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Back-to-school shopping is more than a quick Labor Day weekend rush for necessities like paper and pencils.
The U.S. Department of Education estimates almost 18 million students will enroll in American colleges and universities this year. And a national survey conducted for Circuit City Stores Inc. shows college-bound students start shopping for tech gear two months or more before classes begin. Continue Reading College students believe computers are a must

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iT’Z the third one in the nation, the first in Colorado and iT’Z almost here.
A new family, food and fun entertainment destination, iT’Z recently broke ground at 3035 New Center Point at First & Main Town Center.
Other locations are in Houston and Albuquerque. Continue Reading Growing eastside wins iT’Z entertainment hub

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The popularity of social marketing online is growing, but according to a report by JupiterResearch, budgets aren’t supporting it.
Jupiter’s “Social marketing scorecard: Benchmarking social marketing initiatives” shows that social marketers do not plan to increase budgets in the near future. Continue Reading Online social marketing results hard to measure

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iTunes, the digital download service, has moved up on the charts and passed online retailer Amazon.com.
According to a study from market research firm NPD Group, Apple Inc.’s iTunes Store has 9.8 percent of overall retail music sales, making it the third largest music retailer in the United States. Amazon.com and Target captured 6.7 percent and 6.6 percent of the market, respectively. Continue Reading iTunes takes over No. 3 ranking for online sales

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When looking for a nice cold drink for the summer, smoothies appear to be consumer’s drink of choice. And they’re not only found at specialty stores, they’re being sold everywhere.
According to an industry study by FRANdata, the growth of companies that sell smoothies has been impressive. Continue Reading Smoothie sailing: Drinks helping to boost growth

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Actress Sarah Jessica Parker was “bitten by the Steve & Barry’s bug” after walking into a Steve & Barry’s store for the first time.
Having grown up in a family of eight children which faced financial challenges, Parker said she related to the store’s philosophy of offering quality merchandise at low prices, while helping change the mindset that people have to spend a lot for great clothes. Continue Reading Another celebrity apparel line hits Steve & Barry’s

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Two patties, Pepper Jack cheese, fajita-seasoned peppers, onions and sliced jalapeÑos would be Wendy’s chief marketing officer Ian Rowden’s ideal hamburger. What would yours include?
This summer, Wendy’s is initiating its largest promotional effort with a 25-city taste tour. Wendy’s will invite consumers to create the next great hamburger — a dream burger that just might appear on its menu. Continue Reading Wendy’s wants help creating next great hamburger

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Even though high gas prices are a pain in the pocketbook these days, consumers are still expected to dish out nearly $10 billion on dads this Father’s Day.
And, that’s even more than they spent last year.
According to the National Retail Federation’s 2007 Father’s Day Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, the average person will spend $98.34 on the June 17 holiday, up from $88.80 last year. Continue Reading Gas prices won’t affect spending for dear ol’ dad

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The International Council of Shopping Centers presented six tenants with its 2007 Hot Retailers Award.
The winners were J. Crew, The Little Gym, Lucy, ULTA, Uniqlo and WineStyles. These tenants won because of their wide range of goods, representing the diversity of resources in today’s shopping centers. Continue Reading ICSC selects six retailers as the hottest for 2007

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Tayco Screen Printing & Embroidery has been around for almost 29 years. About a year ago, Vice President Maureen Christopher came up with a new idea to market her store — a downtown sport and T-shirt shop at 19 N. Tejon St.
Christopher’s shop will sell brand-name apparel, like Nike, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger and Champion. But she’ll also stock her own Colorado memorabilia clothing line, called “ColoRox — apparel that Rox the Rockies!” Continue Reading Briargate kiosks offering Colorado memorabilia

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