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Thursday, Jan 29, 2015

All Consuming

a podcast by Richard Mullins

The Tampa Tribune writer surveys the world of restaurant and retail, focusing on the many things you can buy with your credit card.

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Podcast: Does cheaper oil mean cheaper groceries?

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While gas prices are plummeting at the pump lately, I wish I could say the same will happen to your grocery bill.

In fact, breakfast may be the most important meal of the day but it’s fast becoming the most expensive, with prices likely to keep rising in 2015 for things like bacon, eggs and milk.

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All Consuming: Teen retailers struggle to keep pace with trends

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By Richard Mullins

There’s good news for parents out there who can’t stand the outfit their teenager just got for the holidays: It probably won’t last until Spring Break.

Not only may the clothes fall apart, but they aren’t even meant to last more than a few times out the door. Though retailers prefer the term “fast fashion,” the term I’ve heard almost as often is less complimentary, “disposable fashion.” And this concept may also be at the heart of why retailers catering to anyone under 40 are going through an identity crisis as if they just got stood up for the prom.

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All Consuming: Getting ‘real’ with Real Simple

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Who wouldn’t want to live in the world of Real Simple magazine? Everything is organized. Everything is clean. Everything is color-coordinated and eco-friendly and properly packed. Sounds great, right? And yet, after a few months of flipping through the magazine, I’ve come to wonder “Who are these maniacs?”

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All Consuming: Restoration Hardware building gallery store in Tampa

Published:   |   Updated: January 5, 2015 at 05:33 PM
By Richard Mullins

Restoration Hardware is building a “Gallery” adjacent to International Plaza mall. Everything inside the 47,000-square-foot mega-mansion, with a dozen bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms, will be for sale.

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All Consuming: Holiday rush hits independent shop owners

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BY RICH MULLINSTribune staff

One great thing about talking to independent shop owners during the holidays is how they have such wonderfully random experiences.

Sure, sure, Best Buy provides national stats on sales of HDTVs, and Macy’s quarterly results can reflect the national optimism — or lack thereof — about spending.

But talk to owners of indie bike shops, chocolate stores, kitchen gadget shops and horse saddle showrooms and you hear how the holidays are all over the map from one place to another.

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All Consuming: Go gourmet on Turkey Day the easy way

Published:   |   Updated: November 21, 2014 at 04:56 PM
By Richard Mullins

Tampa Tribune business writer Rich Mullins sits down with co-host Olivia Stacey to talk the latest trends in the consumer landscape. This week, they discuss people buying their holiday feast from restaurants rather than labor in the kitchen.

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All Consuming podcast: The man who invented Christmas

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Tampa Tribune business writer Rich Mullins sits down with co-host Olivia Stacey to talk the latest trends in the consumer landscape. This week, a discussion of Charles Dickens, the book “The Man Who Invented Christmas,” and the business of Christmas.

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A Movable Feast, in Shipping Containers

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Tribune staff

New restaurants made out of actual shipping containers, the steel ones, are opening.

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