orange county shopping: Retail/Shopping Trends in Orange County - 01/13/10 04:47 AM
Orange County Advertising is more important than ever to today's business owners in what is considered a "down market".
A study commissioned by IBM found the following U.S. Consumer Trends based on 4000k phone interviews:
· 72% of respondents have made "significant spending cuts" due to economy.  Hardest hit are those earning less than $45,000, but 59% of those earning greater than $100,000 have also cut back.  
· Steps taken to change: 49% shop at more stores to get best deal, 35% switched grocery stores.  
· "It used to be much more about price & want, now it's all about value & need.  This … (0 comments)

orange county shopping: Foray into Farmers' Markets - 04/21/09 04:17 AM
   As you plan your trip to the farmers' market, keep in mind that they are held outdoors.  You will have a more comfortable and fruitful visit if you are dressed for the weather and have chosen your comfortable walking shoes.  Take a stroll through the entire market before settling down to make your purchases.  Different farmers have different prices so comparison shopping is a must.  But if you are purchasing produce, please don't try to bargain for a better price.  The farmers have worked hard to bring you their crops fresh from the fields and do not appreciate bartering. Bringing … (0 comments)

orange county shopping: Room Redesign and Staging - 04/07/09 09:07 AM
When homeowners consider remodeling, their budget becomes a major concern.  But there is an option available which is becoming increasingly popular.  It is called Redesign and it both affordable and accomplished with a minimal amount of time.  A credentialed interior redesigner takes existing furnishings,art collections, mirrors,decorative objects, etc and improves the room with traffic flow, color, and placement.  Room arrangements can typically be completed in a day.  Redesign works with the homeowner's own style while adding the needed pizzazz to one room or an entire home.
Here are some tips from Interior Redesigner and Stager Ellen M. Hassler
Pull furniture away … (0 comments)


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