Casual Living Blogs

Norman Hamilton has joined Casual Living magazine as publisher

The Art of Networking

    Networking: noun 1. the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions 2. the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business Have you ever gone to a cocktail party and left ear... More

About This Blog

Norman Hamilton is the former Publisher of Casual Living magazine. Currently he represents Dale Carnegie Training of Central & Eastern North Carolina. www.greaternc.dalecarnegie.com. He can be reached at nbhamilton1949@gmail.com or 336.207.3997
Waynette Goodson

Designer Education

“I have a client in the mountains who loves a traditional style—but he doesn’t want teak! And it’s a very windy location, so what am I going to do?” “I’ve been in retail for casual for a long time, and no... More

About This Blog

Waynette Goodson is both the editor in chief of Casual Living and its brand ambassador. Her goal is to become a thought leader in the world of outdoor furnishings and design. Thus, she focuses on sharing insightful information to help you increase your business. Waynette will keep her finger on the pulse of the industry and wrap it all up in one handy blog, casually speaking.

Waynette Goodson

Breath of Fresh Air

It seems that in fashion as well as in furniture, trends come round every decade or so. Take the iconic egg chair by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen. He created the chair in 1958 for the lobby and reception areas of the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. ... More

About This Blog

Waynette Goodson is both the editor in chief of Casual Living and its brand ambassador. Her goal is to become a thought leader in the world of outdoor furnishings and design. Thus, she focuses on sharing insightful information to help you increase your business. Waynette will keep her finger on the pulse of the industry and wrap it all up in one handy blog, casually speaking.

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In the Numbers

Whenever I talk to folks in the casual industry at markets and events, invariably I’ll hear how much they love the research in Casual Living. It’s no surprise—our research team does an incredible job crunching the numbers and gl... 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

Get to Know Grills

The weather is warm, the days are long, and consumers are ready to make the most of their backyards. As a retailer, it’s up to you to educate them on products and solutions so they can realize their best backyard experience. Due to the cont... 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 bruce@makgrills.com.
Storis

What is Your Customer Experience?

In today’s retail environment, customer experience is a business’ true competitive differentiator. So what is your customer experience? You may be envisioning how your showroom takes your customers back to their most memorable vacatio... More

About This Blog

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 sales@storis.com or by visiting its website at www.storis.com.