Cheers to women

October 1st, 2018

The tent and event industry may be male dominated, but it offers exceptional opportunities for women to succeed. The wedding industry tends to garner a lot of negative headlines and jokes. (Bridezillas! Ugly bridesmaid dresses! Cheesy wedding songs!) But in a recent column in the Washington Post, essayist Gretchen Comcowich summed up one of the […]

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Not a TRD member? Read this!

August 1st, 2018

Why you should stop subscribing to InTents and join TRD. If you are a member of IFAI’s Tent Rental Division (TRD), you have my permission to turn the page and dive into the rest of this issue. If you own or work for a tent rental company that subscribes to InTents but isn’t a TRD […]

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Life in the slow lane

June 1st, 2018

Amid controversies, quitting social media may sound nice, but is it realistic? Sometimes I feel like I’m driving my 2008 Subaru Forester in the slow vehicle lane and the rest of the world is zooming by me in a sports car. This is especially true when managing the deadlines and required lead-time of a bimonthly […]

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Celebrating 25 years of InTents magazine

April 1st, 2018

InTents is turning 25—and with the help of our readers, we’re awarding the manufacturers and suppliers that advance the industry. Where was your business in 1992? Are you among the InTents readers whose companies were already more than 100 years old? Or in the early 1990s, was your business only pipe dream—or maybe not even […]

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Get ready to vote in the Reader’s Choice Awards

December 1st, 2017

Vote in December for the industry’s best products and services in the InTents Reader’s Choice Awards. The April-May 2010 issue of InTents was my first as editor, and it featured some impressive tenting—most notably the structures installed for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. But there was a bigger story in that issue, […]

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Acquisitions reshape U.S. tent rental markets

October 1st, 2017

A wave of acquisitions is reshaping the U.S. tent and event rental industry in 2017—a trend that began even before Classic Party Rentals announced in mid-July that it was selling substantially all of its tenting assets. Beginning in 2016 and accelerating pace in the spring and summer of 2017, several recapitalized tent rental companies acquired […]

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Tell your story with photos

October 1st, 2017

Submit your best photos to InTents to compete for the 2018 Buyer’s Guide cover. A 22-hour drive to the Canadian Rockies this past summer required some escapist literature, and “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” the compilation of George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” prequel novellas, fit the bill. Much to […]

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Gear is good, skill is better

August 1st, 2017

Innovative equipment and creative problem solvers get the job done. I began my journalism career in photography, and then moved away from it. “You can learn photography on the side!” people said. “Major in print journalism instead!” (Life advice right up there with the realtor who told me in 2004 that housing values almost never […]

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History made under a tent

June 1st, 2017

From wartime tenting to the best backyard parties, tents are where we make memories. Like most tented events, issues of InTents magazine usually have themes—ones we build around specific topics such as weddings, equipment and fabric. This issue highlights decor and event accessories, from the challenges of Pinterest expectations and small budgets, to popular upsells […]

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Back to school

April 1st, 2017

In today’s market, you can’t afford to stop learning. If I were to go back to journalism school today, I think I would have to start over from the beginning. While I could probably ace some classes (hopefully, say, magazine editing!), I would also face numerous subjects that couldn’t have even been conceived of when […]

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