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Casual furniture: The Green Glossary

With tomorrow being Earth Day, as well as the fact that we're working on the May edition of Casual Living with a green theme, it's a great time to take a look at some green terms and see how they apply to the casual furniture industry. Biodegrada... More

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Bridget Driscoll, the News and Online Editor for Casual Living, delves into the world of communication and language and how it affects the outdoor furniture industry. From sales to customer relationships, Bridget will explore the nuances of words and their impact.

Vicky Jarrett

Calling all stores!

Tie a string around your finger … leave a reminder in your Smart Phone … stick a Post-It to your computer screen. Whatever it takes, don't forget to enter this year's Casual Living Merchandising Awards. For 16 years, Casual Living ... More

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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

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 sh... 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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3 ways to harness the power of reviews

In the old days, word of mouth was arguably one of the most powerful forms of reaching consumers. More than flashy advertisements or slick marketing campaigns, the opinions and experiences real-live customers shared verbally with their friends and... More

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Jennifer Bringle, features 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

Not just 9-to-5

It’s a fact that we no longer live in a nine-to-five world. People are coming and going to work, and living their lives on an around-the-clock basis. So why is it that so many retailers still operate their stores with inconvenient hours? Ma... 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

Tap into trends

As one of the busiest times of the year for casual retailers approaches, it is a prime time to evaluate rising consumer trends. The retail environment is rapidly changing as technology and communications shape the way consumers relate to their fa... 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