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8 Hotel Room Amenities to WOW Your Guests

As every hotel owner knows, the hospitality industry is very competitive.

Hotels must stay up to date on the popular trends and hotel amenities to keep vacancies down. Offering extra room amenities doesn’t mean you need to invest in every trend or latest invention. Oftentimes, popular room amenities start with simple necessities like an excellent variety of toiletries or quality towels, bedding and pillows. Make sure you’re providing all the basic luxuries before expanding your hotel room services. Here are 8 popular amenities to entice your guests and keep them satisfied.

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Is Food Truck Culture Right For Your Restaurant?

The number of food trucks is on the rise and that’s a good sign for the restaurant industry as a whole.

The popularity of food trucks is soaring and shows no signs of slowing down. Budding chefs and restaurateurs once saw food trucks as a novel way to enter into the culinary industry without a brick and mortar investment. Now, even established eateries are embracing food trucks for a variety of reasons. Before you starting truck shopping or coming up with punny names for your menu, consider the benefits and the challenges of operating a food truck connected to your restaurant. Here’s what every restaurateur needs to know about the trend.

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Wondering how to get the best prices from your vendors? Every restaurant owner knows that sometimes restaurants run on a shoestring budget--you’ve got to keep your eye on that bottom line. Here are five excellent ways to save on restaurant costs when you’re working with suppliers and vendors.

5 Ways to Save on Restaurant Costs: Getting the Best Prices with Vendors

Every restaurant owner knows keeping costs down is the biggest key to turning a profit.

In the restaurant industry, margins are tight. You need to know how to get the best prices with vendors so you stay in the black. Whether you’re running your first restaurant or your sixth, knowing how to get the best prices with vendors, negotiate, and keep costs down is a vital skill. Restaurants are tight ships and there’s not much wiggle room to spare. If you can save money, you’ll please your customers with competitive prices and attract top talent for your staff with fair pay. Here are five ways to save on restaurant costs and keep your business afloat.

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How to Market an Apartment: Making Small Studios Appealing

Turn a hard-to-market small studio apartment into a high-demand property with simple tips to boost the appeal.

Small studio apartments are often thought of as challenging units for property owners to fill. Striking the right balance between affordability and profitability is the challenge to finding tenants, but if the space is marketed correctly, the pool of potential renters opens up significantly. Proper marketing requires capitalizing on a product’s appeal. Small spaces offer many advantages for smart renters. All it takes is basic marketing prowess and thinking outside the (small) box.

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Hotels are an integral part of travel, so make sure your hotel keeps an eye on these top hotel trends to attract guests.

10 Top Hotel Trends to Attract More Guests

Wondering about the latest top hotel trends?

The hospitality industry is changing and with alternative options like Airbnb becoming the norm, hoteliers may worry about relevance. Rest assured, many travelers still enjoy staying in hotels for the privacy, amenities, and experience. Here’s what you need to know about attracting guests and filling your rooms.

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Recruiting Retired Renters: Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities

Renting is no longer just for college kids and young executives.

Baby Boomers are hitting retirement age and drawn to the convenience of renting. Here’s what every building owner needs to know.The face of the senior market is changing rapidly. As Baby Boomers hit retirement age, many are seeking the convenience and sense of community found in rental properties.

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Perfecting Your Restaurant’s Online Ordering System

Today’s customer wants a fast, convenient way to order food to-go.

Restaurant owners don’t need to be IT experts to implement an online ordering system. (You’ve got enough on your plate!) But you’ll need software that works and a plan to keep up with increased demand. Here’s the scoop…

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Best Beer in the Midwest

Midwest is Best: The Best Beer in the Midwest

The Midwest has hundreds of breweries, taprooms, gastropubs and other businesses pumping out beer on a daily basis. Let’s take a look at the best beer in the Midwest.

Seeing as the Midwest known for amber waves of grain, it makes sense it would also gain a reputation for producing some of the country’s heartiest beers. Milwaukee and St. Louis have been brewing hubs for decades. The craft beer explosion has also roped in brewers from small towns featuring big tastes. If you’re looking for a new brew to sell in your restaurant or something to inspire your brewmaster, check out the beers we’ve selected here as the best beer in the Midwest.

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Craft Breweries are Going Green with Sustainable Brewing

Craft breweries can embrace sustainable brewing and take steps toward going green…

In an age where water rights are contested and droughts are increasingly common, craft breweries can stand apart from their industrial competitors by taking advantage of newer, environmentally friendly trends. Not only do customers want the unique brews that only craft brewers provide, they want to buy products that make them feel good about supporting an environmentally responsible company.

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Nitro or Cask Beer: What’s the Difference?

Let’s take a look at both and see where the differences make things interesting.

Bars and breweries have plenty of options to deliver delicious brews. Bottles and cans get shipped to stores. Taprooms bring fresh kegs of new brews direct to thirsty masses. The trusty CO2 tap can be found in nearly every tavern across the world, but there are other ways to deliver unique flavors at a brewery. One method, nitro beer, uses nitrogen in the carbonation of their beers rather than the traditional carbon dioxide. The other, cask beers, brings back the brewing tradition of cracking a cask of beer and drinking it during the prime of its life. Is one better than the other?

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