Cover Stories

Celebrating Stationery

Stationery's Sizzling Trends Think digital communications have made a dent in stationery? Think again! Today's consumers continue to lean on fine stationery to convey their message with etiquette and a good dose of élan. Greeting... more »

Baby Lassos Profits!

Looking for a growth spurt in your sales? Appeal to adoring grandparents with standout gifts for baby. Take a look at what's new in this super cute product category. Babies are simply adorable and even... more »

Jewelry Jazzes up Sales

Your customers are increasingly using jewelry to update their wardrobes. Find out why this old staple continues to dazzle retailers and consumers alike. There's an interesting experiment in frugality out there called The Six Items... more »

Candles’ Glowing Appeal

The time-tested gift shop staple has held its own even during a recession. Find out why candles continue to light up every retailer's bottom line. Shoppers who visit Wilson and Wilson Folk Art Gallery in... more »

Textiles Trends

Adapting to changes Despite the recession, textiles have proven to be a strong sales category. Find out how vendors and retailers have adapted their lines and sales strategies to make sure that textiles continue to... more »

All-American Sells

Preserving American jobs The basic reason behind the "buying American-made" phenomenon is pretty simple: consumers shop their values.Lynn Switanowski-Barrett, founder of Boston-based Creative Business Consulting Group, points out that the bottom line for most consumers... more »

Luxury for Less: Holiday Gifts Under $20 Retail

The Price is Right What's happening at Annie's is probably happening in your store as well. It used to be that customers would walk into the gift store in Traverse City, MI, and request that... more »

Monogram Mania

Southern Comfort Retailer Julie Butler still treasures her baby blanket. Her mother, Charla Schlabs, monogrammed it for her many years ago with a traditional sewing machine. As co-owner of the store Texas Threads in Hereford,... more »

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