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Joe Keenan is the executive editor of Total Retail. Joe has more than 10 years experience covering the retail industry, and enjoys profiling innovative companies and people in the space.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Stein Mart, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMRT) today reported comparable store sales for the four-week period ended May 28, 2011 increased 0.7 percent. Total sales for the period were $98.5 million, a decrease of 0.2 percent from $98.7 million in the same period in 2010. For the year to date, comparable store sales increased 1.3 percent and total sales increased 0.6 percent to $402.0 million. Percent Change Total Sales (in millions) Total Sales Fiscal period Year to date (17 weeks) Home, ladies’ career sportswear, accessories, and men’s tailored clothing and furnishings posted the strongest comparable sales, while

WHAT GOT HER HERE: Childhood ambition. Growing up as a self-proclaimed “horse girl,” Vlietstra had a number of goals in mind for her future. “I wanted a horse-related business, a supply-type business,” she says. “And I wanted to have a catalog. Because when I was a little kid, I remember seeing some horse catalogs. And to me, they were like the Sears Wish Book.” A teen sensation of sorts, Vlietstra incorporated her company in 1987, while still in high school. She mailed the first catalogs in 1991. Today, Hobby Horse sells products through its catalog and Web site as well as through 130

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