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Vicky Jarrett

First Impressions

Are you the one making change? In and out of showrooms at the High Point Market during my first couple weeks on the Casual Living team, one question was frequently asked of me: What are your first impressions? Great question. The standout was th... 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

Up in Smoke

Those three words sum up this weekend’s massive meatloaf grilling experiment for the most part. The menu: smoked meatloaf (two actually), Four Cheese Smoked Mac and Cheese and Smoked Skillet Apple-Bourbon Crisp. There was no way to resi... 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

Make Your Presence Felt

Over the past few days, I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing the finalists for this year’s Apollo Awards for an upcoming feature in the September issue of Casual Living. Talking to these retailers – recognized as some of the bes... 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

Can we please stop saying this?

I’ll start by saying that I don’t hold out much hope for changing one of the most insipid and ubiquitous phrases uttered a billion times a day in the United States. I’m referring to, “Have a nice day!” According to W... 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

Figuring Your Technology ROI

The right software isn’t an expense; it’s an investment You’re tired of manually updating your records, trying to remember where that piece of inventory is stored, and sifting through the stacks of paperwork taking up valuable s... 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

Outdoor Inspirations Abound

Vacations or Staycations and More Many of you are attending summer markets in Chicago, Atlanta and Las Vegas. Others may be traveling for pleasure or simply relaxing and spending time on a staycation in their own backyard. Wherever your travels... 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.