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Total retail sales for chat groups reached an estimated $1.09 billion in 2015, according to the 2015 Casual Living Universe Study. That’s a 6.4% increase over 2014’s sales of $1.02 billion. Read the full report.


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    Casual Grilling

    Ronda Whitaker

    February 10, 2016

    Not so Super Bowl Grilling: Putting the Char in Grill

    Don’t feel bad Panthers; my wings didn’t even make it to the Super Bowl. My brother hosts our family super bowl party, and my responsibility this year was to bring the cake. Being a decent baker and cake decorator, not to mention a show-off, I loved doing it. The cake was going to be, I was told, the hit of the party. But I wanted to grill, too, and I wanted to try wings for the first time. After all, I have that beautiful infrared grill in my back yard and, by golly, I want to use it ...

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    Outdoor Focus

    Jennifer Bringle

    February 3, 2016

    Phil says "early spring!"

    This week, our furry little friend (or foe, depending on the year) Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, predicting an early spring. For most, this is welcome news; for those of us in the casual industry, especially so. There's no denying spring and summer are our seasons. When the sun's shining and the weather is balmy, you're hard-pressed to find someone who'd rather stay indoors. And as people shed their winter layers and drink in those first few days of nice weather, they're often inspired to refresh their newly blossoming outdoor spaces with new ...

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    A Casual Word

    Bridget Driscoll

    January 21, 2016

    Smartphones, meet casual furniture

    While cell phones have been around for a couple decades, smartphones didn’t really hit the market until 2000. Since then, they have been revolutionizing the way that people do simple tasks like find information and even get around town. These mini computers with apps have managed to find a niche in the casual furniture world as well. Like most areas of business, where there is a product to be sold, “there’s an app for that.” “Show rooming” It began with the pandemic of “show rooming.” Customers would be browsing a brick and mortar store, only to whip out ...

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