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Vicky Jarrett

It's a good thing

It’s September, and casual industry manufacturers, suppliers and dealers are eagerly looking forward the industry’s biggest event – Casual Market Chicago. It’s like anticipating Christmas; it’s the time for the new pr... 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.

Kristin Sprague

A Good Egg - five ingredients for a winning promotional email

If only sending promotional emails was as easy as making an omelet. Sometimes the subject line isn’t right. Sometimes the image gets skipped over. But don’t despair, not all chefs get it right the first time. And having the right recip... More

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Kristin Sprague is the Digital Publisher at Progressive Business Media. Her role is to be forward thinking in the digital progression of their clients as well as their publications (Furniture Today, Casual Living, Gifts and Decorative Accessories, Kids Today, Home Accents Today, Home & Textiles Today). An early adaptor to digital marketing, Sprague is committed to educate and inspire by sharing simplified and successful practices on trends across the entire digital marketing landscape through this blog.
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.
Image of Jennifer Bringle

A little help from my friends

In the retail game, business owners often spend a good bit of time keeping an eye on their competition. Whether it’s pricing, customer service or product selection, retailers try their best to not only meet, but exceed what their competitor... 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

Remember the tailgater

For more than 58 million people, September can’t come soon enough. They’re crossing off the days on their wall and desk calendars. They’re making up lists and menus of what they will need to succeed at one of their favorite annua... 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

An efficient furniture store

Imagine what running a business was like before technology. Tedious, disorganized, time consuming … how did people do it? While retail software solutions have been around for decades, it is surprising the number of furniture retailers that ... 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
Cinde W. Ingram

Weather challenges and a bittersweet good-bye

While the early part of the 2015 season faced delays due to the West Coast ports’ shutdown, the end of the season faces another challenge from Mother Nature on the East Coast. As I write this, the East Coast is preparing for Hurricane Joaqu... More

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Cinde W. Ingram is the Editor in Chief of Casual Living. This blog is her way to stay in touch with our readers: She wants to know what you think about new products, markets, the retail climate and, most of all, Casual Living. Let Cinde know what's going on.