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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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  • Hot Trends for 2017

     Get the scoop on some of the hottest trends in retail and digital marketing from Features Editor Jennifer Bringle and Online Editor Bridget Driscoll in this week's edition of Casual Friday.

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  • Bruce Bjorkman

    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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    Outdoor Focus

    Jennifer Bringle

    January 13, 2017

    How Will Retail Change in 2017?

    This past year has been an eventful one for the retail industry. From the chaotic election cycle to weather woes, retailers have gotten their fair share of curveballs. And new technologies—everything from mobile shopping apps to chip card readers—have presented both challenges and opportunities. As we move into 2017, a host of changes await on the horizon. In fact, the National Retail Federation recently compiled a list of predictions for how the industry will evolve over the coming year. So what did they forecast for 2017? Here are three of their biggest predictions: Channel Blending Next year promises ...

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