Cover Stories

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 »
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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 »

Resort Retail: Room to Grow

Help them treat themselves Resort gift store retailers know: while on vacation, people are more likely to spend and indulge on themselves than they otherwise would. Pamela Joy Ring will also attest to this. She... more »

Party Your Way to Profits

Trend drivers Your customers are entertaining now more than ever. Anecdotal evidence points to more cozy parties, intimate gatherings and events. Today, entertaining is all about creating memorable moments rather than "jumping through gastronomic hoops... more »

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