Cover Stories

Add Sparkle to Holiday Sales

The Numbers Retailers like you know the holiday season is worth every ounce of effort you can put into your business. Paul Stanford knows this too. Which is why, even if he calls the effort... more »

Wrap Up Profits

Paper is Fashion Polka dots. Fuchsia. Turquoise blue. Paisley. Patti Stracher will tell you: The latest trends in fashion translate right on over to gift wrap. "Paper is fashion," says Stracher, manager of the National... more »

The Changing Face of Country

The Appeal There's no denying the appeal of country decor. It's one that revolves primarily around warmth, nostalgia and comfort. It's these factors that attracted retailer Susie Gordon to the business. "I think that country... more »

Splashy Sales

Water can be used very effectively to create a sensory experience in your store. Here are some displays that effectively incorporate this soothing element. more »

Garden Accessories Take Root

Going Green Alfredo Garcia-Lucio and Jim McKeever couldn't understand why so many of the bird feeders they came across were so, well, plain. What they wanted for their garden seemed reasonable enough: a feeder that... more »

Lapping Up Luxury

Luxury = Profit Pam Danziger sees a rising trend in the luxury market—consumers are spending more on luxury experiences—travel, dining, spas, resorts, entertainment, home services and other experiences, and less on traditional luxury goods. "While... more »

Plush with Success

Tried-and-True It's no secret. Plush isn't a fad; it's a reliable, tried-and-true product category. In fact, teddy bears celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2002. "It's the most stable thing I have. I can always count... more »

Sea Green

Coastal CrazeBe it distressed buoys, porcelain vases imprinted with tree coral, or simply pieces of colored sea glass displayed in a vase, the coastal craze is showing up everywhere and on everything. This trend is... more »

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