moved in the opposite direction, opening brick-and-mortar bookstores and now its Amazon Go store in Seattle. The 1,800-square-foot shop—which opened this month—sells grocery staples, prepared foods and meal kits. Sounds conventional enough, right? Not so fast. This is Amazon, after all, so of course there has to be a high-tech twist—in this case, an app that requires shoppers to scan their smartphones as they enter the store. While they shop, the company’s “just walk out” technology tracks what ...

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    The Barbecue Lifestyle

    Bruce Bjorkman

    January 15, 2017

    A Sizzling New Year

    It’s an annual rite: Every new year brings a plethora of lists. Top health trends, decorating fads, the hot colors. While many of these lists are little more than entertainment, some can provide real insight for your business. If you’re selling outdoor cooking products, it’s important to know the emerging food trends so you can use them to boost sales, educate your customers, and customize your sales presentations and cooking classes. In that spirit, here are some of the top food trends for 2017: Meat Matters Contrary to some reports, meat consumption isn’t going away. While ...

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  • Waynette Goodson

    Inside Out

    Waynette Goodson

    January 15, 2017

    Fashionable Fabric

    I grew up in Shelby, N.C., the center of a cotton-growing area by the 1930s. That meant it was also a mill town. People left their lives on the farms to get jobs in the city. And mill villages sprang up for all the new residents. In the ’70s, the textile mills were still going strong, and hardly a year went by that I didn’t have to go on a field trip to Dover, Esther or Ora mill. Frankly, I hated it. The mills were huge, they were loud, they were dirty, and lines upon lines of workers ...

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