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Vicky Jarrett

Slice of the Pie

Pie is uppermost on my mind at the moment, even as I make the shift from Thanksgiving celebrations to work-a-day routine where the pie in question is the world of outdoor home furnishings. Just like serving up Mom’s pumpkin pie, everyone wan... More

About This Blog

Vicky Jarrett is Editorial Director of Casual Living and, along with managing our editorial team and content in Casual Living, enjoys every opportunity to explore and dig deeper into the casual category.

Ronda Whitaker

Speed Matters

  Zig Ziglar once said something to the effect of, “Optimism is going after Moby Dick with a pocket knife in one hand and tartar sauce in the other.” That was the casual grilling frame of mind going into this month’s blog.... More

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Ronda Whitaker has been Casual Living's graphic designer since 2007. In her new home, she loves to cook and enjoys grandiose thoughts of gourmet entertaining in her back yard. Ronda’s backyard is a long way from being an entertainment mecca, but with this blog she's looking forward to trying new recipes while improving her novice grilling skills.
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Naughty or nice?

This week, Consumer Reports released its annual holiday list of “Naughty and Nice” companies, recognizing those who’ve gone above and beyond for consumers and those who’ve stumbled this year. Click here to see the full list... More

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Jennifer Bringle, senior editor at Casual Living, is our guru of product introductions and retail and style trends. While helping Casual Living to stay tuned in to the various markets and latest retail issues, Jennifer keeps her focus on what’s new, what’s hot and what’s not.

Bruce Bjorkman

Pellet grills matter

I’ll admit right from the get-go, that I am pro pellet grill. I’ve been pro pellet since 1991, when I first became acquainted with Traeger Pellet Grills, which at that time were made in an old dairy barn in Mt. Angel, Ore. Being a bar... More

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Bruce Bjorkman writes a monthly column for Casual Living called The Barbecue Lifestyle, a perfect outlet for his years in the grill industry. Currently Bruce is director of sales and marketing for MAK Grills, and he is always ready to tackle the next hot topic. Contact Bruce at

Manage software conversion to be a win for your store

Every day retailers find themselves completing tedious tasks they know should take less time. When serving customers, they regret that the processes aren’t smoother; as the end of the month approaches, they may think the numbers seem a littl... More

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Every other month, STORIS shares insights gleaned from its 25 years focused on retail software solutions to make your business tick – for the better. STORIS is a leading provider of retail software solutions to the home furnishings industry. STORIS offers a comprehensive suite of business solutions to help retailers streamline operations, improve profitability and outperform their competition. Contact STORIS at or by visiting its website at