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5 Tips for Creating an Outdoor Recreation Niche

September 13, 2016

More people are enjoying the great outdoors, whether it’s in their own backyard or in one of the many public parks or green spaces available across the country. And, according to the Outdoor Industry Association, Americans spend $120.7 billion on...

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4 Window Trends

September 13, 2016

Many people don’t think about windows unless there is a problem, but due to increased options and an eye toward aesthetics, that is changing. Consumers are putting more thought into how their windows function on both mechanical and aesthetic...

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Gearing Up for Fall Cleanup

September 7, 2016

Fall is only a couple of weeks away, and home and garden fall cleanup is not far behind. With back-to-school already under their belts, consumers are looking forward to the upcoming holidays, and are already gearing up to tackle those projects meant...

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How Retailers Can Take Advantage of Popular Online DIY Sites

September 7, 2016

As more consumers turn to the Internet for how-to advice and instructions for do-it-yourself projects, retailers have a unique opportunity to capitalize on the phenomenon. While your store may run the occasional workshop, utilizing online DIY...

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How to Host a Pet Microchip and ID Day

August 30, 2016

Hardware and home improvement stores are an integral part of any community, and often, they can be central hubs of community activity. Community cleanup days, holiday DIY workshops, and other special events can help to draw customers to the store,...

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Ease of Use Products for Outdoor Enthusiasts

August 30, 2016

Consumers are always on the lookout for products that will fit their needs and be easy to use. Products with uncomplicated procedures, or with mechanics that assist the user in its operation, are a big plus, especially among Baby Boomers who may...

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Promoting Contractors is a Win-Win for Retailers

August 23, 2016

Most retailers rely on some level of contractor business, whether through a lumberyard that caters to builders or by supplying a handful of local tradespeople with parts and products they need to complete their work. No matter the percentage of...

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The Latest in Portable LED

August 23, 2016

One of the newest trends in clothing and home decor is the use of lights integrated into the fabric or structure of a piece. While LED rope lights have been a popular go to, especially in more structural pieces, such as illuminating the underside of...

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Who is the Inventor Lady?

August 10, 2016

One of the hundreds of exhibitors at the 2016 National Hardware Show® was The Inventor Lady. The Inventor Lady, Rita Crompton, is the founder of FLeCusa International, a resource and consulting provider that helps new and existing inventors...

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Making Outdoor Spaces More Like Indoor Spaces

August 10, 2016

The trend of bringing the comfort of indoor spaces outside when it comes to entertaining is still going strong. Not only are outdoor kitchens popular, but outdoor lounge and seating areas also continue to trend toward a living room aesthetic. One...

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