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Monday, January 21, 2013
Baker Book House celebrates new look with grand opening
Baker Book House, a historic independent Christian bookstore in Grand Rapids, Mich., will mark its new look with a "Grand Opening Week" celebration, starting today. The store is managed by Sue Smith, who is the newly named chair-elect of CBA.

The festivities will feature a ribbon cutting today by Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, visits by authors William Lane Craig, James Dobson and Wanda Brunstetter, and other events throughout January, including an appearance by singer and author Babbie Mason. read more
Catholic store sales results vary widely in 2012
Christmas and 2012 sales results vary widely for Catholic stores and suppliers, according to a recent Catholic Marketing Network (CMN) survey.
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Early Bird discount ends soon for ‘Christian Retailing’s Best’ awards
Christian Retailing’s awards program is accepting nominations for 2013, its 13th season honoring the best products in the Christian retail market.
The Prayfit: 33-Day Body Toning System DVD was ranked No. 1 on Jan. 15 on Amazon's Hot New Releases (Faith & Spirituality).

Released Dec. 4 by Lionsgate and distributed by Thomas Nelson, the DVD is from best-selling author, exercise physiologist and founder of Prayfit. com Jimmy Peña.
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GMA partners with LifeWay for annual music conference
The Gospel Music Association (GMA) has announced a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources to host Immerse, the organization's annual industry music conference.
Berean sets goal of 'doubling the size' of chain
Berean Christian Stores has announced ambitious growth plans, which calls for doubling the size of the chain by the end of 2014.
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Chris Tomlin's 'Burning Lights' tops Billboard 200
GRAMMY-winning and multi-Platinum recording artist Chris Tomlin's latest album, Burning Lights (sixstepsrecords/EMI CMG Distribution), landed on the top spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart earlier this week.
Somersault Group reports on Christian retail trends
Seventy percent of Christian store shoppers say they would buy an e-book at a Christian retail store, with many options now available to Christian market retailers, according to publishing strategy and services agency Somersault Group.
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