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How the holidays will look different this year, bowling balls, and more.

Dane Carlson
Dane Carlson
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Assorted Links Sunday
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How the holidays will look different this year: With supply chains cramped, extreme weather events on the rise, and inflation permeating the market, this year's holiday season has yet to feel like the post-COVID return to form for which we'd hoped. That said, the forecast's not all bad. Here's everything you need to know.


Plus: how bowling balls are made.

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Dane Carlson

Founder/Host of Econ Dev Show. By day: Director of Economic Development for Galveston County, Texas. Previously: World's first business blogger.