March 23, 2017

U.S. Climbing Industry Reaches New Heights: Sales Rise from Inside

Courtney Huckabay

The urbanized and less-traditional camping phenomenon has made its way into the U.S. climbing market. Beyond the mountains, increasing popularity of indoor climbing has sparked new interest in the activity, helping the industry to grow by 13 percent in the 12 months ending January 2017, according to global information company The NPD Group. The industry has grown its sales by $52.9 million since 2014, reaching a four-year high of $175.5 million.

March 22, 2017

Dealers to Appeal to SUV Shoppers with Fuel Efficiency

Courtney Huckabay

Consumer Reports spotlights the top most fuel-efficient SUVs based on the overall fuel economy test results, omitting electric vehicles. "Many SUVs now have fuel economy on par with large sedans," Jeff Bartlett writes. "Not surprisingly, there are hybrids and diesel SUVs leading several key categories, but as you'll see, the most fuel-efficient SUVs are hybrids and small models with regular gasoline engines."

March 21, 2017

Wellness ‘Retreatments’ Trending in Travel

Courtney Huckabay

"Next-gen wellness retreats want to add stamps to your passport!" Well + Good reports. "Wellness travel’s always been a thing, but now curated experiences developed by leading wellness insiders and top tier fitness instructors are trending—and retreats are getting more sophisticated as a result."

March 16, 2017

Growing Attendance for Ballet, the Performing Arts

Courtney Huckabay

Audiences for major art forms ranging from opera to ballet are aging, creating fears of empty seats and depleted coffers in the future. But a synthesis of market research conducted for 25 performing arts organizations that are part of a Wallace Foundation initiative offers clues that might help change this picture.

March 14, 2017

6 Trends in Aerobics, Fitness Classes

Courtney Huckabay

The writers at PopSugar are seeing some trends emerge in fitness, giving a solid indication of what kinds of workouts are going to be super popular in 2017. And while they don't see fitness class members' favorite bootcamp or cycling classes losing any momentum, there are some up-and-comers that will totally dominate in 2017.

March 13, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day Spending to Reach Highest in Survey History

Courtney Huckabay

Americans will spend more than ever as they put on their favorite green outfits to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, the National Retail Federation said. According to NRF’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, spending for St. Patrick’s Day is expected to reach $5.3 billion, an all-time high in the survey’s 13-year history.

March 10, 2017

Trends for Fireworks: More Sparkle, Less Bang

Courtney Huckabay

Some fireworks shows designed to please the eyes without pummeling the ears are catching on across the globe as a new trend. In parts of Europe, quiet fireworks displays have grown increasingly common. In Britain, venues close to residents, wildlife or livestock often permit only quiet fireworks.

March 7, 2017

Wine ‘Cellars’ Tout Health Benefits

Courtney Huckabay

There are a few facts about how wine consumption really affects your health. The latest evidence suggests it may help your heart, but it might also raise your risk of cancer slightly. What is clear is that drinking in moderation is absolutely key for wine to be at all healthful, according to an article from Consumer Reports.